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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 nearly 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 New York City.

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

Unlike most of the bands you‘ll find on the Internet, 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—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.

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, 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.

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

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.

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 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.

Our extraordinary music will help to make your wedding unforgettable

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.

Interview With Wedding Planner

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

  • 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]

(Just) A Few Of Our Previous Weddings

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.

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.

  • 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]

New York Jazz Bands