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Jazz & Blues Bands Booking Guide

How to hire an awesome jazz band for your event

Jazz musicians are a versatile breed able to provide refined evening entertainment perfect for dancing or much more mellow, sophisticated and sultry performances ideal for during a drinks reception or meal. With repertoires spanning traditional jazz standards all the way to modern contemporary pop songs performed in a jazz style, there is huge variety offered by Alive Network jazz artists.

For a comprehensive jazz band booking guide please read ‘Booking a jazz band – Everything you’ll ever need to know’.

What songs will my jazz band perform?

A jazz bands repertoire very much depends on the style of band you've chosen. Some bands will be able to perform music from multiple jazz genres while other will only perform one particular style.

Alive Network's most popular jazz bands are listed below along with the style of repertoire performed by each act:

  • Traditional Jazz & Dixieland bands: Think New Orleans/Charleston music and old school jazz music from artists such as Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory & Duke Ellington
  • Swing Jazz bands: Often featuring a vocalist and performing Rat Pack classics from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Glen Miller along with more contemporary music from artist such as Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullem.
  • Jazz Standards bands: Bands who perform jazz standards often take inspiration from The Great American Songbook and Middle of the road (MOR) jazz classics. These bands may or may not include vocalists.
  • Contemporary Pop Music in a jazz style: Many modern jazz musicians have taken influence from a variety of music genres. This musical versatility has spawned a huge increase of bands who can perform modern pop music with an authentic jazz style perfect for customers who don't know their Gershwin from their Grapelli but want that jazz sound and style at their event!

Jazz Band Prices - What does a jazz band cost?

With jazz bands ranging from 3 piece ensembles up to full jazz orchestras with 18+ members, the cost of a jazz band varies greatly.

On the lower end, a jazz singer/pianist performing in their local area can start from as little as £300 while a top flight jazz orchestra can come in at £10,000 and more!

The average cost for a 3 - 5 piece jazz band in 2016 was between £750 and £1200 depending on the number of musicians.

What do I need to know about booking a jazz band?

Equipment: The vast majority of Alive Network's jazz bands are fully self-contained with their own PA systems, instruments, amplifiers and where necessary, stage lighting. Larger bands may have additional requirements in terms of chairs and tables but this will always be discussed with you during the booking process.

Space: Ideally musicians require at least 1.5 metres per musician with drummers and pianists needing slightly more. If your band also use a PA system, then space in front and at the sides is also required for speakers and potentially lighting stands. Most musicians are adept at working with the space provided but it's always worth confirming available space with your venue at the time of booking so that this information can be discussed with your entertainment coordinator.

Performance times: For a band booked to perform at an evening party, the standard timings are 2 x 60 minutes although this can be split into 3 x 40 minute sets if preferred. For a band performing during a drinks reception or meal, these timings can be more flexible to suit your requirements.

What will a jazz band need?

Apart from a safe performance area with a 3 or 4 power sockets, parking provision preferably with easy access to the venue, a changing room and refreshments such as soft drinks and sometimes food (depending on how long you have booked them for), most jazz bands require very little from you to be able to put on a great performance at your event.

How to make an enquiry

Make an enquiry using our web site …
With Alive Network it couldn’t be easier to hire a Jazz Band. We’ve designed our web site so that you can research and review available bands at your leisure. Simply enter a search using the form above and we’ll show you which bands are available on your event date and what they’ll cost to perform at your event location. Click a band’s View Full Profile button to review their detailed profile page where you can listen to a selection of audio recordings, watch videos, review photos, read previous customer reviews and find out everything you’ll need to know about the band. Once you’ve found a band you like, click the Add To Basket button and follow the steps to enter some basic timing information and select any customisation options. Once you’ve added the band to your basket you can review and add more bands to your basket or else you can submit an enquiry for the one band to Alive Network.

Once your enquiry has been submitted an Alive Network coordinator will get in touch with you directly to discuss your event further and provide a confirmed quote from the artist.

Making an enquiry over the phone or by email
If you would like assistance in finding the perfect jazz band for your event we are happy to make recommendations based on the brief that you give us. Simply give us a call on 0845 108 5500 and tell us about what you’re looking for, or submit a quick enquiry using the form below. One of our expert entertainment coordinators will be happy to send you suggestions and help walk you through the choices available, answer any questions, and help you to hire a band that’s perfect for your event.

Need help to hire a jazz band?

If you would like help selecting the perfect jazz band for your event, simply give us a call or submit the quick enquiry form below and one of our talented entertainment coordinators will be happy to assist.

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How to hire a jazz band – making a booking

Once you’ve settled on the band that you would like to book, simply let your Alive Network coordinator know that you’d like to confirm the booking and they’ll secure the booking with the band. They will issue you and the band with legally binding booking contracts which ensure all the details of your booking are correct, everyone understands what they’ve agreed to, and that the band can’t pull out of the booking or mess you around. You will need to pay a booking deposit to Alive Network upon confirmation (roughly 25% of the total fee) and the remaining balance is usually payable directly to the artist on the night of the event. Your deposit can be paid by card, bank transfer or cheque.

If you need to discuss any aspect of your booking, or if you need to make any changes, your dedicated Alive Network coordinator will be on hand to support you as much as you need.

You will be put in touch with the band 3-4 weeks before your event to run over the arrangements, fine tune the details and make any changes necessary.

For a more comprehensive jazz band booking guide please read ‘Booking a jazz band – Everything you’ll ever need to know’.

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