Best Jazz Bands In Atlanta

January 29, 2015 8:00 AM

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When planning a special event, sometimes you want a musical act that won’t overwhelm the festivities. A jazz group is a great choice for your party, as guests can mingle and feel free to chat during the extended improvisational sections. Atlanta has plenty of jazz bands to choose from, and we’ve chosen some of the most popular acts. Let us know if your favorite made the list!

Jules & The Gents
Atlanta, GA
(404) 307-4046
www.julesandthegents.com

Jules & The Gents is a popular band that has been playing around Atlanta and the South for years. The quartet specializes in old school jazz and swing, and singer Julie Stein, aka “Jules,” delivers soulful sounds with a charismatic presence. You can review recordings from the group on its website to get a taste of the sound. There is also a sample song list and extensive customer reviews. This is a great act to book for your next special event.

Courtney Renee Stanley
Atlanta, GA
www.courtneyreneestanley.com

Courtney Renee Stanley is one of Atlanta’s most popular singers, whether performing with her jazz band or on a theatrical stage. Her website has extensive recordings to give you an idea of her style. Contact her through the site to discuss booking for weddings, corporate events and parties. The band is available as a duo, trio or quartet.

The Gentlemen Of Swing
www.chriscorso.com

This group bills itself as Atlanta’s best jazz musicians, so they are a great place to start your search for your new favorite jazz band. There are a variety of options, from a solo piano man, Chris Corso, to a full Rat Pack-size, seven-piece ensemble. There is even an option to book the Lady of Swing Torch quintet. Whatever your jazz needs, this group should have you covered.

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PHD Jazz Band
P.O. Box 490477
Atlanta, GA 30349
(770) 964-4514
www.phdjazzband.com

This group is another great option for your event, as it specializes in all types of private functions, from weddings and birthday parties to corporate or church events. With more than 30 years of combined experience, you can expect a solid, professional performance. PHD Jazz Band’s sound runs toward the contemporary smooth jazz end of the spectrum. Contact the band through its website for additional information.

Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz
5364 Oxbow Road
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
(770) 493-9183
www.hotlantajazz.com

For something a little different, consider this group, which offers “Jazz with a Southern accent.” Expect to hear a mixture of Dixieland sounds with Southern classics like “Sweet Georgia Brown.” The group is a traditional sextet, and it has several albums under its belt. Contact group representative Don Erdman for additional information about upcoming concerts and private show availability.

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Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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