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The Cocktail Hour Jazz Band

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About The Cocktail Hour Jazz Band

Sophisticated jazz for any occasion.
Jazz band
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The Cocktail Hour Jazz Band was formed when bandleader and jazz drummer returned from USA having run another corporate entertainment jazz ensemble in Westchester, NY, called The Westchester Jazz Band. Following its success he selected the best London jazz musicians to form a high-end outfit to provide a warm, sophisticated jazz ambiance for corporate events, dinners and drinks parties. Most of our bookings come via word of mouth and from people who hear us play at a private party. We are exceptionally professional with years of experience and a jaw-dropping list of combined credentials from Jamie Cullum to Robbie Williams to Pharoah Saunders. We have recently been selected by The Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey, as a trusted supplier of entertainment for their wedding services.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Jazz, Dixieland, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Concert
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Song list

A Foggy Day
After You've Gone
Ain't Misbehavin'
All Blues
All of Me
All The Things You Are
Alone Together
Angel Eyes
Autumn Leaves
Billie’s Bounce
Black Orpheus
Blue Bossa
Body and Soul
But Not For Me
Bye Bye Blackbird
Come Rain or Come Shine
Days of Wine and Roses
Darn That Dream
Embraceable You
Fly Me To The Moon
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Honeysuckle Rose
How High The Moon
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
I Hear a Rhapsody
I Love You
I Got It Bad
I Remember You
I’ll Remember April
I’m Old Fashioned
If I Should Lose You
If I Were A Bell
In A Mellow Tone
In A Sentimental Mood
It Could Happen To You
It Don't Mean A Thing
Jitterbug Waltz
Just Friends
Just One Of Those Things
Lady Be Good
Love For Sale
Love Is Here To Stay
Lover Man
Lush Life
Mean To Me
Mr Magic
My Funny Valentine
My Romance
Night and Day
Night In Tunisia
On Green Dolphin Street
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Out Of Nowhere
Pennies From Heaven
Recorda Me
Round Midnight
Satin Doll
Stella By Starlight
Scrapple From The Apple
So What
Someone To Watch Over Me
St. Thomas
Stompin At The Savoy
Sweet Georgia Brown
Take The A Train
Tea For Two
The Girl From Ipanema
The Way You Look Tonight
There Is No Greater Love
There Will Never Be Another You
These Foolish Things
Up Jumped Spring
What Is This Thing Called Love
Willow Weep For Me
You Go To My Head
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
You Stepped Out Of A Dry Cleaners From Des Moines
You Stepped Out Of A Slow Boat To China etc
Customer questions

Will the singer be the same as who I see in the videos?

We currently outsource singers but only use singers we know peronally, and who are of exceptional quality and professionalism.

Do you have different line-up options?

Of course! Options range from piano trio or guitar trio, to additional saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, banjo, violin, flute, hammond organ, vibraphone - you name it?

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

If we can accommodate the timings, we will! If it’s a matter of minutes or an hour here and there then most usually it’s no problem. We just ask for as much notice as possible.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

We are more than happy to provide music from an mp3 player through a PA speaker or amplifier during the contracted booking times at no extra cost.

How much time do you need to set up?

Most usually 35-40 minutes at most, maybe 45 minutes if a PA is required, but we usually prefer to arrive an hour to an 75 minutes before performances to allow for any complications. Packing up can usually be done in 20-30 minutes.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Our setlist is far bigger than shown here. This just gives a flavour. We actually know thousands of jazz standards. If we know a requested jazz standard, we can play it although we prefer to take specific requests at the time of booking.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

We do not provide lighting but provide a 500w PA system that copes with most events. This is included in any price. A lot if bookings don’t require a PA and we often instead use individual amplifiers for eaxh instrument

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Provided the booking is made 30 days before the event we can play two song requests which are not popular jazz standards at a cost of £40 per song. This costs covers the expense and time of purchasing and disseminating sheet music, and adjusting arrangements to suit the ensemble. We play any tunes in a jazz style of our own interpretation.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We are most loved for the sophisticated and relaxing background ambience we create that does not overly disturb the proceedings but rather enhances the experience. We are also noted for our politeness, organisation and communication.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

As a band most often we perform at private houses but included in our band history has been St Georges Hill Lawn Tennis Club in Weybridge. Individually, as musicians we have performed at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club London, just about every jazz venue in the UK, many jazz clubs and festivals across Europe, Wembley Arena, M on The Bund restaurant Shanghai,

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Too many to name!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Our guitarist formed with Oasis, Madonna, the Black Crowes, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Claire Martin OBE as was our drummer and also Jamie Cullum’s drummer in the early 2000’s... Rachael Cohen headlines regularly at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club with Alex Garnett. Gareth Williams: pianist has performed with Tommy Smith, James Moody, Art Farmer, Gwyneth Herbert


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£850
Up to 2 hours£950
Up to 3 hours£1100


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Faye M, 1 year ago

Just wanted to say many thanks for last night the music was an absolute highlight. You guys were amazing, thanks for travelling over. It was a real treat to hear you play. We appreciate the effort you all went to, to get here: bit of a trek.

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Amanda S, 3 years ago

The Cocktail Hour jazz band are superb. They were perfectly suited for my intimate party at home. I would recommend them to anyone.

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