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Beverly Bond212-905-2344; djbeverlybond.biz
One of the biggest names in the business, this industry veteran has loads of experience spinning music for trendy events. She has toured with popular acts from Erykah Badu to the Roots, and her style tends toward hip-hop, soul, and current pop. Prices upon request.
Caramel Sound Music & Lights212-691-9122; caramelnyc.com
The son of a Swiss nightclub designer, Pat “Caramel” Régné has D.J.-ed throughout the Hamptons and the New York club and benefit circuit. He has spun for Bill Clinton and the Manhattan postnuptial party for Prince Pavlos of Greece. He plays a range of world music. From $2,000.
The Compact Disc Jockeys12–07 Jackson Ave., nr. 48th Ave., Long Island City; 800-235-0404; cdjmusic.com
With glowing references from wedding-planning pros Claudia Hanlin and Stephen Canard, this six-member D.J. collective has the talent to provide the music for any kind of affair. Their music collection ranges from Beenie Man to Diana Krall and everyone in between. The average price is about $1,350.
David Chang212-501-8919; djdavidchang.com
Making time to get to know the couple before the wedding—and being able to read the crowd during the event—factor into Chang’s wild success. He spun for Robert Downey Jr.’s wedding where he shared the stage with Sting and Billy Joel; he’s also the D.J. for Tiffany & Co.’s events. Prices upon request.
Dina Regine212-683-1270; email@example.com; djdinaregine.com
One of Manhattan’s first female club D.J.’s (and still one of the most in-demand on the entertainment scene), Regine opened Lot 61 and spun world music at a party for the Dalai Lama. At weddings, she starts with samba, jazz, or pop during cocktails, then moves to dance—classics and hip-hop—for the reception. From $3,500.
D.J. Cassidy DGI Management212-905-2344; djcassidy.com
Before graduating from NYU in 2003, Cassidy had already spun at Flow and Lotus and worked gigs for Britney and Paris. His first love is hip-hop, but seventies and eighties soul, funk, and R&B are also a big part of the mix. He uses CDs as well as vinyl; his prices start at $25,000 (that’s not a typo).
D.J. Foosh, c/o Elegant Records646-327-0202; foosh.com
Also known as Michael Momm, D.J. Foosh got his start at house parties and has moved up to fashion shows in New York, London, and Milan. His eclectic taste leans toward world music as well as funk and soul (like James Brown and Prince). Actress Gina Torres hired him for her wedding to Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne. Gigs start at $2,800.
D.J. Shakey201-679-9736; djshakey.com
As a collector and curator of records (9,000 vinyls and counting), D.J. Shakey (a.k.a. Julie Covello) easily entertains requests and plays all styles, from pop hits to underground club dance music—whatever will keep the playlist and the party ever-evolving. Not into the whole emceeing over songs thing? D.J. Shakey is fine with staying completely silent while spinning her tunes. From $1,500.
D.J. Small Change917-412-1862; djsmallchange.com
Not your mother’s D.J., James Dier (a.k.a. Small Change) has played practically every dance club in the city, but he also caters to betrothed “music heads” who will appreciate his collection of more than 30,000 albums. He’s handled a number of unique requests—from a rave wedding after-party to a Bollywood reception. From $2,000.
D.J. Johnny Stuart212-255-7879; www.johnnystuart.com
A regular D.J. for InStyle cover shoots (he’s spun for Anne Hathaway, Beyoncé, and Rihanna), Johnny “Danger” Stuart has been a sought-after wedding D.J. for decades. Destination weddings are no problem—he’s played as far away as Hawaii, Greece, and Jamaica. Local gigs start at $2,800.
D.J. Spline917-715-8024; www.djspline.com From the underground electronic scene in Caracas to New York nightclubs like Pacha (which he designed in his day job as an architect), D.J. Spline plays anything from classic James Brown and old-school Michael Jackson to indie rock like Franz Ferdinand and a carefully screened selection of Top 40. His music often comes with a techno-infused Latin beat. Prices upon request.
D.J. Tom Finn331 West End Ave., nr. 75th St., Ste. 1A; 212-595-4499; djtomfinn.com
Finn started off spinning for Steve Rubell in the Palladium era and continues to delight at the private parties of celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Oprah. (He’s also D.J.-ed at the weddings of Lionel Richie, John McEnroe, and others.) From $5,000.
Expressway Music315 Madison Ave., nr. 42nd St., Ste. 1303; 212-953-9367; expresswaymusic.com
From an unobtrusive custom D.J. to any style of live ¬music, company founder David Swirsky—who has more than fifteen years of experience in the field—will facilitate almost any request. Prices upon request.
Generation Events212-505-7593; generationevents.com
As a regular resident of Manhattan’s hottest clubs (Marquee, 1Oak, G-Spa), Jason Fioto heads this special-events company that spins about 50 nuptials a year. Its imaginative party appeal has made them popular for weddings. From $2,500.
Jimmy Dee Music Productions Inc.195CE. Post Rd., White Plains, N.Y.; 914-428-9231; jimmydee.com
Veteran entertainer Jimmy Dee has helped plan more than 10,000 affairs to date. Beyond traditional party packages, he can also assist with D.J.’s, emcees, live music, lighting, video, and photography. If you want a live simulcast of the party, ask about the plasma video screen. A traditional D.J., photo, and video package begins at $5,800.
Mia Moretti310-429-6604; firstname.lastname@example.org; thecoipond.com
Los Angeles native Moretti trained with the famed D.J. AM, toured along side BFF Katy Perry, and has jammed with the likes of MGMT and Spoon. So for couples who want a rock-star D.J., Moretti is their girl. Prices upon request.
Scratch Events434 Sixth Ave., at 10th St., second fl.; 212-529-1599; scratch-events.com
For the couple that cringes at the thought of dancing to “YMCA” or “Shout,” Scratch Events will provide music to match their personalities. Founded as a school for D.J.’s in 2002, these experts have been providing club talent to events ever since. The full D.J. package includes set-up and equipment; prices start at $2,000.
Sound Solutions203-866-7816; soundsolutionsdjs.com
Since 1990, couples seeking a seasoned, straightforward music group for their events have come to Sound Solutions: Tom Sacco’s company can deliver a great traditional D.J. as well as a host of fun add-ons like karaoke—if that’s your thing—and live entertainers. Prices upon request.
A Touch of Class201-997-0077; tocvideo.com
This multi-lingual husband-and-wife team of D.J.’s can emcee in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. They cart stacks of 1,500 CDs and a laptop with MP3s to each of the nearly 300 weddings they do a year, and they don’t disappoint. Gigs start at about $1,250, and go up to $2,500.
Twerking Hard DJs917-575-5484; twerking.com
Josh Sparber gets around. A mainstay at Mayor Bloomberg’s Gracie Mansion receptions, he has also played to Stockholm crowds and thrilled radio enthusiasts via the BBC in London. His upbeat music tastes embrace it all: funk, doo-wop, Northern soul, electro, booty, and hip-hop. From $1,000
Ultimate Sound D.J.'s25–01B 88th St., at 25th Ave., East Elmhurst; 718-204-1938; ultimatesounddjs.com
The Ultimate Sound D.J.’s (who have performed for over 100,000 people since they opened in 1985) give over complete control of musical selection and timing. They’ll even create custom mix-album favors for guests, complete with cute packaging. Event prices start at $700, including lighting and party favors.
Download tunes for your walk down the aisle from this hip L.A.-based string quartet. They play unique versions of everything from lounge music to major pop artists, offering a refreshing alternative to Wagner’s Bridal Chorus.
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide
- 747 Orchestra
New York, NY ; Tel: 516-365-5664 ; 747orchestra.com
747 Orchestra has a 30 year history in the wedding biz and is known for the authentic and soulful sounds of R&B, Motown, Funk, Soul and Jazz. The "killer" horn section, vocals and instrumentation make for a bumping dance floor. Prices upon request.
- 802 Music
322 West 48th Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10036 ; Tel: 212-245-4802 x156 ; www.802music.com
802 Music serves as a premiere booking agency for all types of events. We offer one-of-a-kind access to musicians and ensembles who perform regularly at Lincoln Center, on Broadway and in the City's top clubs.
- Center Stage Orchestras
P.O. Box 7 New York, NY 10023 ; Tel: 917-838-8383 ; www.CenterStageOrchestras.com
Center Stage Orchestras formerly Manhattan Swing, has new bands and more options than ever before. From Indie/Alternative to Variety bands, we provide finest music for the most interesting events and celebrations, from the Pierre Hotel to the US Open. Give us a call today!
- Hal Prince Music and Entertainment
146 East 37th Street New York, NY 10016 ; Tel: 212-354-4100 ; www.halprince.com
Celebrating 50 years in business, Hal Prince Music & Entertainment is the premier family owned full service music and entertainment company. Bands, DJ's, Classical or Jazz Ensemble's we will customize the right music needed to create the perfect Wedding.
- Jarrell Entertainment
583 11th Street #1 Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 917-449-3435 ; jarrellentertainment.com
The preferred vendor for top venues, event planners and celebrity clientele in NY, LA, Hamptons and Miami, Jarrell Entertainment is an innovative global event entertainment company, offering an experienced staff of talented DJs and musicians.
New York, NY ; Tel: 212-864-6784 ; www.nite-time.com
New York City's Premier Party Band! A dynamic and versatile group of full time professional musicians dedicated to making sure that everyone gets up on the dance floor! Offering custom designed music packages to fit every individual taste, style and budget.
- Speed Demon's Entertainment
229-19 Merrick Boulevard, Suite 308 Springfield Gardens, New York 11413 ; Tel: 347-724-5163 www.speeddemonsent.com
Speed Demon's Entertainment has mastered "Entertainment at its best!" Providing everything from DJ's & MC's to complete event planning. Demonstrating unprecedented crowd interaction, we guarantee your event will truly be remembered for years to come! Small business delivering big results! Simple pricing. Starting at $1,234.
- Soul System Orchestras
New York NY 10019 ; Tel: 800-466-7685 ; www.soulsystemorchestras.com
Young, fun, and elegantly hip! Founded by ROB AFFUSO, drummer of Rock's best selling act, SKID ROW! With their youthful enthusiasm, charismatic, high-energy performances, SOULSYSTEM is NY's hippest event group and entertainment agency!
- Star Talent Inc.
590 Madison Avenue, 21st Floor New York, NY 10022 ; Tel: 212-541-3770 ; www.startalentinc.com
Representing the city's most sought after repertoire authentic dance bands. Music performed in the style of the original artist. Always personalized for each client. Club styled DJs and ceremony ensembles.