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How to Choose Your Dream Wedding Music

How to Choose Your Dream Wedding Music

What should I look for when picking my wedding music? Not hiring the right wedding music band (or WORSE, hiring some cheap band just to check off the “wedding music” list item) will put a HUGE damper on the big day, when everyone should be on their feet, dancing the night away, and celebrating you and your partner's love and lifelong commitment! Of course, you’ll have certain song requests or an idea of what kind of music you want for your wedding. Some couples love instrumental or classical wedding music or opt for a solo violinist or string...

Wedding Music for a Brooklyn Rooftop Wedding

Wedding Music for a Brooklyn Rooftop Wedding

If New Yorkers are nothing else, we are resilient and adaptable. The pandemic may have hammered our city, but it can’t keep us from making the most of what we have or enjoying life’s special moments. That’s why last weekend, family and friends gathered on a Brooklyn rooftop to be a part of a night that will go down as one of the great New York City weddings. The Music Live music was lovingly provided by Olga, a member of Four-ever Yours string quartet. Olga performed classical numbers and several pop tunes at the request of the bride and...

Create a Soundtrack for Your New York City Wedding

Create a Soundtrack for Your New York City Wedding

A New York City wedding is more than a ceremony. It is the moment in time when two divergent paths come together and forever run parallel. In sickness and in health, until death do them part. A wedding is a story within your story. It is one of your life's divine scenes, and it deserves a perfect soundtrack. Our superlative jazz bands have the power to guide the experience of your guests. We can choose the music that paints the joy and sadness of a girl's last dance with her daddy, and a woman's first dance with her husband. We can weave a...

Why is jazz the best event or wedding music?: Jazz and Neurology

Why is jazz the best event or wedding music?: Jazz and Neurology

When we say that a jazz band is the way to go for your wedding, it’s not just our opinion. It’s science. According to Dr. William R. Klemm’s article in Psychology Today, What Jazz Music Can Do for the Brain, listening to jazz will improve moods, calm nerves and help people relax. Exactly what you want for your wedding guests – and for a nervous bride and groom. Here’s what your brain does when it listens to a jazz band: Music of all kinds has been proven to affect hormones. When we listen to the tones and rhythm of music, our body reacts....

Wedding Music for Socially-Distanced Your Micro Wedding

Wedding Music for Socially-Distanced Your Micro Wedding

Changing direction with your original plans in mind Sure, the big day might not be as "big" as you had imagined it, but why shouldn't it still be special? Having music for your micro wedding or intimate celebration is the perfect way to still celebrate in a beautiful and touching way. If you're looking for some ideas on where to get started with your micro wedding, don't fret! We're here to help. A great way to add that special touch despite the change in plans is by hiring a string quartet OR a jazz band to play for your ceremony or dinner...

Preferred Philly Wedding Music: Alex Levin Music

Preferred Philly Wedding Music: Alex Levin Music

Photo by George Street Photo and Video Alex Levin Music is a preferred music vendor for the Awbury Arboretum in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! The Awbury Arboretum is a leader in providing environmental science education to children and green jobs training to young adults in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. In an effort to preserve the history of the grounds, Awbury has become a go-to destination for weddings and other private events. Learn more at www.awbury.org.

Music and Matrimony at the Michener Museum

Music and Matrimony at the Michener Museum

Alex Levin Music is the only featured music vendor at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania! The James A. Michener Art Museum, named for Doylestown’s Pulitzer-Prize winning author and philanthropist, is ideally located in the heart of scenic Bucks County. The museum is housed in a beautifully restored historic site that began as the Bucks County prison in 1884. Today, the Michener has been transformed into a welcoming center of culture and beauty providing a dramatic and elegant setting to entertain guests, clients and...

The Best Music for Your Brooklyn Wedding

The Best Music for Your Brooklyn Wedding

Photo by Elvira Kalviste Alex Levin Music is proudly featured as a preferred vendor at The Picnic House in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York! The Picnic House in Prospect Park is a charming and historic building in the heart of Brooklyn's premier park. With scenic views of the 90-acre Long Meadow, outdoor spaces for ceremonies and cocktails, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors and a working wood fireplace, it provides a bucolic setting for your perfect day. The Picnic House can be tailored for every taste and budget, and is a blank...

Alex Levin Music: Preferred Vendor at Cairnwood Estate

Alex Levin Music: Preferred Vendor at Cairnwood Estate

Photo by Adrienne Matz Alex Levin Music is incredibly proud to be a preferred vendor at Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Created as an elegant sanctuary and private residence for 19th Century industrialist John Pitcairn and his family, Cairnwood Estate is an architectural masterpiece from the Gilded Age with meticulous decorative elements blending influences from classical Greek and Roman architecture with French Renaissance inspirations. The exterior of Cairnwood shows a mixture of rustic elements and high style. The overall...

A Brief History of Ella Fitzgerald

A Brief History of Ella Fitzgerald

When you hear the name Ella Fitzgerald, specific songs like Someone to Watch Over Me come to mind. Yet, her career was long and varied. Starting early in the jazz world and with big bands in the swinging era, she never stayed in one lane.  From bebop to pop music and blues, her voice was sweet as honey. This is why Ella Fitzgerald earned the title “The First Lady of Song”. Her ability to work her voice with a ‘horn-like’ sound while improvising earned her admiration. Respect was high for Ella which is why she also earned the nickname “Lady...

Swing Bands and The Swinging Era

Swing Bands and The Swinging Era

Swing bands were born before the great depression of 1929, but it was after the financial crisis that the music really started swinging (pun intended)!   The music must have thrown the “hep cats” parents for a loop.  The transition went from Ragtime and Medicine show tunes straight to the likes of Fletcher Henderson.  On top of Fletcher, tunes like Sugar Foot Stomp made you bounce in your seat.  So, what made a band a big band a swinging era band?  There were always more than five musicians on stage and sometimes as many as fourteen.  Full...

Four-Ever Yours delivers in the nick of time!

Four-Ever Yours delivers in the nick of time!

Four-Ever Yours String Quartet has long been known for their elegant, lush renditions of classical and popular favorites. This past weekend, a booking for an engagement party in Brooklyn came in the night before the event. Natalia, who leads the quartet, rallied her fellow musicians and made it happen. No sweat! This is the level of commitment you can expect from Four-Ever Yours and all of the musicians at Alex Levin Music. Keep us in mind for for your next occasion!

Who are the Best Jazz Musicians of All Time?

Who are the Best Jazz Musicians of All Time?

There is nothing more relaxing than sipping your favorite alcoholic beverage (whiskey if we’re sticking to jazz tradition) while listening to the sweet melody of your favorite jazz musician.  This is the most ideal way to unwind after a busy day. When I’m choosing a jazz musician to which to listen, I struggle to make a decision because I have so many favorite artists. That being said, I have an extensive list of jazz musicians whom I think could be considered the best.  My list is so long, I could write a book. For online purposes, I’m going...

What’s the Difference Between Blues and Jazz?

What’s the Difference Between Blues and Jazz?

Whether you’re new to the world of Blues and Jazz, or you’re a seasoned Blues and Jazz music lover; we’d like to share with you our take on the differences between these two genres.  While the two music genres have a lot in common, they also have traits that make them unique from one another. So, what exactly is the difference between Blues and Jazz? Blues music typically involves a single guitar player who compliments his or her instrument with vocals, while Jazz music involves the rich dynamic of an ensemble.  Besides the number of...

New to Jazz? Here’s a List of Recommended Jazz Artists

New to Jazz? Here’s a List of Recommended Jazz Artists

Time and time again I have friends contacting me asking for a list of recommended jazz artists.  Some of these friends are already jazz enthusiasts, looking for fresh new sounds. The rest of these friends are novice jazz listeners, trying to break into a new world of music. Anytime we begin listening to a new genre of music, it’s easy to get lost in the thousands of playable artists and tracks.  Let’s face it, the internet is an infinite portal of content that can be difficult to navigate. So, for those new jazz enthusiasts who want a list of...

A Brief History of Duke Ellington

A Brief History of Duke Ellington

As a Jazz Musician in New York City, I have always loved studying the history of the music that I play.  My studies have shed light on the vast amount of jazz influencers that have written, played and composed music over the past hundred years.  One of these influencers is easily one of my favorite performers of all time. He goes by the name of Duke Ellington. So, Who Was Duke Ellington? The founder of Big Band Jazz, Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington led way to an exciting and new sound in today’s world of music.  The musical...

A Brief History of Jazz in New York City

At Alex Levin Music, we represent the best Jazz Bands NYC has to offer.  When it comes time to hire a jazz band for your wedding, corporate event or party; keep in mind that we have a large roster of bands from which you can choose.  Before you inquire about one of our lively and talented jazz bands, take the time to read about the History of Jazz in New York City. This will give you a great sense of how our bands became inspired and why they perform today. The History of Jazz in America began during slavery within the African-American...

NYC Wedding Band Reviews

When it comes to searching for the perfect NYC Wedding Band, you want to be sure you are getting everything your heart desires.  I mean let’s face it, a GOOD wedding band is an investment. It’s an important investment, too because this is your wedding day: one of the most important days of your life!!!  You want your NYC Wedding Band to match your vision – you know, the one you dreamt about when you were a little kid. So how does one find the perfect wedding band? Great Question!  You do a heavy amount of research, which includes searching...

New York Wedding Bands: From Nightlife to Events

When you begin researching New York Wedding Bands, we at Alex Levin Music understand how overwhelming the process can be.  As an NYC Jazz Music Agency, we represent a wide assortment of NYC Jazz Bands perfect for any wedding, corporate event, or party of any kind.  A Jazz Band for Hire is what we specialize in! Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, so you have time to focus on the vast amount of other NYC Wedding Planning tasks at hand. Are you looking for a highly acclaimed NYC Wedding Band for your big day?  Have you been...

NYC Jazz Bands – Alex Levin Music

If you are in the market for an NYC jazz band then look no further…Alex Levin Music is here to provide you the most luxurious, elegant, and eclectic Jazz/Swing music in all of New York City.  We have a long roster of NYC Jazz Bands that will have guests of all ages dancing the night away! Whether you’re looking to dance the night away with some upbeat swing music, or looking to have a calming soundtrack played during your Cocktail Hour...Alex Levin Music represents an array of NYC Jazz Bands, New York Wedding Bands, Philadelphia Wedding...

Five Must-Have Cocktail Hour Drinks

Five Must-Have Cocktail Hour Drinks You have finally said the words you’ve been waiting to say your entire life - the glorifying and heartfelt “I do”.  Your guests are congratulating you with hugs and kisses, as you begin to make your way into your decadent Cocktail Hour.  While calming Jazz music allures your guests with the sound of a rich melody, you approach the bar to order one of your favorite Cocktail Hour Drinks. You begin to celebrate one of the greatest nights of your life with one of your favorite drinks in hand. While the thought...

The Smoke Rings: A Legendary NYC Jazz Band

Elegant, Lively, and Vibrant are three of the many adjectives that define the legendary NYC Jazz Band, The Smoke Rings. The Smoke Rings: The Acclaimed Album Now entering their seventh year together as a band, the group released an acclaimed album in 2016. The album features swing cover music from notable musicians such as: Duke Ellington, Vincent Youmans, Irving Mills, Tiny Bradshaw, and even H.E. Gifford.  So, take a look at The Smoke Rings website for a copy of this must have album. The Smoke Rings: The Performances The Smoke Rings have...

The WeddingWire Couples Choice Awards

The WeddingWire Couples Choice Awards Presents: Every year, The WeddingWire bestows the prestigious ‘Couples Choice Award’ on a select amount of local Wedding Professionals.  Now when we say select, we mean select!  According to WeddingWire, only the top five percent of local Wedding Professionals receive this award.  Over a million WeddingWire newlywed reviews are used to determine who will receive this prestigious honor.     Our team at Alex Levin Music gratefully received this award for the 2017 season and we’d like to take the time to...

How to Create Seamless Transitions for Your Wedding Music

How to Create Seamless Transitions for Your Wedding Music Two questions we receive quite often are “What happens if my wedding music stops?” and “How do we create seamless transitions for my wedding music from ceremony, to the cocktail hour, to the party?”  It’s understandable that these questions get asked because they are important scenarios that occur during weddings. We at Alex Levin Music are here to help answer these questions.  It is our goal to have you feeling as relaxed as possible when your wedding day arrives. “What...

NYC’s 7 Best Jazz Clubs

NYC's 7 Best Jazz Clubs Jazz is a powerful and artistic medium that allows its audience to relax and enjoy the ambiance of beautiful instrumental music.  There is nothing more relaxing after a long days work than being able to sit down with a drink in hand and the sound of brass instruments playing in the background.  We want to share our love of Jazz with you by showcasing what we feel are the NYC's 7 Best Jazz Clubs. 1). Smalls Created in 1994 by the legendary Mitchell Borden, Smalls is nostalgic and intimate Jazz bar that will be around...

Why is jazz the best event or wedding music?: Jazz and Neurology

5 Hidden NYC Jazz Clubs

5 Hidden NYC Jazz Clubs  Jazz is a beautifully crafted genre of music that connects with listeners instantaneously and leads way to soul-searching. The lyrics and beats reflect elegance, finesse, royalty, and joy. As if that weren't enough, Jazz has the ability to create an ambiance of celebration and happiness.  For the scope of this article, we will be exploring 5 hidden NYC Jazz Clubs and are concentrating exclusively on clubs that are both classic and legendary. These five clubs made the cut due to their secrecy and top-notch Jazz...

7 Best First Dance Jazz Songs

Looking for a list of the Best First Dance Jazz Songs for your NYC Wedding? Alex Levin Music's bands are hopeless romantics, and we know how important it is to choose a first dance song. In many ways, it can be the married couple's first foray into the world as a wedded pair.  It can be rather difficult choosing the best song since there are tons of First Dance Jazz Songs out there.  So we have done out best to provide you a list of our favorites. Here are some of the First Dance Jazz Songs some of our couples chose, and why we loved playing...

5 Best Jazz Band Covers

Looking for a list of Best Jazz Band Covers?  Well, look no further because Alex Levin Music (an NYC Jazz Band Agency) has provided a list of their favorite Jazz Band Covers. The bands at Alex Levin Music have performed thousands of great songs.  Every now and then, they take time to videotape their upbeat and eclectic tunes. These five Jazz Band Covers will keep your feet tapping and are guaranteed to put a smile on your face: 1. The Lovesome: (I Can’t Help) Falling in Love with You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85OqgokL3-g Everyone...

How to Hire an NYC Jazz Band For Your Wedding

When it is time to hire an NYC Jazz Band or Swing Band for your wedding, make sure to do some research about the group you're hiring. Playing at weddings is an art form. The band needs to dress appropriately, arrive early enough to calm the nerves of the wedding planner, and know in advance how to perform for guests of all ages. Read The Reviews Wedding review websites like WeddingWire.com and TheKnot.com offer accurate and honest reviews of various wedding bands.  These reviews can calm nerves when it comes time to actually hire an NYC Jazz...

Choosing the Right Wedding Music Volume

Choosing the Right Wedding Music Volume When you begin you NYC Wedding Planning venture, it is important to consider how the NYC Jazz Band will function over the course of the entire event. There are moments in weddings when you want the jazz band front and center, like during the dancing part of the reception. At other times, however, the jazz band is there to deliver an upbeat, gracious atmosphere, like during the cocktail hour. The last thing you want to have is a jazz band with so much equipment and gear that it drowns out the...

How to Choose your Best First Dance Songs

Having trouble choosing from the vast amount of Recommended Best First Dance Songs on the Internet? Once you have chosen an NYC Jazz Band for your wedding, it makes sense that you would like to request that the NYC Jazz Band accompany you during your first dance.  It is so exciting--and slightly nerve-wracking--to anticipate your family and friends standing around you, as you twirl and swirl your way around the room. When it comes time to pick from a list of first dance songs, I have some suggestions that will help make your first dance...

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