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This page contains information about the different musical options that Nottingham Jazz offers. We recognise that no two events are the same, so for more help and advice please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to discuss your requirements.

Why hire a live jazz band?

Clients book us for many reasons, but generally it's because they want to add something special to their events. Whether it's tasteful background music for a drinks reception or dinner, or perhaps something livelier later on, live jazz is the perfect way to boost the atmosphere and mood of your event.

Nottingham Jazz are perfect for helping weddings, balls and parties go with a swing. We are friendly, reliable and professional, and most importantly we sound great. For customer feedback please see our Reviews page.

Nottingham Jazz's Ensembles

We offer a variety of ensembles to suit your venue, space requirements and budget. These are outlined below:

Duo - This is the smallest group we provide, and is ideal for small dinners, drinks receptions and parties with roughly 50 or fewer guests. Normally comprising piano and double bass, our duo is a great way to offer live jazz at a very reasonable price. It is also a good choice if space is limited. Other duo combinations include piano and saxophone, or saxophone and double bass.

Trio - The Nottingham Jazz trio is our most popular line up, consisting of piano, double bass and drums. This combination is extremely versatile, working well for dinners and events ranging from small to large. The trio is an ideal choice for clients who want music that carries further than the duo, but at less expense than the quartet. From time to time we provide variations on the piano trio, including sax, guitar and double bass; or piano, bass and vocals.

Quartet - The quartet is the perfect choice for clients seeking an impressive ensemble with a lively and well-rounded sound. The typical line up is saxophone, piano, double bass and drums. This combination is perfect for large gatherings or corporate events. The quartet can also include vocals (male or female) or trumpet.

Larger Ensembles - Larger groups such as quintet (5-piece), sextet (6-piece) and septet (7-piece) are available on request.

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Wedding jazz information

We perform at dozens of weddings every year, and our music always goes down a treat among clients who want their day to be as special as possible.

Most wedding bookings fall into one of three categories:

Drinks reception after the ceremony
This is the perfect time to keep guests entertained between the ceremony and the meal, often while the bride and groom are busy with photographs. It sets the mood for the rest of the day's celebrations.

Playing through the meal
Tasteful background jazz while guests eat is a lovely gesture which always lifts the mood and adds a touch of class. We aim to find a balance between music that is fun yet discrete: we play loudly enough to be heard, but never drowning out conversation.

After the meal
We are often asked to provide after-dinner entertainment, typically for dancing, but also for some couples who want the vibe of a jazz band without the volume (and expense) of a DJ or soul/covers band. Popular choices include quartet or quintet including singer and/or saxophone.

Nottingham Jazz also works in collaboration with Nottingham-based soul band 'The Shakes' who are ideal for up-tempo 60s and 70s soul and funk covers - perfect for filling the dance floor! Please get in touch for more information.

Jazz for other events

Nottingham Jazz is a versatile group that can add value to a wide variety of events. Here is a brief summary of the other types of events for which we're most in demand:

Balls and dinners
Balls and dinners are typically special occassions where everyone makes an effort. Nottingham Jazz is the perfect accompaniment to add a splash of excitement, and our music finds favour with organisers who want a special touch for drinks receptions or the meal.

Private parties
Each year we play at all manner or private parties including birthdays and anniversaries. We often perform in function rooms, restaurants and clients' homes, and we are always happy to play outside, weather permitting!

Corporate events
Nottingham Jazz performs at dozens of corporate events each year. For a list of our most prestigious clients please see our Clients page. Our corporate clients generally want stylish and sophisticated music that's the ideal backdrop for networking or entertaining colleagues, clients and special guests.

Christmas parties
Christmas jazz is a speciality of ours, and we are delighted to perform tasteful jazz renditions of Christmas classics such as 'White Christmas', 'Winter Wonderland', 'The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting...)', 'Sleigh Ride' etc.


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