Why MonteJAZZ Vintage Bands?

The Guest Experience

  • A UNIQUE VINTAGE EXPERIENCE: MonteJAZZ Vintage Bands offers much more than jazz for your event. It's a unique vintage experience with a range of options from incidental music that sets a vibe to a high-energy party experience that offers a dinner show and dancing! The dance sets can be 100% acoustic for an authentic historical experience, or combine old and new with an electro-swing / electro-Charleston dance beat accompanying the band to amp up the energy even more, and satisfy modern party goers. 

  • UNIQUE (& ACCOMMODATING) REPERTOIRE: Why hire a band that plays the same songs in the same way as every other band of its genre? We have a unique and extensive repertoire that includes many songs other bands don't play. Plus, YOU can choose the songs from our repertoire list that we play for your event. We can even add songs that don't appear in our repertoire list, and create original arrangements of them for a modest arranging fee. That means the song list can be uniquely tailored to your tastes and event theme.

  • UNIQUE ORIGINAL ARRANGEMENTS: While a good chunk of our repertoire rightly includes transcriptions of historical recordings, much of our material is arranged especially for our bands in a stylistically-appropriate way by our in-house arranger, J. Aaron Stanley, who has written hundreds of arrangements. This helps avoid the common pitfall of "every song sounding the same," which often plagues bands that just "wing it." In addition, we aren't limited to period repertoire. Our repertoire draws from popular music of every decade re-imagined in a vintage style, adding interest and intrigue for modern audiences. You can even commission an original arrangement of one of your favorite songs!

  • NO AWKWARD SILENCES: We arrive with a pre-planned set list (list of songs to play, in order) and pre-set arrangements, so there is no downtime between songs as we discuss what to play next and how to play it. (Believe it or not, this often happens with small, disorganized jazz ensembles!)

  • MORE SONGS PER SET: Unlike many jazz bands whose arrangements wind up stretching to 10 minutes or more, we keep our arrangements short and focused so you can hear more of your favorite songs per set, instead of 10 minutes of drum solos. 

  • TOP-TIER MUSICIANS: We work with the best local musicians in the genre. Our musicians are highly skilled jazz musicians, many of whom are graduates of the renowned UNT jazz program, and artists in their own right.

  • 100% LIVE - Our bands perform 100% live without depending on “canned” tracks or sequences, with the only exception being high-energy dance sets when the band is accompanied by an electro-swing / electro-Charleston dance beat to add a bit of the modern dance club vibe that modern audiences expect, while still enjoying a vintage style experience. (If you prefer the dance sets to be purely acoustic, and therefore more authentic to the period, we can absolutely do that!)

  • AUTHENTICITY: MonteJAZZ is about presenting the music we LOVE to play! Our passion and specialty is vintage jazz and pop styles. Every single band was created not simply for economic reasons, but to reflect our interests, passion, and talents, and share them with our clients and fans!

Benefits for Event Planners

  • EASY BOOKING: Our booking process is very easy and streamlined to make it as quick, simple, and painless as possible. 

  • LESS WORK: Once you book the band, we'll take it from there and take charge of the musical entertainment for the event, so you don't have to worry about it. We will meet with your client for any specific song requests, needs, or preferences, and coordinate with you on the timing, but we'll handle all the details of the music. 

  • LESS WORRY: We will arrive to the event on-time, well prepared, and appropriately dressed for the occasion. Each band member is an experienced professional, with experience in 100s of events, and we act as such. We also don't drink while working. 

Our Unique Vintage Bands

We are NOT a "booking agency" for other bands. Every band we offer was created, developed, and directed by Aaron Stanley, the creator of MonteJAZZ Vintage Bands. Horns (especially trumpet) are heavily featured in every band. 

Want to know which band is best for your event? Check out this handy guide we created to help you decide.

The Calico Jazz Cats (1920s-60s vocal jazz standards + re-imagined pop)

The Calico Jazz Cats is a classic acoustic jazz quintet with female vocalist and trumpet soloist, presenting over 100 years of jazz & pop, making it the most versatile and adaptable of all the ensembles we offer. 

The Aaron Stanley Jazz Combo (1920s-60s instrumental jazz standards)

The Aaron Stanley Jazz Combo is a classic acoustic jazz combo featuring trumpeter Aaron Stanley, with a flexible instrumentation to accommodate tastes, venue, and budget. 

The Dixie Bootleggers (1920s New Orleans style jazz)

The Dixie Bootleggers is a traditional high-energy New Orleans style Dixieland band that plays all your favorite Dixie standards and more! 

The Speakeasy Jazz Orchestra (1920's jazz + re-imagined pop)

The Speakeasy Jazz Orchestra offers a 1920's quasi-Cabaret dinner show featuring solo vocal and instrumental numbers, and even optional dancers... then kicks off the party with nonstop 1920s-style jazz for dancing the Charleston and swing. It features a female "flapper" vocalist backed by a band with similar configuration as late 1920s jazz bands such as Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, and Cab Calloway. 

The Gorillas Of Swing (1930s-60s swing + re-imagined pop)

The Gorillas of Swing are the "kings of the swinging jungle," playing swing and Neo-swing favorites, plus a selection of modern pop re-imagined in the style. It can do a dinner show with all your favorite crooner standards featuring a male vocalist, then kick off the party with non-stop swing music for dancing. 

About our Founder, J. Aaron Stanley...

MonteJAZZ Vintage Bands is the vision of composer, arranger, trumpeter, and bandleader, J. Aaron Stanley. It began in Monterrey, Mexico in 2014 as a simple jazz combo but developed over time to include a Dixieland band, a "mini" big band, and several other ensembles. Over the course of the three years that MonteJAZZ existed in Mexico, Aaron successfully led his own ensembles in well over 100 events, including concerts, club dates, festivals, weddings, and private events. 

After moving to Dallas and finishing his Master's in Music Composition from SMU, Aaron resurrected MonteJAZZ Vintage Bands for the DFW area, being very deliberate and specific in the vision and focus of each ensemble. Each band was designed from the ground up to be unique and unforgettable, and the entire business model was created to serve the needs of event planners, and make their job just a little less stressful. 

As a trumpet player, Aaron earned his B.M. in Performance from Missouri State University, and has worked as a freelancer in pretty much every genre imaginable. He has performed in hundreds of venues around the world, written hundreds of original arrangements, and has a growing catalog of classical compositions with a budding career as a classical composer. His classical composing work can be found at www.jaaronstanley.com

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