Jazz & swing bands for hire

Shim sham to a swing band, tap your toes to dixieland or simply relax and sip a cocktail to some background jazz. We also have big bands, crooners, Postmodern and gypsy jazz bands for hire.

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Jitterbug Jazz

  • Birmingham
  • 3-5
  • (5)

Jitterbug Jazz are a young, talented all-male piano trio dedicated to providing sophisticated musical entertainment for weddings, parties, corporate functions and any other special occasions.

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from£550

April Skies

  • Leeds
  • 3-6
  • (3)

Elegant and dynamic jazz band with a classy repertoire of jazz standards with an optional female vocalist if desired. Smaller and larger instrumental ensembles are available to cater for the setting.

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from£735

Django’s Jive

  • London
  • 3-5
  • (6)

Traditional gypsy jazz and acoustic swing band playing standards by Django Reinhardt as well as swinging renditions of modern artists. Available as an instrumental line-up or with female vocals.

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from£440

The Slick City Jazz Stompers

  • London
  • 3-7
  • (20)

The Slick City Jazz Stompers play trad jazz in the traditional New Orleans style – perfect for background music to help create a fun, informal and relaxed atmosphere at summer events.

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The Moonbeams

  • Bristol
  • 4-7
  • (4)

Classy function band playing classic pop hits in their signature jazzy style. Additional brass players and afternoon duo performances also available.

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from£220

Katy Asta

  • London
  • 1-2
  • (5)

Saxophonist Katy adds her rich, warm tones to classic jazz, modern pop and Motown favourites – guaranteed to be a talking point for your ceremony, reception or party! Also available with vocalist as a sax/vocal duo.

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from£1,105

The Original Vintage Swing Band

  • Surrey
  • 5-7
  • (6)

Sophisticated female fronted swing & jazz band that will take you back in time with a varied repertoire including modern songs with a vintage twist. Additional musicians available.

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from£490

Strictly Sinatra

  • Surrey
  • 1-4
  • (20)

Quality Sinatra impersonator, perfectly capturing the spirit and sound of the late great Ol’ Blue Eyes. Ideal for retro and themed nights, and available as a soloist to backing tracks or with a full live band.

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from£490

King Street Swing Band

  • Bristol
  • 2-5
  • (7)

Authentic jazz and swing band playing Gatsby, soul and jive with a variety of line-up options, additional musicians and DJ laptop service available.

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from£350

Take Two

  • London
  • 2
  • (1)

Award-winning jazz duo playing sophisticated standards for a wide variety of events and celebrations.

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from£295

Ibiza Sax

  • Manchester
  • 1
  • (1)

Award winning sax player ideal for weddings, corporate events, private parties and club nights, either as a solo performer, adding a touch of class to the occasion or to freestyle alongside your DJ.

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from£2,025

The Modern Swing Band

  • London
  • 5-7
  • (4)

Authentic postmodern style swing band who play swing classics as well as pop songs in a swing style. Extra musicians available.

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Black Coffee

  • Surrey
  • 4-5
  • (3)

Slick lounge band, featuring a female vocalist, playing swing and chilled jazz arrangements of pop and soul songs which are steeped in their own original style for dancing. Quintet ensemble available.

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from£550

Night Owls

  • Surrey
  • 3-5
  • (4)

Versatile jazz band featuring female vocals and re-working popular modern and old-skool 90s music a vintage, retro style. They can also perform a pop, Motown, soul and rock party set. Additional musicians and afternoon entertainment available.

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The Hudson Entourage

  • London
  • 5
  • (9)

Super smooth jazz and swing band fronted by a very talented male vocalist. Additional musicians, smaller line-ups and acoustic sets also available.

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Vintage Electro

  • London
  • 3-9
  • (3)

Amazing electro-swing band featuring London’s finest jazz and pop musicians who have performed with artists such as Disclosure, Kylie and Olly Murs. They perform modern pop and 40s big band hits for a vibrant and exciting show!

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from£495

Blue Skies Duo

  • London
  • 2-3
  • (1)

A violin virtuoso and a guitar maestro combine to form this charming, stylish and swinging gypsy duo with a repertoire covering jazz, tango and pop. Optional double bass for added oomph!

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After Hours Jazz Band

  • London
  • 4-7
  • (10)

Outstanding jazz quartet with female vocals featuring versatile classics from 1930 to the present day! Previous clients include Ernst & Young and the Ealing Jazz Festival. Low-season and weekday discounts available.

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from£550

Bemsha Swing

  • London
  • 3-5
  • (6)

Superb gypsy jazz trio playing a lively and eclectic mixture of Latin and jazz standards, with some surprising pop covers thrown into the mix, too. Extra musicians and solo guitar sets available. Low season and midweek discounts.

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from£640

Nightfall

  • London
  • 2-3

Nightfall is a new group comprised of some of London’s most talented session musicians. They play a jazzy mixture of modern pop songs, old upbeat standards or sensitive ballads depending on what the occasion requires.

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from£795

The Speakeasies

  • London
  • 3-6
  • (4)

Stylish vintage swing act from featuring three sassy female vocalists. 3 to 8-piece line-ups including horn section available, additional options include sax and afternoon sets.

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from£365

Heart and Soul

  • Kent
  • 2-5
  • (6)

Stylish and sophisticated jazz duo featuring smoky female vocals, a choice of piano or guitar accompaniment and songs from Billie Holiday, Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse. Extra musicians available with a choice of double bass, drums and trumpet.

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The Cool Cats

  • London
  • 5-9
  • (26)

One of London's most versatile jazz bands play cool and unobtrusive ballads for your reception right through to swinging standards, pop and soul for dancing in the evening.

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from£550

Diamond Nights

  • London
  • 3
  • (15)

Vintage jazz band fronted by an incredible female vocalist/drummer playing modern songs with a retro twist, as well as standards from the 20s and 30s. A variety of line-ups are available to suit any event.

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from£430

The Slick City Swingers

  • London
  • 2-5
  • (4)

Compact yet with a big sound, The Slick City Swingers recreate the swinging sounds of the classic big band era.


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  • The UK’s very best jazz, swing, bebop & blues bands
  • From small background jazz bands to large big bands for dancing
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What sort jazz band should I hire?

For the perfect background music at daytime or early evening receptions, hire a small jazz band such as a duo or trio. These are typically fronted by a vocalist or saxophonist and feature the glorious jazz standards of the Great American Songbook made famous by Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, as well as modern jazz artists such as Jamie Cullum and Michael Buble.

When it’s time to get dancing, go for a larger swing band or big band including drums and fronted by the best crooners and starlets available. You’ll be treated to upbeat jazz dance music from the 1920s through to the late 1940s by artists such as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.

A Great Gatsby style 20s band is a glamorous choice for a corporate event, high-end wedding or Prohibition era or mobster themed party.

Other popular jazz sub-genres include: trad or dixieland jazz bands, ideal for outdoor events such as garden parties, gypsy jazz bands for a touch of 1930s Paris, and Postmodern Jukebox style bands – modern chart songs performed in a jazzy style.

If you don’t have the budget or space for more than one musician, hire a jazz pianist or solo Rat Pack style singer, who’ll add a touch of elegance to any event.

Booking a jazz or swing band?

Our jazz and swing bands will bring all their own sound equipment, so you don’t have to worry about PA systems or sound engineers. Some of our big bands and swing jazz bands will bring lighting for the stage or dance-floor for after-dinner entertainment.

You’ll be treated to up to two hours of jazz music, usually over two 1-hour sets or 3 x 40 minutes, but they can play for longer (for an additional cost) if preferred.

For afternoon and early evening events, our bands aim to arrive about 90 minutes before the scheduled start of the performance, and smaller line-ups rarely need more than 30 minutes to set-up and sound-check.

To keep your guests on the dancefloor into the night, larger bands can provide recorded jazz music between sets using their own sound system and mp3 player or iPod (or yours, if you prefer).

If you’re booking a wedding jazz band for your evening entertainment, they might be able to provide music as a smaller line-up during the day. They could offer a solo cocktail piano set or jazz trio during your reception or meal. This saves you the extra expense of booking separate acts.

If you’re planning a summer garden party, trad jazz bands and some gypsy jazz bands are the perfect choice, as they usually perform “unplugged” and will not require power. Most other jazz bands will need access to standard domestic plug sockets.

As well as power, you’ll need to provide a flat, dry performance area large enough for the band. As a guide, allow approx 1.5m squared per musician. If the band is required to play outdoors, they will also need shelter from the rain and the sun.

Most swing and jazz bands performing for after-dinner entertainment will require food and drink on the night. Some bands will also request things like reserved parking or a secure changing room, but this will be detailed in your booking contract.

Most jazz bands can perform within the limits of most sound limiters with no problems. However if you’re booking a larger swing band (upwards of 4-piece) including drums and brass section, it’s worth checking noise restrictions at your venue. In many cases, levels can be reduced by asking the drummer to use brushes or “hot rods” instead of wooden sticks.

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