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Juliana Riccardi Music Group347-878-5764; acoolerweddingband.com
This group delivers a down-to-earth party with an eclectic set list that honors classic rock, soul, Motown, pop, and folk from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Expect tunes from Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Al Green, and Aretha Franklin. From $3,500 to $9,000. (good value)
Ken Gross Orchestras718-229-5522; kengrossproductions.com
Praised by Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones, Juilliard grad and Broadway trumpeter Gross offers 12 versatile bands. All perform the latest hits with spot-on precision. The result is a never-boring evening of diverse vocals and harmonies, performed live with unmistakable energy. From $2,500 to $15,000.
Kit McClure Band212-864-6759; redhotrecords.com
Fronted by a saxophonist who trained at Yale and the Manhattan School of Music, this all-female jazz-swing-rock band has toured with Cab Calloway and played with Robert Palmer at Radio City Music Hall. The group also played at one of President Clinton’s inaugural balls. Prices upon request. (good value)
The Klezical Tradition203-257-9194; klezmerflute.com
This klezmer band, led by Adrianne Greenbaum, is traditional enough for Bubbie and Zadie but peppery enough to keep younger guests in high spirits. Choose from one strolling musician up to a seven-piece ensemble to play a selection of klezmer, classical, and jazz offerings. From $600 to $5,000. (good value)
Lapis Luna718-812-6248; lapisluna.com
Set the mood with this urbane band, whose swinging tunes evoke a lost era in partying. Led by vocalist Shawn Aileen Clark, Lapis Luna plays vintage jazz; swing; songs from the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s; and bossa nova. Its repertoire includes Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter. Prices upon request.
Los Acustilocos917-254-6818; losacustilocos.com
This Latin-leaning group—which has headlined at Merkin Concert Hall and played Carnegie Hall—can start off an evening with classical flute and acoustic guitar, move to jazz, then build to a six-piece rhythm ensemble. Its multicultural numbers include samba, salsa, and bossa nova. From $2,500. (good value)
Lou Davis Music and Entertainment212-684-5200
This company includes seven in-house orchestras along with specialty ensembles, emcees, and DJs of every genre. The members know how to play for a diverse crowd (your grandparents and frat brothers alike), keeping everyone happily dancing till dawn. Prices upon request.
Lucy Music718-941-2295; weddingbandnyc.com
Lucy Music is a boutique music company run by Aaron Thurston, bandleader of alt-hit cover outfit the Engagements. In addition to Thurston’s own band, Lucy Music’s collective of multi-instrumentalists includes the Affections (dance rock), the Loyales (classic soul R&B), Baby Soda Jazz Band (“street jazz”), and several other tribute groups known for getting guests to shake it with abandon at wedding receptions. From $5,900.
Madison35 Productions917-991-3440; madison35.com
This close-knit eight-member group is a rare hybrid of religious and secular performers. While the musicians can play every type of Hebrew hora and simcha track, they also have a huge repertoire of contemporary favorites from Katy Perry to Jay Z. From $1,500.
Manhattan String Orchestra917-838-8383; manhattanswing.com
This four-band company has played the Superbowl pre-game show and the U.S. Open tennis tournament. 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 $15,000. (good deal)
Mixtape: A Cover Band For Hipsters347-750-6994; mixtapecoverband.com
Even the biggest music snobs on your guest list will happily get down to this band’s covers of Phoenix, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Queen, Talking Heads, and the Clash. Mixtape offers a six- to ten-piece configuration and can add horns or strings depending on how you would like your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception to sound. From $5,000 for a six-piece band for three hours.
New York City Swing718-428-7478; nycswing.biz
Couples get a choice of four versatile, spirited bands from this outfit. Each has an enormous song list, including swing, Motown, disco, contemporary dance music, and Top 40 hits. Satisfied clients include Sumner Redstone and the cast of The Sopranos. From $8,000 to $15,000.
New York Edge Music212-749-2364; newyorkedge.com
What began as a single orchestra has grown into a company that includes multiple dance bands, jazz ensembles, and DJs. The original orchestra can be booked with 7 to 12 musicians; the most popular configuration features four-piece horn arrangements and four-part vocal harmonies. Prices upon request.
New York Jazz Events212-989-5281; newyorkjazzevents.com
These groups include a piano trio, a vibraphone quartet, and a jazz-vocal quintet. They’ve been keeping things swinging for the past two decades at weddings and high-end events, such as MoMA openings, and can play a variety of jazz genres and styles. Prices upon request.
The husband-and-wife co-owners of Nite-Time met in 1994 while playing a wedding and now headline a group of musicians who have shared the stage with Sheryl Crow, Gavin DeGraw, and Blood Sweat & Tears. Nite-Time offers customizable packages to fit various budgets, styles, and musical tastes, including a variety of ensemble options for ceremonies and cocktail hours. Prices upon request.
Norberto Goldberg and Amazonas914-263-3563; norbertgoldberg.com
This talented Argentine percussionist, who has performed with Broadway legends such as Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune, has been known to turn a reception into a sultry dance party with his Latin jazz, bossa nova, and samba numbers. Prices upon request.
On the Move Entertainment212-229-1009; onthemove.com
Founded in 1993, this company makes choosing between band and DJ a nonissue. With a customizable stable of DJs and live musicians (including its flagship band, Winston’s Crew), it can help couples create the musical ambience they desire. Its musicians are happy to travel and have done numerous celebrity and royal weddings. From $5,000.
Orchestrations, Inc.917-257-5711; orchestrationsinc.com
This full-service boutique operation encourages brides and grooms to think outside the string quartet. Founder Julie Feldman, a harpist with a music degree from Columbia University, can mix and match styles and instruments to create one-of-a-kind, genre-defying sets—think the Beatles as imagined by a brass quintet or harpists accompanying a live DJ. Prices upon request.
- 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.