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Real NYC jazz / world-class musicians

Jazz band performing for corporate event in NYC.
My quartet performing for a corporate event at Gotham Hall (photo courtesy of Natural Expressions).

Are you tired of searching directory sites advertising wedding bands that call themselves jazz bands? I offer something much better: real, working New York jazz bands comprised of some of the most highly regarded jazz musicians in the world. And to make things simple, I’ve organized this site to make it easy for you find the perfect band for your specific needs:

Tips for choosing a jazz band

jazz vibraphonist
My vibraphonist performing for a private party at Bryant Park Grill.
1.
Treat the claims of the national directories skeptically.
2.
Deal directly with the bandleader.
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View videos of the band(s).
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Read reviews by former clients.
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View photos and descriptions of previous performances.

Deal directly with the bandleader

jazz drummer
My trio performing for a wedding at 583 Park Avenue.

My name is Chuck Braman and I’m a jazz drummer-bandleader with nearly thirty years of experience in New York. I lead real working bands, each with its own unique personnel, style and repertoire. Members of my groups are world-class jazz musicians who have performed, toured or recorded with a who’s who of music. If you are planning a party or a wedding, choosing us will provide a sophisticated New York City experience that your guests will long remember. If you are looking for a great jazz band for your restaurant, jazz club or concert series, my bands are among the very best that New York has to offer.

View videos of my bands

(In addition to the three bands below, you can find many more videos of many more of my jazz trios, quartets, and quintets here.)

Trumpet-Saxophone Quintet “Step Lightly”
Trumpet-Saxophone Quintet “Hi-Heel Sneakers”
Trumpet-Saxophone Quintet “Punjab”
Trumpet-Saxophone Quintet “São Paulo”
Trumpet-Saxophone Quintet “Pat ’n Chat”
Guitar Trio/Quartet “Nice ’n Easy”
Guitar Trio/Quartet “Nice ’n Easy”
Vocal Quartet 1 “I Can't Give You Anything But Love”
Vocal Quartet 1 “At Last”
Vocal Quartet 1 “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”

Read verified reviews from my clients

You can find verified third-party reviews of us in Google, Yelp, The Knot, Wedding Wire, and The Better Business Bureau. To date, these reviews, of which there are now more than 60, have never been less than five stars.

In addition to these formal reviews, we have received hundreds of informal comments in emails that have all been positive.

You will find my two favorite formal reviews following the review site rating icons I have gathered below. Below that, click on the “Click here for 100+ more reviews” heading to find many more reviews and comments from clients (in case you’re wondering, I’ve never received a negative comment) and gathered from both third-party review sites and emails.

Better Business Bureau five-star rating
Yelp five-star ratingThe Knot five-star ratingWedding Wire five-star rating
Jazz Quartet performing at private party
My quintet performing for a party at Maritime Parc.
five star review

For the past five years I have hosted a holiday party for approximately 220 guests. I have had many bands and DJ’s. No one has ever been asked to play for another party except for Chuck.

Dreading looking for yet another band I started to surf the Internet and found New York Jazz Bands. I liked what I heard and decided to give Chuck I call... the best decision I could have made. He invited me to the city to listen to him play in person and I was blown away by how beautifully they played and the singer’s melodic voice.

That was all I needed to make my decision… I immediately booked them for two parties.

For the first party, I told Chuck about the guests and exactly what I was looking for… he put together the perfect five-piece ensemble. All night my guests were telling me how wonderful the band was and that they were the perfect fit for my event. It was the first time that no one complained about the type of music, the loudness or the that the band took more breaks then they played!

At the end of the night I signed them on for next year’s Holiday party (I am also having their trio play at a small gathering next week).

I cannot recommend them enough! They are professional, polite, considerate of your needs, have reasonable rates (and who can say that in NYC) and are altogether terrific... there are not enough good things to say about them!

If you’re looking for good jazz and great singers… honestly, there is no need to look any further—YOU’VE FOUND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR RIGHT HERE!

—Ann Lacey, Omni Eye Services, Google Review
Jazz band performing for New York wedding, bride and groom dancing.
My quintet performing at a wedding at 583 Park Avenue.
five star review

Chuck went above and beyond to ensure that the music at our wedding went more smoothly than could have been hoped for. The transition from cocktail hour to reception was flawless, and the breakdown after dinner to give way to the DJ was swift and silent (although I personally would have loved it if the band could have performed all night!). I can honestly say that the caliber of musicians that Chuck assembled is unmatched on the NY scene in general, and simply blows away any other ‘wedding band.’ I individually researched each member of the band prior to booking, and each one has an impressive background with stellar credentials. In terms of talent, skill, and experience, the band was simply fantastic. I've never heard a hotter band at a wedding, period.

The value for musicians of this caliber is untouchable in NYC, or anywhere really. The reasonable prices allowed us to allocate funds for music towards the Indian trio for our ceremony, which really authenticated the feel of our ceremony, and also allowed us to get a DJ into our budget for the later evening, which kept my wife happy!

It was great to get to meet Chuck and to discuss jazz with an accomplished lifelong musician with such a cool background and experience. The website made it easy for me to see some of the musicians that Chuck works with in action, which allowed me to convince my wife that there was no better band out there for our wedding. Furthermore, despite Chuck's background and jazz sensibility, he fits completely outside the mold of the stereotypical jazz musician in the areas of punctuality and professionalism and customer service... These are not things that are easy to find in true jazz musicians! Chuck is one of a kind and his bands are killer. I wish I had a soundboard recording of the evening!”

—Laurence Hren, groom; Google Review
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My trio performing for a cocktail party at The Core Club

How to use this site

This site is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to hire a great New York jazz trio, quartet or quintet comprised of world-class artists drawn from the elite of the New York jazz community.

To find specific information (curated videos, client reviews, and photos of past performances) tailored to your exact needs, simply click on the link below that corresponds to your purpose, i.e.:

Hire a great jazz band

for your
Corporate Event
or Party
for your
Wedding
for your
Jazz Club
or Concert
for your
Restaurant
for your
Corporate Event or Party
for your
Corporate Event
or Party
for your
Wedding
for your
Jazz Club
or Concert
for your
Restaurant
for your
Corporate Event
or Party
for your
Wedding
for your
Jazz Club
or Concert
for your
Restaurant