Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Party planning can be tough, especially when you have varied guests to please. The Avi Maza Orchestra takes pride in providing music for disparate audiences, all along the religious and age spectrum, with discerning tastes. Founded by Avi Maza in 1998, this eclectic group of talented musicians, DJs and other entertainers, based in Highland Park, New Jersey, has performed at hundreds of simchas over the years. From ultra-Orthodox to secular, from a capella Shabbosim to rocking authentic top-40 radio playlists, Avi Maza covers simcha music, current hits and classic rock to please every taste and preference.

“The Avi Maza Orchestra has access to all of the preeminent performers in the business,” said Maza. “We feature premier vocalists and have access to a full range of headline talent. At any given simcha where we’re performing you can find such famous singers as Simcha Leiner, Mordechai Shapiro and Shloime Kaufman singing with us. Recently, we provided beautiful a capella entertainment for a Shabbos bar mitzvah and on Motzei Shabbos, featured Simcha Leiner as a lead vocalist and added Orthobox (Josh Leviton) from ‘America’s Got Talent’ for Saturday night dancing.”

The Avi Maza Orchestra creates a pleasant flow for the party and adds additional supplements if desired, including lighting enhancement, photo booths, montage equipment and arcade games. Some clients have them plan and execute all aspects of the party like a party planner, with the exception of catering. “Our experienced DJs offer a full range of simcha music as well as today’s hits for those who prefer a blended mix of music,” said Maza. “Whatever suits your event, we make it happen. All our parties are led by professional and engaging MCs and trained dance motivators with charismatic personalities.

“One of the best compliments, which we hear over and over again, is the ease which our clients experience in dealing with us leading up to their event,” added Maza. “We know how stressful it is to plan a simcha, so we love getting feedback that emphasizes our responsiveness to concerns and excellent advice. We’re also sensitive to people’s budgets and aim to maximize the quality of the entertainment within any financial constraints. Besides offering the best entertainment experience, our first priority is to be easy to talk to and a pleasure to work with.”

Prior to founding the Avi Maza Orchestra, Maza was a freelance saxophone player and vocalist with prominent bands including Ruach Orchestra, where he had the opportunity to play alongside such artists as Yossi Piamenta, Dov Levine and Gershon Veroba. Growing up in a cantorial family, Avi was exposed to Jewish music at an early age. As a child he would sing with the renowned cantors who would perform at his father’s congregation in South River, New Jersey.

Avi studied music at Yeshiva University where he was the lead tenor saxophonist in the college Jazz Ensemble and where he also studied cantorial liturgy at the Belz School of Jewish Music.

The Avi Maza Orchestra is the preferred vendor and recommended by many exclusive caterers. They customize live and DJ entertainment, providing a mix of today’s sounds, classic styles and authentic Jewish music for those who value an event rich with tradition.

For more information go to avimazaorchestra.com/.

By Lisa Matkowsky


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