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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. Brothers, and Saks Fifth Avenue. DJ services are also available. From $4,500.
Dewdrop Society718-812-6248; dewdropsociety.com
Planning a wedding with a vintage feel? 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 an ’80s 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. From $9,000.
Doug Winters Music914-238-9100; dougwintersmusic.com
This band plays a mélange of songs, ranging from smooth crooning (think Pharrell 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. Each group customizes its music to reflect a couple’s style. 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 $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 singer Camille Atkinson’s powerful and dynamic vocals and drummer Mark Boquist’s big beats, guests are guaranteed to stay on their feet for hours. Prices upon request.
Faze 4 Orchestras212-689-2483; faze4.com
Faze 4, which recently celebrated its thirty-second anniversary, hires out ensembles of six 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-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 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, DJ’s, emcees, and more. Its musicians have performed with such artists as Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, and the Rolling Stones. 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 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 DJ’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, ’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 numbers. Many will travel throughout the tri-state area. From $270 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, and classic rock. From $6,500.
- 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.
- 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 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).
- Dexter Lake Club Band
309 Third Street, Suite 3J Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 917-848-2145 ; www.dexterlakeclubband.com
We are the area's top non-traditional wedding and private event band, and we skip the usual cheesy material in favor of great songs that will keep your guests dancing the whole night.
- 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.
- Manhattan Swing Orchestra
Box 7 New York, NY 10023 ; Tel: 212-768-3600 ; www.manhattanswing.com
Manhattan Swing provides fine jazz, pop and classic music for your special celebration! Check out our electric pop Celebration Swings. They were featured at the US Open and the Super Bowl. We're sophisticated and fun!
- Rhythm N Ritmo With DJ Rudy
151-31 88th Street Howard Beach, NY 11414 ; Tel: 347-231-5343 ; www.BilinguaLdj.com
Latin bilingual music and wedding entertainment services for NY and tri-state area. We are here to help music loving couples have an amazing wedding reception. Call to schedule your free personalized entertainment consultation.
- 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.