Jazz Bands are one of the most popular things we deal with and for those looking for a professional Jazz Band to Hire Fantasia Music has a great choice. A Jazz Band can range from a 2 piece of say Sax and Piano, all the way through to and 18 piece big Band and everything in between. Jazz can be instrumental (without a singer) for background music, and popular events for this include drinks receptions where the presence of a singer might draw attention away from guests meeting for the first time and general chatting.
A Dixieland Band is ever popular for outside events and the sight of striped blazers and straw boaters always means you are in for some uplifting, toe tapping music. These bands use acoustic instruments and so can roam among your guests delighting them with tunes such as Tiger Rag, When the Saints Go Marching In & Royal garden Blues.
Swing Jazz is favoured for dancing and this usually involves larger bands featuring a singer with rhythm section of Piano, Bass & Drums with additional ‘front line’ musicians such as Sax, Trumpet, Trombone. Swing Jazz also includes Rat Pack Bands where the music features songs of Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Songs like ‘Fly me To the Moon’, ‘New York New York’, ‘Sway’ and ‘Mr Bojangles’.
Another form of Swing Jazz is Jump Jive, Jazz that really gets people dancing! This is music of the 1940s with a mix of Rock n Roll, Boogie, Swing and Lindyhop imported from the USA but very popular in Europe. Exponents of this were Cab Calloway, Louis Prima, Louis Jordan etc. Songs include ‘Jump, Jive & Wail’, ‘Flip, Flop, Fly’, Safronia B, Sing, Sing, Sing
Onto 1920s Bands now where the style is quite different. 1920s Bands hark back to the dancehall days of the 20s and 30s where The Charleston was King and ‘Flapper Girls’ danced alongside bands to add style and give something more visual. With the accent on rhythm these bands work well for Great Gatsby events or Peaky Blinders themed events.
Here are some recommendations of excellent Jazz Bands for different events: