All the videos of all of my bands, in one place, sortable by lead instrument.
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Bands with and without vocalists, with repertoires emphasizing Great American Songbook standards.
Instrumental bands with repertoires emphasizing jazz composers.
“Client loved it. Look forward to next time.”
“If you're looking for a great jazz band look no further.”
“5’s across the board.”
“Thank you so much for being so lovely to work with!”
“We heard nothing but compliments—your group was great!”
“I´m the one who should say thank you! ”
“Great to work with you! Thanks, Chuck!!”
“Thanks for the great music—everyone really enjoyed it!”
“You made the party!”
“They were professional and fun. Our guests had a great time!”
My name is Chuck Braman, and I’m a jazz drummer-bandleader who’s been active in New York City for over twenty-five years. During that time I’ve discovered the very best musicians that I love making music with and organized them into ensembles based on ideal combinations of instrumentation, personnel, style and repertoire. Over the years, we‘ve played in every setting imaginable, from jazz clubs to concerts, restaurants, corporate events and weddings. I love what I do and I pride myself on being able to provide truly great jazz bands for all of these musical contexts. I hope I can have the opportunity to do so for you too.
“The band arrived and setup promptly and sounded excellent. They were a pleasure to have at our event…”
“You guys were terrific—
and I will keep you in mind for future events!”
“They all were on time, played well, looked well… top of the line players, very easy to work with and very professional.”
“Everybody at the party really enjoyed your music
and you can be sure that we had great a time there!!”
“The sound was excellent from the get-go
and you really helped establish the mood.”
“The trio delivered a true NY jazz evening and
the global audience could not have enjoyed it more.”
“Thank you Chuck! They loved you!
Hope to be in touch again soon!”
The fact is, there are hundreds of incredible and distinguished jazz musicians in New York City, but they can‘t be found in the generic national directories that dominate the search engines. However, the best jazz musicians that New York City has to offer—that is, the best musicians that I’ve discovered over the past 28 years of being a bandleader in New York City, based on my criteria of musicality, musicianship, responsibility, and likability—can be found in my bands. All of these musicians have performed in prestigious jazz clubs like The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Smalls, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Mezzrow, The 55 Bar, The Jazz Standard, and Smoke, as leaders or while working as sidemen for the legends who have shaped, and are currently shaping, jazz history. When you hire my bands, you will be hiring these great artists to perform for you and your guests.
“The band was the most memorable part
of the whole experience”
“… many have said that they
couldn’t have imagined the party without.”
“Thank you Chuck! I hope clients are lining up
around the block to work with your bands!”
“You and the guys were wonderful,
so easy to work with and of course sounded great!”
“You guys were awesome! It was exactly what
we were looking for…Thanks again!!! :)”
“Chuck was a dream to work with…
Having the trio made the party feel like a party.”
“You are really great to work with and
I look forward to doing more events with you in the future.”
We are not the cheapest jazz bands in New York—those you‘ll find in the generic Internet directories.
Nor are we the most expensive jazz bands in New York—those you‘ll find those at the
all-purpose music agencies. What we are, by far, is the best value in New York:
musicians drawn from the elite of the New York jazz community,
assembled into perfect combinations, and offered at the lowest price points possible.
“Our guests enjoyed every minute of it
and made their way closer to the band
as the night progressed.”
“FYI… you’ve gotten great reviews
from my colleagues in your
recent performances with Empire.”
“The trio delivered a true NY jazz evening
and the global audience
could not have enjoyed it more.”
“Chuck and the band members
were extremely accommodating…
It was great music at an appropriate volume…”
“Thank you!! The band was a total hit,
everyone from staff to clients
could not stop raving about you three.”
“… very easy to work with and
extremely professional. The sound levels
were perfectly adjusted for each performance.”
“The performance was the perfect addition
for Water for Elephants and
it really enhanced the entire feel of the premiere.”
“It was such a pleasure working with you.
It turned out an amazing event.
Thank you so much!”
“They really made the party. Super elegant
and know how to work a room! We were so happy,
I can't wait to hire them again for our next event!”
You can call a booking agency and speak to a salesperson. Or you can fill out a form in a directory and begin a bidding war among semi-professionals. Or you can choose us and deal directly with me, the bandleader. I’m not interested in selling to you—I’m interested in helping you. I’m not interested in “beating the competition”—I’m interested in providing the best possible band for your needs at the most reasonable price. Contact me, by phone or by form, and I will answer all of your questions directly and accurately—as only a bandleader can.
“Thank you VERY much.
We loved you all.
Had many compliments on the music :).
Gary and I would love to see you live again.”
“Chuck is super easy to work with,
the musicians were talented and
professional, and the music was
spot on for the event and the venue”
“They were EARLY, clean cut, well dressed
and a pleasure to work with.
It was such a successful evening,
we are having them back again next year…”
“The musicians were amazing,
wonderfully professional, and talented…
It is 3 months later and we are still hearing
compliments on how wonderful the party was.”
“I can‘t begin to express how happy
we were to have you playing for us…
We will definitely use you should we have more events in NY
and will recommend you to our friends.”
“If you‘re looking for a great Jazz band look no further.
They have been the entertainment
at my holiday events for 2014, 2015
and I just re-booked them for 2016!”
“Stellar job… You guys sounded great,
true perfection in every way, very polished…
The music was so apropos for the immensely elegant
atmosphere of the Rainbow Room space.”
“You and the other members of the trio
had an outstanding performance
and we look forward to
working with you again in the future.”
My professional attitude emphasizes courteousness and reliability. Upon choosing us to play for your party, I will have a one-on-one consultation with you to coordinate repertoire, schedule, setup, and everything else to make sure everything flows smoothly. On the day of your party my band will arrive early, start on time, look great, and we will adjust our volume levels to suit the needs of you and your guests.
“Chuck had an understanding of exactly
what I was looking for in terms of the music
meshing with the atmosphere of my cocktail party.
He and his band were very professional,
on time, dressed sharp, and played very well.”
“All night my guests were telling me
how wonderful the band was and
that they were the perfect fit for my event…
I cannot recommend them enough…
there is not enough good things to say about them!”
Chuck was a delight to work with… the group was punctual and so easy to work with in every way… one could tell that these three musicians had genuine rapport and had played a lot together. I could not have been more delighted with the results, and there were many compliments from our 200+ guests.
Your choice of music and musicians sets the tone for your entire party. My band’s world-class jazz,
combined with my reliability, resourcefulness and attention to detail, will help to make your party
an occasion that you and your guests will never forget. Contact me now to receive a personalized quote,
along with a free consultation, within 24 hours.
Playing! I‘m a musician first and always, so my passion for this field derives 100% from the music that we create. That said, however, it‘s a wonderful feeling when my clients tell me how much they loved our music, how many positive comments they received from their guests, and that we made a special occasion even more memorable.
The difference between price and value, particularly when trying to choose between something as radically variable as different musical artists. A world-class jazz band can’t be offered at the bargain-basement prices that the generic directory-type sites encourage. Conversely, a great value can't be offered for a jazz band by the elite club-date agencies, because of their lack of specialization and premium commissions. We are a specialty service that offers an expertly curated selection of some of the top jazz artists in New York City for your party at the most reasonable price possible, which is our value proposition.
I have several different groups, either built around a particular lead instrument, such as piano, vibraphone, guitar, or saxophone, or around particular individuals, such as the vocalists I work with. Each of these groups has worked together on a regular basis for many years. In addition to these, I’m able to mix and match my sidemen into additional groups if the client is seeking a different instrumentation other than what we already offer.
To make deciding between them easier, this page features selected videos of only the particular bands of mine that over time have been the most popular with party planners. In addition, the site also has a page titled “All Bands / All Videos” which features all of the videos of all of my bands, sortable by lead instrument. I’m also quite happy to provide a free consultation to help guide clients to a make decision based on a combination of their preferences and my knowledge and experience.
One client who was a guest at a wedding in New York liked us enough to to fly the entire band out for his own wedding in Los Angeles! In general, though, we perform within the Tri-State area.
Do it! We live in an age of recorded music, but there is nothing that can substitute for the experience of seeing great artists creating music before your eyes, which is exactly what jazz musicians do. In addition, live jazz is synonymous with elegance and sophistication and the greatest jazz musicians in the world happen to be concentrated right here in New York City. The trick is to find the subset of those who care about and can fulfill the special needs of a party.
I can honestly say you are one of the nicest and most professional party planners I’ve ever worked with. I hope we have the opportunity to work together many more times! [PS: That's completely true! Thank you, Andrienne O‘Connor of Ruffles & Tweed!—CB]
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These pages include Trios, Quartets and Quintets featuring both instrumentalists and vocalists, with a repertoire emphasizing Great American Songbook standards by composers such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter
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