Most of the following agencies, bands, and D.J.'s will provide a free demo.
45 Riots917-969-0742; 45riots.com
45 Riots hand-selects musicians to fit the taste and budget of each couple. With a mix of high-energy music from hip-hop to house and Top 40 to rock, you’re sure to find a diverse sound for your wedding. Four-hour receptions starting at $6,300.
747 Orchestra516-365-5664; 747orchestra.com
This orchestra has more than 30 years’ experience in the wedding business and is known for its soulful sounds of R&B, Motown, funk, soul, pop, and jazz. The group boasts a sizzling horn section, and vocals and instrumentation that make for a bumping dance floor. Prices upon request.
A-1 Music and Ken Gross Orchestras718-229-5522; kengrossproductions.com
Praised by Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones, trumpeter and Juilliard grad 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.
The "A" Band of New York845-783-0130; theaband.com
Songs from Rihanna, Usher, and Frank Sinatra are just a fraction of the music this veteran band—which features anywhere from five to eight members as well as a D.J.—covers. The group is known for its eclectic style and dance-inspiring rhythms. From $3,000. (good value)
Alex Donner Entertainment212-752-2920; alexdonner.com
Donner does everything from classical and rock to cabaret and soul. His client list includes Jimmy Buffet and corporate heavyweights like Cartier and Saks Fifth Avenue. From $4,000.
Al Scatt's Stolen Moments Entertainment914-693-2309; stolenmoments.com
This company is composed of ten acts—including D.J.’s, steel-drum trios, jazz, and classical orchestras, and a cover band—as well versed in the songs of Jay-Z as they are in Louis Armstrong’s. Prices upon request.
Around Town Entertainment917-679-8636; aroundtownent.com
Helmed by Adam Michaels, this outfit offers groups of energetic musicians who play a mix of Motown, rock, jazz, big-band classics, and Top 40 dance. They’ve performed for celebs like Martin Scorsese and Jennifer Garner. Prices upon request.
A. Stan Wiest Music631-754-0594; stanwiest.com
This agency provides an array of bands and D.J.’s—think mariachis, steel-drum bands, strolling violinists, and musicians well-versed in Persian and Greek music. It’s a favorite among Dixieland fans, sitar aficionados, and bagpipe enthusiasts. The band-and-D.J. combo packages are especially popular for weddings. Prices upon request.
Bianchi Musica917-847-1633; bianchimusica.com
Award-winning pianist-composer Pilley Bianchi produces romantic chamber ensembles with fresh talent and custom string arrangements, covering everything from Phish to Pachelbel’s Canon. Prices upon request.
Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music212-447-6543; budmaltin.com
This band’s members perform rock, swing, and R&B, as well as specialty sounds like reggae, Latin, and klezmer. They can also supply jazz and classical duos, trios, and quartets for ceremony and cocktail music, and they don’t take breaks. They will even coordinate live sound with their own D.J. at no additional cost. From $2,500 to $10,000. (good value)
Cal James Entertainment484 W. 43rd St., at Tenth Ave.; 212-967-9791; caljames.com
Musical director, film scorer, and saxophonist James has gathered a select group of dependable studio musicians and vocalists who have worked with Alicia Keys and Eric Clapton. They’ll hook you up with various classical ensembles, a jazz combo, Latin ensemble, flute trio, or their fun-loving dance band, the Cal James Orchestra. From $4,000. (good value)
Campanella Ensemble917-952-8180; campanellaensemble.com
This group can deliver a string ensemble, cocktail pianist, a roving guitarist, or practically any ensemble type imaginable. Among its talented musicians are singers, harpists, and all the standard string and brass performers. Prices upon request.
Carelli Collective914-242-0540; carellicollective.com
Under the direction of Gerard Carelli—a former Rainbow Room bandleader who’s played with heavy-hitters like Ray Charles and Rosemary Clooney—the orchestra known as the GCO specializes in Rat Pack jazz but is also proficient in styles ranging “from Bach to Beyoncé.” Prices upon request.
Center Stage Orchestras212-769-3600; centerstageorchestras.com
Formerly Manhattan Swing Orchestras, this four-band company specializes in Top 40 dance hits, funk, disco, and R&B acts. Among its members is guitarist Joe Bonacci, who once backed Tito Puente. The Celebration Strings group offers a mix that includes pop and rock as well as classical pieces—all played on string instruments. From $500 to $25,000.
Creations Music212-579-0096; creationsmusic.com
Bandleader Kim Sozzi draws on her experience as a recording artist in order to re-create songs exactly the way they sound on the radio. Some members of her seven- to twelve-piece band (originally founded by Sozzi’s father) have been performing together for more than 25 years, hence their diverse repertoire of songs, which includes of-the-moment hits. Prices upon request.
This traditional Cuban dance orchestra, led by pianist and composer Leonel “Papo” Ortega, provides high-energy and original instrumentation with a vast repertoire of music in English, Spanish, and French. From $3,000. (good value)
From the Summer 2013 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.