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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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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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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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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The Hot Club Collective

  • London
  • 3-6
  • (4)

A charming gypsy swing band evoking the swinging sounds of 1930s Paris – sure to get heads bobbing, toes tapping and the party in full swing!

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  • Kent
  • 2-3
  • (3)

Swinging gypsy jazz style acoustic duo playing toe-tapping tunes from this exciting genre, as well as some swing and modern songs. Trio also available.

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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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Swing du Jour

  • London
  • (2)

Instrumental swing band playing a repertoire of classic 1930s jazz standards. Additional musicians also available.

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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 646 Society

  • Newcastle
  • 6-9
  • (1)

Exciting renditions of modern pop songs with a jazzy, vintage speakeasy style twist! Additional musicians and jazz/lounge quartet also available.

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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.

The Blue Notes

The Blue Notes

  • Yorkshire
  • (3)

Dynamic, swinging jazz band with an extensive repertoire, featuring fantastic male vocals. The band are regulars at Ronnie Scott’s and The Jazz Café. Variety of ensemble sizes are available such as big band afternoon jazz quartet and DJ service.

The easy way to hire jazz bands

  • The UK’s very best jazz, swing, bebop & blues bands
  • From small background jazz bands to large big bands for dancing
  • Fast customer service and secure payments
  • 24/7 emergency support & jazz band cover
  • Comprehensive band contracts for your peace of mind

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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