How to easily find a great jazz band for your wedding

Contact the bandleader (Chuck Braman) directly at 212-989-5281, tell me what you need, and I'll make it happen.

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Browse this page, choose the band you like most, let me know by filling out the “hire your band” form (click the button above right) and I'll get back to you the same day with a helpful, unbiased consultation.

Vocal Quartet 1 “I Can't Give You Anything But Love”
Vocal Quartet 1 “At Last”
Vocal Quartet 1 “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”
“They were phenomenal!”
—Joseph Vatter, Wedding Planner, Wedding, Brooklyn Grange, October 27, 2021; Google Review; Vocal Quartet/Quintet
“I’m so happy I chose them.”
—Natalya Groysman, Bride, Wedding, Lamb’s Hill, September 6, 2021; Vocal Quartet/Quintet
“We were impressed beyond words!”
—Jill H, Reception, S.P.Q.R. Restaurant, October 1, 2011; Piano Trio
“We cannot recommend them enough!”
—Craig Gambardella, Groom, Wedding, 90 Acres, February 25, 2020; Vocal Quintet
“You guys were awesome in every way.“
—Lauren Russo, Bride, Reception, 48 Lounge, August 31, 2013; Vocal Trio
“Everyone raved about you and your sidemen.“
Sam Panagoulias, Groom, Cocktail Hour, Stage 6 at Steiner Studios, May 18, 2013; Saxophone Quartet
“Working with you was an absolute pleasure.“
—Samantha Acunto, Bride, Cocktail Hour, Studio 450, September 30, 2011; Guitar Trio
“… on a scale of 1 to 10, you guys were an 11…”
—Nick Brozman, Groom, Rehearsal, St. Andrews's Golf Club, May 4, 2012; Piano Trio
“Easy, easy, easy. Our experience was just that.”
—Michael Beltran, Groom, Reception, Del Posto, October 30, 2011; Vocal Trio

Many incredible 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 three decades. 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 choosing among semi-professionals on a directory site, or talking to a salesman at an agency, you will work one-on-one with me—a dedicated life-long musician who prides himself on leading some of the very best jazz bands in NewYork City.

Piano Trio “The Duke”
Piano Trio“Bom Amigos”
Piano Trio“Einbahnstrasse”
“Please know that you guys were our favorite part of the wedding!”
—Lauren Thomson, Bride, Cocktail Hour, Timber Point Country Club,  August 1, 2014; Piano Trio
“They really upgraded our wedding. We were so lucky to have them.”
Aram Kim, Bride, Reception, India House, May 30, 2015, Vocal-Piano Trio
“The music was great, your professional demeanor was impeccable…”
—Nick Brozman, Groom, Rehearsal, St. Andrew’s Golf Club, May 4, 2012; Piano Trio
“All of the performers were incredibly nice, professional and talented.”
—Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager, Bride, Rehearsal, Bryant Park Grill, October 28, 2011; Guitar Trio
“Your music during the ceremony and cocktail hour was truly perfect.“
—Samantha Acunto, Bride, Cocktail Hour, Studio 450, September 30, 2011; Guitar Trio
“We could not have asked for more from your band—absolutely amazing.”
—Michael & Denise Adin, Wedding Reception, Majestic Gardens, August 25, 2012; Vocal Quartet
“I wish cocktail hour could have gone all night! You guys were awesome!”
—Julian Madden, Groom, Cocktail Hour, Island Farm on Elihu Island, June 22, 2013; Guitar Trio
“We really enjoyed your music and almost every guest praised the jazz band!“
—Boram Kim, Groom, Reception, India House, May 30, 2015; Vocal Trio
“I can't tell you how many people shared positive comments about your band.”
—Michael & Denise Adin, Wedding Reception, Majestic Gardens, August 25, 2012; Vocal Quartet
“Everyone who attended our rehearsal dinner had the highest praise for the trio.”
—Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager, Rehearsal, Bryant Park Grill, October 28, 2011; Guitar Trio
“I’d really like to thank you for helping to make the day just what I had imagined.”
—Natalya Groysman, Bride, Wedding, Lamb’s Hill, September 6, 2021; Vocal Quintet
“You were a true delight to work with. The trio was the best part of the entire thing!”
—Karen Ramirez, Bride, Reception, Landmarc at Time Warner Center, April 24th, 2016; Vocal Trio
“Not only was Chuck extremely responsive, the band rocked! Highly recommend!”
—Lauren Thomson, Bride, Cocktail Hour, Timber Point Country Club,  August 1, 2014; Piano Trio

Jazz bands that play weddings,
not wedding bands that play jazz

My bands are comprised of some of the top musicians on the New York City jazz scene, artists who have traveled the world alongside the legends who have shaped—and are shaping—jazz history. While we can fulfill the traditional musical needs of a wedding, we are more than authentic: we are the real deal.

Vocal Trio 2 “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
Vocal Trio 2 “But Beautiful”
“We could not be happier we chose you. There are not enough words to express our gratitude.”
—Karen Ramirez, Bride, Reception, Landmarc at Time Warner Center, April 24th, 2016; Vocal Trio
“You probably won't ever need one, but if you do, we would be thrilled to give a recommendation.“
—Joanne Latko, Bride, Reception, Riverpark, October 19, 2013; Vocal Quartet
“One of my fondest memories of our wedding was dancing with my new husband to beautiful music.“
—Lauren Thomson, Bride, Reception, Timber Point Country Club, August 1, 2014, Piano Trio
“The talent of everyone involved was unmatched, and their performances elevated the entire event.“
—Joseph Vatter, Wedding Planner, Wedding, Brooklyn Grange, October 27, 2021; Vocal Quintet
“Chuck is one of a kind and his bands are killer. I wish I had a soundboard recording of the evening!”
—Laurence Hren, Reception, 583 Park Ave, June 16th, 2012, Vocal Quartet
“They provided such a cool and sophisticated vibe to the party, I never wanted the cocktail hour to end.“
—Julian Madden, Groom, Cocktail Hour, Island Farm on Elihu Island, 22-Jun-2013; Guitar Trio

Prices that offer you the best value in New York City

When searching for a jazz band for your wedding, you can find the cheapest in the generic internet directories, the most expensive at the jack-of-all-trades music agencies, or the best, right here: the elite of the New York jazz community, assembled into ideal ensembles by a seasoned bandleader, and offered to you at the most reasonable price points possible.

Guitar Trio/Quartet “Nice ’n Easy”
Guitar Trio/Quartet “Nice ’n Easy”
“Thanks so much! We loved the music, and everyone had a great time. We’ll recommend you far and wide.“
—Elizabeth Nesoff, Reception, New York Palace Hotel,  September 29, 2013; Vocal Quartet
“As a Modern Jazz Quartet fan, I loved the music. But our guests have been raving about it for weeks as well.”
—Tony Hack, Groom, Rehearsal, The Quogue Club,  June 26, 2015; Vibraphone Quartet
“Chuck, I just wanted to say thanks so much for playing at our wedding, everyone thought the music was fantastic!”
—Andrew Chung, Groom; Thank-you Note; Hilton Pearl River, NY; August 13, 2017; Vocal Quartet
“We were fortunate enough to have Chuck and his group at our wedding, and they simply knocked it out of the park.”
—Craig Gambardella, Groom, Wedding, 90 Acres, February 25, 2020; Vocal Quintet
“We were so happy with the engagement party and a lot of it has to do with your amazing quartet… People should know!!”
—Laura Gersh, The Johnson Company, Thank-you Note, Wedding, RawSpace, October 6, 2018, Guitar Quartet
“They could not have been more perfect! Fabulous jazz trio, and my guests loved it. I received compliments all night.”
—Allyson Nick, Bride, Engagement Party, Private Home, March 14, 2015, Vocal Trio
“Chuck went above and beyond to ensure that the music at our wedding went more smoothly than could have been hoped for.”
—Laurence Hren, Groom, Reception, 583 Park Ave, June 16th, 2012, Vocal Quartet
“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.“
—George Macchio, Groom, Cocktail Hour, Vanderbilt Mansion, August 6, 2010; Piano Trio
“This is a group of band members that you can tell truly appreciate playing together and love what they do.”
—Natalya Groysman, Bride, Wedding, Lamb’s Hill, September 6, 2021; Vocal Quintet
“You guys were great, and you got many, many compliments from our guests. It was a pleasure working with you.”
—Owen H., Groom, Thank-you Note, Wedding, Alger House, November 2, 2019, Guitar Trio

Professionalism combined with personalized service.

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 and setup early, start on time, look great, and adjust our volume levels to suit the needs of you and your guests.

Vocal Quartet 2 “Old Devil Moon”
Vocal Quartet 2 “Embraceable You”
“The best jazz band and most impressive (and professional) jazz band leader in the New York City (NYC) metropolitan area.”
—Craig Gambardella, Groom, Wedding, 90 Acres, February 25, 2020; Vocal Quintet
“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.”
—George Macchio, Groom, Cocktail Hour, Vanderbilt Mansion, August 6th, 2010; Piano Trio
“We were most satisfied with all the wonderful comments we got (and continue to get 3 months later!) at how wonderful the music was.”
—Michael Beltran, Groom, Reception, Del Posto, October 30, 2011; Vocal Trio
“Chuck Braman Band is just amazing… everyone who came to our wedding had great comments and many asked us for their contacts.”
—Aram Kim, Groom, Reception, India House, May 30, 2015, Vocal Trio
“Our driving words for the wedding were simple and elegant, and I can assure you that Chuck and his colleagues were beyond exceptional.”
—Michael Beltran, Groom, Reception, Del Posto, October 30, 2011; Vocal Trio
“My experience with Chuck Braman was excellent. He was very professional and easy to work with and the music was absolutely top notch!”
—Hugh Colocott, Groom, Reception, The Village Club of Sands Point, Sept. 6, 2015; Piano Trio
“You have been so great to us from the very beginning—a true gentleman, and professional. We were beyond blessed to have you for our evening.”
—Jenna Watson, Bride, Thank-you Note, Wedding, The W Loft, October 21, 2018, Trumpet-Saxophone Quintet
“Literally we had an ‘amazing time’ with Chuck Braman Trio… and guests are still talking about the great moments we had whenever we meet them.“
—Boram Kim, Groom, Reception, India House, May 30, 2015; Vocal Trio
“Chuck, I just wanted to say thanks so much for playing at our wedding, everyone thought the music was fantastic! So happy you guys played for us.“
—Andrew Chung, Groom; Thank-you Note; Hilton Pearl River, Pearl River, NY; August 13, 2017; Vocal Quartet
“Complete quality. They are an expert in their execution, able to deliver exactly what they promised. Feedback from guests was overwhelmingly positive.”
—Andrew Chan, Groom, Google Review, Wedding, The W Loft, October 21, 2018, Trumpet-Saxophone Quintet

An extensive repertoire of timeless classics

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.

Saxophone Quartet 1 “I Love You”
Saxophone Quartet 1 “When I Fall In Love”
“Chuck and his band gave a wonderful performance at our wedding. Their music was amazing and perfect during the ceremony, cocktail hour and after-party.”
—Haoran Zhang, Groom, The Knot Review, Wedding, The Green Building, October 20, 2019, Vocal Trio 2
“The quartet you assembled was fantastic and the music was perfect. I am so glad to have met you and will highly recommend using your talents in the future.”
—Laura Gersh, The Johnson Company, Thank-you Note, Wedding, RawSpace, October 6, 2018, Guitar Quartet
“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.”
—Tony Hack, Groom, Rehearsal, The Quogue Club, June 26, 2015; Vibraphone Quartet
“Cristina and I cannot thank you enough for last night. You 5 are true class acts and professionals in every sense of the word. We could not have asked for anything more!”
—Craig Gambardella, groom, Thank-you Note, Wedding, Ninety Acres, August 22, 2020, Vocal Quintet
“Chuck was sensational from the very start with his prompt responses. We would highly recommend Chuck and his musicians to anyone looking for that perfect jazz band.”
—Monique Gheri, Bride, Facebook Review, Wedding, Loft & Garden, June 16, 2018, Vocal Trio
“I would love to call them again for my wedding but unfortunately there will be no more wedding in my life… so I definitely recommend this band to anyone else who plan anything serious for their lifetime event.“
—Boram Kim, Groom, Reception, India House, May 30, 2015; Vocal Trio
“Chuck was a pleasure to work with; incredibly friendly and communicative. He and his bandmates were complete professionals, and they sounded amazing!”
—Tony Hack, Groom, Rehearsal, The Quogue Club, June 26, 2015; Vibraphone Quartet
“I'm still rather speechless at how amazing our wedding felt for me, and you and your band were a major part of it. Now that we are back from our honeymoon, we are hearing our friends sing your praises as well! It’s so much fun to relive.”
—Jenna Watson, Bride, Thank-you Note, Wedding, The W Loft, October 21, 2018, Trumpet-Saxophone Quintet

Working jazz ensembles that have performed at New York City’s most prestigious landmarks

Each one of my bands is a real working group, with its 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.

Vocal Trio 3 “Fly Me To The Moon”
Vocal Trio 3 “What A Wonderful World”
Vocal Trio 3 “The Way You Look Tonight”
“Everyone commented to me how great the band was. Personally speaking, I was blown away by the level of musicianship. They really made it a wonderful night.”
—Jim Prunetti, Father, Google Review, Wedding, The Bowery Hotel, November 21, 2020, Guitar Quartet
“The quartet you assembled was fantastic and the music was perfect. I am so glad to have met you and will highly recommend using your talents in the future.”
—Laura Gersh, The Johnson Company, Thank-you Note, Wedding, RawSpace, October 6, 2018, Guitar Quartet
“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.”
—Tony Hack, Groom, Rehearsal, The Quogue Club, June 26, 2015; Vibraphone Quartet
“Chuck was sensational from the very start with his prompt responses. We would highly recommend Chuck and his musicians to anyone looking for that perfect jazz band.”
—Monique Gheri, Bride, Facebook Review, Wedding, Loft & Garden, June 16, 2018, Vocal Trio
“For me, you were the team that made the night “that much” better than it already was. We can’t wait until the city opens back up and we can come see you all perform all over town again!”
—Craig Gambardella, groom, Thank-you Note, Wedding, Ninety Acres, August 22, 2020, Vocal Quintet
“I would love to call them again for my wedding but unfortunately there will be no more wedding in my life… so I definitely recommend this band to anyone else who plan anything serious for their lifetime event.“
—Boram Kim, Groom, Reception, India House, May 30, 2015; Vocal Trio
“Chuck was a pleasure to work with; incredibly friendly and communicative. He and his bandmates were complete professionals, and they sounded amazing!”
—Tony Hack, Groom, Rehearsal, The Quogue Club, June 26, 2015; Vibraphone Quartet
“I'm still rather speechless at how amazing our wedding felt for me, and you and your band were a major part of it. Now that we are back from our honeymoon, we are hearing our friends sing your praises as well! It’s so much fun to relive.”
—Jenna Watson, Bride, Thank-you Note, Wedding, The W Loft, October 21, 2018, Trumpet-Saxophone Quintet

Our extraordinary music will help to make your wedding unforgettable

Your choice of music and musicians sets the tone for your entire wedding. Our world-class jazz, 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 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.

(Just) A Few Of Our Previous Weddings

The Vocal Quintet at Ninety Acres

What a spiritual lifeline it was for us to be able to make music together again in August 2020! It was by far the highlight of all of our summers, and to make it even better, besides the bride and the groom both being wonderful people, the groom was a serious jazz fan whom we've all kept in touch with since. From his review: “The best jazz band and most impressive (and professional) jazz band leader in the New York City (NYC) metropolitan area. We were fortunate enough to have Chuck and his group at our wedding, and they simply knocked it out of the park. We cannot recommend them enough!”

The Vocal Trio, Guitar Quartet, Saxophone Quartet, And Vocal Quintet At 583 Park Ave

I think this was my favorite client of all time, a true jazz fan who took the time to research each of my sidemen and had the very cool idea of hiring five of my bands (sharing the same rhythm section), each with their unique instrumentations and repertoires, to play his wedding! Photos courtesy of Nathan Smith for Ira Lippke Studios. From the client: "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'… Chuck is one of a kind and his bands are killer. I wish I had a soundboard recording of the evening!"

The Vocal Trio at India House

These photos are of the Vocal Trio preparing, posing with the bride and groom, and accompanying the groom singing "I'm Glad There Is You" to his bride, a great standard that he requested that was new to me. It was a wonderful moment that was inspiring to witness. They were both extremely nice people, and each took the time to write us reviews, one for Google, and the other for Yelp. From the bride: “Chuck Braman Band is just amazing… they really upgraded our wedding. We were so lucky to have them.” From the groom: “Everything was perfect—I would love to call them again for our wedding but unfortunately there will be no more wedding in my life… so I definitely recommend this band to anyone else who plans anything serious for their lifetime event.”

The Guitar Trio at Elihu Island

Our longest commute from Manhattan ever ended at a beautiful venue in Connecticut. A lovely couple and lots of friendly help from wedding planner Adrienne of Ruffles & Tweed helped make this a fun gig. Great-looking guests, too! From the groom: ”The wedding was so amazing, and I wish cocktail hour could have gone all night!” From the wedding planner: ”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.”

The Vocal Quintet At Maritime Park

This wedding at Maritime Park was almost like a concert, with the guests erupting into applause after every tune! A warm and friendly couple and a friendly and helpful manager at the venue made the event a pleasure all the way around. The excellent photography is courtesy of Bōm Photography.

The Vocal Trio At 620 Loft and Garden

Our client picked a beautiful day to have their wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at the 620 Loft and Garden. Our pianist performed the ceremony, joined by our bassist-vocalist for the cocktail hour. Later they joined me indoors as the trio performed for the dinner and toasts. Great venue with friendly management, Meaghan from Creative Edge Parties was also a pleasure to work with, and a very nice wedding couple and family.

The Piano Trio At New Leaf Restaurant and Bar

A really wonderful couple and a fun wedding for the piano trio, including an opportunity to perform with the bride’s father for a couple tunes! From the couple: “Thanks so much for yesterday. We had a wonderful wedding! The band sounded great. We loved your repertoire—it set the mood beautifully, and we really appreciated your calm professionalism as well as your generosity in letting my dad step in for a few tunes! Please pass on our warm thanks to your guys too.” Photos courtesy of Kyo Morishima Photography

Photo-Shoot For David’s Bridal Catalogue

My band and I had a fun experience as part of a photo shoot for an issue of David’s Bridal Catalogue. We were simultaneously a part of the set, as well as providing entertainment for the models and staff.

The Piano Trio At The River Cafe

A fun wedding at The River Cafe. Photos courtesy of China Jorrin Photography.

Let me help you choose and book your jazz band

Your choice of music sets the tone for your entire wedding. My world-class jazz musicians, combined with my reliability, resourcefulness, and attention to detail, will make your wedding an occasion that you and your guests will never forget. Contact me directly at 212-989-5281, or better yet, help me answer your questions in advance by filling out the form below, and I'll quickly get back to you with a helpful, honest consultation along with pricing information.

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