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BANDS (cont'd)

John Ragusa Music


A professional flutist and multi-instrumentalist, Ragusa has a roster of more than 60 ensembles catering to mainstream and esoteric tastes alike, including blues, jazz, Latin, and Cajun rock. He also reps singer-songwriters like Rachelle Garniez, who is a virtuoso on the accordion, as well as lounge singers and D.J.’s. All potential clients get a free consultation; most bands start at $4,000.

Juliana Riccardi NYC Duo-Trio-Band


Juliana Riccardi and Steve Messina have rocked venues like the Bitter End and Knitting Factory, and they will perform classic rock, pop, and soul favorites with a cello and percussion treatment. From $800.

Kameleon Orchestras

343 E. Main St. Centerport, N.Y.; 631-269-4742;

This nine-member band’s repertoire includes crowd-pleasers from artists like Maroon 5, Shakira, and Rihanna. A good choice for Top-40 fans who want a more personal touch. Plus, they mix in Motown and seventies funk and have a D.J. option for booking. From $5,000.

Ken Gross Orchestras


Praised by Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones, among other celebrities, trumpeter Gross offers orchestras that include vocalists and instrumentalists who are also lead singers. The result is a never-boring evening of diverse vocals and rich harmonies, backed by full rhythm and horn sections. Prices upon request.

Kit McClure Band


Fronted by a saxophonist trained at Yale and the Manhattan School of Music, this all-female, jazz-swing-rock band has played sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall and international venues, as well as presidential inaugural balls-luckily they do weddings, too. Prices upon request.

The Klezical Tradition

58 Ridgeview Ave., Fairfield, C.T.; 203-374-0607;

This klezmer band is traditional enough for Bubbe and Zadie but lively enough to keep younger guests in high spirits. Choose strolling musicians or a full seven-piece ensemble. The band does classical, too. From $1,200.

La Belle Musique, Inc.


La Belle’s Franco-American director, Steven Sinshain, trained as a violinist at Juilliard and the Paris Conservatory. His string, piano, and flute ensembles specialize in performing at old-school venues like the Met and Waldorf Astoria. Prices range from $250 for one performer to $10,000 for a full orchestra.

Lapis Luna


Lapis Luna does "vintage" jazz; swing; tunes from the thirties, forties, and fifties; and "retro" Latin. Their repertoire includes anything from Duke Ellington to Irving Berlin and Perez Prado. The members, who have performed together for almost a decade, can be booked in a jazz trio or a nine-piece "little" big band. Prices start at $125 per musician per hour.

Los Acustilocos


This Latin-leaning group-which has headlined at Merkin Hall and played Carnegie-usually starts off an evening with classical flute and acoustic guitar, moves to jazz, then builds to a six-piece Cuban and Brazilian rhythm ensemble. Their multilingual original numbers include salsa and bossa nova, but they also favor swing and funk. From $3,000.

Lou Davis Music and Entertainment

381 Park Ave. S., nr. 27th St., Ste. 1216; 212-684-5200;

Lou Davis Music and Entertainment includes seven in-house orchestras along with specialty ensembles, emcees, and D.J.’s to meet its clients’ needs for any genre-from hot dance bands to cool jazz groups, classical to contemporary. Prices upon request.

Manhattan Swing Orchestras


Manhattan Swing specializes in energetic swing, funk, disco, and R&B. Among its members are guitarist Joe Bonacci, who once backed Tito Puente, and saxophonist Danny Wilensky. For a more contemporary sound, Rhythm Sensation is a good option-front woman Primadonna sings disco and R&B with Caribbean flair. Gigs run from $3,200 to $15,000.

New York City Swing

38–08 221st St., Bayside; 718-279-8038;

New York City Swing offers a choice of six versatile bands-zoot suits and all. Each has an enormous song list, and their satisfied clients include Sumner Redstone and the cast of The Sopranos. Prices run from $8,000 to $20,000.


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