Hi. I’m John Janetatos, bandleader of JazzCocktailHour.com. We are a group of musicians who play live music for people in the New York City area and beyond. My bandmates are some of the finest musicians New York City has to offer. We are blend of up-and-coming and established professionals with a diverse mix of musical experiences in jazz and many other styles of music. Even if you don’t know you want jazz, once you hear us, you will realize that our jazz is just what you wanted all along.

Although we play all kinds of engagements, we specialize in playing jazz for wedding cocktail hours. The cocktail hour sets the tone for the success of your special day. We create a mood of relaxation, spontaneity, enjoyment and excitement, while instilling anticipation for the reception to come. Our subtle yet energetic jazz background is never too loud to distract your guests’ conversation–we give you the musical canvas where your guests can paint their happy thoughts.

We have ensembles with a variety of instrumentation such as guitar, piano, bass, percussion, saxophone, strings. And, yes, we have steel drum lineups too! During the summer months lots of our clients like to enjoy the tropical sounds steel drum music. We offer several different packages which feature this much-loved instrument.

Some of our clients also ask us to play at their receptions. For this kind of show, we can add a dynamic vocalist/MC and we can also alternate with the DJ or dance band.

Our prices are surprisingly low, and depend on the number of musicians and the length of time we are to perform.

If you want something different, something intimate and special for your wedding, please give us a call at 518-443-9584 or email us at bookings@jazzcocktailhour.com to find out how you can give your guests something they’ll really appreciate–the gift of live music.