Seeing and hearing is believing!

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 and jugglers? Or plumbers? I don‘t think so!

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.

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, 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.

Deal directly with the bandleader.

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.

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

(Just) A Few Of Our Previous Parties

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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

New York Jazz Bands

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New York, NY 10014-4392

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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.