3 Main Elements Influence a Live Jazz & Swing Band’s Price

Three main elements will affect how much a live jazz band costs: the band’s size, the performance’s length, and the location. We discussed these in detail below!

  • The Size of the Band is Factor

The band’s size is perhaps the most important factor in determining price. A small trio may only charge a few hundred dollars for a short set, while a larger band can easily run into the thousands.

Of course, the bigger the band, the more likely they will have to hire additional staff, such as sound engineers and stagehands, which can drive up costs even further.


  • The Length of the Performance is Another Factor

The length of the performance is also a key factor in pricing. A shorter set may be less expensive than a longer one, but it all depends on the band’s usual fee structure.

Some bands charge by the hour, while others may have a flat rate for the entire event. Discussing this with the band beforehand is essential so there are no surprises on either side.


  • The Location of the Event Can Also Be a Factor

Finally, the location of the performance can also affect cost. If the band has to travel a long distance to get to the venue, they will likely charge more than if they could play locally.

This is because they must factor in transportation costs and lodging expenses. Again, discussing this with the band in advance is best, so everyone is on the same page.


In general, a live jazz band can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on all of these factors. The best way to get an accurate quote is to contact the band directly and discuss your specific needs.

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And you’ll never need to worry about pricing because we offer several packages, so we’re confident some will seem custom-fitted for your wedding or event!

The best part of booking Alex Levin Music to cover your big day is we have several talented and professional live jazz and swing bands ready to give you a celebration you’ll never forget!

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