The 10 Best Jazz Bands for hire in France For 2019 With Prices (Updated October 2020)

28 MAY 2019
Blog post by Adam Southall
Estimated read time: 3 minutes

France is home to some of the finest jazz bands for hire in Europe...bands that perform regularly at high-end corporate events and celebrity weddings.

In this blog post, we'll list out the 10 most popular jazz bands for weddings and events in France on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings for 2020 and 2021.

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You'll see that there is a good range of jazz and swing styles and that many of the jazz bands offer something a bit different to make your wedding truly memorable.

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Here's the list of the 10 best jazz bands in France for 2019...

1. The Lyon Jazz Band
2. Le Pont-Neuf Swing Band
3. The Toulouse Gypsy Jazz Band
4. Silver Moon Jazz Band
5. The Provence Jazz Band
6. The Nice Soul Band
7. The Montpellier Jazz Collective
8. The Montpellier Swing Band
9. The Paris Jazz Band
10. Panthéon Gypsy Jazz Band

So let's take a closer look at the most in-demand jazz bands for hire in France this year...

1. The Lyon Jazz Band
Average booking price: €1,527 (as of October 2020)
Location: Lyon, France

The Lyon Jazz Band are a lively and charismatic jazz group in demand to perform at weddings and events in the South of France and throughout Europe.

They can perform in a range of genres from upbeat jazz and swing for dancing, full-blown gypsy jazz for a raucous party or relaxed background jazz when required.

Here are just some of the locations where we have been booked by clients on FixTheMusic for weddings and events...

  • Chateau de Castellaras, Mouans-Sartoux, France
  • Saint-Jean-d'Ardières, France
  • Chateau de Varennes, Rue de Bourgogne, Charette-Varennes, France
  • Château Rigaud, France
  • Marseille, France
  • Oppède, France

So if you're looking to hire the finest swing & jazz band Lyon (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) has to offer for your wedding or event, please get in touch.

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2. Le Pont-Neuf Swing Band
Average booking price: €2,666 (as of October 2020)
Location: Paris, France

Le Pont-Neuf Swing Band are in demand to perform at weddings, corporate events and private parties in France and throughout Europe.

They have a vast repertoire from swing and jazz to blues, pop covers and gypsy jazz.

The Pont-Neuf Swing Band is a jazz band for weddings and receptions in Paris and Ile de France.

Pont-Neuf Swing Band is initially the meeting between five musicians living in Paris and having studied Jazz either at the conservatory or in private schools.

These 5 students formed their first jazz group before definitively changing their name to Pont-Neuf Swing Band. These years have been professional and musical.

The jazz orchestra has performed in different contexts (weddings, works council, private receptions, jazz cocktail party at an individual, at the town hall of 11th and recently in the suburbs in Tremblay in France as part of the week of sustainable development.

To give a retro flavour to your evenings, we propose a real journey back in time to the golden age of swing and jazz accompanied by the Pont-Neuf Swing Band jazz orchestra.

For a cozy cocktail or to dance to a modern, festive and rhythmic soul / pop repertoire, we adapt to your desires and your budget (choice of orchestra, number of musicians, repertoire etc ...)

For your theme parties and your private parties (weddings, works councils, private parties, bar mitzvot or any other occasion) contact us, choose the composition of your orchestra with your singer and let us know if you want a DJ for complete the animation of your event and we will offer you a quote.

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3. The Toulouse Gypsy Jazz Band
Average booking price: €1,304 (as of October 2020)
Location: Toulouse, France

One of the finest gypsy jazz groups in Europe, The Toulouse Gypsy Jazz Band have been making a name for themselves at public concerts, weddings, corporate events and parties in recent years.

They travel to perform throughout the South of France and internationally, including Spain, Italy and the Middle East.

Allow your guests to become the privileged listeners of a concert at your wedding.

The Toulouse Gypsy Jazz Band will take care of them with the swing music that dominates their repertoire.

As poetic as dynamic, their performance will make you discover pieces of the East, Gypsy notes and gypsy swing. A nice journey to all of you!

You will bathe in the Swing years atmosphere thanks to the musical complicity of four professionals.

Ideal at the time of the reception or the ball (or both for the biggest fans), this show will animate your ceremony allowing your loved ones to dance and listen to quality music.

Live, the sets can be divided at different times of the day and you will determine their duration.

The musicians listen to your expectations, adapt to the program of your event and meet the demands of the spectators.

There he obtained a diploma of musical study in classical guitar and chamber music.

It is after a concert by the group Latcho Drom that he is passionate about the music of Django.

He forms the group "Wild Camping" and plays on many scenes of France and Navarre.

In parallel, he teaches guitar for over 15 years at the EEA Tournefeuille, begins a collaboration with the troupe of the "Grenier de Toulouse" and performs on prestigious stages such as "L'Escale" or "Le Capitol Theater.

In 2012, he hosted a gypsy jam session at the "La Maison Blanche" café, and met many musicians from the Toulouse scene, including the musicians of The Toulouse Gypsy Jazz Band, which he joined in 2016.

Originally from Limousin, he began his professional career in 2003 with the group "Latcho Divès" with which he will skate the stages and festivals for more than ten years. Arrived in 2012 in Toulouse he joined several groups.

Very active in the Toulouse music scene, he also multiplies collaborations with many jazz / swing bands as a sideman.

Benjamin the guitarist is passionate at first in his adolescence for the electric bass and the Musiques Actuelles such as Rock and Funk.

At the age of 15, he fell in love with the music of Django Reinhardt and began his apprenticeship in the gypsy guitar. He founded several projects such as Oihana Quartet.

The group will perform on many prestigious stages (Paris Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival of Tournai in Belgium, Niglo Festival in Toulouse, Festival Novela Toulouse, Baisé Salé ...) and will be hailed by critics (Jazz Magazine, Django Station ...).

In 2007, he joined the Jazz Musicology class at the Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès.

He obtains a License Musicology Jazz and continues with a degree in Musicology with honors. His academic work will be published in Cahiers du Jazz (published by Éditions Outre Mesure) and Presses Universitaires du Mirail.

The group quickly became very successful throughout the great South and performed on many stages (Festival Éclats d'Enamel Jazz Limoges, Jazz Mercury in Toulouse, Jazz in Oloron, Jazz in March in Tarnos, Jazz in Saint Sat', Clari'Jazz Festival, Music Festival on the Way, Jazz in Comminges ...).

In 2018 he signed at the Label Laborie Jazz for the recording of his first album under the name of Benjamin Bobenrieth Trio "TRAVELS"!

He also joined in 2018 the band The Toulouse Gypsy Jazz Band and collaborates with many artists Toulouse and national!

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4. Silver Moon Jazz Band
Average booking price: €1,924 (as of October 2020)
Location: Paris, France

For more than 10 years, the musicians of Silver Moon Jazz Band have performed at birthdays, weddings and private parties in Paris, Hauts-de-Seine and Normandy.

Carried by the outstanding voice of American singer Jessica, Silver Moon Jazz Band stands out for its elegance and overflowing enthusiasm.

Intimate piano & voice duo, trio or complete quartet, the group adapts to your desires. Since each event is unique, so are the services of Silver Moon.

From the composition of the group to the songs performed, everything is tailor-made to make your evening an exceptional memory, for you and your guests.

Looking for an original jazz group in Hauts-de-Seine or Normandy? Silver Moon is for you.

Composed of four professional musicians, Silver Moon transports you to a world that is both unique and resolutely retro by reclaiming the classics of jazz music.

From the swing of the twenties to the standards of modern pop, each piece of their repertoire is tinged with a jazzy colour, evoking the hushed atmosphere of New York clubs.

Old jazz and the roaring twenties still appeal, which is why Silver Moon offers you the greatest classics of the genre, those that go back through time and remain timeless.

From Louis Armstrong to Etta James, the group pays tribute to jazz legends and their iconic pieces.

Why not give an unexpected twist to your event by offering your guests an original reinterpretation of their current favorite songs?

Each song is rearranged by Silver Moon Jazz Band for a unique result, which will undoubtedly impress your guests.

From the classic piano & voice duet to the full quartet, Silver Moon adapts to each of your desires for events that are always more personalized and closer to your expectations.

The group therefore offers you different formulas where the number of musicians varies, but where jazz remains king.

Discover here the different formulas of the group and choose the one that will make your event a unique and unforgettable moment for each of your guests...wedding, cocktail party, reception, private party.

Silver Moon puts all its energy at the service of the success of your party!

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5. The Provence Jazz Band
Average booking price: €1,332 (as of October 2020)
Location: Provence, France

The Provence Jazz Band offer you a jazz group composed of 3 to 7 professional musicians of your choice for live acoustic performances of the highest quality.

The repertoire includes Jazz standards from the 30s to the present day...Bebop, Swing, Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz and French Jazz songs.

So if you're looking to hire the finest jazz band Provence (France) has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with The Provence Jazz Band.

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6. The Nice Soul Band
Average booking price: €3,454 (as of October 2020)
Location: Nice, France

The Nice Soul Band is a jazz-inspired soul and pop covers band with an impressive repertoire of songs.

They are perfect for any wedding, corporate event or private party.

The band has been inspired by soul and jazz music, revisiting forgotten sounds and bringing them up to date through a modern set list of pop and soul songs, including covers of artists like Gnarls Barkley and Rihanna.

The singer is a Conservatoire-trained pianist and vocalist. Whilst pursuing a career in law, her demand as a soul singer grew so much that she ended up working full-time as a musician.

She has since travelled all over France with her band and continues to entertain at luxury weddings, high-end corporate events and restaurants, particularly along the French Riviera, in Monaco, Cannes, Antibes, Saint-Tropez and Aix-En-Provence.

The band has recently been featured on the prestigious Martha Stewart Weddings blog after their performance at Patricia & Ralph's stunning wedding at Pan Dei Palace, a castle in Saint-Tropez, in the south of France.

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7. The Montpellier Jazz Collective
Average booking price: €1,219 (as of October 2020)
Location: Montpellier, France

The Montpellier Jazz Collective is a jazz group made up of professional musicians based in Montpellier and its surroundings.

Rediscover through our repertoire the most beautiful pieces of jazz, bossa nova and French songs.

The Montpellier Jazz Collective has accompanied many events throughout the southern half of France...weddings, cocktails, vins d'honneur, birthdays, village festivals, etc.

For several years, the The Montpellier Jazz Collective has accompanied many events throughout the south of France – from weddings and cocktail receptions to birthday parties and village festivals.

We have a compact PA system that can also be used to play your MP3s at any time, for example during our breaks or after our sets, if you also require a DJ service.

The Montpellier Jazz Collective are able to learn any song requests you may have for your wedding or event. Please just let us know well in advance of your special day.

The Montpellier Jazz Collective are also able to roam or wander amongst your guests so the music feels truly "live" – something that can really add a special dimension to your event.

As experienced professional musicians, we are always courteous, discreet and dressed elegantly. Our music is 100% live without the use of any backing tracks.

So if you would like to hire us for your wedding reception or wedding ceremony, drinks reception, or any other event, The Montpellier Jazz Collective will be more than happy to help you add the magic touch to your special day.

Choosing a jazz duo allows you to have an intimate atmosphere with a controlled volume. Furthermore, musicians can quickly move their equipment to adapt to all situations (for example, if the weather becomes inclement).

We are available throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon region, including Hérault, Gard, Bouche du Rhône, Aude, Pyrénées Orientales, Tarn, Saint Christol de Rodières, Aveyron Vaucluse, Nîmes, Perpignan, Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse, Montagnac, Pézenas, Sète, Béziers, Avignon, Alès and elsewhere along the French Riviera.

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8. The Montpellier Swing Band
Average booking price: €1,745 (as of October 2020)
Location: Montpellier, France

The Montpellier Swing Band are in demand to perform at weddings, parties and corporate events in the South of France and throughout Europe.

They can entertain your guests with swing music for dancing, or perform more relaxed background music if you prefer.

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9. The Paris Jazz Band
Average booking price: €2,189 (as of October 2020)
Location: Paris, France

The Paris Jazz Band are a collective of professional jazz musicians based in Paris, France. Since 2009, they have been travelling throughout France and abroad for every type of event imaginable.

They have participated in the musical entertainment of more than 300 weddings, corporate cocktail receptions, birthdays, private parties, bachelor parties, festivals, concerts...

Are you looking for a gypsy jazz group for your wedding reception, a cocktail party, a birthday party or an evening corporate function in Paris?

When you organise an event, you want to be sure that you entertain your guests with pleasant ambient music. It's not always easy to find the find band for your event!

Well fear not, as you have found the ideal solution already! With The Paris Jazz Band, you are able to choose a group for your evening by personalising it yourself. No need to skim dozens of websites looking for the ideal line-up.

You can choose your set-up! You are free to choose the number of musicians as well as the type of instrument played at your event.

Depending on the type of your party and the musical atmosphere you are looking for, you can create your own gypsy jazz band – à la carte!

To help you in your choice, you will find many videos to illustrate each formula and to give you an idea of ​​the repertoire.

Thanks to these, you will be sure to make the right choice because the music you have on video will be the same for your event. No surprises – and satisfaction guaranteed!

We are sure that your ideal group is on this site! All you have to do is choose your formula.

Different formulas are possible. Choose the number of musicians and the type of instruments you prefer: duo, trio, quartet, guitar, violin, double bass, clarinet, accordion, jazz singer ...

Ask for a free quote via the contact form and you will get an answer in the next 24 hours.

Each performance generally consists of several hours of live music that will entertain your guests and ensure happy memories for all of your guests.

Although our musicians are based in Paris, we are available to travel across France and Europe.

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10. Panthéon Gypsy Jazz Band
Average booking price: €1,304 (as of October 2020)
Location: Paris, France

Panthéon Gypsy Jazz Band are regarded as one of the finest Parisian jazz bands.

A young and dynamic group of musicians, they are in demand to perform throughout France at weddings, parties and high-end corporate events.

We can in the quartet or + replace the second guitar by piano but it's easier if the piano is on site.

And we play also with an accordionist if you want a typical French touch.

Depending on the type of mood you wish, the musicians will know how to adapt with professionalism their musical repertoire.

Initially founded on the traditional Gipsy Swing and American Jazz repertoire, the band has opened up to new styles and has been able to rearrange the greats classics of the French repertoire as well as other traditional folklorish styles, e.g. Spanish, Russian, Italian...

Punctuated by many diverse rhythms (swing, waltz, boleros, tangos) and interpreted with energy, complicity and great mastery, Panthéon Gypsy Jazz Band is the guarantee for a certified quality musical performance!

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Some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about hiring a jazz band for your wedding or party...

What kind of music will the jazz band perform?

Our jazz bands perform a wide range of music – of course, each jazz band has a vast knowledge of the jazz standards and classics from the Great American Songbook. As well as that, our jazz bands perform a lot of swing music. Many of our jazz bands also play music from soul, rock n roll and pop. A particularly popular trend is for modern jazz bands to play pop or rock music but in a vintage and jazzy style. The Swing Of Things is a perfect example of this style. A swing band almost always includes a singer in the group. They will cover classic Rat Pack tunes (covering artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr). Many of our bands also perform in the Great Gatsby style, specialising in music from the 1920s – often with a more modern twist too and sometimes even combined with electro-swing music. This style is frequently referred to as post-modern jukebox band style. Gypsy jazz or gypsy swing (also known as jazz manouche) is also increasingly popular, as well as purely acoustic jazz bands. Trad and vintage jazz bands perform more Dixieland, ragtime music and New Orleans-inspired songs that originated in the early 1900s. These bands usually include a full brass or wind section, such as trumpet, trombone, and even sousaphone. These bands are often roaming jazz bands – and some can even perform as marching jazz bands. Blues bands are also featured on FixTheMusic as an especially popular jazz ensemble.

What kind of events will the jazz bands perform at?

On FixTheMusic, our jazz bands are booked to perform at a wide variety of events. The most common are weddings and corporate events, but they also entertain at charity functions, product launches, festivals, gala balls, hotels, restaurants and birthday parties.

Can you give me some examples of the kind of repertoire and songs the jazz bands will perform?

The most commonly requests jazz songs include: At Last (Etta James), All Of Me (jazz standard), Come Fly With Me, Fly Me To The Moon (both by Frank Sinatra), Georgia On My Mind (Ray Charles), It Don’t Mean A Thing (Duke Ellington), On The Sunny Side Of The Street and What A Wonderful World (both by Louis Armstrong). Other famous jazz singers or bands that our jazz groups will cover include Nat King Cole, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Billie Holliday, Jamie Cullum, Miles Davis, Otis Redding, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, George Gershwin, Michael Bublé and Nina Simone.

What line-ups are available with most jazz bands?

Jazz acts can range from solo jazz singers, right up to big bands and full jazz orchestras. The most commonly booked size of wedding jazz band on FixTheMusic is a 5-piece jazz band. This usually includes singer (male or female vocals), bass guitar (or upright double bass), drums, piano or keyboard and guitar. If you wanted a bigger line-up (e.g. a 6-piece or 7-piece jazz band), the additional instruments would likely include saxophone, trumpet, trombone or more singers. Jazz duos and jazz trios are also frequently booked – especially for background music, e.g. at an outdoor garden party, drinks reception or even a wedding ceremony.

How long does a jazz band usually perform for?

The standard sets a jazz band will perform are 2 x 60 minute sets. This could be split into 3 x 40 minute sets if you prefer. Some bands prefer to play for a bit shorter than this (e.g. 2 x 45 minute sets). The jazz band will always confirm this with you when they respond to your enquiry. From a cost perspective, it can be a good idea to hire the jazz band to provide live music for earlier in the day, as well as for the evening party. Most jazz & swing bands can provide some live music during the wedding ceremony or afternoon champagne reception at a small additional cost. Hiring a jazz band for your wedding reception is the most common request we receive at FixTheMusic. During the band's breaks, they will provide music from a laptop or similar device. This isn't quite the same as having a professional DJ, but it does ensure your entire evening of musical entertainment is covered. The laptop DJ service is usually provided free of charge by the jazz band. The standard arrival time for a band is 5pm. This gives them enough time to get set up and carry out their soundcheck. They will then finish by 12 midnight. If you wanted them to perform later into the night (e.g. until 1am or 2am) then there would likely be an additional cost for this.

Is it possible to see the jazz bands perform live before I book?

As most professional jazz bands perform at private events the majority of the time (such as weddings and corporate functions), it can often not be possible to see your chosen band performing live before you book. That said, some public gigs do occur now and then, so feel free to ask your band if they have anything coming up.

How much space will a jazz band take up?

You should consider that most musicians would need around 1.5 square metres each, and others (e.g. a pianist or keyboard player, or drummer) would need a bit more space than this. In addition, there would need to be space for the band's PA system and speakers. Our jazz bands are happy to be flexible though – just ask them about the dimensions at your venue if you're concerned and they will let you know what the ideal band size would be.

How loud will the jazz band be?

If your wedding venue has a sound or noise limiter installed, then you will want to consider the volume of the jazz band you are hiring. You can read more about this topic in our guide to sound limiters. Many of our jazz bands can perform without amplification (i.e. as just an acoustic jazz band) – but they are only really suitable as background music or where the number of guests at your event is relatively small. If you want the band to provide music for dancing (e.g. at your wedding reception), then you'll want the band to be amplified through their PA system. Instruments such as the band's drum kit and horns like a trumpet, trombone or saxophone, could trigger a noise limiter at your venue. It's always best to speak with your jazz band about any noise limits at the time of booking.

Should I hire a jazz or swing band for my wedding?

Yes! Our jazz bands are perfect for every part of your wedding day: from providing low-key music for your ceremony (e.g. a jazz singer and acoustic guitarist), to background music for your drinks reception in the afternoon (e.g. from a jazz duo or trio, or solo jazz sax player), to a larger swing band or big band – perfect for getting your guests dancing at the evening's party.

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— Adam is a co-founder of FixTheMusic and works on everything from copywriting and marketing to design and user experience. He studied Music at Cambridge University. Adam is a keen pianist, and also learned cello and trumpet from an early age.