The musicians of Joe Simon Jazz have played a part in everything from intimate garden ceremonies to raucous receptions second-lining through the streets of New Orleans. All weddings welcome.

Joe Simon Jazz offers the following wedding services individually or in combination to suit your needs.


Music for a typical New Orleans style ceremony often includes:

-Approximately 15 minutes of instrumental background music as the guests are seated

-A pleasant tune for the wedding party entrance

-A different song for the penultimate Bridal Entrance

The recessional

Often the wedding party picks songs from our list, or suggests one within our style of music.

Sample song choices:

Wedding Party Entrance: When You’re Smiling , ‘Swonderful , You are my Sunshine

Bridal Entrance: Here Comes the Bride, What a Wonderful World, La Vie en Rose

Recessional: Way Down Yonder in N.O. , Down By the Riverside , When the Saints Go Marching In

These are some of the songs we’ve performed at many weddings.. We are comfortable with setting the mood by ourselves: and are open to any suggestions you may have within the genre of music we play (N.O. Jazz and standards).


A traditional reception may include:

Cocktail hour– after the ceremony featuring New Orleans Jazz favorites and jazz standards

Dinner– background music to allow for dinner conversation, speeches, etc.

After dinner party– Including first couple’s dance, father/daughter dance, wedding party recognition, bouquet/garter toss, etc.

A 3-6 piece band is recommended.

Second Line/Escort

Joe Simon can provide a second line/escort  band from 3-8 pieces from the ceremony to the reception or from the reception to an after party location.

Please note that the City of New Orleans requires a parade permit and police escort for second lines that take place on the street.

For more information on music, view our Song List.