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The Waltz: How and When It Is Done

The waltz is typically done with the bride and groom holding each other close as they move around the dance floor. The most important thing to remember when doing the waltz is to keep time with the music. As long as you stay in time with the music, you will look elegant and graceful on the dance floor! Be mindful of the tips below, and with the right live wedding band, your waltz will be one of the highlights of your big day! When To Do It? The waltz is usually done during the reception, after the first dance. However, it can also be done...

4 Romantic Songs for Your Live Jazz Wedding Band to Play

Everything should be flawless for your wedding day, and music can play a significant role in helping you achieve this. A live jazz wedding band can help set the tone for your big day and get everyone in the mood to celebrate. But what are the best songs for a live wedding band to play? You can have the live band play customized songs, but don’t hesitate to let them know if you have favorites! Here are four romantic classics that will get everyone dancing and smiling! “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley This classic love song is...

Can You Give Your Live Wedding Band a Playlist?

It’s a common question couples often ask. The answer is both yes and no. It depends on the band and their style. Some bands are very open to taking requests and will gladly play whatever you want. Others may be more particular about their setlist and only want to play songs they know well. And still, others may not take requests at all. The tips below will help you decide what to do before booking a live band for your wedding. If They Take Requests If the band does take requests, be sure to give them plenty of notice so they can prepare the...

Why Should I Hire a Live Jazz Band for My Wedding?

When it comes to your wedding, everything should be perfect, including the music. And if you want your wedding to be truly memorable, hiring a jazz band is a great way to make it happen! Live jazz bands are highly versatile. They can play a wide variety of music, making them ideal for weddings of all types. In addition, they can provide live music for your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, ensuring that your guests are entertained throughout the night. There are several other reasons you should consider hiring a jazz band for your...

3 Ways to Know You Have Your Dream Band

When planning your wedding, there are so many choices at your disposal regarding the details of your special day. How should you decorate the venue? What kind of foods will suit your guests? How do you find musicians that live up to your expectations for an impressive ceremony or reception? Having a dream live jazz and swing band for your wedding celebration is an excellent way to ensure the music at your wedding is perfect! And here are three ways to know you have the perfect band at your wedding.     You Find Yourself Humming...

How a Quartet Adds Flair to Your Wedding

A wedding is a special event that couples want to go perfectly. Music plays a major role on your wedding day, especially during your ceremony. For one, it sets the mood and evokes emotions from guests. The best thing about music is the sheer number of genres out there which means there’s something for everyone. But for weddings, we like to focus on a few particular genres. We recommend booking a solo musician or band/orchestra for your upcoming wedding. If you’re unsure why we say this, you’ll find out why we recommend it. We’ll be focusing...

Book A Jazz Piano Trio for Your 2022 Wedding

It’s a new year, and Alex Levin Music Agency is happy to be here to celebrate your upcoming wedding with you. Excellent live jazz and swing music is our specialty, but we offer much more than that! Have you ever attended a wedding where a jazz piano trio performed? If you haven’t, you’ve missed out on something truly extraordinary, but you can still experience it for your wedding. This week, we’re going to list out a few essential reasons why you should book a jazz piano trio for your 2022 wedding.!     Jazz Piano Trios Will Create...

How to Hire a Live Band for Your Wedding

Have you and your partner finally gotten all the planning done for your big day? Well then, congratulations are in order! The next step is booking a live band for your wedding. Hiring a wedding band can be difficult, but it’s well worth the effort because you’ll have professional and talented entertainers performing at your wedding. Here are some things to keep in mind when securing the services of a professional live wedding band!     What Kind of Music Do You Want? The first and most important aspect of hiring a live wedding band...

How To Choose The Perfect Live Wedding Band To Fit Your Style

Hiring a live wedding band for your big day is essential for the wedding planning process. An excellent live wedding band will set the mood to enhance the whole celebration. Here are some tips to help you choose a great band for your wedding!     Venue It’s important to have a venue before hiring a live band to play at the venue. What you want is a venue that can accommodate the band you want to hire. For example, if your venue is small, you may have to go for a band with few members.   Budget Different bands have different...

5 Must-Follow Music Wedding Rules

Music is an essential part of every ceremony, especially at weddings. Different songs are needed at your ceremony to highlight specific moments, set the mood, and get people to dance. Is your New York wedding right around the corner, and are you looking for the best music and entertainment? Here are some rules to follow!     Check With Your Venue One thing many couples forget to do when planning wedding music is to check what the venue allows. Some venues have restrictions on certain songs and musical instruments. For example, if...

4 Ways to Help Wedding Guests Mingle

Many of your guests probably won’t know each other, so it’s best to encourage them to interact and mingle with one another. Read on for five ways to help your wedding guests mingle!     Don’t Assign Seat Sides Many receptions always have the bride’s family and friends on the left side and the groom’s on the right side, but we advise against this. Not assigning sides encourages guests to sit beside people they may not know, which can spark conversations. So, let people pick a seat instead of assigning sides.   Serve a Family...

Wedding Entertainment Ideas to Wow Your Guests

There are many ways to entertain your guests. From brilliant fireworks to setting up food stations and ending the night with a delightful playlist, you have a wealth of options at your disposal. Here are five ways to make sure your guests have the time of their lives!     Fireworks If your venue and budget allow it, why not delight your guests with a lovely display of fireworks? Fireworks are the perfect way to end a wedding celebration.   Photo Booth Photo booths are common at weddings, and that’s because they are fun. Set a...

5 Ways to Survive Your Wedding First Dance

You have a venue, a date, maybe you’ve even hired a band, and now you’re anxious about the dance, especially the first dance! The first dance is a wedding tradition every guest looks forward to; it’s emotional, romantic, and beautiful. So, here are tips to get you through this epic moment of your life!     Choose a Song Your first dance is really about the two of you and your wedding. So, it’s a good idea to choose a romantic song that both of you would love to dance to. Some couples hire professional musicians to create a custom...

Why a Wedding Music Band Costs That Much

For many couples, cost is a significant factor when considering services for their wedding, including when hiring a band. This article will go through some of the factors that contribute to the high cost of hiring a wedding band.     Number of Band Members The number of band members is a crucial factor that determines the pricing of wedding bands. A band can range from 4-15 members, and the larger the number, the higher the price.   Distance They’ll Have to Travel The distance the band has to travel can be another deciding...

Wedding Bands Music Styles to Choose From

Finding an artist for your wedding reception might be difficult since music varies in style. As you already know, not all styles are appropriate for your budget, taste, or even the theme of your wedding. This article explores some of the most popular band genres to assist you in making an informed decision!     Classical Music Classical music is ideal for a variety of events, including weddings. Because this style creates a romantic and peaceful ambiance, it’s perfect for weddings. However, owing to the cost of hiring an orchestra...

Millennials And Jazz Music

Music is often subjective, and we all have our own preferences for certain kinds of genres of music. That's simply a fact. Many millennials, for example, have become interested in jazz amid the pop music frenzy, which is what we're focusing on today. We want to bring attention to various age groups of young people who enjoy smooth, timeless jazz music and use it in unique events in their lives!     The Music Enthusiast Many millennials have a strong and abiding love and appreciation for music in all genres and eras. These are people...

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Live Band for Your Next Event

Are you aware that science has proven that jazz music can improve people’s moods and help them relax? Music that has the power to make you smile is something special, and that’s just one reason we believe a live band is all you need for your event to be more memorable. Here are a few reasons why a live band is perfect for your next event!     It Makes Your Event Unique A live band brings artistry and finesse to your event. We say this because a jazz band, a solo pianist, or a guitarist playing and entertaining guests is not...

Why a Swing Band is Perfect for Your Office Party

Are you in charge of planning your office’s next party and corporate event, and are you having a hard time deciding on entertainment options? Might we recommend live jazz and swing music? It’s one of the best ways to entertain guests at an event, and no one does live jazz and swing music better than Alex Levin Music Agency! There are many reasons why a live swing band is great for your office party, and here is why we think so! It’s the Perfect Entertainment for Guests Swing music can make any event lively.  You won’t see your coworkers...

Surprise Your Guests with a Wedding Dance

Close friends, family members, or loved ones often organize a surprise dance for the couple at their wedding. But couples can surprise their guests too! A surprise dance is fun for the couple, but everyone should have a good time on your big day, and a surprise dance can do that for you. Of course, you’ll need great music to pull this off, which is why you should hire a live wedding band to perform at the wedding. The band will play great music to make your surprise dance one of the wedding’s best and most unique parts of your wedding...

Jazz Entertainment for Your Holiday Event

As the holiday season fast approaches, we’re sure you’re already thinking about plans to throw a fantastic party. Whether it’s an office Christmas soiree or celebrating the new year with your friends and family, finding the right entertainment is a priority. And nothing keeps the holiday spirit alive more than the timeless charm of live jazz entertainment! So, if you want to hire a jazz band like Alex Levin Trio to thrill your guests to a night of excellent entertainment, here are a few things to consider! What Is the Mood of Your Event? Jazz...

Hiring A Live Band for Your Bar Birthday Party

High-quality live music is a great way to make your birthday more exciting and memorable. And hiring a live band is the best way to achieve this. So if you’re having a birthday in a bar or restaurant, below are a few tips to help you find the best live wedding band!     Seek Permission from The Venue Manager Seek permission from the venue manager so that he can adequately coordinate affairs. This is necessary so that other events that may be taking place in other bar rooms won’t interfere with yours. For example, suppose a dinner...

The Soundtrack to Your New York City Wedding

The Soundtrack to Your New York City Wedding

A 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.

Jazz and the Brain

Jazz and the Brain

Music of all kinds has been proven to affect hormones. When we listen to the tones and rhythm of music, our body reacts. Listening to an upbeat, swinging jazz band will cause the brain to release serotonin and dopamine. These are the neurotransmitters that produce happiness and well-being. And, if happiness and well-being simply aren’t enough, the brain also releases norepinephrine – the hormone that causes euphoria. Because jazz is all about tone and rhythm, an expertly selected piece of jazz is uncommonly good at setting the right vibe on your wedding day.

10 Romantic Jazz Band Standards for Your New York City Wedding

10 Romantic Jazz Band Standards for Your New York City Wedding

If you're looking for that perfect, romantic soundtrack for your special day, there's only one choice: jazz. Nothing says class, elegance, and romance like a jazz band at work. If you're not sure what jazz standards are suitable for your New York City wedding, we've prepared a list of ten of our favorites. 1. "What a Wonderful World" – Louis Armstrong Not only is this one of the best jazz songs for a wedding, but it's also one of the best jazz songs - ever. Louis Armstrong's biggest hit evokes powerful images of nature and sets a reflective...

Live Music at The Boiler Room by Crossing Vineyards

Live Music at The Boiler Room by Crossing Vineyards

We're back in action! We're so excited to share that starting July 2nd, every Friday, Alex Levin Music will be providing live music at The Boiler Room by Crossing Vineyards! The Boiler Room is a gorgeous wine bar located at The Square in Dublin, Pennsylvania. It recently opened on May 28, 2021 and we look forward helping welcome people to the new and historic space. History of The Boiler Room at Crossing Vineyards The name for the new wine bar causing buzz on Main Street came from the original purpose of the building! As a matter of fact, The...

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...

The Soundtrack to Your New York City Wedding

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...

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