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The Deanna Jones Orchestra212-679-1077; deannajones.com
Playing jazz standards, funk, and Motown covers, among other styles (including original songs), this orchestra has a fun and energetic vibe. A typical arrangement includes bandleader Jones, plus three to four vocalists, four horns, and a rhythm section. Smaller ensembles also available. From $5,000.
The Dexter Lake Club Band917-848-2145; dexterlakeclubband.com
These guys first met at Oberlin, where they formed an eighties cover band. Since then, they’ve built a reputation as a real rock band that happens to play weddings. Members have played with the Walkmen and the Cars. Over time, they’ve added classic rock, soul, and Motown to their set list. From $9,000.
Doug Winters Music914-238-9100; dougwintersmusic.com
This band plays a catchy mélange of songs and styles ranging from Adele and Tony Bennett to the best of eighties rock, and Winters will work with couples one-on-one to craft the perfect soundtrack for every stage of the wedding. Price is $1,200 per player (though rates are negotiable).
Élan Artists888-800-3526; elanartists.com
This cooperative represents artists, musicians, and bands, and offers everything from classical ensembles to vintage groups to full-throttle dance bands. Each group customizes its music to reflect a couple’s style. Past performances include The Martha Stewart Show, Clinton Foundation, and Alvin Ailey parties, in addition to countless weddings. Band fees range from $5,500 to $15,000; classical music ensembles from $750 to $2,500 for ceremony and cocktails.
Empire Beats Featuring Camille Atkinson917-586-3830; empirebeatsnyc.com
Empire Beats plays classic rhythm-and-blues hits along with is own original songs. With Atkinson’s powerful and dynamic vocals and Empire’s big beats, guests are guaranteed to stay on their feet for hours. Prices start at $2,100.
Faze 4 Orchestras212-689-2483; faze4.com
Faze 4, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, hires out ensembles of six to fourteen musicians for high-energy dance music, Top 40, and classic jazz. Listen to samples from each of the company’s eleven bands online. Prices upon request.
The Gainsborough Trio917-232-7891; gainsboroughtrio.net
This trio met as conservatory students and the members now play weddings to augment their professional gigs in the pits of such Broadway shows as Wicked. Wedding offerings range from Bach to Gershwin ($700 for the ceremony; an additional $225 more for cocktails). (good value)
George Gee Orchestra718-779-7865; georgegeeparties.com
This energetic Chinese-American bandleader (and lover of all things retro) has a big selection of combos available, including a party-starting seventeen-piece big band playing swing, jazz, rock, R&B, and Motown. Prices upon request.
Fronted by talented singer-accordionist Annette Ezekiel Kogan, this energetic six-member “folk-punk” band seamlessly mixes traditional klezmer music with modern tunes. Inspired by Eastern European rock, Golem’s wild versions of “Soul Man” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” make for a raucously unforgettable reception wrap-up. From $1,000 per hour. (good value)
Hal Prince Music & Entertainment212-354-4100; halprince.com
This second-generation family-owned agency offers any kind of big-day entertainment a couple could dream up—including high-energy dance bands, string quartets, lively orchestras, D.J.’s, emcees, and more. Its musicians have performed with such artists as Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, and Steely Dan. Prices upon request.
Hank Lane Music and Productions212-767-0600; hanklane.com
This company is the exclusive entertainment provider at high-end spots like the St. Regis and the Waldorf Astoria. The group can provide virtually any style of band or D.J., as well as custom lighting and design elements. Former clients run the gamut from Diddy to Vera Wang; the company also provided music for both Ivanka Trump’s and Carmelo Anthony’s nuptials. Prices upon request.
Harbor Lights Music914-479-0077; harborlightsmusic.com
Harbor Lights Music offers a roster of bands and orchestras, a slew of D.J.’s, and classical and jazz ensembles to accommodate virtually any style and taste. The focus is on dance music: Top 40, R&B, mainstream hip-hop, Motown, seventies jams, and big-band swing. Potential clients can preview the company’s bands at their local performances or via video before booking. Prices upon request.
Hire Julliard Performers212-799-5000 ext. 7313; juilliard.edu/hirejulliard
For the couple on a budget, students and recent alumni of the illustrious music school can play classical, jazz, and contemporary numbers. Many will travel throughout the tristate area and can play solo or as ensembles. From $270 for one soloist (within Manhattan). (good value)
Jeff Jeffreys Music973-618-0410; jeffjeffreys.com
Saxophonist Jeffreys and his troupe of talented musicians play swing, seventies, Motown, and contemporary tunes. He also offers classical quartets, trios and duos, jazz groups, and solo artists. Prices upon request.
John Malino Music36 E. 23rd St., nr. Park Ave., Ste. 7R; 212-673-9334; malino.com
This outfit is perfect for couples more likely to frequent Bemelman’s Bar than the Bowery Ballroom. Vocalist Malino has a smooth Harry Connick Jr. sound and headlines all performances. The veteran five-piece ensemble, which can expand into a full orchestra, has played together for over ten years and performs jazz, swing, classic rock, and standards. From $6,500.
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.