Frequently asked questions

  1. 1.How many musicians are in the band?

  2. 2.Are the band members professionals?

  3. 3.How many events have you done in the past?

  4. 4.What kind of music do you play?

  5. 5.Do you take requests?

  6. 6.Will you learn a new song for our event?

  7. 7.How long does the group typically play?

  8. 8.Will our guest still be able to talk/hear/network?

  9. 9.Do you take breaks?

  10. 10.Do you have break/background music?

  11. 11.How long do you need to set up?

  12. 12.What does the band wear?

  13. 13.Can you emcee our wedding/event?

  14. 14.Can our friend sit in with the band?

  15. 15.Can you travel to Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Tahoe, etc.?

1. How many musicians are in the band?

Typically we play as a quartet with saxophone/piano/upright bass/drums. For events where lower volume is necessary, we scale down to a trio or duo. For weddings and receptions we often play as a five-piece, adding a female or male vocalist to the group above. We’ll be sure to arrange the right size band for your event.

2. Are the band members professionals?

We only work with the top-call musicians in the southern California area. All of our band-members have been playing weddings for many years and will make your event a success!

3. How many events have you done in the past?

We do 50 or more events per year, and have been working together as Third Season Jazz since 2003. See our Testimonials.

4. What kind of music do you play?

We mainly play jazz standards from The Great American Songbook and classic jazz from the 30‘s, 40‘s, 50’s and beyond. Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Dave Brubeck are some of the musicians and composers we love. We can funk-it-up when needed - our vocalists know many soul and r&b tunes (Aretha, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Al Green, etc.) as well as some choice rock tunes. Check out our Song List.

5. Do you take requests?

We can play requests, within reason (keep in mind we are primarily a jazz band, so your favorite Metallica song might not sound right). However, many popular tunes sound great with a jazz-tinge to them! If you have a few special tunes you’d like to hear, let us know as soon as you can.

6. Will you learn a new song for our event?

If you have one or two special tunes for your event, for the first dance, or father-daughter dance, we’d be happy to learn it. Jazz standards are usually in our library, but if the song is a pop-tune or a non-jazz tune, the sooner you get the request to us the better.

7. How long does the group typically play?

For weddings we usually play for 3 to 5 hours (there is a minimum charge of at least 2 hours). For private parties, typically 2 hours or more. We can arrange longer events if you need music for 6+ hours.

8. Will our guest still be able to talk/hear/network?

Yes! We play mostly acoustic, with very small amplifiers, so it’s easy to socialize and network. Our trio is a favorite at corporate events because of the reasonable volume level. Of course, if you need more volume, we can kick-it-up and put out some sound!

9. Do you take breaks?

To keep our fingers fresh, we take a 10-15 minute break after playing for about an hour. On a typical job we take two or three breaks. We’ll coordinate with your event planner to make sure we break at the right time (during the speeches, toasts, or presentations and slide-shows) to keep the music flowing all-night.

10. Do you have break/background music?

We do provide classic-jazz background music while we are on break. If you have an iPod with your own break music, that’s great! Please make sure your iPod is fully charged and you have easy-to-find playlists.

11. How long do you need to set up?

It takes us about 1/2 hour to set up. We typically arrive at the venue 1 hour before start time to begin setup. We’ll be done and out of the way 15 minutes before the doors open. Setup time is free (arriving up-to 1 hour early). If you need us to setup even earlier, there will be an additional charge.

12. What does the band wear?

Our musicians are always looking sharp and professional in suits and ties. We can also go all-black, or business-casual (dress shirt, slacks, dress shoes). If you’d like black-tie, please contact us.

13. Can you emcee our wedding/event?

We do not typically act as MC at weddings. We can provide a PA system and wireless mic if you have a particularly outgoing and charismatic friend or relative who’d like to be Master of Ceremonies. If you just need some minimal MC’ing done, we can arrange it for an additional charge.

14. Can our friend sit-in with the band?

If you have a friend who’s a talented singer or instrumentalist, it can be great fun for the guests to see them sit-in on a song or two! However, we politely ask that you set this up with us in advance so everything goes according to plan on your big day.

15. Can you travel to Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Tahoe, etc.?

Yes; please contact our agent for travel costs. We’ll also play in other states if you can help with the travel arrangements.


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