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Why Jazz bands can be suitable for any event...

Updated on July 9, 2014

Why book a jazz group?

Why should you consider jazz the perfect music for your event? That is the question we are here to answer. This page will not only tell you why you should hire a jazz band but will also give you some examples of who to book! With more choice than ever out there it is more important than ever to make the correct decisions!

About jazz...

Jazz was born from the powerful music of the blues and the bohemian atmosphere that intoxicated New Orleans in the early 20th century. Musicians such as Louis Armstrong played a part in making jazz music what it is today, and by perfecting the art of the improvised jazz solo he became one of the most influential artists in the history of music. As the 20th century continued, jazz evolved into new and exciting forms such as swing jazz and Bebop, and continued to combine itself with other styles such as Cuban and Latin music to create a fresh sound for all to enjoy.

Jazz line-ups come in all shapes and sizes and will generally differ depending on the style and requirements of an event. With a modest 3 musicians forming a Jazz trio, to full 10-25 piece jazz swing orchestra, the diversity of jazz music has meant that it remains a popular choice of entertainment today. Jazz performances are wonderful and alluring to watch as jazz musicians and bands are true professionals and skilled at their craft. A successful jazz band will add a sense of class to any occasion and give guests a foot-tapping atmosphere that other genres of music often struggle to generate.


Depending on the style of your event, you should choose sensibly when searching for the right musician or entertainment. It's important to remember why you're holding the event; if you want employees to network and do business then it's important to ensure the entertainment doesn't take centre stage. For this kind of corporate gathering jazz pianists or cocktail pianists would work perfectly to create an enjoyable ambiance whilst your guests are eating or having drinks. Jazz musicians have a talent for creating a wonderfully uplifting atmosphere, which can stimulate conversation and ultimately strengthen and create new business links. The great thing about jazz musicians is their ability to suit the music to the mood of guests, so once the formalities are over its possible for guests to let their hair down when the band plays a vibrant blend of jazz tunes.

At some events the entertainment runs seamlessly as there is a need for ongoing background entertainment to maintain a relaxed atmosphere. This usually takes the form of a smaller ensemble to play throughout the evening and may then conclude with a grand finale in the shape of a main act or band such as a jazz swing band. Again, this is a benefit of a jazz band as they are wonderfully versatile and can be adjusted to accommodate guests in smaller venues or when there is a more relaxed atmosphere, but work equally well to create that wow factor in a large venue or crowded event.


Jazz is also a popular entertainment choice at Weddings. Similarly to corporate events, a jazz musician can play background music, providing a foot-tapping atmosphere for your guests. A jazz musician can also choose the material they play to mimic the age and musical preference of the guests. The older guests at a wedding may enjoy a tremendous rendition of fly me to the moon mixed in with other more contemporary jazz tunes. The versatility of jazz means that it can adapt itself to suit the mood of your wedding, and after the subtle tones during dinner the band can continue to dazzle your guests with more upbeat numbers to get everyone on their feet and dancing. If your budget can stretch to it, why not bring in more musicians for the grand finale to make the night go off with a bang!

A jazz band or trio can add a sense of class to your event, much like a string quartet or cocktail pianist. If your budget can take the weight, jazz swing bands can bring your guests to life during a reception and get them dancing! The most appealing thing about jazz bands is that they can be adapted to suit any occasion and can be combined with other genres of music to create a unique and vibrant atmosphere to make your event one that will be remembered for years to come.

The Jac Jones Quintet

A classic quintet line-up featuring lead players (saxophone and trumpet) alongside a standard rhythm section (piano, double bass and drums).

Adam Hughes Jazz Trio

You can't quite beet the sound of a grand piano, acoustic upright bassist and live drums! Listen to this trio performing the Dave Brubeck tune 'Take 5'.

Richard & Barbara

Richard and Barbara perform upbeat jazz standards with their smooth sax and flugel horn sounds.

Revolution Jazz Duo

The clarinet is an often underused instrument. Hear it played beautifully here.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      As a music lover, I like jazz and I agree it's suitable for any event.

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      songs-to-play 3 years ago

      Some great bands here!