The Jazz Essentials

Sophisticated jazz band for hire - performing background music at cocktail parties, drinks receptions and corporate events.

Jazz | Swing | Instrumental | Background Music

The Jazz Essentials is Down for the Count's instrumental jazz group, and is perfect if you're looking to hire a jazz band for your special event - whether it's a wedding receptionprivate party or corporate event. The band also provide a magnificent musical backdrop for restaurants, hotel lounges and cocktail bars.

This London-based band is made up of graduates from top UK conservatoires and universities, and it has a huge repertoire of jazz, swing and Latin music - expect to hear songs from the likes of Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and many more. With enough notice the band is able to perform virtually any jazz standard you could think of - so don't hesitate to get in touch with your ideas.

The band's subtle and sophisticated music slots seemlessly into any event, providing a splendid musical background which doesn't get in the way of conversation or networking.

The Jazz Essentials has a wealth of experience, having performed at prestigious venues and events throughout the UK abroad - performance highlights include The London Jazz Festival, venues such as The Science Museum and The Eiffel Tower, and corporate clients ranging from Ferrari to Virgin.

The Jazz Essentials can also be booked along with any of our function band line-ups, with great discounts when booked together as part of a package.

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The standard line-up is a duo of guitar and tenor saxophone; this can be augmented with your choice of bass, drums, trumpet and vocals for a fuller sound, or you can swap the guitar for a piano, particularly if there is a piano at your venue.

You can also check out our smallest jazz line-up which is a cocktail pianist.


"If you love jazz, BOOK THIS BAND! They do up tempo, smooth, standards, and sultry with class, passion and energy. I felt like our wedding was transported back to the golden age of Jazz!"

Inyang Udosen

Wedding Reception, London


"The band sounded fantastic. They really added a level of sophistication to the event and couldn't have been better."

Chloe Bernstein

Corporate Event, Grand Connaught Rooms, London


"The jazz trio set the tone really nicely when everyone arrived - and the full Swing Orchestra were awesome in the evening. All our guests said how much they enjoyed the music."

David Gill

Wedding Reception, London


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Our Jazz Quartet is able to perform virtually any jazz standard that you request in advance. Here is just a selection of the songs we can perform.

‘S Wonderful
All of Me
All the Things you Are
At Last
Almost Like Being in Love
Autumn Leaves
Beyond the Sea
Blue Bossa
Body and Soul
But Not For Me
Cheek to Cheek
Come Fly With Me
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Easy to Love
Exactly Like You
Freddie the Freeloader
Fly Me to the Moon
A Foggy Day
Have you Met Miss Jones
How High the Moon
I Could Write a Book
I Thought About You
I’ve Got the World on a String
If I Were a Bell
In a Mellow Tone
I’ve Got You Under my Skin

Just Friends
Just Squeeze Me
Kelly’s Blues
Killer Joe
The Lady is a Tramp
Let’s Fall in Love
Like Someone In Love
Lullaby of Birdland
My Baby Just Cares For Me
My Romance
Night and Day
Night Train
Old Devil Moon
On Green Dolphin Street
On The Sunny Side of the Street
Peri’s Scope
Satin Doll
Stella by Starlight
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Take the ‘A’ Train
The Tender Trap
These Foolish Things
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
You Do Something to Me
Tuxedo Junction
The Way You Look Tonight
When I Fall In Love

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Down for the Count are not an agency - we're a collective of 30 professional musicians who perform together in a range of different line-ups. 

If The Jazz Essentials aren't quite the right band for you, there's a good chance one of our other bands will be perfect:

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