The Cocktail Hour Jazz Band is available to hire for private parties. We set the scene and create the atmosphere. Maybe you’re having a few friends round for dinner, maybe you’ve hired a tent in the garden, or perhaps you are organizing a large gathering in a chic hotel to celebrate a wedding anniversary. The Cocktail Hour can add just the right finishing touch to create a really memorable event. Here’s what some of our private party customers had to say:
We have had so many compliments on your great playing and choice of music. It could not have been any better!
You really helped to create a warm and rich vibe. We could not be happier with the outcome!
Thanks again and please pass a big thank you to all the guys.
Damian Wisniewski, Surrey, December 2017
The Cocktail Hour jazz band are superb. They were perfectly suited for my intimate party at home. I would recommend them to anyone.
Amanda Skillington, private party, London, 2016
We were so impressed- it made such a difference to our party our friends are still talking about it!! - planning was made so easy- useful suggestions and sooo patient- and Wow factor!! when the band arrived they were so amazingly smart - very professional- what impact!! That's all before they started playing- the music was amazing- everyone wanted to sit and listen all night- Strongly recommend this band
Melissa Moore, Walton-On-Thames, private function 2016
We can play for drinks, throughout dinner and into the night if necessary! Recent parties include playing a joint birthday celebration under a gazebo in a field in Surrey, a birthday celebrated in a private suite at the Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall and another booking was for us to play for a dinner at a Masonic Lodge in Winchester. We've played memorial service parties, kids parties, wedding anniversaries, re-union parties, intimate dinner dates and many more. We have performed in townhouses, London Livery Company Buildings, Surrey Mansions, Golf Clubs, Spa Hotels, functions rooms, gardens, fields, yurts and churches. We play for a wide range of people, settings and can fit into any situation.
We are a cocktail jazz band. This means we play jazz standards and some jazz interpretations of some more modern songs. We are definitely not a pop or covers band, so you won't find us playing 70’s disco hits or something from the Top 40. However, if you want a slightly more raucous performance, why not try our sister-act: The Allstars. This is traditional dixieland jazz at its very best with a wide appeal to all age ranges. This band has toured the length and breadth of the UK playing at all the traditional jazz festivals and most of the traditional jazz club venues in the South East of England. Our clarinetist and sax player, Adrian Cox, was recently voted second place in the British Jazz Awards and has twice been invited to play with the Wynton Marsalis Band at the Lincoln Centre in New York, and is a resident in the Kansas Smitty's House Band. Other joint credits of the band members include Acker Bilk, TJ Johnson, Terry Lightfoot, Humphrey Littleton, and Kenny Ball. You won't find a more fiesty and experienced British Trad band! A YouTube clip of the band can be found here: https://youtu.be/UjD8VGQ4VQk
For private parties, most customers want good value for money, and if in a private house with space an issue, then a trio is the natural choice - either guitar, bass and drums or keyboard, bass and drums. We can fit into small areas with a minimum of wires and amplification. And with prices starting at £550 for a trio, this is a popular option. However, if you have a field of revellers to entertain, we have a portable amplification system that can reach the furthest corners. All we require is a power source and sufficient cover from the rain, and we are good to go!