~ Saxophone led Jazz Trio's and Quartets ~ Specializing in Swing and Bossa Nova music. And our reviews speak for themselves ... Let the Nova Jazz Band elevate your event. Nova Jazz is a perfect addition for any occasion. Nova Jazz will provide graceful accompaniment for your Wedding, Private Party or Corporate Event. Specializing in Swing music from the golden era of Jazz, the 20's, 30's and 40's as well as the sweet sounds of Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz and New Orleans Brass Bands, Nova Jazz consistently earns rave reviews from its impressive list of clients including Apple, Google and Gap Inc. as well as from scores of satisfied wedding couples. We would be honored to be of service to you.
Nova Jazz performed at our Networking Cocktail Reception on 9/24/2013 for the Prime Minister of Malaysia. They did an amazing job! They were extremely professional and played beautifully. They arrived on time, setup quickly, and dressed professionally. They did not try to play over the crowd or be in the center of attention.
Overall, they gave a 5 star performance for our very high profile event. The Aspire Company was extremely impressed and will definitely be booking Nova Jazz for future events.
Response from Nova Jazz:
It was an honor and a privilege to work with you guys. Thanks Jamie!
Nova Jazz, and the Daniel Heffez were absolutely EXCELLENT! Daniel Heffez, band lead, was so easy to work with and saved our butts when our original choice for wedding ceremony and cocktail hours Jazz Quartet backed out on us a few months into the wedding planning. Daniel Heffez (Nova Jazz) confidently and with ease calmed our nerves and assured us that they would not cancel on us, as the first Jazz vendor did, and he did not disappoint. I would recommend Nova Jazz to for any event. also, they are scalable to your needs in terms of instruments desired and # of musicians/components desired for your event. Nova Jazz delivered us a quartet that was honestly the easiest and most mailable vendor that served our wedding! thank you Daniel and the Nova Jazz band members for an amazing memorable component to our wedding day. best regards, Scott D.
Nava Jazz was fantastic- the music is excellent and the band ivory professional. Will be booking again.
My wife and I hired Daniel in May 2023 to play solo saxophone at our intimate wedding event in Lafayette. He played for 2 hours during our cocktail hour and the first half of our dinner and he was incredible! I received compliments from several guests afterwards about how great his performance was and how it was much better for the mood to have the sweet sounds of his live instrument instead of a traditional DJ. Daniel was actually one of our few vendors who did not have any sort of hiccup or surprise that we had to address on the day of. This alone would deserve an 'A' rating from us, but what secures an 'A+' is that we texted him the morning of our event with a last-minute song request for our entrance which I felt a little reluctant to ask given that it was a somewhat obscure song and there would be very little prep time. Not only did Daniel deliver this song for us but he did it beautifully. I would definitely recommend his service for any event that you want quality and professional saxophone playing for.
Nova Jazz was wonderful to work with. My clients were looking for a few particular songs and Daniel not only accommodated the request, but learned a new song for the coattail hour. I would recommend and work with Nova Jazz again.
- Nikki Price, Mountain Thyme Events
Fantastic! They sounded SO GREAT at my big party at The Battery! Absolutely recommend them!! :)
This band was perfect for our holiday party. They were professional and punctual. The music was amazing! I would book them again in a heart beat!
Gifted and talented band, you will not go wrong by hiring them.
Daniel and his crew were extremely professional, timely, and just a joy to be around. Our audience loved them! We would definitely hire them back in the future.
Thank you guys SO much!
Daniel's quartet performed for our Mardi Gras dance party with a great mix of traditional New Orleans jazz, classic swing standards, Mardi Gras favorites, and their own Brazilian choices. We had a fun swing dance lesson between sets (provided by instructor Hep Jen), and Daniel supported the lesson afterwards with appropriate tempo tunes for us to try out our new skills. The music lit up the room, and received many compliments from the guests. We were very happy with both sets and the professional setup and teardown. Thank you for making this such a special event!
I honestly cannot say enough good things about Daniel and the Nova Jazz band! I hired them to play during my company's holiday party, during the cocktail hour, and they blew it out of the water. The music that they selected to play was the perfect element for our Mardi Gras theme. Everyone was raving throughout the night about the music and how it set the tone for the entire evening. I look forward to booking them again for future events!
Daniel and his group performed for several hours at a mixer event for our property management company. They did a really great job and we were all impressed by their sound. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a great jazz trio!
We booked Nova Jazz for my 50th birthday party, and we are so happy we did. Daniel worked with me from the very beginning helping to create the perfect sound for my Madmen themed party. He took the time to understand the exact sound I wanted and he and the guys were able to bring that vision to life. If I didn't know better I would have thought Dave Brubeck was playing, that's how good they sound. I would recommend them for any event.
Daniel was hired as a solo saxophonist for my recent wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. He was so professional and played my song selections so beautifully. My now husband said he spoke to Daniel before the ceremony started and said that Daniel made him feel so at ease. I highly recommend him.
Daniel came early and introduced himself immediately. He and the musicians were consummate professionals, setting the exact mood we were looking for.
We would definitely hire them again.
Daniel and the band were fantastic, really great music enjoyed by all- upbeat and moody: it really set the scene for our event.
I hired Nova Jazz for an event a few weeks back. They were perfect for our small outdoor occasion and very easy to work with. They played a great combination of older and newer material, played at the perfect volume (not too loud) and were very professional. Highly recommended!
Although we are from the east coast (NY), our daughter lives in San Francisco and recently got married there. She hired, ( we paid) a wonderful jazz band called the Nova Jazz Trio to perform at the wedding. I must say we were very impressed at the quality of music played and the professionalism they exhibited. They sounded great and they really made the wedding the wonderful event that it was.
My parents were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary so we wanted to hire a Jazz band as my father loves jazz. I posted a message on Yelp for suggestions and got plenty of referrals. The Nova Jazz Band, was mentioned by a few different people so we hired them.
Needless to say, my father was ecstatic. The Band was wonderful! They played many of the standards people recognized and they were just very pleasant and really cool. They were very accommodating ( they were available on short notice), professional and their rates seemed reasonable for a 3 hour performance.
There is nothing but positive things to say about Nova Jazz. They showed up on time, looked fabulous and were the highlight of the event! I couldn't be happier with their performance and ability to keep a large crown delighted for hours. If you are looking for a spectacular Jazz performance at your next event, I highly recommend Nova Jazz without any hesitation.
Daniel was a pleasure to work with from beginning to end. He was responsive and reliable. He made a 1.5 hr. drive on his own time to view the event venue and address any potential logistical issues. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate for my event, and we were forced to make some last-minute changes, which Daniel rolled with. He and his band pulled off a very quick transition between the reception and dinner locations with subtlety and grace. Above all, they were consummate, talented musicians who provided top-notch entertainment that the guests enjoyed them very much. I would highly recommend Nova Jazz and am always on the lookout for an opportunity to work with them again.
I hired the Nova Jazz Band for our corporate holiday party. They were simply perfect ! I would not hesitate a moment to recommend
They arrived early, looked great and played so very well for our diverse and attentive crowd. They played a mix of music that had the whole room feeling warm and romantic.
Thank You Daniel and Nova Jazz for an absolutely splendid evening!
Nova Jazz has a wonderful sound and range in repertoire. The guests at our celebration raved about their performance. We loved the music. Also, Daniel worked with us on the music and accommodated our request for a vocalist rather late in the planning process. The band was punctual and professional. Five stars all 'round.
Nova Jazz helped tremendously on what could have been a disasters wedding ceremony with out music. Due to an unforeseen last minute cancellation, my couple was left with out ceremony music. I'm so happy that Nova Jazz had someone available (thank you Bob) to help save this wedding day. They were quick to respond and kept constant communication up to the day. Bob (guitarist) was wonderful to work with on such short notice and was able to put together a beautiful ceremony of music for the guest arrival, processional and recessional. He was professional, and flexible from my ever changing request down to the last minute. ( I had some last minute changes to the bridal party entrance...never a dull moment in weddings) Even though the weather got windy and cold, Bob hung in there and delivered a masterful arrangement of music. I would highly recommend Nova Jazz for weddings or any special occasions. As a wedding & event planner , it is always a pleasure to work with talented and professional musicians. I look forward to working with Nova Jazz again! Thank you again,
Linda @Simply Events
The band was communicative before the event, on time, professional and played wonderfully. Everyone at our company event was impressed with the music. I'd use them again in a heartbeat. Wonderful group to work with.
Daniel and his team were a pleasure to work with, punctual, and flexible to the needs of the event-what a success!
The Nova Jazz band were an amazing addition to our party! We wanted wonderful music for our cocktail and dinner party. The music was not overpowering but complemented the atmosphere. We chose a trio, but could add more instruments/musicians if that is what we wanted. They were easy to book and a pleasure to work with. The entire experience was professional and a treat for us. They sounded great and you could tell that they have a high level of musical expertise. What more could you ask for.
Highly recommend the North Beach Brass Band. Daniel was very helpful throughout the booking process, and the band was stellar on the night of our event! The 6-piece brass group played a variety of New Orleans classics and ended the night with a "When the Saints" march through our event. Lots of energy, great sound.
Sophisticated and elegant - Nova Jazz played at our Wedding Show event and we couldn't be more than pleased. Their choice of music and style completely matched our event and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to our clients.
They setup early and started their set on time. Wonderful gentlemen who were an absolute pleasure to host. Would love to have them perform again!
Nova Jazz Band was a great band to have at our wedding reception. Daniel was very informative and helpful in arranging what type of service we needed and the pricing was great. Everyone raved about the excellent music, they showed up early to get set up and were very quiet and seamless when breaking down their equipment. We would definitely recommend them to anyone in need of a great Jazz band for a wedding or otherwise, they really know how to get the occasion started!
I hired Nova Jazz to play for a surprise party for my husband's 30th birthday. They were excellent. The music was lively and it set the mood for a night of celebration. Everyone had a great time. Moreover, Daniel and his band were very professional, simply a pleasure. I would hire them again for another event. Highly recommended.
Nova Jazz brought some great music and a super fun attitude and vibe. I love these guys!
I hired Nova Jazz for a wedding I was designing and planning and right off the bat, my clients loved Daniel. He had an ease about him and was knowledgeable when we met. Nova Jazz delivered exactly what my clients wanted which made them very happy. Everyone was on time, professional, and personable.
We hired Nova Jazz to play background music at our wedding reception. The band created an upbeat atmosphere during guest arrival and dinner. The band was professional and pleasant.
I highly recommend Nova Jazz for your event.
Nova Jazz played at my wedding reception a few years ago. They were great, well-priced, and totally adaptable about outdoor conditions.
Room to a Read, a SF nonprofit which builds schools and libraries in developing countries, holds an annual fundraiser. We were looking for a great band that could play at our event and Nova Jazz was it! The members of Nova Jazz are very professional and worked with us to plan exactly what we needed for the event. The most important part - the crowd loved them!!
I love that they dress the part and enjoy what they do. They always provide great energy to my events.
I hired Nova Jazz for two separate events.
The first was for a small intimate wedding where they played the cocktail hour and evening entertainment. I was impressed with the professionalism and courtesy provided to guests as well as the volume of the music. Not too loud! :) I also was impressed with their repertoire and music selection.
I also hired them for a larger corporate event which was about 200 people. They were on time, prepared and equally professional. They had people dancing, and were played a great variety of tunes appropriate for this event.
I would hire them again in a minute because they are reliable, easy to deal with and able to adjust their music according to the type of event. Their rates are also very reasonable!
Nova Jazz was the highlight of our party. They were on-time, professional, well dressed and well rehearsed. Not only were they easy to work with – they are incredibly talented musicians and made our event a shining success. They were able to play a range of songs to please our diverse group of guests, and were gracious and accommodating to our special song requests. Nova Jazz helped us create the mood we were hoping for and more. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who is looking to make their event special.
What to Expect
We plan to arrive between 30 - 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the scheduled performance to set-up instruments and go over any last minute details with the client.
We always start at the scheduled time and generally perform continuously for 50 - 60 minutes, after which we take a 10 minute break.
We always take recommendations and are very flexible in our repertoire. If no musical recommendations are made, we will create a playlist that suits the mood of the event.
We dress the part and always look sharp.
Prior to the performance, we are always able to connect through cell phone, text or email.
Consistently rated as one of San Francisco's top jazz bands, Nova Jazz is the perfect addition for any occasion. Nova Jazz will provide graceful accompaniment for your Wedding, Private Party or Corporate Event. Specializing in Swing music from the golden era of Jazz, the 20's, 30's and 40's as well as the sweet sounds of Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz and New Orleans Brass Bands, Nova Jazz consistently earns rave reviews from its impressive list of clients including Apple, Google and Gap Inc. as well as from scores of satisfied wedding couples. We would be honored to be of service to you and promise to delight your guests for any and all occasion.
Nova Jazz can be customized for any occasion to play as a trio which includes saxophone, upright bass and piano or guitar, or as a quartet with the addition of drums to bring added excitement and dance-ability to any party. Soloists & Vocalists are also available.
Nova Jazz has played venues in and around San Francisco, Napa, Mendocino, Santa Barbara, Reno Nevada and beyond.
We are able to play various styles of jazz to custom-tailor the mood of your event.
Our repertoire consists of:
Classic Swing : Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini, Irving Berlin
Bossa Nova : Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto
Modern Jazz : John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie
Latin Jazz : Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader
Additional Booking Notes
We require a nearby outlet to power our instruments
Upcoming Booked Events
|April 20, 2024 • 4:30pm - 8:30pm||Wedding Reception|
Past Booked Events
|December 02, 2023 • 9:00pm - 9:45pm||Birthday Party|
|November 02, 2023 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Restaurant/Bar Event|
|October 19, 2023 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Fundraiser|
|August 12, 2023 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Birthday Party|
|July 27, 2023 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event|
|May 27, 2023 • 4:00pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 21, 2023 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|December 10, 2022 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Christmas Party|
|July 30, 2022 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday Party|
|June 17, 2022 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|June 07, 2022 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Corporate Event|
|October 18, 2021 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Corporate Event|
|July 24, 2021 • 3:00pm - 8:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|February 22, 2020 • 7:30pm - 10:00pm||House Party|
|October 16, 2019 • 7:00pm - 9:30pm||Corporate Event|
|December 15, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|September 02, 2017 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 20, 2015||Wedding Reception|
|November 08, 2014||Birthday Party|
|October 12, 2014||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 27, 2014||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 31, 2014||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|May 03, 2014||Prom|
|November 01, 2013||Corporate Event|
|October 09, 2013||Corporate Event|
Nova Jazz Song List
A Foggy Day
All The Things You Are
Basin Street Blues
From This Moment On
Have You Met Miss Jones
How About You
How Deep Is The Ocean
How High The Moon
I Concentrate On You
I Didn't Know About You
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
I Hear A Rhapsody
I Let A Song
I Love You
I Remember You
If I Should Lose You
I'll Be Seeing You
I'll Remember April
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
In Your Own Sweet Way
It Could Happen To You
It's You Or No One
Just In Time
Just One Of Those Things
Lullaby Of The Leaves
Out Of Nowhere
The Song Is You
Softly As A Morning Sunrise
Stella By Starlight
Sunny Side Of The Street (The)
Tea For Two
That Old Feeling
Time After Time
Too Close For Comfort
Upper Manhattan Medical Group
What A Difference A Day Makes
Willow Weep For Me
You And The Night And The Music
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Agua De Beber
Chega De Saudage
Girl From Ipanema
Just The Way You Are
O' Grange Amor
Once I Loved
Recado Bossa Nova
Watch What Happens
All Of Me
Almost Like Being In Love
April In Paris
Bye Bye Blackbird
Days Of Wine And Roses
Do Nothing 'Till You Hear From Me
Dont Get Around Much Anymore
East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)
Fly Me To The Moon
Gone With The Wind
Hello Young Lovers
I Could Write A Book
I Get A Kick Out of You
Isn't It Romantic
It Dont Mean A Thing
It Had To Be You
It's Alright With Me
It's Only A Paper Moon
I've Never Been In Love Before
Like Someone In Love
Love For Sale
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
Lullaby Of Birdland
Mack The Knife
My Favorite Things
Nice And Easy
Night And Day
Night Has A Thousand Eyes (The)
Old Devil Moon
On A Clear Day
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Pennies From Heaven
Someday My Prince Will Come
Stompin' At The Savoy
Sweet Georgia Brown
Take The A Train
Taking A Chance On Love
The Way You Look Tonite
There Is No Greater Love
There Will Never Be Another You
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Too Marvelous For Words
What Is This Thing Called Love?
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Alice In Wonderland
Ask Me Now
Autumn In New York
Autumn Leaves (The)
Blue Abd Sentimental
Body and Soul
Central Park West
Darn That Dream
Ghost Of A Chance (I Dont Stand A)
God Bless The Child
Here's That Rainy Day
I Can't Get Started
I Fall In Love Too Easily
I Got It Bad
I Remember Clifford
I Should Care
I Thought About You
If You Could See Me Now
In A Sentimental Mood
My Funny Valentine
My One and Only Love
Nearness Of You (The)
Nightingale Sand In Berkeley Square (A)
Polkadots And Moonbeams
Ruby My Dear
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Someone To Watch Over Me
We'll Be Together Again
When I Fall In Love
You Don't Know What Love Is
A Night In Tunisia
Line For Lyons
Monster And The Flower (The)
One Note Samba
Samba De Orpheu
Song For My Father
Freedie The Freeloader
Green Dolphin Street
Nostalgia In Times Square
This I Dig Of You
Blue For Alice
Bouncin' With Bud
I Mean You
In Walked Bud
Let's Cool One
Moose The Mooche
Now's The Time
Rythym - A - Ning
Scrapple From The Apple
Serpent's Tooth (The)
Straight No Chaser
We'll You Needn't
When Lights Are Low
Traditional Wedding Music:
The Wedding March
|Daniel Heffez||Musical Director|
Influences & Inspiration
Stan Getz & Giao Gilberto, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington