5 stars - The Futuristic Gramophones are Highly Recommended35 Reviews Number of members: 3London
Delivering a stylish performance of timeless jazz classics plus modern pop hits rearranged in the same vintage fashion, The Futuristic Gramophones are the perfect mix of old meets new! Effortlessly cool, this fun yet classy trio give the music of Taylor Swift, The White Stripes, Van Morrison & more, a big vintage makeover!...
5 stars - Swing Blue are Highly Recommended23 Reviews Number of members: 3Hampshire
Comprising of three of the top jazz musicians in the South of the UK, Swing Blue can provide the perfect sound to suit any event. Whether it’s a relaxing Jazz set to accompany wedding drinks or an all singing, all dancing show, Swing Blue really can cater for everyone....
5 stars - Bella And The Bourbon Boys are Highly Recommended63 Reviews Number of members: 5London
Inspired by the American band Postmodern Jukebox, Alive Network’s exclusive swing jazz quintet Bella and the Bourbon Boys give a retro spin to events with their vintage Jazz covers of pop songs, including hits from Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi and many more!...
5 stars - Burgundy Boater Band are Highly Recommended45 Reviews Number of members: 4Hampshire
Burgundy Boater Band are an experienced, professional, traditional jazz quartet providing music for any occasion. Their tunes, jazz, ballads and 20’s pop songs have a beginning, middle and, end which most people like....
5 stars - Kind Of Two are Highly Recommended32 Reviews Number of members: 2London
Kind of Two are a highly skilled and award-winning jazz duo who are guaranteed to lend a sophisticated soundtrack to any event, with experience performing for well-known clients such as Elton John, Lord and Lady Sainsbury and a private party hosting the Queen, as well as countless other events....
5 stars - The Quartones are Highly Recommended56 Reviews Number of members: 4London
The Quartones are a professional 4 piece band brimming with a wealth of music and performance experience. They have been providing entertainment for over 10 years which has seen them perform all over the world. With 100s of gigs under their belt and a wide-ranging repertoire you can be assured that you are in safe hands, and that The Quartones will add a big spark to your special day!...
5 stars - Retro Station are Highly Recommended8 Reviews Number of members: 5London
Retro Station are a swing party band with a retro twist! Bringing you glamour, fun and famous pop tunes in an array of vintage music styles, their exciting live sets include songs from Megan Trainor, Ed Sheeran, The White Stripes & more! Previous venues include Primo Bar, Quaglino's, The Green Rooms and more....
5 stars - The 101 Trio are Highly Recommended5 Reviews Number of members: 3Surrey
The 101 Trio are a young, talented, instrumental jazz trio. Their repertoire includes music from the greats such as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis & Louis Armstrong, plus many other well known jazz standards, tailored to suit your event....
5 stars - The James Nicholas Trio are Highly Recommended19 Reviews Number of members: 3Bedfordshire
The James Nicholas Trio features smooth and sultry vocals, beautiful acoustic guitar & subtle drums. Delivering unique covers of the biggest & best hits from Modern & Classic Pop to Soul and Jazz, this sophisticated trio will create the perfect backdrop for your special occasion....
5 stars - The Storyville Strutters are Highly Recommended25 Reviews Number of members: 4London
A highly trained & experienced group of musicians specialising in traditional New Orleans (Dixieland) style Jazz. From a trio play low key background music to a full band perfect for dancing, The Storyville Strutters can cater for all events!...
5 stars - Soho Cool are Highly Recommended26 Reviews Number of members: 3London
Soho Cool are a slick & professional jazz trio made up of some of London’s finest jazz musicians. With a reputation that is second to none, Soho Cool provides unrivalled sophistication, versatility, reliability & a touch of quality to every event!...
5 stars - Paris Swing are Highly Recommended14 Reviews Number of members: 2Leicestershire
Featuring one of the UK's most respected acoustic guitarists & an award winning violinist, Paris Swing are an instrumental duo who's live performances will make your event unique & unforgettable. Fusing a mixture of styles from Classical, Latin & Jazz, Paris Swing can tailor their repertoire to perfectly accompany any occasion....
5 stars - Straight No Chaser are Highly Recommended35 Reviews Number of members: 2Greater Manchester
Straight No Chaser is a highly skilled jazz duo who will add sophistication and a great atmosphere to your event playing carefully selected jazz standards and popular songs. Variety of line ups to chose from duo to quartet to suit your event perfectly....
5 stars - Jive Duo are Highly Recommended13 Reviews Number of members: 2West Yorkshire
Jive Duo are the perfect choice for events requiring sophisticated background music. Completely acoustic, the duo can set up anywhere & wow guests with their collection of Swing, Jazz and Pop tunes! Previous clients include Kia Cars, numerous wine bars and private house events!...
5 stars - The Hamiltones are Highly Recommended10 Reviews Number of members: 2Nottinghamshire
The Hamiltones are a piano led duo with a difference! Featuring piano, vocals and drums, they perform upbeat light jazz to full on party anthems! A complete alternative to your average party band, The Hamiltones are fun, quirky and most of all truly talented musicians guaranteed to entertain!...
5 stars - Matt Thomas are Highly Recommended155 Reviews Number of members: 1Lancashire
The go-to choice for celebrities & high profile companies, Matt Thomas' clients include Sir Alex Ferguson, Floyd Mayweather Jnr, David Beckham, Ferrari, Jaguar & more! With a repertoire ranging from legendary icons like Sinatra & Tony Bennet to modern day crooners such as Buble, Matt's sterling live performances are to be enjoyed by all!...
5 stars - Take Two are Highly Recommended3 Reviews Number of members: 2London
Take Two are a jazz & swing duo who have trained at some of the UK's most prestigious music conservatories. With an extensive repertoire of cool jazz standards, the duo have entertained at Henley Festival, London Jazz Festival & Snape Proms. Available for your event to provide understated background music or more lively up-tempo swing, Take Two are able to tailor their performance to your needs!...
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5 stars - Overdrive are Highly Recommended
“Everyone kept asking us where we got the band from, because of how good they were! Super fun sets of music and just lovely professional guys who made it an amazing evening. Absolut...”
Sue C booked Overdrive for their event on 22nd September 2023
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“I would highly recommend Georgia to anyone looking for a talented and versatile performer. She has a great voice and charismatic stage presence! Thank you - Thirsk Racecourse”
Erin S booked Georgia Grace for their event in North Yorkshire on 18th September 2023
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Everything you need to know to hire Jazz Bands for your event
What is a jazz band?
A jazz band (also known as a jazz ensemble or jazz combo) will vary in the number of members, the variety of instruments, and the particular jazz style they specialise in. Larger jazz bands are often made up of rhythm and horn sections, and some jazz bands feature singers.
There are many styles of jazz music and a band will usually specialise in one or two, such as Dixieland and traditional (aka trad.), swing, blues, modern, freestyle (or free) and acid jazz. Many acts also cover modern popular music in a jazz style. Whatever style you choose for your event, jazz music exudes cool and sophistication, and can provide a range of atmospheres, be it upbeat and lively, or sultry, mellow and chilled.
Jazz bands offer a complete entertainment package, with most providing all the equipment needed for their performance without the need to hire further sound and lighting equipment.
What music will a jazz band play?
The overarching term ‘jazz’ encompasses a wide variety of musical genres. While some jazz bands will stick to their speciality style, others can offer a range of genres or play popular music in a jazz style. A typical jazz band’s repertoire might feature artists such as:
Nat King Cole
The set list for each artist is available to view on their individual profile page.
Popular types of jazz band
Alive Network’s most popular types of jazz band include:
1. Traditional jazz bands / Dixieland jazz bands
Encompassing old school jazz, classic Charleston music and the sounds of New Orleans, thought to be the birth place of jazz. Featuring artists like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Kid Ory.
2. Swing jazz bands
This style often features a singer, performing classic ‘Rat Pack’ tunes as sung by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior, but also Bing Crosby and Glenn Miller. Also includes contemporary music from artists like Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum.
3. Jazz Standards bands
These bands usually take musical inspiration from the Great American Songbook and strongly melodic middle of the road (MOR) jazz classics. Jazz Standards bands sometimes include a singer, but not always.
4. 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. This is perfect for customers who don’t know their Gershwin from their Grapelli but want that jazz sound and style at their event!
Where in the UK do Alive bands perform?
Jazz bands are booked for a wide variety of events at locations across the UK and internationally – for weddings, corporate events, private parties, venues, and festivals. The locations where our jazz bands are most commonly booked include:
Jazz bands can create a variety of atmospheres, personalised for your special occasion. Whether you want refined background music for a tea party or drinks reception, a sultry love serenade as your wedding ceremony entertainment or first dance, or something more spirited for a street party, fête or for a glitzy corporate event, a jazz band is the perfect accompaniment.
Once you’ve identified the ideal tone for your event, our Entertainment Coordinators can advise you on a range of bands who may be suitable, and talk you through the options available. As well as specialising in one or two particular jazz styles, many of our bands also offer popular music, that most of your guests will know and love, performed in their own inimitable style.
For weddings, a jazz band can often offer the complete entertainment package, providing music to complement the ceremony, wedding breakfast, and drinks reception, as well as background music between sets. The options available can help to keep costs down, instead of hiring separate artists for your wedding day.
For corporate events, jazz bands can provide lively walk-on music for awards ceremonies.
Volume considerations at your event
Depending on the style they’re playing in, a live jazz band’s volume can range from relatively quiet relaxed background music, where your guests can still hold a conversation, to energetic sets guaranteed to make you move! The louder performances can often be in the region of 95dB – 110dB (decibels) – this is a big sound and is comparable to the volume of a power mower. If a jazz band also features a horn section, this can raise the volume, with peaks around 120dB.
If you have your heart set on a larger jazz band but your venue has a sound limiter or noise restrictions, feel free to chat to our Entertainment Coordinators. They will be able to advise you further on what is possible. Bands can work with brushes or ‘hot rods’, rather than standard drumsticks, which can significantly reduce the overall volume of the band.
Space considerations at your event
A typical 4-piece band will need an area of around 4 metres wide by 3 metres deep performance space, but it is always useful to incorporate a bit more to ensure the artists can can really perform! For approximate requirements, see ‘How much space will a jazz band need?’, below.
How much does a jazz band cost?
The cost of a jazz band will vary depending on travel distance to your event, and the number of members in the band – from 3-piece combos to jazz orchestras with around 20 members, and anything in-between!
The average price of a 3–5-piece jazz band is around £750 – £1,200.
Large, blue-ribbon big bands and jazz orchestras specialising in corporate events can vary in price between £2,500 – £10,000 depending on size and experience.
Here’s a rough breakdown of the cost range of different jazz bands and singers:
Type of Act
Solo jazz singer (with backing tracks)
£270 - £650
Solo jazz musician
£200 - £600
£250 - £1,100
£450 - £1,200
£700 - £2,700
7-piece bands +
£1,200 - £3,700
Big bands & jazz orchestras
£2,500 - £7,250+
Who are the top 10 best jazz bands in the UK right now?
Below are the artists that we feel currently represent the crème de la crème of UK jazz bands, based on a combination of popularity, performance quality and innovation:
The majority of jazz bands will usually offer two 60-minute performances for an evening party, though many can play for longer if required. Entertainment might also be split into three 40-minute sets, if preferred. For weddings and formal evening events, couples occasionally like jazz bands to play during their drinks reception and their evening meal. In this case, a band may perform three 60-minute sets for an additional charge. Our jazz bands tend to be pretty flexible around your event needs.
Start times for evening performances, usually work around your catering! If guests have just eaten, you will probably need to allow some time before they’re ready to get up and dance. For most evening events, the band would arrive at 6pm and get set up and sound checked by 7.30pm to 8pm. Performance might start at 9pm, with the second set at around 10.30pm, through to a standard midnight curfew. Many jazz bands also offer later/longer performances at an additional cost, including finishing times of 1am and 2am.
Jazz bands can provide background music from an MP3 player or laptop between their performances.
How much space will a jazz band need?
The area required for a jazz band varies, and will increase the more members are in the band. This guide shows approximately how much minimum space bands of different sizes need:
Type of Artist
Performance Space Required
3-piece jazz band:
3 x 3 metres
4-piece jazz band:
4 x 3 metres
5 and 6-piece jazz band:
5 x 3 metres
7-piece and bigger:
5/6 x 4 metres
A jazz band ideally need a minimum of 1.5 square metres per musician, with drummers and pianists needing slightly more, around 2 square metres each. Space will also be needed in front and at the sides for the PA, speakers and lighting stands, if the band is using them. Consider the available space of your chosen venue, when thinking about the size of your jazz band – or book a venue with plenty of space! Because of the many variations of instruments available in our jazz ensembles, we recommend you discuss the space and booking options with your Entertainment Coordinator.
How long will it take for a jazz band to set up?
Unloading, setting-up and carrying out the crucial sound check usually takes an average of 60 – 90 minutes, depending on the size of the jazz ensemble, and how close they can park to the performance area. Many hotels require bands to load in via a shared supplier’s entrance, which can extend set up times.
Following the final set, it can take about 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.
What equipment will a jazz band need?
Most jazz ensembles need:
a suitably-sized, safe, dry, flat performance area. If performing outside, they will need cover – either from the rain or the sun!
a minimum of two or three 13 amp power sockets, depending on the line-up
parking provision, preferably with easy access to the venue
a secure, lockable changing room
refreshments such as soft drinks and sometimes food, depending on how long you have booked them for.
Larger bands may have additional requirements in terms of chairs and tables but this will be discussed during the booking process.
Most of Alive Network’s jazz bands are self-contained units, providing their own PA system, microphones, stage lighting, backline amplifiers and instruments.
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