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(1) Contact the bandleader (me) directly at 212-989-5281, tell me what you need, and I'll make it happen. Or,
(2) Browse this page, choose the band you like most, let me know by filling out the “contact the bandleader” form (click the button above right) and I'll get back to you the same day with a helpful, unbiased consultation.
“The 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!”
“Thank you so much, you guys are awesome!!”
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 set up 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!”
“Chuck! You guys were amazing. Thank you so much for your time—this was such a great addition to our cocktail hour!”
While you won’t find the elite jazz musicians of New York City advertising themselves in the all-purpose 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.
“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 at the all-purpose agencies. What we are is the best value: musicians drawn from the elite of the real New York jazz community, assembled into ideal combinations, and offered at the most reasonable 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.”
“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 to 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!”
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.
“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.”
“Chuck and the band members were
extremely accommodating… It was great music
at an appropriate volume…”
“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!”
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 are 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 a genuine rapport and had played a lot together. I could not have been more delighted with the results.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chuck for the last four years
at our annual client dinner. He is always professional, courteous
and adaptable to our situation and of course, the music is outstanding! He is my “go to” guy for entertainment in the NY area.
Your choice of music and musicians sets the tone for your entire party. Our 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 directly at 212-989-5281 or fill out the “get a price quote” form (click the button above right) and I'll get back to you today with either a simple price quote or a helpful, unbiased consultation, your choice.
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 the 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.
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, Adrienne O’Connor, of Ruffles & Tweed!—CB]