The Top 12 Jazz Bands for hire in the UK For 2019 (With Prices)

24 APRIL 2019
Blog post by Adam Southall
Estimated read time: 3 minutes

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.

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 2019 and 2020.

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 12 best jazz bands in the UK for 2019...

1. Hot Swing
2. The Jazz Dukes
3. The Moonshine 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 Artemis 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: £1,347 (as of May 2020)
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.

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2. The Jazz Dukes
Average booking price: £1,546 (as of May 2020)
Location: London, UK

The Jazz Dukes are one of London's finest Jazz & Swing bands for hire.

Available for bookings 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!

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3. The Moonshine Jazz Band
Average booking price: £754 (as of May 2020)
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.

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4. The London Gypsy Jazz Band
Average booking price: £761 (as of May 2020)
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 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 makes 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.

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5. Buona Notte Jazz Band
Average booking price: £1,344 (as of May 2020)
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.

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6. The Honeysuckle Jazz Band
Average booking price: £845 (as of May 2020)
Location: Bristol, UK

The Honeysuckle Jazz Band are a 4-piece 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.

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7. The Jukebox Swing Band
Average booking price: £1,027 (as of May 2020)
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.

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8. The Artemis Jazz Band
Average booking price: £726 (as of May 2020)
Location: Birmingham, UK

The Artemis Jazz Band are a group of highly professional musicians based in the West Midlands and London.

Having trained at the world-renowned Royal Academy of Music, and Birmingham Conservatoire respectively, they have been performing as a trio for 5 years across the UK entertaining wedding receptions, garden parties and corporate events.

Although predominantly a trio, The Artemis Jazz Band can expand to a quartet with tenor saxophone if required.

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9. Crescent City Jazz Band
Average booking price: £1,322 (as of May 2020)
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.

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10. The Swing Of Things
Average booking price: £1,456 (as of May 2020)
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.

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11. Lucky Numbers Swing Band
Average booking price: £1,977 (as of May 2020)
Location: London, UK

Lucky Numbers are an energetic swing ensemble, 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!

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12. Art Of Electro Swing
Average booking price: £1,495 (as of May 2020)
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.

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FixTheMusic provides jazz bands for thousands of weddings and private events each year. We've put together some FAQs about hiring a wedding band, a few of which are listed below specifically in relation to jazz and swing bands:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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.