Book a party band

If you are looking for a jazz band for a party, wedding or other special occasion, let us know.

Maybe you want simply a pianist or guitarist to provide quiet background music; perhaps a vocalist with a trio or quartet to sing the great melodies of the American Songbook; or, for dancing, a funky combo; or even a full-scale big band.

We have extensive contacts in the jazz world and can help you find just the right band to suit your needs and budget. We will aim to get from you feedback like this:

Jim and his band made our wedding go off with a swing in Henley. Thanks Jim and the band. They were very good and made it such a great day to remember!”  Richard and Marta, Wargrave

“The band were great, I would highly recommend them. They arrived on time despite the rapidly increasing snow. The music was fabulous throughout and was enjoyed by all who attended. The members of the band were extremely polite and friendly. Thank you for the great night.”Bette Hunt, Aldworth

“Jazz in Reading provides a fabulous service. Jim Wade made it so easy to get a group together and to bespoke the offering for our particular needs. The Abbey staff enjoyed the music and the musicians could have played on indefinitely. We highly recommend using Jazz in Reading for your event.”Craig Andrew, Head of External Relations, The Abbey School, Reading

“Finding the right jazz band for my party couldn’t have been easier and more enjoyable than with Jazz in Reading. They understood what I wanted and simply made it happen. I felt supported all the way through in a professional and friendly manner. I was complimented by many friends about the music – some jazz players themselves” – Chiara Cirillo, Aldermaston

“Many thanks once again for making my Jazz and Pimms evening so special. Many of my guests complimented the band and I would recommend them to play for any event”Lydia Bendall, President, Berkshire Young Farmers

“Jim and his band with Steph on trumpet and vocals made my wife’s birthday garden party the event of our year – such a day to remember!” Mike Gardiner, Pangbourne

“I just wanted to say thanks for organising Brian and Jon to come and play for us tonight. They were fabulous and it was a great event. We would love to have them again in future.” Sarah Mackay, Sarah Mackay Media, Pangbourne

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the band for your wonderful playing last night.  I’ve had lots of comments this morning from people saying how good they thought you all were.  You made the evening go with a real swing!” – Rosie Harle, Baughurst

“Jazz in Reading were wonderful in helping me organise my party this summer at a cricket pavilion. I emailed them in a bit of a panic as I’d left arrangements quite late – Jim responded very quickly and came up to the cricket pavilion the next day to look at facilities and discuss what I wanted. He could not have been more helpful and really made everything so easy. He suggested various options and then put together a great quartet. I asked them if they could play a few tunes – and in all honesty they were quite obscure choices! The group researched and rehearsed my full list of South African anti-apartheid songs, old feminist songs and other political anthems, as well as Summer Time etc. They were brilliant – and all the guests appreciated their quality as well as the well-chosen play list. Besides their obvious talent as musicians, they were super lovely. Highly recommended if you want excellent quality music with almost no organisational input. Thank you Jazz in Reading.”Jo Morris, Kidmore End

“Words cannot express our gratitude for all the effort you made, in band formation, rehearsal and on the night, to make our wedding reception simply magical…. The best of wishes to you and hoping to see you very soon” – Mr and Mrs Steve Martin, Newbury

Contact Jim Wade at or call 07788 6666 08 and let’s see if we can help.