Frequently Asked Questions
What type of music do you play?
We specialize in playing cool, hip, straight-ahead jazz - the perfect backdrop to your special occasion.
All of our musicians are incredibly talented and bring a lifetime of dedication to their craft. When we play for an upscale social event, we approach the music respectfully, intelligently, and tastefully. In fact, one of the compliments we most often receive comes from guests who tell us: “We don’t usually listen to jazz - but we love what you guys are doing!” One of the compliments our clients most often hear is: “The group is fantastic - where did you find these guys?"
How big is the band?
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 sax 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 45-90 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 - perfect for an evening of elegant dancing and listening.
Can we use your microphone?
Yes! When important announcements need to be delivered, 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 our public address (P.A.) equipment - so let us know what you're planning.
Can you just play our playlist?
Yes! Many couples are opting out of a typical DJ and are making their own personal music playlist instead. We can provide an amazing sound system with pro quality components and can spin your mix throughout the evening. We can easily “DJ” your first dances and “MC” any dedications early on so you can enjoy a stress-free evening of entertainment - on your own terms.
What do you wear?
For most wedding receptions we wear formal attire: dark suit & tie. For outdoor venues, we typically wear upscale casual attire: lighter slacks & dress shirts, 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 same venue as your reception.
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! Unfortunately, electricity and precipitation don't mix. If you're planning an outdoor gathering - it's always best to have an indoor backup plan, or arrange for coverage - like a tent (w/ sides & flooring), gazebo, covered patio, etc.
Do you have a singer?
In Cadillac Jazz, our focus is on performing outstanding instrumental music. If you'd like a group with a vocalist, check out some of our affiliates listed below.
Do you offer any other type of music?
Yes! We are associated 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! Perfect for cocktails & gala celebrations, bruncheons & bistros, casinos & fund raisers.
Joe Cool Trio This is our holiday jazz group. We perform our own jazzy arrangements of traditional carols and hymns in that cool, minimalist jazz style made famous by Vince Guaraldi on his beloved Peanuts soundtracks. Perfect for December cocktail & dinner socials, family gatherings & company Christmas parties, plus community events, concerts, & 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 call and we can put you in touch with one of their expert regional managers to talk about the music for your date.
Steel City Calypso This is our Pittsburgh-based Calypso & Latin Jazz Trio featuring steel pan with electric bass and drums/percussion. 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 birthdays, private parties, brew festivals, car crawls, you name it. Have jams, will travel.
Andy Alonso & Friends This is our Blues & Classic Rock bar 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 / rhythm guitarist to the front line. A fine choice for a rockin' birthday bash, company party, community concert, or neighborhood pub.
Dave Winter Trio This is our Smooth Jazz trio based in Central PA. Keyboardist Dave, plus bass & drums, plays jazzy renditions of 60’s & 70’s Motown, Soul, & Pop songs - the perfect complement to country club events, brunches, wineries, and private parties. Think: Beatles meets James Taylor meets Bob James.