How to pick the right jazz band for your wedding, corporate event or fundraiser.
Are you planning a event? You may be asking yourself, “how do I pick the right live music?” This is a great question! Live jazz bands are a great way to bring extra class and energy to your special occasion. There are some additional questions that you can ask yourself as you put it all together.
What is the function of the live jazz band at your event? Do I want background music? Or, do I want a featured performance? If you want great background music at your event keep this in mind: the sound of horns (sax, trumpet) mimics the sound of the human voice which may compete with conversations happening at your event. If you would like background music, stick with rhythm instruments like bass, piano, guitar and drums. The “cocktail trio” of piano, bass and drums, or piano, bass and guitar is a great way to create great energy in the room while staying under conversation.
Featured performance? The sky’s the limit here. If you are planning a fundraiser, or corporate event (or even a wedding) with featured entertainment you can get creative in imagining what kind of a group to book. Your jazz night out might include a stellar modern jazz quintet, a Sinatra style act or swing jazz group playing the music of Django Reinhardt.
What is my budget for a live jazz band? Answering this question helps define how big of a group you will hire, and what kind of quality to expect. A good rule of thumb for looking at rates for a jazz band is $100/per musician/per hour. You can expect to pay anywhere from $200-5000 on music for an event (from a ceremony soloist to a full band gala concert over several hours). As I mentioned, the “cocktail trio” is popular for a reason: it’s compact, and affordable. You are paying for the number of musicians over a set amount of time.
How do I get a quality group? Look to see if the there are live videos in a variety of situations. Look at the company’s Facebook and social media engagement. Unedited videos of live groups, and seeing the band live are the two best ways to choose a group.