Your Book Live Music guide to hiring Jazz & Swing bands.
What are the different types of jazz band, how much does a swing
band cost and our complete guide on how to hire
jazz & swing bands for your event.
Jazz & Swing Bands for weddings?
There are five main types of jazz bands which you might use for
different parts of your event.
Dixie Jazz Bands:
These can be called dixie bands, trad jazz bands or New Orleans
style jazz bands. The musicians are highly talented performers playing
acoustic [unpowered] instruments with a typical line up of clarinet,
sousaphone and banjo with the option of additional instruments such
as trumpet, saxophone, cornet and even side drums. This style of
jazz came from America after the first world war and is real toe-tapping
music which can be performed indoors or outdoors and, as the band
doesn't need a power supply, they can move around at a venue. Dixie
bands are perfect for a summer's day, Christmas events, promotions
and events which can enjoy the bright visuals as well as the fun,
upbeat music. Many people like to have a dixie band for during the
photographs at a wedding or an outdoor drinks reception. One of
our most popular dixie jazz bands is:
The Dixie Jazz Men: www.booklive.co.uk/band/the-dixie-jazz-men
1920s Jazz Bands:
Many people love the great jazz from the 1920s and it is a terrific
theme for many events featuring period music including timeless
classics like 'Charleston' and 'Latin from Manhattan' and other
popular songs. A typical line up for a 1920s band is piano, bass,
drums, saxophone and female vocals with the option of violin, brass
and additional vocals. One of our most popular 1920's bands is:
Instrumental Jazz Bands:
These are perfect for the drinks reception or as a cool musical
backdrop, a solo pianist, saxophonist or live jazz band comprising
of piano, bass and drums. The music comes from the classic 'Great
American songbook'. These include all the jazz music of the
20th century from artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Sinatra,
Jobim, Cole Porter and more. One of our most popular instrumental
jazz bands is:
Junction Jazz: www.booklive.co.uk/band/the-junction-jazz-band
If you're looking for a lively jazz band to get guests on the dance
floor then you'll definitely want a great swing band. Swing bands
- or big bands - are jazz bands with added brass musicians and they
play music from artists like Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, The Rat
Pack and more. The music tends to be much more up tempo than an
instrumental jazz band and is ideal for dancing to. Naturally, swing
bands cost a bit more because there are more musicians. One of our
most popular swing bands is:
5 Star Swing: www.booklive.co.uk/band/5-star-swing
Sinatra meets Michael Bublé:
The music from the legendary Frank Sinatra is extremely popular
both as a musical backdrop to drinks receptions and also for the
evening entertainment and, with Michael Buble bringing a new dimension
to modern day swing, many artists are including his music into their
repertoire, too. We have several great solo artists who perform
with professionally recorded backing tracks and are perfect for
smaller budgets and spaces where a live band isn't essential. One
of our most popular solo performers who can sing both Sinatra and
Maybe Buble: www.booklive.co.uk/band/michael-buble-tribute
How much does a jazz band cost?
Prices for a jazz band depends on the number of performers and
Book Live has negotiated the best fees for all of the artists we
represent. However, there are different categories of pricing for
Jazz & Swing bands:
- £300-500: This
price range includes instrumental jazz bands, musicians and singers.
All equipment is included although it doesn't include travel fees.
London based saxophonist. Superb saxophonist available to hire
for weddings, private parties and corporate events. Solo sax
plus backing tracks as a fantastic musical backdrop to your
Hampshire based. The Sinatra Singer recreates the voice and
style of “Sinatra” with his unique performance and has received
many plaudits for his vocal resemblance to the man himself...
- £500-£1000: This
price range covers live jazz and swing bands with vocals and possibly
brass. Examples include:
Midlands & Yorkshire based band. Whether it's atmospheric
music during dining, or a drinks reception, music for dancing,
or an all out concert, Jazz Moves is the perfect choice to add
style and sophistication to any event... more
London based band. The perfect musical accompaniment to your
evening. Choose from Limelight's range of top singers and musicians
for a cool, fresh and sophisticated twist on classic jazz and
swing hits... more
- £1000+: This
is the price for a full jazz or swing band with brass for a full
sound and for prestigious artists performing at the highest level.
London based band. Led by bandleader Neil on piano and vocals,
Jools is a superb 4-7 piece band performing an electric cocktail
of sensational swing, jazz, jive and rock n’ roll... more
More For The Road (with live band)
Surrey based band. Sensational Frank Sinatra tribute act. Available
as a solo tribute singer or with a live band, this is one of
the UK's best Sinatra performers. Highly recommended... more
What is included in the price?
All of our Jazz & Swing bands and singers have their own sound
equipment. The fee covers a typical performance for 2 or 3 x sets
plus CDs/iPod played when they are not performing. It also covers
all their insurances, PAT certification [safety checks] for their
equipment, an arrival up to an hour prior to performance and a performance
that can be split over a 4 hour period. Expect to pay extra for
an early set up / a late finish, significant travel expenses plus
any additional sets or musicians. All enquiries made with Book Live
will include the total cost for the performance as long as we know
all the information about your event.
What does a live band need to perform?
Most live bands have a requirement list for performances - this
is called a ryder. A typical ryder is:
- Access to a power supply. They will usually need
2 or 3 x standard power sockets and they will bring suitable cables
/ connectors to power their equipment
- A suitable performance area including equipment.
A solo singer will need approximately 2 x 3metres, 4 piece band
will need approx 4 x 3metres, a 6-8 piece live band will need
approx 6 x 4metres
- Around 20-90 minutes to set up. Bands don't want
to disturb your event but they would also rather not sit around
for hours ahead of a performance so they usually arrive at a suitable
time to set up ahead of the party.
- Hot food for each band member and soft drinks.
You will get the best out of the band if you look after them whilst
they are with you.
- A changing / chill-out area where they can also
leave their valuables.
- Parking spaces to be provided or paid for.
Can I go and see the band before I book?
Some bands do have public performances but most don't as these
gigs are usually in pubs and clubs and most of the bands we represent
prefer not to do these. We've included as many live videos of the
bands on their pages so you can see them as well as listen to their
audio samples. Remember, too, if a band does have a public performance,
they may get booked for your date by the time you get to see them.
We are unable to arrange for any prospective client to go and see
a band at someone else's wedding or private party.
How does payment work?
A deposit is due at the point of booking. Book Live can accept
payments by Visa, Switch, Mastercard, Cheque or Bank Transfer.
Balance payments should be settled directly with the band leader
either 2 weeks in advance or in cash at the event so they can pay
all the band members promptly.
Why should I hire a band with Book Live?
Book Live is one of the UK's most respected entertainment agents
supplying superb live bands and singers for weddings, parties and
corporate events. We have worked with customers at the highest level
(read more) and we
offer a completely impartial service. Most agencies have a house
band that they are trying to sell and the rest of their portfolio
may not get a look-in. We have pre-vetted all of our artists and
offer a Peace of mind guarantee:
- All of our artists have been selected for their
professionalism, musicianship and performance, so we know that
every event will be special for all the right reasons. The Book
Live team regularly go and see our acts perform so we know what
clients can expect before they book.
- Public Liability Insurance and PAT certification
can be provided on request for any performances.
- All bookings are secured by contract with both
the client and the artist for complete peace of mind.
- We provide a 24/7 emergency number should you
need to talk with us.
- Our artists all have regular deputy musicians
so an event will never be compromised. In addition, Book Live
can provide replacements for our singers in the unlikely event
that something unexpected happens [subject to availability].
What else do I need to know?
We hope we have covered all bases. If you have a question then
please get in touch and we will do our best to answer it.
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