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.

To check availability, please add your event date to the menu above.

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.

Promo Video
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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.

Night and Day
Play 'Night and Day'
from£365

Duo Nova

  • London
  • 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 Bare Necessities (live)
Play 'The Bare Necessities (live)'
from£1,295

The Hot Notes

  • York
  • 5-6
  • (10)

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

Candyman
Play 'Candyman'
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.

Play 'video'
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.

Promo Video
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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.

He's In The Jailhouse Now
Play 'He's In The Jailhouse Now'
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.

Promo Video
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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.

Play 'video'
from£995

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!

Play 'video'
from£490

Moondance

  • 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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POA

Swing du Jour

  • London
  • (2)

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

The 646 Society
from£1,475

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.

The Blue Notes
from£1,695

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.


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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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  • Comprehensive band contracts for your peace of mind

Jazz & Swing Bands Booking Guide

Which styles of jazz are your bands able to play?

We have modern jazz bands for drinks receptions, swing bands for dancing, trad or dixieland jazz bands for outdoor garden parties and gypsy jazz bands for a touch of 1930s Paris! Our Postmodern Jukebox style bands play all your favourite modern chart songs in a jazzy style. Remember, if your event doesn’t have the budget or space for more than one musician, you can still hire one of our jazz pianists or solo Rat Pack style singer who will add a touch of elegance and class to any event.

Can you provide background dinner jazz?

For the perfect background music at daytime or early evening receptions, you might want to hire a smaller 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.

Can you provide jazz and swing bands to dance to?

When it’s time to get dancing, you’ll want to book a larger swing band or big band that include drums and are fronted by the best crooners and starlets available. You’ll be treated to upbeat jazz dance music from the 1920s all the way 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.

Saving tip: Ask your band about their DJ service or afternoon performances. Travel costs and equipment hire are more cost-effective when you use members of the same band throughout the day.

Do your jazz & swing bands bring their own sound and lighting equipment?

All our jazz & swing bands are fully self-contained with their own PA sound system so you don’t have to worry about speakers 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 too but check their profile page for more details.

How long will the band play for?

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. If you need the band to play for longer or later than midnight, extra fees can apply.

How long will the band need to set up?

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.

How can we keep the music going in the intervals between the band’s sets?

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). Many are able to upgrade to a more advanced service using virtual DJ software so that they can mix songs and take your guests’ requests – check the band’s profile page for details!

Is there any equipment that we need to provide?

If you’re planning a summer garden party, trad jazz bands and some gypsy jazz bands are the perfect, “pressure off” choice, as they usually perform “unplugged” and will not require power. Most other jazz bands will need access to at least two standard domestic plug sockets and, as well as power, you’ll need to provide a flat, dry performance area large enough for the band. As a guide, always allow approximately 1.5m squared per musician. If the band is required to play outdoors, they will also need shelter from the rain and the sun.

Our venue has a sound limiter – is this easy to manage?

Most jazz bands can perform within the limits of sound limiters with no problems. However, if you’re booking a larger swing band (upwards of a 4-piece) including drums and brass, it’s worth checking the 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.

Is there anything else that we will need to sort out for the band?

Most jazz & swing 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 with them. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions about anything you’re not sure about!

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