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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 are also available. From $5,000.
Evoke the energy of a roaring Gatsby-era soirée with this ’20s and ’30s 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 a 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, the Cars, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Over time, they’ve added classic rock, soul, and Motown to their set list. Prices upon request.
Doug Winters Music914-238-9100; dougwintersmusic.com
This band plays a mélange of songs, ranging from smooth crooning (think Bruno Mars and Frank Sinatra) to the best of ’80s rock. Winters also works with couples one-on-one to craft the songs 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. Past gigs 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 $350 to $2,500 for ceremony and cocktails.
Empire Beats917-586-3830; empirebeatsnyc.com
Empire Beats plays classic rhythm-and-blues hits along with its own original songs. Available as a five- to nine-piece band, Mark Boquist and his crew are guaranteed to keep guests dancing for hours. Prices upon request.
Faze 4 Orchestras212-689-2483; faze4.com
Faze 4, which recently celebrated its 32nd anniversary, hires out ensembles of 6 to 14 musicians for all styles of dance music, Top 40, and classic jazz. The company offers 13 distinct bands; find the right one for your event by checking out sample videos 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 and Les Miserables. Wedding offerings range from Bach to Gershwin. Prices upon request. (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 17-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 “Klezmer-rock” 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 second-generation, family-owned agency offers any kind of big-day entertainment a couple could dream up—including dynamic dance bands, string quartets, lively orchestras, DJs, emcees, and more. Its musicians have performed with such artists as Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder and have been featured on Saturday Night Live. Prices upon request.
Hank Lane Music and Productions212-767-0600; hanklane.com
This company is the exclusive entertainment provider at high-end spots such as the St. Regis and the Waldorf Astoria. The group can provide virtually any style of band or DJ. 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 DJs, 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, ’70s 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. 313; 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 arrangements. Many will travel throughout the tristate area. From $270 per hour for one soloist (within Manhattan). (good value)
Jeff Jeffreys Music973-618-0410 jeffjeffreymusic.com
Saxophonist Jeffreys and his troupe of talented musicians play swing, ’70s, 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 15 years and performs jazz, swing, classic rock, and Latin. From $6,500.
- 1Sterling Band
Tel: 201-585-7897 ; 1sterlingband.com
Sterling Band has some of the best musicians and vocalists you will hear. Versatility and great sound are what we’re all about. Whatever style of music you want for your special day, we can play it - the latest hits, Hip Hop, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Jewish. We’ll make sure your guests never leave the dance floor! We've played events across the US and the World!
- 747 Orchestra
New York, NY ; Tel: 516-365-5664 ; 747orchestra.com
747 Orchestra has a 37 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.
- A-1 MUSIC and Ken Gross Orchestras
531 East 20th Street New York, NY 10010 ; Tel: 718-229-5522 ; kengrossproductions.com
Praised by Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones, Juilliard and Broadway trumpeter Ken Gross offers twelve 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).
- Bud Maltin Music (Live) & Metropolitan Music DJs
New York, NY ; Tel: 212-477-6543 ; www.budmaltin.com
Extraordinary range of styles, non-stop continuous dance music as well as ceremony & cocktail hour music. Get the vocalists and musicians you see. See us live in NYC. Plus DJ services including DJ/Live combinations.
- Creations Music
Tel: 212-579-0096 ; www.CreationsMusic.com
Voted NYC's Best Wedding Band, bandleader Kim Sozzi's career spans from a single on Dawson's Creek to multiple #1 Billboard Dance Hits. Watching Kim's team of exquisite musicians assures clients of an affair worth remembering. It's no wonder the band remains in high demand for weddings from New York to Barcelona.
- Dexter Lake Club Band
309 Third Street #3J Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 917-848-2145 ; www.dexterlakeclubband.com
Peerless wedding and private event band, with a unique, boutique and non-cheesy approach. Monthly live showcases. Recently profiled on front page of NY Times Style section, and one of NY Mag’s “Top 10 Reasons to get Married in NY”.
- Jarrell Entertainment
59 West 10th Street New York, NY 10011 ; 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 Edge Music
865 West End Avenue New York, NY 10025 ; Tel: 212-749-2364 ; www.newyorkedge.com
New York Edge is known for authentic Top-40 and Hip-Hop as well as totally elegant Swing and soulful Motown. Smoking' vocals and killer horns unite for a non-stop dance party. Elegant, high energy and fun!
- 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.