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.

Johnny Divine’s Latin & Swing Party
from£1,460

Johnny Divine’s Latin & Swing Party

  • Manchester
  • 4-5
  • (25)

Jazz with a glint in it's eye! All star band of virtuoso swingers performing the hits and popular music of the 1940s, for your dancing, listening and party fun!

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from£735

Billy’s Jazz Connection

  • Birmingham
  • 3-4
  • (3)

Classy and experienced jazz band with outstanding musicians. A sophisticated group who are adaptable to cater for larger events. Afternoon trio sets also available.

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from£1,230

Postmodern Swing Club

  • Sussex
  • 5-9
  • (12)

Combining vintage Rat Pack swing with jazz twists on modern pop, Postmodern Swing Club perform classic music of the 50's, alongside sophisticated swung up hits from Nirvana, Meghan Trainor, Oasis, Katy Perry, Radiohead, Lady Gaga and many more! Larger line-ups also available.

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from£1,535

Swinging in Blue

  • London
  • 5-13
  • (3)

This versatile swing ensemble really is a cut above the rest! Their plethora of material spans the contemporary chart hits from the last 80 years. Larger line-ups, lead male vocals, acoustic afternoon sets and DJ service are available.

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from£735

Simone & The Swingers

  • London
  • 4-7
  • (5)

Refined and classy jazz band playing a varied repertoire of jazz, blues, swing, rock and pop. Various line-up options available.

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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 and additional musicians available.

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from£980

The Jump & Wail Big Band

  • Yorkshire
  • 6
  • (5)

A swinging big band playing a winning, energetic mix of 30s jazz, 40s swing & jive, 50s rock'n'roll and 60s soul hits. Afternoon trio or quartet sets and DJ service available.

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from£615

Jazz Manouche

  • Durham
  • 4
  • (3)

Virtuosic Hot Club-inspired ensemble breathing new life into gypsy jazz originals with their intense brand of swing. From Django Reinhardt to Fats Waller, the band’s innovative approach is revitalising this classic genre.

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from£1,230

Swing Central

  • Newcastle
  • 5
  • (2)

Exciting swing band playing pop tunes in their unique style! Additional musicians, acoustic sets and DJ service also available.

Got Rhythm
from£440

Got Rhythm

  • London
  • 2-4
  • (1)

Elegant jazz duo featuring acoustic guitar and saxophone. From traditional jazz standards to Brazilian styles, their sound has graced prestigious venues such as Ronnie Scotts. Double bass and drums also available.

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from£3,935

Swinging Soul Orchestra

  • London
  • 12
  • (7)

High-impact party band/big band of the highest standard, offering versatile performances of their extensive repertoire with many instrumental combinations and the option of male and female vocals fitting for any occasion.

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from£600

The Postmodern Jazz Cats

  • London
  • 3-7
  • (4)

An inebriating mix of jazz, swing and modern pop hits delivered by world class musicians. Additional musicians and afternoon sets also available.

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from£1,780

The Swing Kings

  • York
  • 13
  • (11)

Fantastic 13-piece Rat Pack style big band with a superb male vocalist, playing classic swing band classics of the 30s, 40s and 50s, plus contemporary tunes from the likes of Michael Buble.

The Rhythm Syndicate
from£1,780

The Rhythm Syndicate

  • Warwickshire
  • 8
  • (6)

Swing & jive band serving up a furious stage show the likes of which are rarely seen in these dark, dark days of processed pop and cookie-cutter musical pretenders! DJ Service and low season/midweek discounts available.

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from£435

The Lilacs

  • London
  • 3-5
  • (3)

High-calibre acoustic instrumental jazz quartet, with the option to add superb female vocals, playing a tasteful mix of pop, Latin and jazz classics. Extra musicians available.

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from£885

Jimmy & The Giants

  • London
  • 3-9
  • (2)

Outstanding showband with a variety of line-ups available. They have an enormous repertoire of swing, rat pack, vintage, pop, Latin and retro songs under their belt to keep the dancefloor full all night.

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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£365

Duo Nova

  • Leeds
  • 2-5
  • (3)

A high-class jazz duo well-versed in the classic jazz standard repertory, as well as Brazilian bossa nova and Latin styles. The line-up can be expanded with guitar, sax, male vocals and percussion, ensuring they can cater to any venue space or size.

The Hot Notes
from£1,350

The Hot Notes

  • York
  • 6
  • (10)

Great gatsby jazz band boasting an extensive repertoire of instantly recognisable favourites. Perfect for 1920s-style events or garden parties.

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from£1,345

Neo-Swing

  • London
  • 6-9
  • (4)

Exciting electro swing band with three female vocalists, giving both retro and modern pop their own vintage electro twist. Additional horn players and professional DJ available.

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from£365

The Gypsy Jazz Experience

  • Yorkshire
  • 2-3
  • (4)

Entertaining and stylish gypsy jazz group playing in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli in 1930’s Paris. Trio line-up also available.

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from£930

Milly & The Marmadukes

  • London
  • 2-6
  • (3)

Sophisticated soul and jazz covers band featuring a female vocalist and playing tunes from Aretha Franklin to Michael Buble. Smaller line-ups and additional musicians on saxophone and vocals are available.

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from£920

The Speakeasy Jazz & Blues Band

  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • 5-8
  • (5)

Authentic vintage band playing the jazz, blues and ragtime classics of the 20s and 30s in America. Additional musicians available.

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from£615

Gin & Tonic

  • London
  • 1
  • (3)

Favourites of the Royal Family, Gin & Tonic are fast establishing themselves as the finest lounge/jazz boogie organ combo in UK (the competition is stiff!). The band plays current pop tunes as well as classic standards in their own inimitable style.

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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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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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