Java Jive


Reviews

“Java Jive is FANTASTIC! Seriously. My husband and I heard them at two different parties before our big day, and knew they were the band for our day. Don is incredibly easy to deal with - very available by phone and email. He thought of everything, from coordinating what the band wore so that it didn't clash with the bridal party colors. Their ensemble is amazing - they can play everything from Taylor Swift to Journey. We wanted a group that would get our wedding reception dancing, and they did just that! Everyone at our wedding raved about Java Jive - you should DEFINITELY hire them!!”

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Public Appearances

August 13th, 9:00 - 12:30

The Newport Grand Casino, 150 Admiral Kalbfus Rd, Newport, RI

August 25th, 8:00 - 11:00

"Live @ Aloft" in the W XYZ Lounge of the Aloft Boston Seaport Hotel, 401 - 403 D Street, Boston, MA

August 26th, 9:00 - 12:30

The Ming Dynasty, 752 Plain St., Marshfield, MA

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About Java Jive

With exceptional vocals, two keyboard set-ups, and two trumpets, and acoustic guitar, we pride ourselves in delivering each song the way it was originally recorded. We are Chuck Garrett, Don Richard, and Carolynne Brown.

We perform at weddings, fine restaurants, corporate events, fundraisers, receptions, parties, concerts, and nightclubs to rave reviews and many repeat engagements. Please check out our “appearances” page to find out where you can hear us next!

Our music is a mix of Current Hits, Classic Rock, Motown, Disco, Swing, Soft Rock, R & B, and just about anything else you hear on the radio today. We invite you to listen to the music samples that we have provided here on our site.

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Reviews

“Java Jive was a definite asset to the overall ambience of the wedding.

Not only did we enjoy them but all our guests said that the band made the reception one on the best that they have been to. Everyone danced all night.

They were very accomodating and easy to work with, very professional and well worth the price!

I would hire them again in a heartbeat and would totally recommend them to many.

Thank you again java jive!”

Maryellen & Stephen


“I could not be happier with our choice to have Java Jive play at our wedding. They were truly an amazing addition to our perfect day! Two of my brothers and my cousin had had them years ago, so when I was searching for a band, I was happy to see they were available. Not only was it special to us, but it was special for others there to see their band perform again. Our guests were on the dance floor the entire night and still a few months later they tell me how much they loved the band! My goal was to have as much fun as possible and keep people dancing and Java Jive achieved that with ease!

Don Richard is great to work with during the pre-planning... super professional and extremely helpful. He also played keyboard for our ceremony and cocktail hour which was a nice addition to the background.

The band learned 2 songs for us for our first and last dance and my husband thought they sang them better than the original! Chuck and Carolynne are amazing singers and their range of music is very broad which worked perfect for the variety of age groups we had. The three of them together seriously make the perfect trio and if I did it over again, Java Jive would again, be my first choice!”

Meaghan


“Java Jive was everything I could've asked for and more. So many of our guests commented on how talented and engaging they were. Not only was their performance off the chart, but so was the service they provided. We met up a couple of weeks before the wedding to go over details and pick out songs. After the meeting I realized I still didn't have a performer for the ceremony but they came through, thank god! A week before the wedding Carolynne agreed to perform at the ceremony and save the day. I would highly recommend them! They play everything from old school to new dance.”

Katie


“Java Jive is FANTASTIC! Seriously. My husband and I heard them at two different parties before our big day, and knew they were the band for our day. Don is incredibly easy to deal with - very available by phone and email. He thought of everything, from coordinating what the band wore so that it didn't clash with the bridal party colors. Their ensemble is amazing - they can play everything from Taylor Swift to Journey. We wanted a group that would get our wedding reception dancing, and they did just that! Everyone at our wedding raved about Java Jive - you should DEFINITELY hire them!!”

Caroline


“We absolutely loved Java Jive. We were so lucky to have them at our wedding! They were so flexible and learned a number of new songs for us. The customer service and care was as if we were their only customer. Throughout the planning process they were incredibly responsive and flexible (as our ideas about the wedding music changed). They walked us through the whole process identifying things we hadn't even thought of. They had played at our venue, the Popponesset Inn a number of times and knew just exactly what we needed for setup and for best sound quality.

Java Jive is also so affordable in comparison to other wedding bands. By far the absolute best value and price that we could find, yet the quality of their music was outstanding.

We totally love this band and have recommended them to everyone!”

Lauren & Stephen


“Thank you for your exceptional performance and entertainment at our wedding...You were ALL awesome!”

Kerrie & Paul


“Wow! You guys sure know how to get the party started! All our guests kept commenting that you are the best band and we certainly agree! Thank you for all the awesome energy you brought to our day. We really appreciate all you did to make our most special day absolutely perfect. Thank you!”

Audry & Jay


“Thanks for a great performance at our wedding - you guys were on fire! Everything was great - the roving horns, Barry White, and the song for my aunt and uncle’s sixtieth anniversary. Our guests loved you! We wish we could have kept the party going all night, although I do not think my feet could have handled any more.”

Lori & Ned


“You guys outdid yourselves! All night people were asking us “Where did you find these guys?!” It was wonderful. Thank you for our wonderful entertainment!”

Scott & Mary Ann


“We want to thank you for the wonderful job you did at our wedding! You are amazing and you perform so well together. We chose Java Jive because we wanted a band that would entertain our guests all night, which you did. We received many compliments on the band and we would recommend you to anyone. A special thanks to Don for all your help in planning the evening.”

Maria & David


“Thank you so much for all you did to make our wedding day so memorable. We had members of our family out dancing that have not been out on a dance floor in forever! You played such a great mix that everyone was up and dancing. I had to laugh when my cousin said that she and her fiancé hired you at our wedding for their wedding the following year. We look forward to seeing you there.”

Brian & Jennifer


“Kevin and I would like to thank you for everything you did to make our wedding day so special. The ceremony and reception went off without a hitch and everyone is still talking about how great the band was months later! Tom, I would also like to thank you for being so accommodating with all my special requests. I will be sure to recommend Java Jive to everyone I know! Thanks again!”

Rebecca & Kevin


“You were excellent - We got so many comments about how amazing the band was! It was a pleasure working with you!”

Melissa & Brian


“Thank you for the fabulous show at my wedding this past June! I can't tell you how many compliments we received on your performance. Everyone loved you! I put a 5-star review on yelp.com for you. Thanks again!”

Regina


“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and congratulate you on your wonderful show here at the Norton Public Library. You drew a huge crowd, as always, and put on an amazing concert.”

Lee Parker


“Hi Don, (and the rest of the Java Jive Band),

I just wanted to tell all of you what a wonderful job you did at the wedding. Simon and I were thrilled on how everything turned out. Everyone can't stop talking about you guys!! It really made the wedding so much fun. I was worried that people weren't going to dance, I sure didn't have to worry about that. Every song was a hit! I really couldn't imagine how it could have been better.

Thank you all very much!

I am looking forward to hearing you all play again sometime,”

Liz


“Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for making our wedding so much fun!!

Our friends and family can't stop raving about Java Jive - many people commented that you were the best band that they've ever heard! In addition, everyone has exclaimed how much fun they had dancing at the wedding - you guys were absolutely amazing!!

AJ and I appreciate all of the talent, hard work, enthusiasm and care that you put into our wedding day. You are quite simply THE BEST and we were so lucky to find such incredible professionals and wonderful people to work with to bring our wedding reception to life!”

Valerie and AJ Quigley


“As we told you way back when we first booked, we wanted the best for our wedding. we completely feel that we got the best. You guys were great! Thanks for making it a swinging party!”

Melissa & John McCloskey


“Many thanks to Java Jive for a terrific band concert on our Library lawn. You folks are great! Your talent, professionalism, and music selection is unbeatable. Danvers loves Java Jive! What makes your concerts so enjoyable is the variety of music that ranges from the 1920's to the 90's. You reach all ages. Your upbeat music keeps everyone happy and involved. Thanks again for your concert. We look forward to seeing you all again in the near future. Have a great year!”

Larry Crowley
Danvers Family Festival Committee


“On November 28th you played at the Barker Tavern for the wedding of our daughter. I am writing to tell you how disappointed Sue's dad & I were as the reception came to an end - we did not have another function in the near future to have you again! The three of you were fantastic - as if you have never heard that before! Everyone who attended talked for weeks about your music. Thank you once again for making such an important day for all of us so perfect. We have five other children so that maybe someday we'll be able to have the same pleasure both listening and dancing to your music which is top class all the way. We have three videos of the reception so you'll never be forgotten. Best of luck to all of you.”

Joan Deveney


“Again, many, many thanks for the beautiful music which helped make our party so much more fun than it has been in the past. I hope we will be able to fit into your schedule in the future.”

Debbie O'Malley
Sullivan & Worcester


“Bobby & I wanted to thank you and the rest the Java Jive crew for the outstanding job you did at our wedding. We received so many compliments about your performance. However, more importantly, my parents thought you were excellent (they used that word) and they were your potentially most difficult sell. You made our wedding a big party and we are eternally grateful!”

Miranda & Bob Jones

Songs

These are the most requested songs of Java Jive’s repertoire.

Dance Music

8-3-1 - Lisa Stanfield
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
Billy Jean - Michael Jackson
Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
Brick House - The Commodores
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
California Gurls - Katy Perry
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
Can’t Get Enough of Your Love - Barry White
Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Cupid Shuffle - Cupid
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
Everything - Michael Bublé
Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks
Forget You - Cee Lo Green
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Gimme Some Lovin’ - Steve Winwood
Give It Up - KC and the Sunshine Band
Glad You Came - The Wanted
Happy - Pharrell Williams
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Ladies Night - Kool and The Gang
Last Dance - Donna Summer
Let’s Groove Tonight – Earth Wind and Fire
Lips Are Movin - Meghan Trainor
Love Shack - B 52s
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Loving You Easy - Zac Brown Band
Man I Feel Like A Woman Track - Shania Twain
Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett-
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
Oh, What a Night - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Old Time Rock 'n' Roll - Bob Seger
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
Respect - Aretha Franklin
River Of Dreams - Billy Joel
Save The Last Dance For Me - Michael Bublé
September - Earth Wind and Fire
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Sherrie - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Shut Up and Dance - Walking The Moon
Sweet Caroline - Niel Diamond
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Twistin' The Night Away - Sam Cooke
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
Walk Like A Man - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show
Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo
You Got It - Roy Orbison

Ballads/Easy Listening

After the Lovin - Engelbert Humperdinck
As Time Goes By - Sam (Dooley Wilson)
At Last - Etta james
Better Together - Jack Johnson
Could I Have This Dance - Anne Murray
Crazy - Patzy Cline
Crazy Love - Van Morrison
Girl from Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz
Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison
I Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
I Choose You - Sara Bareilles
I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor and Joh Legend
Love Song - Sara Bareilles
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
My Girl - The Temptations
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Sailing - Christopher Cross as recorded by John Lucean
Someone Like You - Van Morrison
Simply The Best - Tina Turner
Tenerife Sea - Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
Unforgettable - Nat and Natalie Cole
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Swing (Vocal)

Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Everything Old Is New Again - Peter Allen
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
It Had To Be You - Harry Connick, Jr.
Jump Jive ‘n’ Wail - The Brian Setzer Orchestra
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
My Way - Frank Sinatra
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Route 66 - Nat King Cole
Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
Zoot Suit Riot - Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Instrumentals

Bellavia - Chuck Mangione
Black Orpheus (A Day In The Life Of A Fool) - Luiz Bonfa and Carl Sigman
Blue Bossa - Dexter Gordon
Catching The Sun - Spyro Gyra
Desafinado - Stan Getz
Golden Lady - Stevie Wonder
Hideaway
Little Sunflower
Night Shift - The Commodores
Playing For Time - Acoustic Alchemy
Satin Doll
Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited
Winelight (Instrumental) - Grover Washington, Jr.

Misc. Novelty

Cupid Shuffle - Cupid
A Song for My Son - Mikki Viereck
Daddy’s Little Girl - Robert Burke and Horace Gerlach
The Electric Slide - Marcia Griffith
The Irish Wedding Song
Theme from "Indiana Jones" - John Williams
Theme from "Rocky" - Bill Conti
Theme from "Star Wars" - John Williams
Various Irish Selections
Various Jewish Selections

Audio

Appearances

News

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Weddings

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As Seen in The Knot Magazine “I could not be happier with our choice to have Java Jive play at our wedding. They were truly an amazing addition to our perfect day! Two of my brothers and my cousin had had them years ago, so when I was searching for a band, I was happy to see they were available. Not only was it special to us, but it was special for others there to see their band perform again. Our guests were on the dance floor the entire night and still a few months later they tell me how much they loved the band! My goal was to have as much fun as possible and keep people dancing and Java Jive achieved that with ease!

Don Richard is great to work with during the pre-planning... super professional and extremely helpful. He also played keyboard for our ceremony and cocktail hour which was a nice addition to the background.

The band learned 2 songs for us for our first and last dance and my husband thought they sang them better than the original! Chuck and Carolynne are amazing singers and their range of music is very broad which worked perfect for the variety of age groups we had. The three of them together seriously make the perfect trio and if I did it over again, Java Jive would again, be my first choice!”

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Java Jive Party Picture
  • We provide continuous music including your personalized choice of songs for the two breaks.
  • One of us will meet with you to ensure that your personal preferences are fulfilled.
  • We offer music for your Ceremony - options include keyboard, trumpet, voice, and DJ (pre-recorded music).
  • We offer music for the cocktail hour - solo keyboard, band, or DJ (pre-recorded music).
  • We will learn two songs, at your request, for your special dances.

Contact

Java Jive
44 Dorothy Drive
Plymouth, MA 02360
office: 508-224-2800
mobile: 781-582-6273 (Don Richard)