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Music Directory

Most of the following agencies, bands, and DJ's will provide a free demo.


BANDS

A-1 Music and Ken Gross Orchestras

718-229-5522; kengrossproductions.com

Praised by Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones, Juilliard and Broadway trumpeter Ken Gross offers eleven versatile bands. Better looking at your wedding and better sounding than any DJ, all perform your favorite and latest hits with "spot-on" precision while adding the elegance, excitement and energy of a live performance. From $2,500 to $15,000. (good value)

The "A" Band of New York

845-783-0130; theaband.com

Songs from John Legend, Pharrell, and Katy Perry are just a fraction of the music this veteran band—which features anywhere from three to eight members as well as a DJ—covers. The group is known for its eclectic style and dance-inspiring rhythms. From $2,400. (good value)

Alex Donner Entertainment

212-752-2920; alexdonner.com

Donner does everything from classical and rock to cabaret and soul. His client list includes Jimmy Buffett and corporate heavyweights like Cartier, Brooks Brothers, and Saks Fifth Avenue. DJ services are also available. From $4,500.

Al Scatt's Stolen Moments Entertainment

914-693-2309; stolenmoments.com

This company is composed of acts—including DJ’s, steel-drum trios, jazz and classical orchestras, and a cover band—that are as well versed in the songs of Jay Z as they are in those of Louis Armstrong. Prices upon request.

Around Town Entertainment

917-679-8636; 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 Music

631-754-0594; stanwiest.com

This agency provides an array of bands and DJ’s—think mariachis, steel-drum ensembles, 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-DJ combo packages are especially popular for weddings. Prices upon request.

Bud Maltin Metropolitan Music

212-447-6543; budmaltin.com

This band’s members perform contemporary dance music, 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 play 100 percent continuous music (no breaks). They will often coordinate live sound with their own DJ at no additional cost. From $2,500 to $12,000. (good value)

Campanella Ensemble

917-952-8180; campanellaensemble.com

This group can deliver a string ensemble, cocktail pianist, 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 Collective

914-242-0540; carellicollective.com

Under the direction of Gerard Carelli—a former Rainbow Room bandleader who’s played with stars like Ray Charles and Rosemary Clooney—this orchestra specializes in Rat Pack jazz but is also proficient in styles ranging “from Bach to Beyoncé.” Prices upon request.

Center Stage Orchestras

212-769-3600; centerstageorchestras.com

Formerly Manhattan Swing Orchestras, this four-band company has played the Superbowl pre-game show and the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament. 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. (good value)

Creations Music

212-579-0096; creationsmusic.com

Bandleader Kim Sozzi draws on her experience as a recording artist to recreate songs exactly the way they sound on the radio. Some members of her seven- to 12-piece band (originally founded by Sozzi’s father) have been performing together for more than 25 years, hence their diverse repertoire of songs. Prices upon request.

Cubanoson

201-394-1881; cubanoson.com

This traditional Cuban dance orchestra, led by pianist and composer Leonel “Papo” Ortega, provides high-energy and original instrumentation with a vast arsenal of music in English, Spanish, and French. From $3,000. (good value)

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