Campbell's Jazz Soup is a band that plays a fun blend of 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s jazz and swing at events, parties, festivals, and weddings
throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We can cater our style to your event and play mellow background jazz, upbeat danceable swing, or a combination of both.
Our core trio is composed of leader Brian Campbell on clarinet, saxophone, and vocals accompanied by guitar and upright bass. According to your wishes and budget the band can also perform with four, five, six, or seven musicians by adding
trumpet, drums, piano, and/or trombone. If you want to dance we suggest going with at least five musicians.
If you have a tight budget or limited space we can also perform as a duo (sax/clarinet/vocals and guitar or piano). And, if you prefer, we can use piano rather than guitar as the chordal instrument in any of our configurations.
For over two decades we've played many events throughout
Northern California including weddings, festivals, parties, and corporate functions. Check out our music samples and client reviews. Then call our leader, Brian Campbell, at 415-499-3316 (no texts to this number please) or email or text him at email@example.com to get availability and rate info
(please copy/paste our email address if the link does not work).
In your inquiry please include as much of the following info about your event as is available: The date, the time you wish the band to start playing, how many hours you wish the band to play, the event location, and your preferred band size from two to seven musicians. With this info we'll promptly get you our availability
and rates along with other
Thanks for visiting and we hope to hear from you soon!
PS: Looking for New Orleans style Dixieland? We can do that too! Check out our Dixieland music samples page here.
PPS: We're not affiliated with nor are we located in or near any place
or city that has a name similar to ours. We are based in Marin County
and derive our name from the leader, Brian Campbell.
performances by Campbell's Jazz Soup (CJS) and Brian Campbell. Come on out,
take a listen, and say hello!
3/31/19 – 4 pm to 6 pm – The CJS trio plays Ernie's Tin Bar in Petaluma, CA.
4/28/19 – 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm – CJS leader Brian Campbell
plays with the North Beach Rhythm Jazz Band at
restaurant in San Francisco,
The fine print: Our schedule is subject to change without notice, so feel
free to email Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org
a day or two before any of our calendar dates to confirm the performance. All performances are free unless
indicated otherwise. Private performances are not listed here. Please note that our public performances are only a small fraction of what we do. The vast majority of our performances are at private events such as birthdays, weddings, and corporate meetings.
Click here or click the play button below to sample our playing. Hear more on our Music Samples page. Click here to read client reviews.
Click the the links below to view videos of us playing at an informal concert in the park:
The Cliff House, San Francisco
The Hornblower Yacht
Fort Mason, San Francisco
UC Berkeley Faculty Club
Skywalker Ranch, San Rafael
Santa Clara Convention Center
Music in the Park, San Anselmo
The Rotunda, Oakland
Cafe DuNord, San Francisco
San Francisco Zoo
Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa
Neiman-Marcus, San Francisco
Chateau St. Jean Winery, Kenwood
Hotel Vitale, San Francisco
The Claremont Hotel, Berkeley
Berkeley Yacht Club
The Olympic Club, San Francisco
Stern Grove, San Francisco
Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco
Mill Valley Downtown Plaza Festival
Westerbeke Ranch, Sonoma
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Napa Valley
The Presidio of San Francisco
St. Francis Winery, Santa Rosa
The Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley
Madrona Manor, Healdsburg
The Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena
Mountain Terrace, Woodside
FYI: Brian tries to respond to all email and text inquiries within 24 hours of receiving them but if you don't hear from him within a couple days please check your spam or junk email folder for his response as that's likely where it went. For whatever reason this has happened to several of our clients. Also, if possible, please include a phone number where he can reach you. And if you still don't get a response after several days simply call him at 415-499-3316 (no texts to this number please). On very rare occasions Comcast inexplicably blocks all incoming email from certain senders.
Tip of the week: Be aware that some bands do their load in and set up within the hours they quote, while others do not. Campbell's Jazz Soup does not. For example, if you hire us for 3 hours so that we play your event from 8 pm to 11 pm, our set up and break down are outside of the 3 hour block of playing time. So we would arrive about an hour before 8 to load in and set up, start playing at 8 sharp, play until 11 (with breaks), and then tear down and load out after 11. For some other bands, a quote for 8 to 11 means they arrive at 8 pm to load in and set up and start playing at about 8:30 or 9. So you must be careful and ask each band when they'll actually start playing.
Short reviews by some of our clients:
"You guys were so great! Everyone loved you. Thanks for playing for us. I will definitely recommend you to anyone who asks about bands for events. We couldn't have been happier!"
- Greg T.
"Thank you and the band for your incredible music last night! You really made the party."
- Amy P.
"I want to thank you and the guys for a lovely performance. The party was totally special thanks to you and your music. Everybody loved you and they were enchanted by your delightful playing."
- Monique P.
"Fantastic dance music! These guys love what they do and it shows. Very professional and great musicians."
- Brian S.
"The band was timely, friendly, professional, and sounded GREAT. They are eager to work with you to develop the ambiance and timing you want for your wedding day. I highly recommend them."
- Deb H.
"Campbell’s Jazz Soup was amazing at our holiday party. They were everything you could ask for in a band – friendly, professional, and they even took several music requests. I would definitely hire them again!"
- Karen S.
"Thanks for making our wedding reception a total blast! Everyone loved dancing and had a terrific time – even the servers behind the bar were dancing! And you made our first dance truly a dance to 'build a dream on'."
- Miranda W.
"Campbell’s Jazz Soup provides the perfect sound track for any holiday party, event, or merrymaking of any kind!"
- Alissa M.
"Thanks again to you and the band for such great music at our wedding. I expected it to sound great, but you guys blew me away. Everyone told us how much they loved the music."
- Dave S.
"The band sounded great! I am still hearing rave reviews from our friends and family. We couldn't be happier with how the music turned out!"
- Brynne M.
"Thanks to you guys for the great music! We enjoyed having you there. It was exactly what we wanted and really made the cocktail reception a fun event."
- Brigid C.
"Besides our actual marriage, Campbell's Jazz Soup absolutely made our wedding! Our friends and family still talk about what an amazing band we had and how much they enjoyed dancing to them!"
- Lora L.
"Brian and his band were exactly what we needed to make our parent's 60th birthday bash a success. Best thing about it was they had a tight, skillful sound while still playing the kind of music that got people dancing. We were a party filled with professional musicians and everyone commented on the band. Thanks guys!"
- Anjali J.
"My family and friends absolutely LOVED your music. You could tell by all the dancing they had a great time. Thank you for making my wedding so special!"
- Emilie J.
"We were so happy to have your band for our special day!!
We are still talking about how great your performance was! Thank you so much.