The Top 12 Jazz Bands For Hire in the UK For 2021 (With Prices)

14 JANUARY 2020 (Updated 31 MARCH 2021)
Blog post by Adam Southall
Estimated read time: 3 minutes

In this blog post, we'll list out the 12 most popular jazz bands for weddings and events in the UK on FixTheMusic, based on the number of their confirmed bookings in 2021 and 2022.

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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Here's the list of the 12 best jazz bands for weddings and events in the UK...

1. Hot Swing
2. The Jazz Dukes
3. On The Rocks Jazz Band
4. The London Gypsy Jazz Band
5. Buona Notte Jazz Band
6. The Honeysuckle Jazz Band
7. The Jukebox Swing Band
8. The Moonshine Jazz Band
9. Crescent City Jazz Band
10. The Swing Of Things
11. Lucky Numbers Swing Band
12. Art Of Electro Swing

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

1. Hot Swing
Average booking price: £2,911 (as of April 2021)
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 horns 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.

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!

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 countries 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!

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2. The Jazz Dukes
Average booking price: £1,300 - £2,000 (as of April 2021)
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.

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3. On The Rocks Jazz Band
Average booking price: £2,726 (as of April 2021)
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 Gypsy Jazz Band
Average booking price: £480 - £960 (as of April 2021)
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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5. Buona Notte Jazz Band
Average booking price: £1,344 (as of April 2021)
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.

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6. The Honeysuckle Jazz Band
Average booking price: £1,014 (as of April 2021)
Location: Bristol, UK

The Honeysuckle Jazz Band are a 4-piece live jazz band based in Bristol with a large and varied repertoire able to cater to all events and any taste.

Whether you're looking for a laid-back set of jazz classics or some modern pop with a twist, The Honeysuckle Jazz Band will make the perfect addition to your wedding, corporate event or party.

Eve is a classically trained singer from Hastings, of Norwegian decent. She is in great demand to perform at wedding receptions, corporate events and private parties.

Her vocal style can be beautifully delicate in places yet strong and powerful in others. With this diverse signature sound, Eve brings magic to the classic jazz, soul and pop songs she chooses to sing.

With a strict policy of only performing songs she and her band love deeply, each set is remarkably passionate and crafted with expert professionalism. If you're looking to book a jazz band for your wedding reception, you need look no further.

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7. The Jukebox Swing Band
Average booking price: £1,478 (as of April 2021)
Location: Edinburgh, UK

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. The Moonshine Jazz Band
Average booking price: £779 (as of April 2021)
Location: London, UK

The Moonshine Jazz Band are a trio and quartet of vocals/drums, guitar and third/fourth musician on clarinet or double bass.

They perform 1920s/30s/40s Jazz & Swing hits – great for vintage themed parties (e.g. Great Gatsby), weddings and corporate events. The London-based musicians are happy to travel around the UK and abroad.

They have compiled a choice repertoire consisting of classic 'Roaring' 1920s/30s Gatsby-style hits, gypsy jazz, ragtime and instrumental options that can then be catered to any event no matter how big or small.

Whether an elegant sound for a restaurant, relaxing ambience for cocktails or wedding receptions, or getting the dancing started at a vintage upbeat party, they can adapt and dress the part too.

They can also provide entertainment ideal for garden parties and crowd mingling.

Previous clients in over a decade of gigging experience include The Goodwood Revival, The New Theatre Royal (Portsmouth), Gunwharf Quays, Rendevous Casinos, private weddings/parties and many exclusive hotels and restaurants along the South Coast and in the London area.

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9. Crescent City Jazz Band
Average booking price: £2,032 (as of April 2021)
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. The Swing Of Things
Average booking price: £1,550 (as of April 2021)
Location: London, UK

The Swing Of Things are a London-based modern jazz band made up of four experienced professional musicians.

Playing modern hits in a vintage, jazzy style, The Swing Of Things are in demand to perform at weddings, corporate functions, festivals and private parties throughout the UK and Europe.

The Swing Of Things offer a line-up of double bass, drums, electric guitar and female vocals and can tailor sets to suit your needs.

They are versatile enough to be able to play chilled out background music or upbeat music to keep your guests dancing from the beginning to the end of their sets.

The Swing Of Things can also do a bespoke arrangement of your favourite song, whether it's the first dance at a wedding or a special song for your birthday party.

The band is made up of professional musicians who have played at the top venues around the UK such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Forum, The Jazz Café and with some of the world’s leading musicians.

Their standard set up is a 4 piece consisting of female vocals, guitar, double bass and drums. Their 5 piece swing band is as above, but with the addition of either sax or trumpet.

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11. Lucky Numbers Swing Band
Average booking price: £2,015 (as of April 2021)
Location: London, UK

Lucky Numbers are an energetic swing band, that guarantees to get your feet tapping with their exciting arrangements from the swing era and beyond.

The band was founded with dancing in mind, but we find that our broad repertoire is popular with all ages and tastes. Ideal for weddings, parties and dance events, Lucky Numbers Swing Band is a professional, experienced and entertaining band that always goes down well!

Lucky Numbers often perform as a quartet or quintet for more cosy, intimate gigs, but we are more in our element as the 'full throttle' 6 piece band heard on the recordings.

The band's standard lineup is a six-piece swing band. However, if you're planning on hosting a quieter and more intimate event then why not book The Lucky Numbers quartet (Vocals, Saxophone, Double Bass and Drums). Or their completely acoustic instrumental jazz (Saxophone, Trumpet, Double Bass and Drums).

The core element of the jazz band's music is based on the 1920s swing style, including classic swing songs such as the Charleston, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" and "Is you is or is you ain't my baby".

However, they also cater for a larger audience by performing up to date chart songs by artists such as George Ezra, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and many more.

The band mainly performs with their female singer, but If you have a particular preference just let the band know. They're the perfect swing band for your wedding reception or party.

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12. Art Of Electro Swing
Average booking price: £1,495 (as of April 2021)
Location: Leeds, UK

Art Of Electro Swing are a 21st-century anomaly – a collective of loveable rogues hell-bent on redefining live dance music.

Weaving the sounds of 1920's New Orleans jazz, sizzling swing and bouncing Balkan brass with thoroughly modern dance styles, Art Of Electro Swing have created a uniquely exciting take on electro swing.

Art Of Electro Swing are in demand to perform at festivals, weddings and parties throughout the UK and Europe. They are widely considered to be the finest and most authentic electro-swing band in the UK.

It was in early 2013 when guitarist Max and clarinettist Oliver, having played in highly eclectic bands over the years, decided to create a fully live Electro-Swing band.

The early stages relied on the studio-produced beats and bass lines being mixed live by scratch DJ Taro, but later the boys began implementing live synths, delays and other effects into their sound.

As the group's electronic aspect was developing, they were also bringing their various backgrounds to bear upon a traditional swing repertoire, as an attempt to resurrect the sounds of the 'Hot Jazz' musicians such as Sydney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Django Reinhardt, while casting aside the staunch conservatism of British trad jazz revivalists.

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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.

How much do jazz bands charge?

The average price to hire a jazz band for a wedding in the UK is £975. This is the usual price for a 3-piece jazz band. For larger jazz bands, you can expect to pay more, e.g. a 4-piece jazz band would normally cost around £1,250 – and larger jazz & swing bands will be more expensive depending on the number of musicians in the band.

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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.