The Smoke Rings

Swing Band from New York City, NY - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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About
**Chosen as Style Me Pretty's Little Black Book as one of New York's best wedding bands!**

The Smoke Rings evoke the elegance and charm of the Swing Era. Anchored by the unique vocals of Sarah King, the group specializes in songs from The Great American Song Book. The rhythm section is comprised of Alex Levin (piano), Scott Ritchie (bass), and Ben Cliness (drums). Since its inception in 2010, The Smoke Rings have played to huge crowds at festivals in El Paso and Pennsylvania, and in more intimate settings at weddings and private parties across the country. For the past two years the band has been performing weekly at the iconic Top of The Standard--aka "The Boom Boom Room"--on the top floor of New York's storied and luxurious Standard Hotel. The Smoke Rings hold sway every Wednesday at the shabby-chic French bistro Chez Oskar
in Fort Greene. You might recognize Sarah from her role as a jazz singer in the popular Off-Broadway production Sleep No More. Upon request, the core trio expands to a quartet with the addition of drums. A quintet or sextet, featuring sax/clarinet, trumpet, and/or guitar, is available as well.

The Smoke Rings carry liability insurance. We have been booked for performances throughout the New York area at such venerable venues as The Vanderbilt Mansion, The Pratt Mansion, Le Parker Meridien, The Standard Hotel, The Carlyle Hotel, The Gramercy Park Hotel, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The New York Hilton and The Montauk Club. More recently, we've traveled to Nantucket, Rochester, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh for weddings.

The band has performed for audiences of hundreds at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, and for thousands of enthusiastic listeners as featured performers for Music Under the Stars in El Paso, TX.
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25+ GigMasters Bookings
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A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!
2013 - Top Swing Band

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Sarah King and the Smoke Rings were an absolute delight to have at our afternoon wedding reception! We were looking for a group that wasn't just your average wedding band and we thought we stumbled across something special when listening to the online recordings. Well we did indeed! Along with our guests, we were taken back in time with Sarah King through her charming demeanor and mesmerizing voice. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful sunny afternoon thanks to the sound of this incredible group! Thank you so much for making our day so special and one we will never forget! Kaitlin&Chris

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The Smoke Rings are unique, charming, creative, and have an truly one-of-a-kind sound, and we are so lucky that they lent their talents to our wedding. Communication was a breeze, with Alex often returning our emails in a matter of minutes. Our guests were BLOWN away by The Smoke Rings at the reception. We got so many compliments! Sarah's voice completely transports you, and after each song guests were clapping and whistling as if they were at a concert. They engage both younger and older guests, with the mixture of Sarah's youthful, artistic presence and songs that are recognized by older generations making the music accessible and exciting to all guests.

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So many people at my wedding commented on how talented and unique the Smoke Rings were, that I knew we had made the right choice. Sarah was amazing, I can't say enough good things about them. Thank you!

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Sarah King and The Smoke Rings were absolutely wonderful at my wedding. My wife and I could not be more pleased with them. They are all immensely talented and they provided the perfect ambiance at our event. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a unique and charming sound.

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The Smoke Rings absolutely *made* my wedding. They performed for a little over two hours, including during our ceremony and for the first half of our reception. (A DJ took over afterward so we could boogie down.) I can't speak highly enough of my experience with this group -- they looked, played, and acted the part, and did it perfectly. I began corresponding with Alex, the pianist, around six months ago and he was remarkably accommodating. He responded to my (too many) emails very quickly and professionally. The group took special requests, showed up on time, and rocked the house. I have had dozens of guests compliment me on the Smoke Rings -- HIRE THEM! :)

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I couldn't have asked for a more perfect 40th Birthday celebration and the music was what really made it special! From the song choices to the easy going nature of all the musians and thier seamless performance, everything was impeccable!

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The Smoke Rings far exceeded our expectations and helped make our wedding amazing. They have everything - talent, professionalism and personality. They were a joy to work with from beginning to end. They added exactly the right touch to our 1920's themed wedding that we were looking for and we received comments and compliments from practically every guest as to how wonderful the music was. I would recommend them to anyone and if we ever host an event where a band is needed, we would definitely hire them again!

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They were so easy to work with and were incredibly quick responding to emails. Their music was absolutely the perfect flourish for our wedding!

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We hired The Smoke Rings for our New Year’s Eve wedding and couldn't have been happier. We wanted our event to be a fun and classy departure from typical weddings and they were the perfect addition, we have been receiving rave reviews from our guests. Their performance was outstanding and they were consummate professionals. Alex was happy to learn a Chinese love song for my bride's processional, and when a delay arose before the ceremony he stepped in to entertain our already seated guests for half an hour without missing a beat. We would highly recommend them for anyone interested in top notch jazz/swing/American standards over top-40 covers and fog machines.

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From the start Alex was outstanding to work with. The other reviews were correct - he was prompt in all replies, professional, and just simply a nice guy. As for the sound, Alex and the rest of the band were a phenomenal part of our wedding. They read the crowd perfectly and coordinated the songs to fit the energy in the room with deftness. I can't count the amount of people that commented on how great the music was and how nice it was to have such a high quality live band that clearly took great care in their sound. I would not hesitate to encourage hiring this band for a variety of events - their sound is versatile and fun to have as an element in most events.

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2018
Oct
20
Birthday Party (Adult)
Long Valley, NJ
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
2016
Oct
9
Community Event
Mount Laurel, NJ
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2015
Oct
16
Concert
Oyster Bay, NY
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2015
Oct
16
Concert
Oyster Bay, NY
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2015
Jul
17
Cocktail Party
Manchester, VT
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2015
Jul
11
Wedding Cocktail Hour
New York City, NY
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2015
Jun
20
Wedding Reception
Holderness, NH
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2015
May
30
Wedding
New Canaan, CT
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2014
Dec
12
Birthday Party (Adult)
New York City, NY
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2014
Sep
20
Private Party
Bronx, NY
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2014
Sep
14
Wedding Reception
Saint Michaels, MD
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2014
Sep
6
Wedding
Basking Ridge, NJ
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Fly Me to the Moon
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Please note The Smoke Rings will also travel to Long Island City, Brooklyn, North Bergen, Bronx, West New York, Union City, Weehawken, Flushing, Fairview, Edgewater, Hoboken, Jersey City, Ridgefield, Cliffside Park, Palisades Park, Fort Lee, Secaucus, Ridgefield Park, Leonia, Englewood Cliffs.
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