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Many amazing bands,
one seasoned bandleader

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.

Find the “10 best jazz bands in New York” in a directory that includes magicians? Or handymen? I don‘t think so!

While you won‘t find the elite jazz musicians of New York City advertising themselves in the generic national directories that dominate the search engines, you will find them in my bands. Each regularly performs in New York City's top jazz clubs, like The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Smalls, and Jazz At Lincoln Center, either as leaders or as sidemen for the legends who have shaped jazz history. When you hire my bands, you will be hiring these world-class artists to perform for you and your guests.

Prices that offer you the best value

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 at the all-purpose music agencies. What we are is the best value: musicians drawn from the elite of the New York jazz community, assembled into perfect combinations, and offered at the lowest price points possible.

Deal directly with the bandleader

You can call a booking agency and speak to a salesperson. 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 honestly.

Professionalism and personalized service

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.

Take the next step

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.


Party planner Adrienne O’Connor
Q&A with bandleader Chuck Braman

  • 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]

(Just) A Few Of Our Previous Parties

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.

New York Jazz Bands

76 Carmine St Apt 3D

New York, NY 10014-4392

(212) 989-5281

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 The Restaurants page features instrumental Trios, while the Concerts page features instrumental Quartets and Quintets, with repertoires emphasizing jazz composers such as Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk.

  • 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]

New York Jazz Bands