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Juliana Riccardi Music Group347-878-5764; facebook.com/JulianaRiccardiMusicGroup
This group delivers a down-to-earth party with an eclectic set list that honors classic rock, soul, Motown, pop, and folk from the fifties, sixties, and seventies. Expect tunes from Al Green, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, and more. From $2,800 to $9,000. (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 played with Robert Palmer at Radio City Music Hall. The group also played at 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 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 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 an impressive array of music, including classical, French traditional, pop, and Argentine tango. Prices start at $250 for one performer and go up to $10,000.
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 thirties, forties, and fifties; and bossa nova. 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 happily 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 favorites from Katy Perry to Jay-Z. From $1,500 to $6,500.
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.com
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 D.J.’s. The original orchestra can be booked with seven to twelve 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 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 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 D.J. a nonissue. With a customizable stable of D.J.’s 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.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 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 D.J. Prices upon request.
From the Winter 2014 New York Wedding Guide
- 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.
- 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, Paula Abdul and Stevie Wonder's daughter's wedding. NYC's source for customized music services.