The Top 14 Best Jazz Bands For Hire in the UK For 2024 (With Prices)

Updated 2 April 2024
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The Top 14 Best Jazz Bands For Hire in the UK For 2024 (With Prices)

In this blog post, we'll reveal the 14 most popular jazz bands for weddings and events in the UK on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings in 2024 and 2025.

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

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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 reception, cocktails or private party truly memorable.

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Every band on this list has been selected because they have the most bookings on our platform. The team at FixTheMusic invite only exceptional musicians to join the platform, so the wedding bands highlighted here are truly the best of the best. Each band featured on FixTheMusic undergoes rigorous evaluation, chosen for their exceptional musicianship, verified reviews from past couples, high-quality videos, and dedication to customer satisfaction. We update this list regularly as new bands rise through the ranks and existing bands evolve.

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Here's the list of the 14 best jazz bands for weddings and events in the UK...

1. The Prohibition Jazz Band
2. The Jazz Dukes
3. On The Rocks Jazz Band
4. The London Jazz Trio
5. Buona Notte Jazz Band
6. The Nightjars
7. The Jukebox Swing Band
8. Hot Swing
9. Crescent City Jazz Band
10. Swing Masters
11. Swing State
12. The London Gypsy Jazz Band
13. Mist & Gold
14. Jo & The Jazz

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

1. The Prohibition Jazz Band
Average booking price: £1,500 - £2,500 (as of April 2024)
Location: London, UK

Performing stunning renditions of jazz classics as well as putting a swinging spin on modern hits, The Prohibition Jazz Band are a must-have addition to any stylish event.

The Prohibition Jazz Band are a glamorous 6 piece band who have played around the world with legends like Shirley Bassey, including private audiences with Liza Minnelli.

We also offer a trumpet to form a 7 piece band to add another dimension to our sound.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Dromoland Castle Hotel in Ireland and Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder, Scotland.

Our default 5-piece line up is Female Vocals, Keys, Double Bass, Saxophone & Drums.

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Fronted by vivacious vocalist Sarah and oozing old school glamour, these musicians have graced the stages of venues like The Ritz, The Savoy, Ronnie Scotts and the world famous QE2.

The Prohibition Jazz Band are experienced performers at corporate events and private parties, as well as wedding celebrations, with a speciality for 1920s-style events.

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

  • Dromoland Castle, Ireland
  • Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland
  • Warsaw, Poland

Their huge repertoire of songs takes in jazz, swing, soul, pop and the popular Postmodern Jukebox numbers.

So if you're looking to hire the finest vintage jazz band London has to offer for your wedding, event or Gatsby-themed party, get in touch with The Prohibition Jazz Band.

Regular clients

  • United Nations
  • Microsoft
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Supercar Owners Circle
  • Watches of Switzerland
  • British Insurance Awards
  • Geneva Motor Show
  • British Tourism & Travel Show
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Gordon Ramsay Group
  • Quaglinos
  • The Four Seasons
  • The Mandarin Oriental
  • Soho House
  • Honeywell

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2. The Jazz Dukes
Average booking price: £1,735 (as of April 2024)
Location: London, UK

The Jazz Dukes are one of London's finest Jazz & Swing bands for hire. Available for bookings in London, across the UK and abroad at events ranging from weddings and parties to corporate events and awards nights.

From background dinner/drinks music to upbeat classics that will fill the dance floor, they have got it all covered! This line-up is made up of in-demand London jazz musicians who have performed at Ronnie Scotts, Buckingham Palace, The Royal Albert Hall and The Barbican.

As well as being selected as the House Band for The National Restaurant Awards 2018, The Jazz Dukes have performed at the UK’s most exclusive venues and abroad for events in Athens, Mallorca, Norway, The French Alps, Switzerland and many more.

Offering a variety of different band options from Trio to Quartet to the full 5-Piece band, they can tailor the line-up to your event!

Specialising in Jazz and Swing from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and The Rat Pack, their repertoire also includes Soul, Rock n' Roll Motown, Pop and post-modern arrangements meaning they are extremely versatile, and possibly the finest jazz band London has to offer.

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

  • The Dorchester, Park Lane, London
  • Rosewood Hotel, High Holborn
  • Aloft Excel Hotel, London, UK
  • Palma, Mallorca
  • Stavanger, Norway
  • Athens, Greece
  • The French Alps
  • Lord's Cricket Ground, London
  • The Royal Automobile Club
  • Park Row Brasserie & Bar
  • The House of Lords
  • Hengrave Hall
  • Grosvenor House Hotel
  • St Christopher's Place
  • Arosa, Switzerland
  • The Hurlingham Club
  • Great Conservatory, Syon Park, Brentford, London
  • University of Warwick
  • Warwick Arts Centre
  • Uppingham School

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3. On The Rocks Jazz Band
Average booking price: £3,000 - £10,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: London, UK

On The Rocks Jazz Band is a top-class collective of London's finest jazz musicians.

Whether it's an instrumental trio, a vocally fronted 10 piece jazz ensemble or perhaps a solo saxophonist that you're after, On The Rocks Jazz Band is just what you're looking for.

Inspired by classic swing and jazz, On The Rocks Jazz Band will serve you some of the greatest jazz covers of all time, as well as some postmodern jukebox, inspired hits.

With their vast and varied repertoire, On The Rocks Jazz Band will have the perfect song for every occasion, big or small.

This talented band has years of industry experience and frequently performs across the country at weddings, private parties and corporate events, making them arguably the best jazz band in the UK and one of the finest modern jazz bands in the country.

If you love all things vintage, On The Rocks Jazz Band is the perfect choice for you, with the classy renditions of some of your favourite jazz and swing hits, as well as some contemporary, modern tunes.

Always dressed to the nines, On The Rocks Jazz Band will have the elegance and style needed to add that extra spark to your event.

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4. The London Jazz Trio
Average booking price: £1,249 (as of April 2024)
Location: London, UK

The London Jazz Trio are widely regarded as the finest jazz trio in London for weddings, corporate events and parties.

Performing since 2016, they entertain at well over one hundred events every year in the UK and internationally.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at The Langham Hotel in Marylebone and Aga Khan Centre in London, UK.

The London Jazz Trio are a classy jazz trio performing at luxury events & weddings worldwide.

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They are the perfect choice for live entertainment during dinner parties and soireés. A popular choice for wedding receptions too, with classic jazz and swing standards to entertain guests.

The trio consists of piano, double bass and saxophone. They also offer the option to add a singer or drummer for larger performances.

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

  • The Langham Hotel
  • Aga Khan Centre
  • One Belgravia
  • Marylebone Hotel
  • De Vere Hotels
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Ascot Racecourse
  • Primo Bar
  • Savoy Hotel Group
  • Banham
  • Froyle Park
  • Syon House

So if you're looking to hire the finest jazz band London has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with The London Jazz Trio.

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5. Buona Notte Jazz Band
Average booking price: £1,344 (as of April 2024)
Location: London, UK

Buona Notte Jazz Band are an Anglo-Italian vintage jazz band with a unique sound that brings to their audiences a taste of la dolce vita with their modern twist on vintage, classic Italian songs, gypsy-jazz, swing and jazz standards in English and Italian.

Let the band take you on a Vespa ride back to retro Bella Italia with a mix of Italian swing favourites like 'Volare' and 'That’s Amore' intertwined with rustic Roman Stornelli, romantic Neapolitan ballads, enticing bossa nova and samba rhythms along with foot-tapping rock 'n' roll and boogie-woogie.

Since the group formed in 2014, Buona Notte Jazz Band have gone from strength to strength, performing both in the UK and internationally at weddings, corporate events and private parties.

Past clients include exclusive VIP wedding destination La Cervara in Portofino, Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, Bella Vita Expo in London, Festival Italia at Brands Hatch, Just Eat Food Festival in Shoreditch, The English Italian Awards, Horsham Piazza Italia, Wilton's Music Hall, Manchester Palace Hotel, The Beaumont Estate and Le Quecumbar Gypsy Jazz Bar.

What our couples say...

"I couldn't recommend Buona Notte Jazz Band highly enough, they played at our wedding reception making it ever so special. Our guests still talk about how amazing they were during their performance and I couldn't say thank you enough for making the all experience so smooth and pleasant - which is so important while planning a wedding on your own. Lovely people, but most of all truly amazing artists!"
— Mary Berg, wedding at Landmark Hotel, London, UK

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6. The Nightjars
Average booking price: £1,500 - £2,500 (as of April 2024)
Location: London, UK

This suave and stylish jazz band known for their classic renditions of the genre's greatest hits, as well as contemporary pop, is led by a talented male vocalist whose voice evokes memories of legendary crooners such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Michael Bublé.

The Nightjars have performed at numerous weddings and events, performing during drinks receptions and dinners, while also performing some of the greatest swing classics to a filled dance floor.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at The Ivy Soho Brasserie on Broadwick Street in London.

With their impeccable musicianship and stage presence, the band quickly gained a reputation for their captivating performances, landing them numerous performances worldwide.

Their sound is a seamless blend of classic jazz, swing, and pop, drawing on the styles of the greats while infusing their unique personality and flair. Their versatile setlist allows them to adapt to any occasion, from intimate events to grand-scale concerts.

The band is highly scalable, from a trio up to a 6-piece, and can perform as either a vocal or instrumental led outfit. Their roaming acoustic sets are a particular highlight, providing an unforgettable, up-close-and-personal experience for audiences.

With a passion for excellence and a commitment to delivering unforgettable performances, this jazz band continues to entertain crowds, captivating audiences with their soulful sound and suave style.

What our couples say...

"The Nightjars performed at our wedding in Norfolk. We booked the instrumental trio to play during our drinks reception and their singer Freddie joined them for another set during our wedding breakfast. We spoke with Chris during the planning stages - he was responsive, friendly, and helpful. On the day the band were simply fantastic and created the perfect atmosphere with their music. We made a couple of special requests (favourite songs of parents) which they included in the dinner set and these made it really special. Wouldn’t hesitate to book them again in the future for anything!"
— Tom Bradley, wedding at The Reading Room, Alby, Norwich, UK

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7. The Jukebox Swing Band
Average booking price: £1,626 (as of April 2024)
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

As the finest jazz band based in Scotland, The Jukebox Swing Band began its musical life as a classic swing and jazz band. However, influences of the 1950s, classic film themes and current music began to inspire the band.

Combining their love of old and new music, The Jukebox Swing Band offers up “pop-swing” by remastering modern favourites into vintage style tunes that sit happily alongside jazz standards. Old and young find themselves dancing the night away in their own personal nostalgia.

Inspired by the internet sensation Postmodern Jukebox, The Jukebox Swing Band have both covered and arranged a large number of modern songs in vintage swing style.

The popularity of this “modern-swing” has seen the band perform at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh International Conference Centre and as the house band for the premiere of Hyena at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Their lively set has something for everyone to enjoy – whether you are looking for the classics of Benny Goodman, the guitar solos of Chuck Berry or perhaps, the unlikely swing covers of a cheesy 90s favourite! This guarantees their spot as one of the best swing bands for weddings in the UK today.

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8. Hot Swing
Average booking price: £2,740 (as of April 2024)
Location: London, UK

Hot Swing are the all singing, all swinging heart of the party, getting everyone on the dance floor to Lindy hop, Jive and boogie the night away.

With stunning three-part harmonies, scorching horn lines and a rip-roaring rhythm section, Hot Swing hark back to the Golden Age of Swing with music from the likes of Benny Goodman, Louis Prima and Louis Jordan to name but a few.

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We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at The Marylebone Hotel in London and Hampton Court House in East Molesey.

Not to be held back, they have also turned their considerable talents to reworking songs from the modern era, transforming dance and pop hits from the 21st century into swing classics!

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With the successful release of their debut album, headline performances at festivals including Love Supreme Jazz Festival and stages around the world, Hot Swing are ready and able to mix it up with the best of them!

Featuring the finest musicianship from some of the country's best young jazz musicians, Hot Swing are a sure fire hit with everyone from those pesky kids of today, to the good old fashioned old timers!

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

  • The Marylebone Hotel, London
  • Inner Temple Gardens, London
  • Hampton Court House
  • 103 New Bond Street, London
  • Rise London, 41 Luke Street
  • Sea Containers Hotel London
  • Cardiff, UK
  • Buckingham
  • Sandgate, UK

So if you're looking to hire the finest jazz and swing band London has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with Hot Swing.

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9. Crescent City Jazz Band
Average booking price: £2,032 (as of April 2024)
Location: London, UK

Crescent City Jazz Band's infectious foot-stomping live shows have taken the London vintage scene by storm, quickly establishing them as the band that most accurately evokes the bold, brassy, blues-infused spirit of 1920s New Orleans jazz.

Equally at home wowing rapturous crowds at London venues like The Ditch, The Nightjar and Wilton’s Music Hall or adding stylishly toe-tapping vintage sounds to a wedding celebration or prohibition-era spirit to a Great Gatsby party, we also appear in the short movie Melvin (2015), shot at the famous Pinewood Studios.

As one recent client put it, we are “A big genius slice of New Orleans served up to lucky Londoners without the airfare!”

Members of our band have played with Madness, Jimmy Somerville, Death in Vegas, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ken Colyer, Mike Daniels, Martine McCutcheon, Paul Weller, The Divine Comedy, DJ Yoda and Kym Mazelle.

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10. Swing Masters
Average booking price: £1,920 (as of April 2024)
Location: London, UK

Swing Masters are a swing band that have the ability to play jazz and pretty much any other genre of music too.

Fronted by swing and jazz vocalist Adam, the band have been able to craft their trade and become one of the most sought-after swing bands that the UK has to offer.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at The Savoy Hotel in Covent Garden, London.

In 2016 they introduced a new set list to cater for both swing and party music so they now offer a mixture to ensure that they play something for everyone and have the ability to keep the dance floor busier than ever.

Wearing the all blue stylish and slick suits they really stand out as being the band no one would mistake them for anything else, who else would wear such a bright suit to a wedding or event, but it does make a statement and is really in keeping with the feel of the band ant the music they play.

Made up of top London musicians the swing band are one of the most popular the website has to offer.

The band was carefully crafted to ensure it has the means to read any audience and give them exactly what they need and want to dance.

From Sinatra to Stevie Wonder to Bruno Mars, Swing Masters play it all and they play it with style and class!

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11. Swing State
Average booking price: £947 (as of April 2024)
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Swing State are a jazz & swing band based in West Yorkshire, who are in great demand to perform at weddings, festivals, restaurants, corporate events and private parties throughout northern England.

Swing State are a dynamic jazz collective of experienced conservatoire-trained musicians performing traditional jazz favourites.

We're regularly booked to perform for weddings and events at Newby Hall & Gardens in Ripon.

They can provide a trio, quartet, quintet or their full six-piece outfit to add a touch of class to any occasion whether it be for background listening or for your guests to show off their moves on the dance floor.

Swing State, an international group of talented musicians, have performed live on BBC Radio 3, at renowned jazz venues across the UK such as Ronnie Scott's, SevenArts Leeds and Pizza Express Jazz Club, as well as at numerous private events and weddings, including at high-profile venues such as The Royal Automobile Club.

They are able to offer one free song request if it's not already in their repertoire list, depending on suitability. Most of their clients book them for a performance duration of 2 x 45-minute sets.

It takes them approximately 60 - 90 minutes to set up before their performance.

They can provide suitable pre-recorded music during their intervals, or you can bring your own playlist on an iPod or similar and use their PA system. They provide their own lighting.

With the perfect balance of experience, talent and youthful energy, Swing State are sure to make your event one to remember.

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

  • Newby Hall & Gardens, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon, UK
  • Dorset Avenue, South Shields, UK
  • Todwick, Sheffield

What our couples say...

"Thank you so much for providing the music for our afternoon tea at our wedding. You were absolutely brilliant and just perfect for the event! Everyone commented on how good you were. Your choice of music was ideal and your performance superb. You were extremely flexible and worked around the changing timetable due to the weather. We would recommend you without question! Thank You again."
— Angela Bailey, wedding in Grantham, Lincolnshire

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12. The London Gypsy Jazz Band
Average booking price: £1,500 - £2,500 (as of April 2024)
Location: London, UK

The London Gypsy Jazz Band is a professional gypsy jazz & swing quartet founded in 2017.

They have been active in the UK's music scene performing in various jazz clubs, bringing traditional swing and pop numbers on stage delivered with a unique style and a cheerful attitude that keeps the attention of the listener from the first to the last song.

Their traditional lineup and sound make them a perfect fit for dance events and vintage parties. The London Gypsy Jazz Band were recently booked on FixTheMusic to perform at a product launch in Soho Square, London.

The London Gypsy Jazz Band are a modern swing band that can appear as a duo, trio or a quartet line up. They are widely considered to be one of the UK's best modern Gypsy jazz bands available for hire. Their basic format is as a traditional swing line up that consists of two guitars and double bass.

If you're looking for an awesome live jazz band for your party or event, you can't go wrong with this jazz group. The repertoire of the band combines traditional swing and Django Reinhardt tracks with modern jazz which also collaborates with a team of talented singers that bring a vintage jazz edge to the whole experience.

The line up is compact and being an acoustic act they make a perfect match for events where background music is required.

Their ability to interact with the audience when required combined with a cheerful vibe and virtuosity on the style makes them stand as a great showband. Their quirky and upbeat style of playing always gets guests moving and provides an interesting talking point at events.

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13. Mist & Gold
Average booking price: £850 - £2,900 (as of April 2024)
Location: Manchester, UK

Hailing from the vibrant city of Manchester, Mist & Gold stands as a paragon of sophistication and versatility within the realm of jazz.

Our ensemble is dedicated to infusing timeless melodies into weddings, corporate events, and private functions, both within the enchanting North-West region and across the entirety of the United Kingdom.

Mist & Gold's repertoire spans a vast spectrum of musical treasures, from the timeless allure of Ella Fitzgerald and the suave charisma of Michael Bublé to the soulful notes of Norah Jones and the contemporary artistry of PJ Morton.

Comprising world-class professional musicians who frequently grace the stages of renowned venues nationwide, Mist & Gold consistently delivers a musical performance of unparalleled excellence.

We understand that every event is unique, and our commitment to tailor-fitting your experience is unwavering.

Whether you seek the vintage charm of a prohibition-style 1920s jazz ensemble, the soulful resonance of a modern blues and soul quartet, the intimate allure of a classy jazz duo, or something wonderfully bespoke, Mist & Gold is dedicated to providing a stylish, high-quality, and creatively crafted musical experience that aligns perfectly with your event's essence.

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14. Jo & The Jazz
Average booking price: £2,000 - £5,000 (as of April 2024)
Location: London, UK

Jo, the lead singer for Jo & The Jazz, has been captivating audiences with her distinctive and alluring performances for years in the UK and abroad.

With their wide selection of music, Jo & The Jazz can perform for events and weddings and can create custom entertainment for any occasion.

The best jazz and blues artists in the UK make up Jo & The Jazz.

Jo & The Jazz has played at numerous major events, festivals, and venues for more than ten years, including Ronnie Scott's, The Pheasantry, the London Jazz festival, 606 club, Glastonbury, and has been on BBC radio shows and the X Factor.

Recently, Jo & The Jazz travelled to Ireland, Egypt, and Mykonos to play for prestigious clients including Bvlgari, Debeers, and The Chelsea Flower Show.

Jo has made a comeback as the Evrima Yacht's Guest Entertainer for the Ritz Carlton Collection.

You can see that Jo & The Jazz consistently deliver the best in high-end entertainment that you will remember forever after having performed in a number of London's prestigious Park Lane establishments, including The Savoy and the Ritz, to name a few.

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We hope you've enjoyed reading this list of the best jazz bands UK has to offer for hire in 2024.

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

How much does it cost to hire a jazz band?

In 2024, the average price to hire a jazz band in the UK is £1,650. This is the usual price for a 4-piece jazz band performing 2 x 60 minute sets at a wedding and providing their own sound equipment and instruments. For larger jazz bands, you can expect to pay more, e.g. a 5-piece jazz band would normally cost around £1,950 – and even larger jazz & swing bands will be more expensive depending on the number of musicians in the band.

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.

Is it worth hiring a jazz or swing band for my wedding?

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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In this blog post, we'll reveal the 5 most popular wedding bands in Somerset on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings for 2024 and 2025. Somerset is home to some of the finest wedding bands in the UK...bands that perform regularly at high-end corporate events and celebrity weddings. <a role="button" href="/enquiries/create/" class="c-button"> Receive quotes from Somerset wedding bands </a> FixTheMusic is free to use – you are always in direct contact with musicians and can book easily
21 April 2024
The Top 14 Best Wedding Bands in the UK with Male & Female Vocals

The Top 14 Best Wedding Bands in the UK with Male & Female Vocals

In this blog post, we'll list the 14 most popular wedding bands in the UK with male & female vocals on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings in 2024 and 2025. The UK is home to some of the finest wedding bands and singers in Europe...bands that perform regularly at high-end corporate events and celebrity weddings. <a role="button" href="https://www.fixthemusic.com/browse/wedding-bands?categories=wedding-bands&page=1&location=ChIJqZHHQhE7WgIReiWIMkOg-MQ&location_text=UK&sort_by=distance" class="c-button"> Browse UK Wedding Bands </a> You'll see that there is a huge range of styles and that
19 April 2024
The Top 30 Best Wedding Bands in the UK For 2024 (With Prices)

The Top 30 Best Wedding Bands in the UK For 2024 (With Prices)

In this blog post, we'll list the 30 most popular wedding bands in the UK on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings for 2024 and 2025 as well as verified reviews from real couples The UK is home to some of the finest cover bands in Europe - bands that perform regularly at high-end corporate events and celebrity weddings. You'll see that there is a huge range of styles and that many of our recommended function bands
18 April 2024
The Top 10 Jazz Bands in London For 2024 (With Prices)

The Top 10 Jazz Bands in London For 2024 (With Prices)

In this blog post, we'll reveal the 10 most popular jazz bands for hire for weddings and events in London on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings for 2024 and 2025. London 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. You'll see that there is a good range of jazz and swing styles and that many of the jazz bands offer something
17 April 2024