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.
“We were impressed beyond words!”
“… on a scale of 1 to 10, you guys were an 11…”
“Easy, easy, easy. Our experience was just that.”
“The jazz trio was perfect at our rehearsal dinner.“
“You guys were awesome in every way.“
“Everyone raved about you and your sidemen.“
“Working with you was an absolute pleasure.“
“They did not, and will not, disappoint.“
“We are still basking in the delight of the wonderful evening.“
“The band was great, absolutely wonderful.“
“It was a class act and I will recommend you any chance I get.“
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. When you choose us, instead of filling out a form on a generic directory site, or talking to a salesman at an agency, you will work one-on-one with me—a drummer who loves the music he plays, and a bandleader who prides himself on being able to provide some of the very best jazz bands, comprised of some of the very best jazz musicians, in New York City.
First Dance: “At Last”
“Everyone who attended our rehearsal dinner
had the highest praise for the trio.”
“We have talked of the wedding all week and rave over the trio. True perfection.”
“All of our guests (unsolicited) asked how we found the band
and thought they were outstanding.“
“They were very easy to work with and I felt
we were always on the same page sonically and aesthetically.“
“The music was a major part of the success
and we are very grateful to all of you.“
“You probably won't ever need one, but if you do,
we would be thrilled to give a recommendation.“
“Their music was great.
It created the exact ambience we were aiming for.“
Unlike most of the bands you‘ll find on the Internet, my bands are comprised of some of the most active musicians on the New York City jazz scene, top artists who have both traveled the world and have performed at all the top jazz clubs in Manhattan alongside the legends who have shaped—and are shaping—jazz history. While we can expertly fulfill all of the traditional musical needs of a wedding—from background music during the cocktail hour to music for dancing later in the evening, and even traditional music for the ceremony—
we are more than authentic: we are the real deal.
First Dance: “When I Fall In Love”
“They really upgraded our wedding.
We were so lucky to have them.”
“Please know that you guys were
our favorite part of the wedding!”
“We could not have asked for more from your band—
“All of the performers were incredibly nice,
professional and talented.”
“I wish cocktail hour could have gone all night!
You guys were awesome!”
“The music was great,
your professional demeanor was impeccable…”
“I can't tell you how many people
shared positive comments about your band.”
When searching for a jazz band for your wedding, you can find the cheapest in the generic Internet directories, or the most expensive at the all-purpose music agencies, or the best, right here: artists who are among the elite of the New York jazz community, assembled into perfect ensembles by a seasoned bandleader,
and offered to you at the most reasonable price points possible.
Cocktail Hour: “Nice ‘n Easy”
“The value for musicians of this caliber is untouchable
in NYC, or anywhere really.”
“We had such an amazing night
and your music contributed immensely to the ambiance.”
“You were a true delight to work with.
The trio was the best part of the entire thing!”
“I will happily recommend your band to anyone I know
who is getting married or having an event in the city.”
“Chuck is one of a kind and his bands are killer.
I wish I had a soundboard recording of the evening!”
“As a Modern Jazz Quartet fan, I loved the music.
But our guests have been raving about it for weeks as well.”
“They could not have been more perfect! Fabulous jazz trio,
and my guests loved it. I received compliments all night.”
“We could not be happier we chose you.
There are not enough words to express our gratitude.”
“Your music during the ceremony and cocktail hour
was truly perfect.“
“They provided such a cool and sophisticated vibe to the party,
I never wanted cocktail hour to end.“
“One of my fondest memories on our wedding
was dancing with my new husband to beautiful music.“
“We really enjoyed your music
and almost every guest praised the jazz band!“
“The music was great and we received many comments
on how fabulous you guys are.“
“The band sounded great.
We loved your repertoire—it set the mood beautifully…“
My professional attitude emphasizes courteousness and reliability. Upon choosing one of my bands to play for your wedding, I will work with you to coordinate repertoire, schedule, ceremony music selections, setup, and everything else to make sure everything flows smoothly. On the day of your wedding my band will arrive early, start on time, look great, and adjust our volume levels to suit the needs of you and your guests.
First Dance: “Embraceable You”
“… a wonderful balance of real jazz,
and the elegance and high seamless performance
that an event such as a wedding entails.”
“Not only was the music great,
but you and your sidemen did a great job of
keeping the right tempo and tone for the evening.”
“Chuck Braman Band is just amazing…
everyone who came to our wedding had great comments
and many asked us for their contacts.”
“We were most satisfied from all the wonderful comments
we got (and continue to get 3 months later!)
at how wonderful the music was.”
“Chuck went above and beyond to ensure
that the music at our wedding went more smoothly
than could have been hoped for.”
“My experience with Chuck Braman was excellent.
He was very professional and easy to work with
and the music was absolutely top notch!”
“Our driving words for the wedding were simple and elegant,
and I can assure you that Chuck and his colleagues
were beyond exceptional.”
“Chuck was a pleasure to work with; incredibly friendly and communicative. He and his bandmates were complete professionals, and they sounded amazing!”
“Thanks so much! We loved the music,
and everyone had a great time.
We'll recommend you far and wide.“
“Literally we had an 'amazing time' with Chuck Braman Trio…
and guests are still taking about the great moments
we had whenever we meet them.“
“My only regret is that my wife and I weren't able
to sit next to the trio for a half hour
sipping wine and enjoying the atmosphere.“
Our repertoire incorporates the best-crafted popular music of all time, from Great American Songbook standards to classic bossa novas from Brazil that will delight guests of every age.
Choose from our enormous song list, and add to it your favorites.
Cocktail Hour: “The Duke”
“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'.”
“We asked the ensemble to create a vibe
in which they would be noticeable but not
the center of attention. It's a tough balance
to achieve, but they nailed it perfectly.”
“They were amazing—not only in terms of their music,
but also in the way they presented themselves—such a
pleasure to work with during the planning process, friendly
as could be in person, and flawless in their musical execution.”
“I would love to call them again for wedding
but unfortunately there will be no more wedding in my life…
so definitely recommend this band to anyone else
who plan anything serious for their lifetime event.“
We visited so many people,
you were the first site we visited,
and we had a hard time considering
anything else after we heard you.
Each one of my bands is a real working group, with it’s own distinctive personnel, style, and repertoire. My sidemen have performed at all of the top New York jazz venues, from the Blue Note to Jazz at Lincoln Center. Together, we've performed at nearly every prestigious wedding venue in New York, including The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, The Central Park Boathouse, The Central Park Zoo, The Harold Pratt Mansion & Peterson Hall, The Hudson Theater, India House, Landmarc at Time Warner Center, The Lighthouse, The Lotus Club, New York Botanical Gardens, The River Café, Sofitel New York, The Vanderbilt Mansion, The Water's Edge Restaurant, and many others too numerous to list.
First Dance: “But Beautiful”
“… despite Chuck's background and jazz sensibility,
he fits completely outside the mold of stereotypical jazz musicians in the areas of punctuality and professionalism
and customer service... These are not things that are
easy to find in true jazz musicians!”
“The band adjusted itself to the place, its acoustic and vibe
and allowed those who wanted to, to listen to a very
high level of performance, while others—who wanted
to speak with their friends at the table—could still do so
without feeling overwhelmed by the music.”
“When dealing with a wedding, our first priority was superior music to entertain our guests. Our second priority was to find a band that was easy to deal with and on whom we could count. With so many details to worry about, we chose to work with Chuck because we knew we could count on him.“
Your choice of music and musicians sets the tone for your entire wedding. My world-class jazz bands,
combined with my reliability, resourcefulness and attention to detail, will help to make your wedding
an occasion that you and your guests will never forget. Contact me now to receive a quote for your favorite band along with a personal consultation, usually within 24 hours.
A wedding band by definition needs to be many things to many people, whereas I provide a niche service to a niche market. We are real, working New York City jazz musicians who happen to play weddings, rather than wedding musicians who try to play jazz. We provide a very high level of sophistication and elegance that fits certain weddings very well, and our music can be combined with the music of a DJ for those clients who need all the stylistic bases covered.
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 wedding at the most reasonable price possible.
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 brides and wedding 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 my 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 wedding. Once you’ve located a band you like and can trust, you need to decide whether to use them for the entire event, or combine them with a DJ. Either scenario can work very well depending on your preferences.
I can honestly say you are one of the nicest and most professional wedding 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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