Make your next get-together swing with live music from a Jazz House combo!
An important piece of our mission is apprenticeship—giving our talented emerging musicians the chance to perform. We know that “playing out” hones not only a student’s musicianship, but also such life skills as responsibility and communication.
A group made up of some of the nationally recognized young musicians who study with Jazz House Kids offers artistic excellence, professionalism, and a swinging atmosphere that is perfect for parties, receptions, and other functions.
All combos include current players from Jazz House Kids big bands and ensembles that have taken home top awards from major regional and national high school jazz competitions for many years.
Bring the joy of live jazz to any special event while helping to support our programs and mission!
About Our Combos
Size: Jazz groups come in all assortments and sizes, depending on the occasion and the event site. Jazz House combos can features as few as 3 or as many as 20 players.
Instruments: A combo typically consists of a rhythm section (for example: bass, drums, guitar, and/or piano) together with instrumental soloists such as saxophone, trumpet, or trombone. The specific combo that you hire will be subject to student availability and your budget.
Cost: Please contact Jazz House Kids for pricing information.
Duration: Musicians arrive at gig venues an hour before the start time and may play for up to 2 hours, with a 10-minute break between sets. We ask that you specify a clearly defined length of time.
Attire: Combo members can dress in all black; in suit and tie (boys) and simple dresses (girls); or casual yet neat attire, such as khakis with a nice shirt.
Scheduling: We will make every effort to form a combo for your event. Typically, we ask that you book a band at least one month in advance in order to work out the musician schedules. We cannot schedule any gigs during the school day or during school holidays. All gigs must be in and around northern New Jersey, unless special arrangements are made.
Planning the Details
Space: A trio requires about an 8’x8′ space. Larger combos require a 10’x10′ space minimum. Specific information about the venue is helpful for planning and selecting instruments such as: overall room or space description, as well as the stage or area in which the combo will be located.
Power: Musicians will supply their own extension cords and power strips for their amps. They will need access to a power outlet.
Equipment: Musicians bring their own instruments, amps, and music stands. [If you would like the combo to make any announcements, a microphone will need to be provided.] Seating for rhythm players should be provided on-site.
Pianos: Please let us know if there will be a piano on-site, or if there will be room for an electronic keyboard, which can be provided by Jazz House Kids if necessary.
Outdoor Performances: The same requirements for space and power apply. A tent or covered area is needed to protect musicians and their instruments from sunlight and weather. Nighttime performances will require lighting for musicians to read their music. A hard surface should be put down over grassy areas for flooring under the combo.
Unloading and Parking: It is helpful for musicians to know where they can temporarily park their cars to unload their equipment, where they can park vehicles during the event, and any parking fees that might apply. Other useful specifics include: what door to enter through, ramps, elevators to use, as well as instructions of how to reach the performance site.
Contact Information: The musicians will need a name and cell phone number for a contact person who will be on-site when the band arrives to set up.
Event Night: The musicians will arrive at your event independently. A gig coordinator—a Jazz House Kids instructor or staff member—will be available via cell phone the day of the event to answer any last-minute questions.
Payment: An electronic Letter of Agreement will be provided to you by the gig coordinator along with instructions on where to mail your donation.
Further information: If you have any questions or need additional information, or would like to inquire about hiring the Jazz House Big Band, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in Jazz House Kids and your support of our emerging musicians!