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Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, JMS Jazz is a live jazz and pop band that performs at weddings and special events. Created by bassist John Shaughnessy, this versatile band works to exceed expectations at every event. Whether you’re looking for a mix of jazz for your cocktail hour, or a blend of genres to keep the dance floor full at your reception, this group can do it all.

JMS Jazz is available for performances at rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. We understands that every event is different, and can adapt to suit the style of wedding. We can perform as a classic two-piece duo up to a full six-piece band complete with horns, guitar, and vocals. We will bring all necessary equipment including a sound system, microphones, and lighting. These skilled artists are happy to learn new songs to make your wedding soundtrack complete and offer a range of genres including:

  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • R&B
  • Soul
  • Swing

Services Offered

Live Jazz Music:

  • Reception
  • Cocktail Hour
  • Dinner Music
  • Ceremony
  • Dances
  • Corporate Events/Background Music
  • Band sizes from solo - 12 pc
  • Vocalist option also offered

Prerecorded background music

Toast/announcement microphone and small PA sytem on request

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Frequently asked questions

Which of the following are included in the price?

Cocktail Hour Music
Learning New Songs
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Sound/PA System
Travel Expenses

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Which of the following are included in the package?

Cocktail Hour Music
Learning New Songs
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Sound/PA System
Travel Expenses

Are you an agency or a band?


How many musicians are in your band(s)?

1 - 3

What genres of music does (do) your band(s) play?

Big Band
R&B / Soul

What music services do you provide?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Learning New Songs
Reception Music
Music During Breaks
Rehearsal Dinner Music
Willing to Travel

What items are available?

Sound/PA System
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Reviews of JMS Jazz

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Bailey Sent on 10/14/2023
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10 stars if I could!

John and the band were AMAZING! From start to finish, John was such a professional. He was responsive, easy to communicate with, made me feel like he took my wedding seriously and paid attention to the details of our day. When we showed up on wedding day, he and the band were dressed professionally, arrived on time and were finished with set-up before guests started arriving. We had the band move to a second location to play during dinner and they were able to relocate quietly without disrupting anything going on with the wedding. And the music... amazing! They fit the vibe we wanted exactly and all our guests absolutely LOVED them. I'd hire them again in a heartbeat. Thank you, John!
Xavier T. Sent on 07/04/2022
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Great Price and Great Music!

Easy to communicate with and to get a hold of! They played at my wedding and they absolutely nailed it! Their music really completed the atmosphere of our venue.
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John  Shaughnessy
John Shaughnessy
Owner JMS Jazz

John Shaughnessy has been a full time musician for over 30 years, and has experience on both sides of the industry - performing and booking music. A native of Buffalo NY, John is a degreed musician who has both traveled the world playing music and made Charlotte NC his home for the past 20 years. He is also the co-owner of Straight Fire Entertainment and Reverend O and The Barnburners. John has the knowledge and experience to make your event the best it can be.

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