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Juliana Riccardi Music Group718-551-4288; julianariccardimusicgroup.com
Led by sultry-voiced recording artist Riccardi, this energetic group’s eclectic set list honors classic rock, soul, Motown, pop and folk from the sixties and seventies, delivering timeless tunes by the likes of Marvin Gaye, the Rolling Stones, and Stevie Wonder. From $1,500 to $7,000. (good value)
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 opened for sold-out acts at Radio City Music Hall. It also played one of President Clinton’s inaugural balls. Prices upon request.
The Klezical Tradition203-374-0607; klezmerflute.com
This klezmer band, led by Adrianne Greenbaum, is traditional enough for Bubbie and Zadie but lively enough to keep younger guests in high spirits. Choose from one strolling musician up to a seven-piece ensemble to play a selection of cultural, classical, and jazz offerings. From $600 to $5,000. (good value)
La Belle Musique, Inc.917-362-1080; la-belle-musique.com
La Belle’s Franco-American director, Steven Sinshain, trained as a violinist at Juilliard and the Paris Conservatory. His string, piano, trumpet, and flute ensembles can play everything from classical to French traditional to pop, but they specialize in Argentine tango music. Prices start at $250 for one performer and go up to $10,000.
Lapis Luna718-812-6248; lapisluna.com
Set the mood with this smooth-sounding band, whose swinging tunes evoke a lost era in partying. Led by vocalist Shawn Aileen Clark, Lapis Luna plays vintage jazz, swing, tunes from the thirties, forties, and fifties, and retro Latin. Its repertoire includes Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, and Perez Prado. The group performed at the nuptials of Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks. Prices upon request.
Los Acustilocos917-254-6818; losacustilocos.com
This Latin-leaning group—which has headlined at Merkin Hall and played Carnegie—can start off an evening with classical flute and acoustic guitar, move to jazz, then build to a six-piece rhythm ensemble. Its multilingual numbers include salsa and bossa nova. From $2,500. (good value)
Lou Davis Music and Entertainment212-684-5200; loudavismusic.com
This company includes seven in-house orchestras along with specialty ensembles, emcees, and D.J.’s of every genre. The members know how to play for a diverse crowd (your grandparents and frat brothers alike), keeping everyone happy and dancing till dawn. Prices upon request.
Madison 35 Productions917-991-3440; madison35.com
This close-knit eight-member group is a rare hybrid of religious Jewish and secular performers. While the musicians can play every type of Hebrew hora and simcha track, they also have a huge repertoire of contemporary American and international favorites from Katy Perry to Jay-Z. From $650 to $9,500.
New York City Swing718-428-7478; nycswing.com
Couples get a choice of four versatile bands—zoot suits and all. Each has an enormous song list, including swing, Motown, disco, 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 dance bands, jazz ensembles, and D.J.’s. The original orchestra can be booked in seven to twelve pieces, the most popular of which 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 performing for the past two decades at weddings, restaurants, and high-end events such as MoMA gallery 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 and 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 like Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune, has been known to turn a reception into a hot, sultry dance party with his Latin jazz and samba. He can also be booked through John Ragusa Music. Prices upon request.
On the Move Entertainment212-229-1009; onthemove.com
Founded in 1993, this company makes choosing between band and D.J. a nonissue. With a customizable stable of D.J.’s and live musicians (including its flagship band, Souled Out), it can help couples create the perfect wedding playlists. The musicians are happy to travel and have done numerous celebrity and royal weddings. From $5,000.
Orchestrations, Inc.212-678-2386; 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, will help you 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 D.J. Prices upon request.
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.