About this Vendor
Vintage Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, and Soul
Alex Levin Music represents some of New York's finest jazz and swing combos, including The Smoke Rings, "Love, Charley," Street of Dreams Jazz Band, The Lovesome, and The Alex Levin Trio. Thank you for considering us as you develop your wedding plans. We have been chosen as one of Prospect Park's "Vendors We Love" for the past four years, and our groups perform at The Millenium Broadway Hotel, The Standard Hotel, The Grain Whiskey Bar, and many other venues of note.
$$$ – Moderate
Rehearsals + Parties, Wedding
Live Music, Music
Don't think of The Smoke Rings as a wedding vendor. Think of them as artists who happen to perform at weddings. They are unique, charming, creative, and have an innovative sound, and we are so lucky that they lent their talents to our wedding on June 20th, 2015 in New Hampshire. We happened to stumble upon The Smoke Rings performing at a jazz club in New York City a few years ago and fell in love with their sound. They left such an impression on us that years later, when planning our wedding reception, we knew that they were the only band for us. Communicating with The Smoke Rings was a breeze, With Alex often returning our emails in a matter of minutes. They are professional and accommodating, and genuinely care about making your event special. Our guests were BLOWN away by The Smoke Rings at our reception. We got so many compliments, with newlywed friends expressing their jealously. (What more could we want? :) Sarah's voice completely transports you, and after each song guests were clapping and whistling as if they were at a concert. It's hard to find a band with a sound that engages both younger and older guests, but the mixture of Sarah's youthful, artistic presence and songs that are recognized by older generations made the music accessible to all guests. Many people told us our wedding was the best they had ever been to, and we know that The Smoke Rings are a big part of that.
We hired Street of Dreams to perform at our wedding rehearsal dinner at Roberta's in Brooklyn for about 100 guests. They really hit it out of the park! They are an extraordinary quartet, and all of our guests were complementing us on the music. We highly recommend Street of Dreams, and already plan to hire them for our next event. Thanks for the incredible tunes, guys!
We had a wonderful experience with Alex Levin Music. After she initially contacted him, Alex was great about giving my mother feedback about which of his groups would be the best fit for my wedding. We ended up picking Love, Charley and Alex worked with us to decide on the band arrangement to give us the full sound that we wanted, adding a clarinetist/saxophonist to the usual band line-up. Throughout the entire process, Alex was extremely flexible, patient, and accommodating, participating in multiple planning phone calls and sending a band representative to see the venue in advance of the event to make sure someone would be familiar with the space. We really wanted to have a jazz band play our reception as opposed to having a DJ or a band doing contemporary covers, but we were a little bit anxious about how our guests would respond. The band was fantastic though, and had people up on the dance floor for much of the night. We really couldn't have been happier with their performance. Alex also played piano during our cocktail hour, which was great. He and the entire band did a great job of feeling out the room and creating the best atmosphere for the moment. With the exception of our first dance (which the band graciously played for us, despite being out of their repertoire), we didn't request specific songs and were extremely happy with their choices. We got so many positive comments from our friends and family about the music, and would definitely recommend working with Alex.
Our Brooklyn wedding wouldn't have been the same without Alex Levin and his Love Charley Band! We wanted to have a live jazz element of our night followed by a great DJ (we didn't go for a wedding band as we didn't want our song selection to be limited) and we were so lucky to stumble upon Love Charley! From the beginning, Alex (the Band leader) was so easy to work with and incredibly professional. Our inquiry was promptly responded to and Alex jumped right on the phone to discuss our wedding, the vibe, etc. Alex immediately made us feel that he truly cared about our specific wedding and he was genuinely excited about what we were planning and being a part of it all. We decided on four sets of music and the quartet with piano (Alex plays the piano and based on the very positive experience working together we absolutely wanted him there so we rented a piano)! The first set was during the ceremony when Martina (unbelievable singer) sang and played the ukulele for the walks down the aisle. Her voice is seriously amazing live and she was also just a lovely person. The second set was instrumental during the cocktail hour and it was just perfect. The third and fourth sets were with the whole band plus Martina singing during our family style dinner so it felt like a live show/performance. The music was of course beautiful and the vibe they created for the first half of the wedding was perfect - fun, lively, early 1900's jazz club. As you can see I can't say enough great things about Alex and our specific experience with Love Charley. They would be great for corporate events, parties, a full wedding band if you're looking for jazz/swing only otherwise I love what we came up with working with Love Charley for the first half and then a DJ for the second half. Also pricewise going with what we did total cost (LC plus DJ) was about one-third the cost of a traditional NYC 8+ piece wedding band and we think much more memorable and unique!
Great jazz quartet or trio for your cocktail hour! Great players who are attentive to atmosphere with great charts and variety! Not too loud or intrusive. Real pros!!
GigMasters Verified Review - New York, NYReviewed on 4/24/2012
Wonderful performance, highly recommend the group for events of any kind and Alex's music is just simply incredible.
Meet The Owner
The Alex Levin Music Agency provides superb live jazz and swing music for weddings, parties and corporate events. Whether you are interested in booking a solo pianist or guitarist, a small jazz trio or quartet, or a larger combo, Alex offers a wide range of distinctive and elegant bands that will add just the right touch to your party. Alex Levin Music is focused primarily on jazz, cocktail, R&B, and swing music. Alex’s combos have had residencies at The Standard Hotel, The Hotel Plaza Athenee, Chez Oskar and other popular venues in New York City. His groups are fully insured.