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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 an infectiously fun 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.
Dewdrop Society718-812-6248; dewdropsociety.com
Planning a wedding with a vintage feel? Evoke the energy of a roaring Gatsby-era soirée with this twenties and thirties Jazz Age band. Made up of six to eight musicians from top New York City ensembles, Dewdrop Society covers a range of styles, including hot jazz, barrelhouse, swing, antique ballads, and Tin Pan Alley music. Prices upon request.
The Dexter Lake Club Band917-848-2145; dexterlakeclubband.com
These guys first met at Oberlin College, where they formed an eighties cover band. Since then, they’ve built a reputation as a genuine rock band that also happens to play weddings. Members have performed 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 smooth crooning (think Usher and Tony Bennett) to the best of eighties rock. Winters also works with couples one-on-one to craft the soundtrack for every stage of the wedding. Price is $1,200 per player with a minimum of eight players (though seasonal pricing is available).
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 its own original songs. With band leader Atkinson’s powerful and dynamic vocals and Empire’s big beats, guests are guaranteed to stay on their feet for hours. Prices start at $2,500.
Faze 4 Orchestras212-689-2483; faze4.com
Faze 4, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, hires out ensembles of six to fourteen musicians for all styles of dance music, Top 40, and classic jazz. The company offers eleven distinct bands; find the right one for your event by checking out sample tunes on the website. Prices upon request.
The Gainsborough Trio917-232-7891; gainsboroughtrio.com
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 ($650 for the ceremony; an additional $225 more for cocktails). (good value)
George Gee Orchestra718-779-7865; georgegee.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 lively six-member folk-punk band seamlessly mixes traditional klezmer music with modern tunes. Inspired by Eastern European rock, Golem’s versions of Soul Man and Girls Just Want to Have Fun make for an unforgettable reception wrap-up. From $1,000 per hour.
Hal Prince Music & Entertainment212-354-4100; halprince.com
This 50-year-old, second-generation, family-owned agency offers any kind of big-day entertainment a couple could dream upincluding dynamic 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. 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 tight budget, students and recent alumni of the illustrious music school can play classical, jazz, and contemporary numbers. Many will travel throughout the tri-state area. From $270 for one soloist (within Manhattan). (good value)
Jeff Jeffreys Music973-618-0410
Saxophonist Jeffreys and his troupe of talented musicians play swing, seventies, Motown, and contemporary tunes. He also offers classical quartets, jazz groups, and solo artists. Prices upon request.
The John Malino Band212-673-9334; malino.com
This outfit is perfect for couples more likely to frequent Bemelmans Bar than the Bowery Ballroom. Vocalist Malino headlines all performances with his Harry Connick Jr.like sound. The veteran five-piece ensemble, which can expand into a full orchestra, has played together for over fifteen years and performs jazz, swing, and classic rock. From $6,500.
From the Summer 2014 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.
- Center Stage Orchestras
Box 7 New York, NY 10023 ; Tel: 212-769-3600 ; www.CenterStageOrchestras.com
Fine jazz, pop and classical music for your special celebration. For music tailored to your wedding and a music director with over 25 years of experience providing entertainment for special events, we're a perfect fit.
- 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 and still on the cutting edge, Hal Prince Music, a 2nd generation family owned company continues to book the finest talent in NYC! Bands of all styles, DJ's and MC's, we will customize the right music to help 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.
- 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
With 10 bands plus DJs and string ensembles too. Dance Bands have performed at the weddings of celebrities like Lisa Kudrow, Paul Abdul and Stevie Wonder's daughter's wedding. NYC's source for customized music services.