Against the inevitable lockstep march of pop music, come the quirky but welcome popularities of past eras of music. Thanks to Ken Burns PBS documentary ("Jazz"), many people have been contacting us to order a band to recall a certain era (1920's, 1930's, 1940's, etc.). Some options of bands specializing in jazz as featured in that documentary include:

  • 1920's Early blues (guitar based or band w/ horns, opt vocalist w/ tunes by Bessie Smith, etc.)
  • 1920's Early New Orleans trad jazz (clarinet, trombone, trumpet, etc.. opt voc, c. Louie Armstrong, etc.)
  • 1920's Early piano jazz (music of Jelly Roll Morton, Willie the "Lion" Smith, etc.)
  • 1930's Dance bands (music of Fletcher Henderson, early Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, Chick Webb,etc.)
  • 1940's Dance bands (music of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, etc.)
  • 1940's Dance bands-jump swing (music of Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Louie Prima, etc.)
  • 1940's Bebop (music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, etc.)
  • 1950's Cool jazz (music of Chet Baker, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, etc.)
  • 1960's Latin jazz (music of Tito Puente, Machito, Vince Guaraldi, etc.)
  • 1970's Fusion (music of The Yellowjackets, Herbie Hancock, etc.)
  • 1980's Funk/R&B jazz (music of Ramsey Lewis, Donald Byrd, etc.)
  • 1990's Acid Funk jazz (music of Charlie Hunter, etc.)
  • (To "audition"/listen to some fun swing bands (late 1940's jump swing) , go to our audition page). (For suggestions on great places to do your lindy hop swing, give us a call. ) Coming in at a close second for retro popularity is "disco" complete with platform shoes and boundless stage energy (We have 2 bands that specialize in disco, including the flashy outfits.). We still have Retro Motown/R&B bands, as well as "dinner jacket swing" (we have a small swing band with a male vocalist that sounds uncannily like Frank Sinatra)...and another more energetic swing band led by a debonair Desi Arnez look alike. Let us put the perfect retro band on hold for your upcoming party.



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