Press Kit

“It takes a certain restraint to play jazz just right and they perfected it!”
—  audience member




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 and Stefan Vasnier on piano, Greg Rugierro on guitar, Scott Ritchie on bass, and Ben Cliness on 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 in New York City and across the country. For the past six years, the band has been performing weekly at the iconic Top of The Standard — a.k.a. "The Boom Boom Room" — on the top floor of New York's storied and luxurious Standard Hotel. Furthermore, you might recognize Sarah from her role as Catherine Gray in the popular Off-Broadway production Sleep No More


“The Smoke Rings opened our event and their jazzy, upbeat performance set the tone for the rest of the evening. Ms. King has a sweet, sassy tone that floats over the rich textures of the trio's serious jazz chops. The combo made the evening swing.”

— event host

“Their style and musicianship were a perfect match for the vision of our wedding. All of the members of the band are personable and professional and were open to our vision and requests.”

— event host

“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.”

— event host

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