- They've danced! Now they're talking.
Alex and Jeanette
The Garrison – Garrison, NY
Oh. My God. These guys tore the roof of our wedding! Kazz music was ridiculously awesome!!!!!
To start with.. Joe Kazz was a pleasure to work with from planning to final payment. He's highly organized, an efficient planner, and very accommodating to work with. He worked with us to provide multiple music formats throughout our wedding - we had classical strings/piano intro and ceremony music, a jazz cocktail hour with guitar and bass, and a 9 piece funk, soul, + R+B for the reception. The day's logistics were well planned out and coordinated with him - he and our facility's event manager were perfectly in sync. He had a lengthy event planning document that actually helped us figure out the timing and logistics of everything else we had to do that day! (introduction of wedding party, 1st dance, speeches, etc). Additionally, he made sure to send friendly reminders for when we were running 'behind' on getting him the planning info he needed - truly a project manager AND musician!
Enough of planning and prep - the band was INCREDIBLE. Keith and Rhonda are incredible talents, as are Joe and the rest of the band. They were accommodating in learning a few songs for us (including our wedding song, Stevie Wonder's 'As', which they nailed!), as well as NOT playing some songs we definitely weren't into. From the musician solos, the singing, transitions and medleys to the overall song selection, they were the runaway hit of the entire wedding. It felt more like we had private concert as opposed to having a 'wedding band'. Literally our whole wedding was on the dance floor for most of the event.
I can't say enough about these guys. I'll go out on this - booking these guys will be the best decision you make for your wedding. I’m glad to answer any further inquiries about these guys if it helps.... cheers!
Emily and Bobby
Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
There is zero chance that you will regret hiring this band for your wedding. Seriously, just do it. The cost of hiring a band is significant, but it can (and did, for us) dramatically improve the tone and feel of your wedding. They were worth every single penny. Joe and the Kazz crew were incredible to work with, from our initial emails and phone calls to the very last song. Joe will be your main point of contact - he might be the most organized person I've met, and will certainly be the most organized vendor you'll have for your wedding. Kazz also went far to make our songs personal - Joe called us a week or two before our wedding and said he'd thought about a mashup of two songs we'd requested (our minds imploded when he told us - it was a great idea) and it was little touches like that one that set them apart from other vendors. Among the many compliments we received about Kazz was the quote, "I think if you didn't have food or booze, and just had Kazz, your wedding reception still would have been the best one I've been to." Hire Kazz now, and then please invite us to your wedding so that we can re-live the experience... :)
Kat and Chris
Bear Mountain Inn, Bear Mountain, NY
My (now) husband and I agreed that our wedding reception band was maybe THE most important thing to us on our big day. We're both musicians, and had pretty high standards! We spent a good deal of time browsing bands in the NY State/NYC area, and once we came across Kazz Music knew immediately they were the band for us (even just by their collection of impressive video footage and press kit). Once we solidified our arrangement with them, Joe (the main contact) was the most responsive person I worked with out of all of our wedding vendors. Even if he was out of town, he would reply to my email just to let me know he received it and that'd he be in touch soon with the requested information. I can't tell you how important that is, because unfortunately it's rare when you work with some of these wedding vendors and they take ages to reply. Not the case with these guys! I would highly recommend getting all of the pieces of the ensemble available (the full horn section was incredible). Most of the good wedding music involves horns and it would sound best with them included in the arrangement...well worth it!! The band did an amazing job at our wedding reception. They played our first dance/mother&groom/bride&father songs so well that I'm dying to get a copy of their versions because they were better than the originals! The rest of the night they kept the dance floor full, and even let me and my bridesmaids perform "Proud Mary" with them. :) Beyond the great performance and responsiveness, even our venue coordinator said that Kazz Music was hands down the most professional band he's ever worked with in his career. So basically, if you want an amazing group of musicians to rock your reception and be as professional and responsive as they come, book Kazz Music immediately!!
Erin and Mike
Our wedding was held at a beautiful park on a perfect summer night. Despite the acres of grounds to explore and a bonfire that was lit at dusk, with the Kazz Music Orchestra playing the pavilion remained the center of the reception, with a large crowd of guests gathered on the dance floor throughout the evening. They played great songs with universal appeal, remained energetic for the full 4 hours and it was obvious that they genuinely enjoyed being at our wedding and playing with one another. We also truly appreciated their organization leading up to the wedding, including their initiative to coordinate with our other vendors. I could not have imagined a more wonderful wedding and the Kazz Music Orchestra played such a significant role in making this a reality. I offer my highest possible recommendation for this incredible group!
The Green Building - Brooklyn, NY
Five stars simply aren't enough to rate Joe and Kazz Music. After weeks of watching promotional videos for bands, and getting more and more discouraged, it was like a gift from above when I came across Kazz's. This band is out of this world, and frankly, people should start booking them fast, because there is no way their prices can possibly stay so low for long. I can't count the number of compliments we received throughout the night from guests about how great Kazz Music's sound was, especially Rhonda, whose voice brought the house down. But, most importantly, people voted with their feet - the dance floor was packed the entire night. Lastly, working with Joe was seamless and such a pleasure. He clearly loves this job, and it shows in how organised and hands on he was with both us and the rest of our vendors. I would recommend Kazz Music without hesitation!
Lindsay and Chris
Brecknock Hall, Greenport, Long Island
Kazz Music Orchestra was by far the best choice my husband and I could have made! The bands flexibility, professionalism, and organization leading up to the day was absolutely flawless and beyond helpful throughout the planning process. Joe was amazing to work with and provided help and remarkable attention to detail which made the planning process fun and easy (during a stressful time!). My venue was quite far for the entire band and there was never a mention of that being an issue or problem. They all were extremely flexible and professional. Kazz truly helped us make our wedding day perfect. They sounded amazing day of and the atmosphere and sound they created was perfect! I still a month after am receiving comments on how incredible they sounded and how well they read the crowd. My husband and I recommend this amazing band to anyone, they are awesome! They had the dance floor packed the entire night! *** A great story about this wedding: Lindsay's mother runs a country club on Long Island where The Kazz Music Orchestra played a few years ago. She told us that night that we were the best band she had ever heard out of all of the bands coming through her country club and that we had to play for her daughter's wedding whenever she got married. Fast forward two years, and we got the call to play for her daughter, Lindsay's wedding, which was a huge compliment to The Kazz Music Orchestra!
OVERALL EXPERIENCE? one word. PHENOMENAL! Kazz’ played at Utica College for the Black Student Union’s 22nd Annual Kwanzaa Dinner. As President of this organization I wanted to blow away our audience, and by hiring Kazz Music Orchestra, I did just that. Within minutes of playing, the musicians had everyone on the dance floor and grooving to songs even older than the students themselves! They grabbed the attention of the audience the entire night with oldies like ?My Girl? by The Temptations and ?Respect? by Aretha Franklin. From the singer, all the way down to the keyboards-very ELECTRIFYING and soulful. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience!
Jack, Father of the Bride
The Fontainebleau Inn – Alpine, NY
The Kazz Music Orchestra played at my daughter's wedding on September 3, 2011 in New York State's beautiful Finger Lakes region. If you are looking for a live band and you like 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and contemporary music, then look no further - sign them up NOW! Make sure you go for the 8 or 9 piece line-up - great brass section and great male vocalist.
Joe and the band members are a talented and professional team who just put their all into making sure that everybody has a great time. They learned five new songs for the reception, including one for the Bride and Father of the Bride dance and one at my request because I just love Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - I grew up in south London in the 60s listening to Motown, Stax and other great US R&B labels. Kazz Music does it all!
I told Joe that it's a shame that I only have one daughter, because I can't throw another wedding bash and have Kazz Music do their magic. But then my wife and I are approaching our 40th anniversary...
Lauren and Greg
The Fontainebleau Inn – Alpine, NY
Joe and the Kazz Music Orchaestra made my wedding fabulous! Corresponding with Joe throughout the planning process was not only a pleasure but professional and his documents kept me very organized. The band learned 5 new songs at our request and even with less than a week to go learned another arrangement just so me and my bridesmaids could surprise my husband with a choreographed dance! During the wedding, my guests kept coming up to me to stay, "This band is amazing, where did you find them?" My last recommendation get both singers and the full 9 member band, it is totally worth it!
Julie and Matt
Mineral Resort and Spa – Vernon, NJ
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Kazz Music! My wedding was this past weekend, and it could not have gone better! I wanted my wedding to be all about the music and the band, and they did not disappoint! They were outstanding. All of my guests were raving at how good the band was, and asked me how I found them. Joe, the band leader, was a pleasure to work with. He was very responsive, and gave me a thorough planning document to make the process run smoothly. I would highly recommend Kazz Music to anyone planning their wedding. They are top notch, and a ton of fun! Your guests will be on the dance floor all night!
Katie and Whit
Woodbury Country Club – Woodbury, NY
We had Kazz play at our wedding a couple of weeks ago and they were outstanding! We've gotten numerous comments from our guests that they were the best band they've ever heard at a wedding! My dad even commented to me the week after that he'd like to go to another "Kazz Party" and this means a lot coming from my Dad who does not usually dance. My husband and I are really into music and the band was the most important aspect of our wedding, we were over the top impressed with Kazz. They were so easy to work with and coordinated a lot of the details and flow of the wedding with the other vendors easily without us even having to ask. Joe kept in touch with us frequently and assured us going into the wedding that everything would be just as we wanted- and it was that and even more! The week before the wedding was hectic, and Kazz was the only part of the wedding that we did not have to worry about. They were on top of everything and beyond prepared. Their rendition of "Shout" was amazing and all the guests really enjoyed it! Our dance floor was full the whole time they were playing! Amazing! I would absolutely recommend having Kazz Music at your wedding or event-- they really made our wedding what it was: The best night of our lives!
Knickerbocker Country Club, NJ
Kazz Music Orchestra was phenomenal! Joe, the band leader, was wonderful to work with and the nicest guy you'll ever meet. He was so helpful throughout the planning process and always got back to us quickly. The band is made up of top-notch musicians. My then-fiancé was unable to attend the showcase Kazz set up in NYC, so I brought my brother along. He is a hard-to-impress musician (drums and bass) and he thought they were fantastic, giving particular praise to the rhythm section. At the wedding, Kazz proved to be the perfect choice from beginning to end. We had a trio for our cocktail hour, which created a very nice atmosphere. For the reception, the band rocked! The dance floor was packed all night (except during dinner) and we all had the best time. One thing that I think makes KMO stand out from other bands is that the members are all good friends (as opposed to musicians who just show up for gigs) so they have amazing chemistry and energy, and you can tell they're having fun, which transmits to the crowd. They also don't have any of the dreaded "cheesy wedding band" vibe. They learned several songs for us (some of which they've added to their official song list), and even surprised us with one that wasn't on our official request list but that we mentioned in an early planning-stages email. The event manager (who also happens to be a musician) at the country club where we had our reception told us the next day (when we went back to collect our cake knife, etc.) that he loved working with Kazz, they sounded great and were so professional, and he would definitely recommend them to other people having parties at the club. Many of our guests commented on how great the band was. All in all, we couldn't have been happier and can't thank Kazz enough for making our reception SO MUCH FUN!
CJ and Stephanie
The Hermitage – Ho Ho Kus, NJ
We hired Kazz to play our wedding reception because they sounded great online, and they far exceeded all our expectations. They were great throughout the planning process (very organized, responsive, and flexible) and were committed to making sure our reception was fun for our guests. The bandleader even drove over an hour out of his way to see the venue and made recommendations to improve the party solely to our benefit. He arranged our song requests perfectly (even for our complicated first dance), and the band played amazing music all night. This is a group of people who just really enjoy playing great, soulful music together, and our guests couldn't stop dancing.
Ben and Jane
Larchmont Yacht Club – Larchmont, NY
Kazz Music Orchestra was exactly what we were hoping for in a wedding band – they rocked and we danced! From the beginning Joe was incredibly friendly and willing to help with all the planning that involved music throughout the event. We were extremely pleased he took steps to connect with our wedding event planner prior to that day to work out details. We were able to personally meet Joe in advance to talk about the vibe we wanted, the songs we like, and music in general. This was very helpful and fun! The Kazz Orchestra learned a few of our requests, and played several songs from their selection that were perfect for the dance party we wanted. Something to note is that the venue has weddings nearly every weekend in the summer and they are often asked for band recommendations. After our reception the staff said they were blown away and had found their “go to.”
Not only was the music incredible and got everyone moving but working with Joe and the rest of the band was a pleasure. Their calm and composed demeanor was extremely helpful. The band was on time (early even), and helped us with the ceremony music that was played from our Ipod.
A big thanks to the entire band for a memorable evening! We had a tough crowd filled with music enthusiasts - and the Kazz Music Orchestra was all anyone could talk about!
Mari and Andrew
The Kaaterskill – Catskill, NY
The Kazz Band was amazing! The band leader Joe was the most pleasant and kindest person I interacted with throughout the wedding process. He was so helpful and just really nice and because the wedding planning process can be stressful and people aren't always so nice, Joe's kindness was so refreshing. He and his band went above and beyond to make our wedding day special. They learned the songs we requested and even volunteered to learn to perform a song the week of the wedding for our entrance song. I had initially planned on just having them play the recorded version for the grand entrance song because we changed it last minute but Joe explained why it would be better performed live (which made complete sense) and then volunteered to learn it, just a few days before the wedding. He also gave incredibly helpful tips about other aspects of their performance and the wedding schedule. And most importantly, the band was fabulous. Everyone raved about how great they sounded and they had such a fun, positive energy that was contagious and kept the dance floor packed and moving. Also, I looked at other bands that cost much more than the Kazz Band but I liked the way the Kazz Band sounded the best and I still can't believe what a great deal they were. Impeccable quality at a great value. Thanks so much, Kazz Band for helping make our wedding so special!
Bronwyn and Howie
Vineyard Caterers – Aquebogue, NY
The Kazz Music Orchestra was the hit of our wedding. They were all professional, accomodating, incredibly talented and rocked! I am so thrilled with the outcome & the best part is everyone was up on their feet dancing the whole time. People have been talking about our band ever since! They are really fantastic - I highly recommend them - I am an EXTREMELY happy bride!
Ariel and Naava
Locust Grove – Poughkeepsie, NY
If you are reading this because you are considering hiring Kazz Music, let us save you some time: DO IT.
This band is one of the best things to happen to our wedding [June 2011]. Rhonda and the musicians are spectacular. They're not just a "wedding band". It's like having a LIVE concert at your wedding.
They created the perfect blend of music that fit into the background as people ate and talked, and then turned up the volume playing hits that had everyone on the dance floor. A few of our friends are professional musicians too, and they were practically bowing down to Rhonda when she sang. Our guests were a range of cool young people to older family members - and everyone's response was, "That was the best band EVER."
We can't say enough how meaningful their performance was to us. We originally gave them a long list of our favorite songs, and expected to only hear a few. Well, they played nearly all of them. And they are the NICEST people too. You could really tell that they love music and they love playing together, which means a lot when it's your wedding. Working with good people is so important. We even had some guests inquire about hiring her for their upcoming weddings, and wanted to get on her mailing list to hear her play around the city (you should do that, too).
We also requested at least 45 minutes of Jewish music for the hora, and they played that perfectly. We were SO impressed, and the hora was so much fun.
We could not be more grateful to this band, and we give them our highest recommendation. If they are your wedding band, get psyched. It's going to be a great party.
Sarah and David
The Skytop Lodge – Skytop, PA
Kazz was absolutely incredible and made our wedding night everything we wanted and more!!!! They had the dance floor packed all night and everyone came up to us and said we have the best band they have ever heard. They were the easiest people to work with; flexible, responsive and accommodating in every way. The horah rocked! The timing of the music and our dinner courses was perfect, even with some last minute changes. We couldn't have asked for a better band and a better night. Thank you Joe and the Kazz Music Orchestra.
Al, Father of the Bride
Green Valley Country Club - Lafayette Hill, PA
Excellent wedding band, what a talented group of musicians! I hired them for my son's wedding and was extremely pleased. Everyone had a blast dancing at the wedding and people were raving about the band for days afterward.... the band was genuinely having fun too. Most importantly the bride and groom were very happy with the band who reportedly did everything they were asked to and then some, and they were an absolute pleasure to deal with. In short: an outstanding wedding band at a reasonable cost. I also recommended them to a good friend of mine and they will be playing at his wedding coming up, can't wait to hear them again!
Lauren and Glendon
The Montauk House – Brooklyn, NY
Exceptional. Truly exceptional. Kazz was just unbelievably fantastic. Everyone stayed on the dance floor the entire evening because the music was just that good. I cannot be profuse enough in how much we LOVED them. I would unequivocally recommend them to anyone. BOOK THEM NOW!!
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY
I don't usually write reviews for products or services but in the case of Kazz Music I absolutely had to.
From start to finish, our experience with Kazz Music was absolutely perfect. The band leader (and saxophonist) Joe was our point-of-contact and he was the most professional, responsive, friendly wedding vendor we encountered during the whole planning process. He was extremely organized and accommodating every step of the way. He even offered to run emergency errands for us on the big day, if necessary.
The band as a unit was incredible. They learned and played our special requests, which sounded incredible. They compiled an incredibly fun, funky, playlist within our guidelines. They got every single one of our guests up and dancing. By he end of the night no fewer than twenty guests had come up to my husband and I to say how amazing the wedding was and how incredible the band was. Our friends are still talking about Kazz Music a full month after the wedding. They are amazingly talented professionals and will rock your socks off.
We were on a tight budget but the band was a huge priority for us. Most wedding bands (at least the 8-piece versions of those bands) in the Hudson Valley were out of our price range. We took a chance on a lesser-known band and I'm so glad we did. They were incredible, and I would recommend them a thousand times over! I hope they're around to play our tenth anniversary party!!!!
Chris and Kerry
Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club – Mamaroneck, NY
Seriously, five stars across the board. Kazz were amazing to work with leading up to our wedding, and they put on a phenomenal show for our guests. Everyone had a blast, and danced the entire night. Joe "Kazz" is also one of the nicest guys you'll meet -- he's super accommodating, thoughtful, and supportive.
If you're looking for a band that can totally nail motown/soul party classics AND appeal to a broader audience with awesome contemporary covers, then Kazz is it.
Cara and Gabe
Inn at Millrace Pond - Hope, NJ
We cannot say enough about how incredible Kazz Music is – they truly made our wedding a blast for all of our guests. Joe, the band leader, was receptive, accommodating, and communicative. He made our dream wedding possible and affordable. The band even rewrote our wedding song for us, which was originally fast and difficult to dance to, into a beautiful slow song that we will remember forever. The passion and fun the band has while playing is absolutely contagious! All of our guests were on the dance floor all night and could not stop raving about our awesome band! Each of the musicians are beyond talented, and it was obvious even to all of our musician friends. Thank you, Kazz Music! We truly believe that there is no better wedding band out there!
Crabtree’s Kittle House – Chappaqua, NY
Hiring Kazz Music for our wedding was probably the best wedding-related decision that we made. They got EVERYBODY out of their seats with their energy and awesome music. They are all such extremely talented musicians. We had people in their 50's and 60's at our wedding who were dancing like they were in their 20's, just completely rocking out. Our guests could not stop talking about how great they were.
What I really appreciated was that Joe responded to EVERY SINGLE annoying email I sent over the past year, and answered all of my questions with patience and professionalism. We had a last minute request from a family member to play a song with the band and Kazz Music was extremely gracious in making it happen (it sounded awesome by the way). This band could so easily charge double for the service they provide, so we really feel like we got an amazing deal. We paid a little extra for the trumpeter and I'm so glad we did it--having the sax and horn together sounded SO GOOD. We had SO MUCH FUN at our wedding and it was 95% due to this band and the amazing energy and atmosphere they created.
Jack and Susan
The Waldorf-Astoria, Manhattan, NY
This was not your typical cheezy wedding band. They had soul and really brought it! Furthermore, they went out of their way to accommodate us. I would highly recommend Kazz for any function!