Frequently Asked Questions


What type of music do you play? 

We specialize in playing cool, hip, straightahead jazz - the perfect musical backdrop to your very special occasion. 

All of our musicians are incredibly talented and bring a lifetime of dedication to their craft. When we play for an upscale event, we approach the music respectfully, intelligently, and tastefully. In fact, one of the compliments we most often receive comes from folks who tell us: “We don’t usually listen to jazz - but we love what you guys are doing!”  The comment our clients most often hear is: “The music is incredible - where did you find these guys?

How big is the group? 

Our most popular configuration is our Cadillac Jazz Trio with upright bass, drums, and piano (we provide a keyboard if your venue doesn’t have a piano). We also feature an awesome saxophone player in our Cadillac Jazz Quartet. If space and budget is key, we can easily perform as our Cadillac Jazz Duo with upright bass and jazz guitar.

How long do you play? 

Every event has a different timeline so we remain flexible. The cocktail "hour” could last 75-90 minutes, while a quiet dinner set might only be 30-45 minutes. If you’d like the musicians to stay later, our Cadillac Quartet performs a set of classy, instrumental Swing & Standards for an elegant evening of dancing and listening.

What do you wear? 

We wear formal attire: dark suit & tie. For outdoor events, we wear upscale casual attire with jacket & tie optional based on the weather. Either way, we always look sharp.

Can you play for our wedding ceremony? 

Yes!  Our pianist performs a beautiful repertoire of solo classical, jazz, and romantic pop during your Prelude (guest seating), plus select pieces for your Processional (entrance) & Recessional (exit). This works best when your ceremony is being held at the reception venue.

Do you perform for same-sex marriages?

Yes!  The only discrimination we practice is our refined taste in music.

Can you play in the rain?

No!  Electricity and precipitation just don't mix. For any outdoor event (even warm sunny days), we require adequate coverage like a tent, covered patio, etc., and access to a dedicated electrical outlet.

Can we use your microphone?  

Yes!  When important announcements are needed, we can supply a compact, powerful speaker & microphone for your introductions, toasts, & speeches. Because we are often hired as a “strictly background” music group, we don’t always bring public address (P.A.) sound equipment - so let us know what you're planning.

Can you DJ our dance party?

Yes!  In addition to our outstanding live music, we can provide a fantastic sound system and spin a mix of fun, upbeat music - perfect for all ages.  Our compact setup is geared toward more intimate gatherings in smaller venues, depending on the space and layout of the room. 

An emerging trend is foregoing the typical "wedding DJ routine" which involves way too much interaction and all kinds of activities.  More and more, couples are providing a playlist based on their personal preferences (plus guest requests from their RSVP) for an uninterrupted party - maximizing dance & social time for you and your guests to enjoy.  We can still MC your big introductions and DJ your special first dances, but the beauty of this approach is that we stay out of the way and let the music do the talking!

Do you provide lights?

No.  Many wedding venues now include lighting packages tailored to their event space.  If not, your venue coordinator can likely recommend approved production companies that provide specialty lighting & decor.

Do you have a singer?

In Cadillac Jazz, our specialty - and passion - is performing live, instrumental jazz. If you'd like a group that features a vocalist please check out some of our affiliates listed below.

Do you offer any other type of music? 

Yes!  We work with quite a few professional groups and agencies. Here are a few recommendations: 


Jimmy Gatz Trio  Planning a “Great Gatsby” or Roaring 20’s themed event? This is our Traditional Jazz combo that performs in that classic Swing era style! We appear with upright bass, jazz guitar, and horn for that vintage sound and look! Perfect for retro cocktail parties & gala celebrations, bistros & brunches, casino nights & fund raisers. 

Joe Cool Trio  This is our holiday jazz group. We perform our own jazzy arrangements of traditional carols and hymns in that minimalist, West-coast jazz style made famous by pianist Vince Guaraldi on his beloved Peanuts soundtracks. Perfect for December cocktail receptions, business socials, and seasonal celebrations.

Bachelor Boys Band  If you’re looking for the premier rock & party band with amazing singers and a wide variety of material, think BBB!  Although Cadillac Jazz doesn’t book the Bachelor Boys Band directly, we often join forces and play rocking wedding gigs all over Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, & New Jersey. Don’t hesitate to reach out and we can put you in touch with one of their expert regional managers to talk about the music for your date. 

The Swingin' Swamis  Baltimore's favorite artsy, neo-swing band is available for your very special Baltimore area event including cool cocktail receptions, cultural celebrations, and glitzy shindigs. 

Steel City Calypso  This is our Pittsburgh-based Calypso & Latin Jazz Trio featuring steel pan with drums/percussion and bass. This tight group stays busy throughout the summer season playing music festivals, cocktail receptions, pool parties & island-themed events. We play everything from traditional Caribbean music to Reggae & Pop. Think: Harry Belafonte meets Bob Marley meets Jimmy Buffett! 

Joint Commission  This is our Acoustic Americana, Rock ’n Roots band. Also from Pittsburgh (but certified Road Dogs), we often appear as a 3 or 4 piece with two acoustic guitars & upright bass, adding drums. The band plays popular folk, bluegrass, & traditional country songs plus groovy covers of modern rock, pop, & alternative with great harmonies. Vocalist & guitarist Andrew knows hundreds of sing-along songs and is always up for guest requests on the fly! This group is a great choice for fun, casual receptions or birthday parties, bar crawls and car festivals, you name it. Have jams, will travel.

Andy Alonso & Friends  This is our Classic Rock & Blues band based in Central PA. Singer & lead guitarist Andy plays like Clapton, Hendrix, & B.B. King!  Usually we appear as a 4 or 5 piece including guitar, keyboards, electric bass, and drums. We can include an incredible sax player or add another singer/guitarist to the front line. A fine choice for a rockin' birthday bash, casual company party, community concert, or neighborhood pub!

Dave Winter Group  This is our Smooth Jazz band based in Central PA. Keyboardist & vocalist Dave, plus bass, drums, & horn, plays jazzy renditions of standards and Motown, Soul, & Pop - perfectly suited for anniversaries, ballroom dances, wineries, and country clubs.