Which type of jazz band to hire?
Jazz and swing bands are one of our most requested music styles for entertainment at weddings and parties. Jazz is the general umbrella for a huge range of legendary artists and you may already know your Dean Martin from your Dizzie Gillespie or your Jobim to your Jools Holland.
With jazz music having so many different styles from the most recognisable voice of Sinatra through to jump-jive, boogie-woogie, dixie and more we've written a brief guide to the different types of jazz music and how they might fit into your celebrations.
Often referred to as 'trad jazz' or New Orelans jazz, dixie bands are usually accoustic and comprise of banjo, sousaphone, clarinet and bright uniforms. The music started around 1916 in America and quickly became very popular. This early jazz sound lends itself to events requiring great visuals combined with a mobile band. Excellent versatility for meeting and greeting guests at weddings, outdoor functions etc. Hire a Dixie Jazz band
The Roaring 20's
The great sounds of Cole Porter, Gershwin and Irving Berlin combined with the rhythm and style from the Charleston era. Perfect for 1920s themed events a-la Great Gatsby. An opportunity for ladies to wear flappers dresses and guys to don their wing tip collars and tails or even gangster fancy dress. Classy and upbeat music for events requiring a show band with 'all that jazz'. Hire a 1920's Jazz band
The Golden Age
The music of Louis Armstrong, Reinhardt and Grapelli and Billie Holiday are perfect for any intimate audience requiring entertainment from these legendary artists. Ideal as a musical backdrop for dinners and receptions, this style of jazz is suited for real music lovers that just want to appreciate great musicianship and sublime vocals. Hire a Jazz band
A trip back to the 1940's with the classic sounds of Benny Goodman and Glen Miller. Remember the Chatanooga Choo Choo? Evocative jazz from the war time era often combined with swinging showstoppers from the jazz of the 1940's right through to the swing of the Sinatra era. Expect a big sound from bands with a great brass section. Ideal for dancing to. Hire a Big band
This cool jazz is ideal for those functions requiring a sophisticated background atmosphere. The classic quartet of piano, bass, drums and saxophone lend themselves to any event needing a light and refreshing style. Ideal as dinner jazz or for dancing to with the 5 piece band (or larger). Hire a Dinner Jazz band
Jazz bands are one of the most popular music styles of live bands & singers to hire for events. Our expert team are on hand to make suggestions for your celebrations so do get in touch if you need any advice on which style would best suit your function.
This is just a selection of our jazz bands, swing bands and jazz musicians. If you would like our opinion on any act not listed, please contact one of our friendly representatives and we'll offer our professional opinion. We are always looking for new jazz / swing bands - please get in touch if you know an artist who you think we should include in our portfolio.