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Give your event a speakeasy feel with a jazz band. Fill the air with sultry vocals, rich double bass and chilled piano solos. Jazz is a versatile genre, which can easily morph between being the centre of attention and harmonious music floating in the background.

Headliner helps you source and book great soloists, bands and DJs for your wedding, party or corporate event. Find and hire a jazz band for your event.

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    • Between the Lines

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      Fronted by the talented Sylvia on vocals and backed by some of London's top musicians ‘Between The Lines’ can provide a great entertainment package for your event whether it be a party, themed event, wedding or function. The band are all highly-experienced performers and have a wide repertoire ...
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      Fee from £750
    • VIP: The Ultimate Function Band

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      VIP: The Ultimate Function Band This international party band is made up of a collection of the highest quality professional session musicians and vocalists who specialise in performing choice party tracks from the wide ranging genres of Funk; Soul; Motown; Rock; Indie; Pop and Disco.  VIP ...
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    • The Alchemists

      Band act for hire
      The Alchemists maintain a vintage style, a vinyl sound, they have a repertoire of popular songs and add their own unique twists, they're truly unforgettable. Take swing, latin, jazz, soul, funk, infuse it with contemporary pop, add some spices, flavour and you might have a good idea. ...
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    • Jazz Retrospective

      Band act for hire
      Jazz Retrospective perform classic Jazz standards from Swing, Latin, Jazz Waltz & beyond with a focus on warm tones and hypnotising melodies that makes them the perfect background accompaniment to events both large and small. Featuring a selection of top UK Jazz musicians this accomplished band ...
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      Fee from £999
    • Kaia

      Duo act for hire
      Kaia is a London based singer who can perform a wide range of styles such as Rnb, Soul, Jazz, Funk and Pop. Alongside Kaia is two incredible musicians who play piano, guitar and bass. Kaia can be hired as a solo performer, duet or a trio. With over 10 year of experience performing at places ...
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      Fee from £300
    • Vitality Three

      Trio act for hire
      The Vitality Three is dedicated to performing and recording authentic 1920s jazz in the original “piano trio” format. This often-neglected repertoire ranges from Scott Joplin’s rags and Jelly Roll Morton’s famous trio performances to new explorations of the clarinet styles of masters of the ...
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      Fee from £500
    • The London Jazz Soul Orchestra

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      The London Jazz Soul Orchestra are a 2 - 6 piece group formed up of some of London's most exciting players, fronted by world class Canadian multi instrumentalist Selena Evangeline. The LJSO are a result of natural comings together of professional musicians. Professionals in both music and ...
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      Fee from £630
    • Cafe Manouche

      Band act for hire
      Formed by three brothers, Cafe Manouche are a young and exciting vintage style Gypsy Jazz & Swing band, playing the old fashioned way in style. With Vintage style female vocals, swinging guitars, hot double bass and melodic accordion/piano (when available) Playing music from 1910 - 1950s ...
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      Fee from £800
    • Dixie Strollers

      Band act for hire
      The Dixie Strollers are a young seven piece jazz band in the Dixie/New Orleans style of the 1920s-50s, made up of students from two of the top music conservatories in London. Between them the band have played in all of the major London jazz venues including Ronnie Scott's, The Vortex, and the ...
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    • The Cocktail Hour Jazz Band

      Quartet act for hire
      We are all working musicians of international acclaim, performing at places from Ronnie Scotts and the 606 jazz club in London, to Wembley stadium. Our musicians have worked with the likes of Tom Jones, Madonna, Jamie Cullum, Claire Martin etc. We provide services for private functions, parties ...
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      Fee from £850
    • Maya & The Brassberries

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      Maya and The Brassberries is a 6-piece unique sounding London based vocals + brass band, consisting of one of the finest musicians coming from renowned music schools such as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity College of Music and Middlesex University. The band plays creative ...
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      Fee from £900
    • Sharp Four

      Quartet act for hire
      s h a r p f o u r are a professional vocal-led jazz and soul quartet based in London. With years of experience, a wealth of talent and a unique, high-class look, s h a r p f o u r are available to perform at any event anywhere in the world. From background music at a drinks reception to full ...
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      Fee from £1150

    JAZZ WITH HEADLINER

    Are you looking to hire a jazz band?

    Looking for a relaxed and inviting evening for your next drinks reception or dinner? Jazz bands, jazz ensembles and jazz combos vary in the number of members, the variety of instruments, and the particular jazz style they specialise in. A larger jazz band is often made up of rhythm and horn sections, and some jazz bands feature singers. You can also hire jazz soloists.

    There are many styles of jazz music and a band will usually specialise in one or two, such as traditional and Dixieland (aka trad.), swing, blues, modern, freestyle (or free) and acid jazz. Many acts also cover modern popular music in a jazz style. Whatever style you choose for your event, jazz music exudes cool and sophistication, and can provide a range of atmospheres, be it upbeat and lively, or sultry, mellow and chilled.

    Jazz bands offer a complete entertainment package, with most providing all the equipment needed for their performance without the need to hire further sound and lighting equipment.

    What music does a jazz band play?

    The term ‘jazz’ encompasses a wide variety of musical genres. While some jazz bands will stick to their speciality style, others can offer a range of genres or play popular music in a jazz style. A typical jazz band’s repertoire might feature artists such as:

    • Louis Armstrong
    • Irving Berlin
    • Michael Bublé
    • Nat King Cole
    • Bing Crosby
    • Jamie Cullum
    • Miles Davis
    • Duke Ellington
    • Ella Fitzgerald
    • Connie Francis
    • George Gershwin
    • Billie Holliday
    • Etta James
    • Dean Martin
    • Charlie Parker
    • Cole Porter
    • Nina Simone
    • Otis Redding
    • Nina Simone
    • Frank Sinatra

    The set list for each artist is available to view on their individual profile page.

    Popular types of jazz band you can hire on Headliner

    Headliner’s most popular types of jazz band include:

    1. Traditional jazz bands

      Encompassing old school jazz, classic Charleston music and the sounds of New Orleans, thought to be the birthplace of jazz. Featuring artists like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Kid Ory.

    2. Swing jazz bands

      This style often features a singer, performing classic ‘Rat Pack’ tunes as sung by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior, but also Bing Crosby and Glenn Miller. Also includes contemporary music from artists like Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum.

    3. Contemporary Pop Music in a jazz style

      Many modern jazz musicians have taken influence from a variety of music genres. This musical versatility has spawned a huge increase of bands who can perform modern pop music with an authentic jazz style. This is perfect for customers who don’t know their Gershwin from their Grapelli but want that jazz sound and style at their event!

    4. Jazz Standards bands

      These bands usually take musical inspiration from the Great American Songbook and strongly melodic middle of the road (MOR) jazz classics. Jazz Standards bands sometimes include a singer, but not always.

    Where in the UK do Headliner jazz bands perform?

    Jazz bands are booked for a wide variety of events at locations across the UK and internationally – for weddings, corporate events, private parties, venues, and festivals. The locations where our jazz bands are most commonly booked include:

    Most popular counties:
      • Kent
      • Surrey
      • Oxfordshire
      • Hertfordshire
      • Hampshire
      • Essex
      • North Yorkshire
      • Warwickshire
      • Buckinghamshire
      • West Yorkshire
      • Cheshire
      • Cambridgeshire
      • Lancashire
      • West Midlands
      • Berkshire
      • Devon
      • Gloucestershire
      • Derbyshire
      • West Sussex
      • East Sussex
      • Suffolk
      • Greater Manchester
      • Dorset
      • Northamptonshire
      • Leicestershire
      • Merseyside
      • Somerset
      • Wiltshire
      • Shropshire
      • Bedfordshire
    Most popular cities:

    Is a jazz band suitable for my event?

    Usually booked as the headline evening entertainment, but equally suitable for daytime occasions, jazz bands are perfect for events including:

    • Weddings
    • Corporate events
    • Private parties
    • Bar Mitzvas and Bat Mitzvas
    • Charity fundraiser events
    • Black Tie events
    • Gala Balls
    • Festivals
    • Fêtes and street parties
    • Pubs / clubs / venues
    • HM Armed Forces Events
    • Hotels & Restaurants
    • University events

    Jazz bands can create a variety of atmospheres, personalised for your special occasion. Whether you want refined background music for a tea party or drinks reception, a sultry love serenade as your wedding ceremony entertainment or first dance, or something more spirited for a street party, fête or for a glitzy corporate event, a jazz band is the perfect accompaniment.

    Once you’ve identified the ideal tone for your event, our Entertainment Coordinators can advise you on a range of bands who may be suitable, and talk you through the options available. As well as specialising in one or two particular jazz styles, many of our bands also offer popular music, that most of your guests will know and love, performed in their own inimitable style.

    For weddings, a jazz band can often offer the complete entertainment package, providing music to complement the ceremony, wedding breakfast, and drinks reception, as well as background music between sets. The options available can help to keep costs down, instead of hiring separate artists for your wedding day.

    For corporate events, jazz bands can provide lively walk-on music for awards ceremonies.

    How much does it cost to hire a jazz band?

    The cost of a jazz band will vary depending on travel distance to your event, and the number of members in the band – from 3-piece combos to jazz orchestras with around 20 members, and anything in-between!

    In 2017, the average price of a 3–5-piece jazz band is around £750 – £1,200.

    Large, blue-ribbon big bands and jazz orchestras specialising in corporate events can vary in price between £2,500 – £10,000 depending on size and experience.

    Here’s a rough breakdown of the cost range of different jazz bands and singers:

    Type of Act Cost Range
    Solo jazz singer (with backing tracks) £270 - £650
    Solo jazz musician £200 - £600
    Jazz Duos £250 - £1,100
    3-piece bands £450 - £1,200
    5-piece bands £700 - £2,700
    7-piece bands + £1,200 - £3,700
    Big bands & jazz orchestras £2,500 - £7,250+

    How long will a jazz band play for?

    The majority of jazz bands will usually offer two 60-minute performances for an evening party, though many can play for longer if required. Entertainment might also be split into three 40-minute sets, if preferred. For weddings and formal evening events, couples occasionally like jazz bands to play during their drinks reception and their evening meal. In this case, a band may perform three 60-minute sets for an additional charge. Our jazz bands tend to be pretty flexible around your event needs.

    Start times for evening performances, usually work around your catering! If guests have just eaten, you will probably need to allow some time before they’re ready to get up and dance. For most evening events, the band would arrive at 6pm and get set up and sound checked by 7.30pm to 8pm. Performance might start at 9pm, with the second set at around 10.30pm, through to a standard midnight curfew. Many jazz bands also offer later/longer performances at an additional cost, including finishing times of 1am and 2am.

    Jazz bands can provide background music from an MP3 player or laptop between their performances.

    How much space will a jazz band need?

    The area required for a jazz band varies, and will increase the more members are in the band. This guide shows approximately how much minimum space bands of different sizes need:

    Type of Act Performance Space Required
    3-piece jazz band: 3 x 3 metres
    4-piece jazz band: 4 x 3 metres
    5 and 6-piece jazz band: 5 x 3 metres
    7-piece and bigger: 5/6 x 4 metres

    A jazz band ideally need a minimum of 1.5 square metres per musician, with drummers and pianists needing slightly more, around 2 square metres each. Space will also be needed in front and at the sides for the PA, speakers and lighting stands, if the band is using them. Consider the available space of your chosen venue, when thinking about the size of your jazz band – or book a venue with plenty of space! Because of the many variations of instruments available in our jazz ensembles, we recommend you discuss the space and booking options with your Entertainment Coordinator.

    How long will it take for a jazz band to set up?

    Unloading, setting-up and carrying out the crucial sound check usually takes an average of 60 – 90 minutes, depending on the size of the jazz ensemble, and how close they can park to the performance area. Many hotels require bands to load in via a shared supplier’s entrance, which can extend set up times.

    Following the final set, it can take about 45 – 60 minutes to pack down and load out.

    What equipment will a jazz band need?

    Most jazz ensembles need:

    • a suitably-sized, safe, dry, flat performance area. If performing outside, they will need cover – either from the rain or the sun!
    • a minimum of two or three 13 amp power sockets, depending on the line-up
    • parking provision, preferably with easy access to the venue
    • a secure, lockable changing room
    • refreshments such as soft drinks and sometimes food, depending on how long you have booked them for.
    • Larger bands may have additional requirements in terms of chairs and tables but this will be discussed during the booking process.

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