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

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.

Please add your event date and location to check availability.

Promo Video
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from£980

Boho Hustle

  • London
  • 4-7
  • (9)

Fun, lively 4-piece playing classic and modern rock & pop with a jazzy, boho twist! The band's winning combination of infectious energy and dancefloor cool is winning over audiences at weddings and parties up and down the UK.

Django Lives!
from£810

Django Lives!

  • London
  • 3
  • (4)

A lively and experienced acoustic gypsy jazz trio playing the music of Django Reinhardt and other jazz standards, plus arrangements of classical tunes and modern rock ‘n’ pop favourites.

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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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from£1,535

The Swing Collection

  • Cheshire
  • 5-10
  • (10)

Sophisticated swing and jazz band offering Rat Pack and big band hits, as well and modern floor fillers, and a variety of line-up options.

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from£735

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£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.

The Cool Cats
from£1,165

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.

The Slick City Swingers
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.

Two For The Road
from£490

Two For The Road

  • London
  • 1
  • (5)

Talented and well-established male singer performing swinging covers by Michael Buble and from across The Rat Pack. Low season and midweek discounts available.

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from£275

Right Angle

  • Brighton
  • 2-7
  • (1)

Sophisticated jazz trio with a classy repertoire of standards by the likes of Nina Simone, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Various line up options available.

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from£430

In Full Swing

  • East Sussex
  • 1
  • (5)

Enjoy hits from the Rat Pack from the UK's youngest swing singer and crooner! Also available with anything from a 3-piece through to a 10-piece backing band.

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from£305

In A Sentimental Mood

  • Glasgow
  • 2-7
  • (1)

Young yet experienced jazz duo, playing their own carefully crafted arrangements of classic jazz tunes. Solo guitar sets or larger line-ups available.

Jack Lawrence
from£460

Jack Lawrence

  • Warwickshire
  • 1-9
  • (16)

A stunning singer and entertainer, Jack recreates the sound of both greats and modern icons, from Frank Sinatra to Michael Buble.

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from£1,075

The Big City Jump Band

  • London
  • 4-6
  • (3)

Dynamic R&B, jazz and jump jive band, recreating the sounds of the 40s, 50s and 60s and guaranteed to get you moving! Smaller line-ups and afternoon sets available.

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from£440

The Slick City Jazz Stompers

  • London
  • 2-5
  • (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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from£2,925

In The Mood

  • London
  • 7-14
  • (12)

Sensational swing band performing a fantastic mix of swing, Rat Pack, soul and Motown music to give you a party to remember! The ensemble combinations range from small to large so can cater to any function. Female vocalist available.

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from£280

It's A Swing Thing

  • Liverpool
  • 1
  • (5)

A highly accomplished male tribute vocalist singing in the Rat Pack style, who has worked and sung alongside artists such as Paul McCartney and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. DJ service available.

Rich Sax
from£340

Rich Sax

  • Buckinghamshire
  • 1
  • (11)

The silky sound of Rich's sax will make any drinks reception or social gathering a joyous occasion! Rich has a wide selection of music chosen to create a relaxing atmosphere and easy listening.

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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.

Sunshine Jazz Band
from£500

Sunshine Jazz Band

  • London
  • 3-6
  • (2)

Vibrant and versatile jazz trio featuring flute and classical guitar, flexible enough to play in any setting. Style ranges from the classic swing jazz standards to Latin numbers. Larger ensemble including vocals is available.

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from£1,195

Five Guys Named Moe

  • Kent
  • (6)

The Jumpingist Jivers in town – from their togged-out period clothes to their between-song banter, Five Guys Named Moe play swingy-jazzy-bluesy-jivey music to fill any dancefloor!

Legends of Swing
from£1,925

Legends of Swing

  • London
  • 5-10
  • (8)

Magnificent show band with a fantastic repertoire of swing, Rat Pack, soul & classic pop numbers covering legendary performers such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Michael Buble as well as Otis Redding Wilson Pickett and many more.

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from£1,660

Putting On The Ritz

  • Manchester
  • 4
  • (23)

Unique and talented musicians & entertainers to recreate the authentic musical ambience of the 1920s & 30s, when The "Charleston" was all the rage, and the swells were "Putting on the Ritz".

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from£490

The Gramophones

  • London
  • 4
  • (3)

Classy vintage style gypsy jazz/swing band featuring refined female vocals, two guitars and double bass. The band play jazz, swing, Latin, bebop, fusion and modern music.


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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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