Jazz & Swing
From a acoustic trio for a garden party to a Big Band we are
pleased to help. With over 240 Jazz Bands on our books we
are regular suppliers for nationwide contracts for Shopping
Centres, Town Centres, Major retail outlets such as Matalan,
Mothercare, Halfords, Co-Operative launches, Tesco and
Sainsbury as well as numerous Hotels and Corporate
Functions. As you will appreciate this volume of business
gives us access to some of the best rates available, saving
clients money and ensuring they get the best band for their
events. From a small trio for a garden party to a Big Band
we are pleased to help.
Skidoo are a three piece Harlem swing band that have
turned back the clock to play the dazzling repertoire
of Fats Waller in the style for which it was written.
Classic favourites like ‘Ain’t Misbehavin‘,
‘The Joint is Jumpin’ and ‘Your Feet’s
Too Big’ are carefully woven into lesser known
Waller hits like ‘Dinah’ , ‘S’pozin’
and ‘I’m Crazy ’bout My Baby’
to create an authentic 1920/30’s Harlem party
atmosphere. They bring back to life the forgotten era
of prohibition, speakeasy’s, Vaudeville, tin pan
alley, rent parties, stride piano and hot jazz.
Café Society is a four piece
band specialising in Jazz, Dixieland and hot 20's
music. Café Society will enhance any event
. They are available acoustically or with full amplification
and are presented in several different dress styles.
As light background music they will set a happy tone.
If playing during a meal, Café Society has
proved to be an excellent aid to digestion. Weddings
are another popular engagement, we would go as far
to say that any wedding which hires Café Society
can almost guarantee a more than successful day, reception
and honeymoon! They can adapt to almost any event,
from shopping centres, garden fetes, piers and grand
openings to entertaining celebrities of stage and
screen at The National Theatre, our blend of cheerful
rhythmic tunes and expert professionalism never go
unnoticed. They also have a Cabaret element. With
a mixture of lively music, audience participation
and devastating humour, They take you on a musical
meander down memory lane with tributes to such stars
as Al Jolson, Noël Coward and even George Formby.
In short, Café Society is every band you will
ever need (in our unbiased
Charleston Charlies! Playing popular hits from roaring
20s, enjoy this visit to an era of wonderful nonsense,
quirky original music and cheerful entertainment.
as one of the most entertaining bands in the UK, the
Teddy Bears, with a repertoire ranging from Dixieland
to New Orleans to Mainstream have thrilled audiences
nationwide with their exuberance and vitality.
City Jazz Band
Cotton City Jazz Band has its origins in the 1950's
when it performed regularly at the Brunswick Hotel in
Bury. In those days, the leader of the band was trumpet
player Doug Whaley. I managed a year or so with the
band before being called-up for National Service in
1957. Since that time the Brunswick has been demolished
and the musicians have gone their own ways. The band
was re-formed in 1986, again with a sound and style
based on the Armstrong All Stars of the 1950's and again
Doug played trumpet. This band ceased playing in 1996
after a continuous 10 year run at the De La Salle Rugby
Club in Salford. The name Cotton City lives on and is
used to announce groups of various sizes put together
by your host for, private functions and jazz venues.
The full band has a fairly consistent seven piece line-up
and is working the local jazz clubs with considerable
exciting, entertaining jazz performances will certainly
delight audiences with their flair and originality.
They will perform the classic jazz standards from the
'golden' age of jazz and swing. These musicians are
highly respected throughout the UK appearing at jazz
festivals and jazz venues around the country, both as
soloists and within the various 'just jazz' LINE-UPS.
Play List includes; 'Way down yonder in New Orleans'
'Alexander's ragtime band' 'Ain't she sweet' 'Royal
garden blues' 'Basin Street blues' 'Hello Dolly' 'Up
a lazy river' 'When your smiling' 'Sweet Georgia Brown'
'The sunnyside of the street' 'Everybody loves my baby'
'Putting on the Ritz' 'China boy' 'Jazz me blues' 'Hello
central, give me Dr. Jazz' 'When the Saints go marching
in' any many more familiar 'Dixieland' classics.
mixture of traditional jazz, melodic tunes of the 20's
and celebratory music to suit your needs.
Gershwin Gang Jazz Band is a British-based society jazz
band with a large repertoire of jazz favourites. The
band is ideal for receptions, dinners and dances, both
private (weddings, birthdays, anniversaries) and corporate
(exhibitions, product launches). Subscribing to the
principle that the old songs really are the best, the
Manhattan-style jazz trio specialises in the well-known
jazz songs from the 1920s and 1930s written by the
Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and others,
and made popular by Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat
King Cole and Sinatra.
The band's basic trio line-up consists of piano/vocals
(Selwyn Dorfman), double bass (Paul Stoloff) and drums,
occasionally supplemented by Brigitte Escobar as guest
vocalist and/or George Galway on saxophone/clarinet/flute.
The Gershwin Gang Jazz Band also present a lively and
entertaining outdoor show set, suitable for town and
county shows and festivals. The Gershwin Gang Jazz Band
is available for engagements throughout the U.K. and
Europe (sometimes at short notice). The band's basic
trio line-up consists of piano/vocals (Selwyn Dorfman),
double bass (Paul Stoloff) and drums, occasionally supplemented
by Brigitte Escobar as guest vocalist and/or George
Galway on saxophone/clarinet/flute. The Gershwin Gang
Jazz Band also present a lively and entertaining outdoor
show set, suitable for town and county shows and festivals.
The Gershwin Gang Jazz Band is available for engagements
throughout the U.K. and Europe (sometimes at short notice).
four piece jazz band playing jazz and dance music
of the 1920's.
Jazzberries are one of the best known jazz bands in
the UK, constantly in demand for their vibrant performances
and unique sense of style. Since 1996 their reputation
has led to performances at Buckingham Palace, Sir
Elton John’s mansion and No 10 Downing Street.
They regularly perform at festivals including the
Marlborough and Edinburgh jazz festivals and at jazz
venues such as London’s Pizza on the Park. As
a ‘Pick of the Fringe’ they played live
on BBC Radio during the 2004 Edinburgh Festival and
were invited to perform at the 2006 Wellington Festival
in New Zealand.
Jazz is an ideal band for entertainment and dance music.
They draw their lively music programme from the swing
era of the 30's and 40's. The music is great for dancing,
plus exciting to listen to. Their stage presence and
music performances are of the highest standard, ensuring
the success of any event, or special occasion. Play
list includes; 'night and day' 'a nightingale sang in
Berkley square' 'pennies from heaven' 'satin doll' 'girl
from ipanema' 'fly me to the moon' 'summertime' 'the
nearness of you' 'it had to be you' 'have you met miss
jones' 'georgia on my mind' 'moonglow' 'ain't misbehavin'
'take the 'a' train' 'east of the sun' 'strike up the
British big band playing contemporary jazz with male
and female vocalists, the band performs mainly concert
jazz and festivals but have also branched out to dinners,
promotional work, private functions etc.
Oscar Berhardt Ensemble
Oscar Berhardt Ensemble plays music from the thirties
and forties, from an era of Swing, Latin, Blues and
Jump Jive. Covering songs penned by the likes of Cole
Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and made famous
by Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald,
Billie Holiday and more recently, Harry Connick Junior,
Robbie Williams, Amy Winehouse and others. The Ensemble's
music is very accessible, appealing to a wide range
of tastes and people of all ages. Having a large repertoire
of songs and styles means they can keep varied audiences
well entertained, playing for dancing or receptions
and dinners. From Rat Pack swing, Glenn Miller, Bossas,
sambas or Salsa, some Charleston Crazy Rhythm from
the twenties or even some Ramsey Lewis style Beatles,
this versatile group will be the perfect accompaniment
for any private party, wedding reception or corporate
evening. Every performance is tailored to each individual
audience and occasion. The five piece band love playing
and entertaining and always aim to make the party
Apart Musical stilt company has a theme to suit all
occasions, such as Scurvy Sea Dogs (Pirates), Dead
Victorians, Sgt Peppers, Medieval Minstrels, Imperial
British Soldiers, Punch and Judy, Tip Top Toffs (1920's
Jazz band) and Santa's Winterland band. Instrumentation
is sousaphone, banjo, saxes, trombone, percussion.
2 piece walkabout or 3-6 piece stilt band.
Rose Brass Band
new Orleans style marching band, usually consists
of 8 members plus a Grand marshal. Ideal for parades
and outside events.
SOCIÉTÉ PROMENADERS early in the year
2004, resulting from smaller bands led by Colin Ball
including 'Chicago Classic' and 'Cafe Society'. The
aim of the band, which consists of two saxes, Cornet,
Trombone, Piano, Sousaphone, Guitar/Banjo and a vocalist,
is to re-create the sound of the 1920's which became
known as 'Hot Dance'. These bands played intricate
arrangements of popular songs with 'hot' solos, many
by famous players such as Bix Beiderbeck, Frank Trumbauer,
Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey etc. Many of the giants
of the swing era cut their teeth in earlier bands
such as Ted Lewis and Paul Whiteman. By 1930 things
were changing fast. The Brass Bass was dropped in
favour of the String Bass; arrangements became simpler
and for a time the hot solos were less prevalent.
This situation remained until the beginning of the
swing era in the mid 1930's. Between 1920 and 1930
dance bands reached their musical zenith, arrangers
were free to experiment and invented a brand new style
of playing, a style that modern musicians, with new
instrument and mouthpiece designs, find difficult
to master. With perseverance, the joys of playing
of playing this music are revealed. The SOCIÉTÉ
PROMENADERS rehearse weekly to master new arrangements
that appear at regular intervals.
Maximum Jive Band
in 2004, the Slammers Maximum Jive Band embarked on
a whirlwind journey, fusing a high energy mix of swinging,
rocking, jump jive'n boogie into a wild show packed
with fun, excitement, and great music! Highlights
so far include live shows from London's 100 Club to
Planet Music in Athens, Festival Appearances on the
Southbank, at Kinsale Jazz Festival, Ireland, and
Warrington's BluesFest, and the first CD!
his travels throughout this country and abroad Ray
has been asked many times by clients and audiences
alike what are his influences in music, and to Ray
the most inspiring performer he has ever seen is
Frank Sinatra. He could hold an audience in the palm
of his hand, with the songs, the arrangements and
just the pure magic of his performance. But from that
wonderful swing era of the 40's to today there has
been a wealth of excellent singers.
So for all those fans of swing and big band music
Ray has put together the show called "A Swinging
Affair". From Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy
David Jnr, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin to our own Matt
Munro, of whom Sinatra said "that guy can sing"-praise
indeed. To the new kid on the block, Michael Buble,
with his new arrangements of some great old standards
like A Foggy Day, Sway, Summer Wind, Crazy Little
Thing Called Love, Come Fly With Me, Under My Skin
etc. So if you want to put swing into your special
event this is the show for you.
swinging dixieland jazz band from the North East.
Pennine Jazz Band
line up suitable for all occasions.
|| Dave Chesworth
Dave has performed throughout the UK and internationally and has a special affinity with musical arrangements of the new generation vocalists while retaining a hint of the well known legends. He lists his influences as Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Matt Munro, Jack Jones and Bobby Darin. A small elite group of the worlds finest! His unique solo show is an affordable option celebrating the velvet sounds of Michael Buble and / or the rest of worlds great crooners or a combination of swing / cool sets suitable for small intimate dining venues to large corporate or theatre events. He is admired for his incredible versatility and can provide more
contemporary sets to meet varying requirements. He is in demand on the corporate, weddings, golf clubs and charity ball circuit.
Smith and his String of Pearls
Smith and his string of Pearls are fast growing in
popularity. Their strength is their ability to move
with the times. They will create a lively party atmosphere
with a programme ranging from Glen Miller and Frank
Sinatra through to the Swinging Sixties to up to date
chart hits from stars such as M People, Kylie Minogue,
Michael Jackson, Weathergirls, Tom Jones plus many
piece Jump Jive Swing Band.
Halpin and the Honey Bs
hard to compare Dominic to anyone, but waiter if you
"Two shots of Dean Martin croon, a slice of Frank
Sinatra swing, blend that together with a healthy
dash of good old Elvis ..."Bang! you have it
- a unique and exciting floor show likened to a Bobby
Darin of today. Add to the mix the pure nostalgic
tones of saxophone wielding wingman Nigel McGill and
things prepare for liftoff! When the music starts
swingin' there's no stopping these two, but don't
stand too close - these guys need room to move when
things start shakin'. Dominic, Nigel and the Honey
B's deliver a first class show every time, with tunes
from Sinatra to Louis Prima, Ella Fitzgerald to Elvis
- great tunes, great interpretations, a truly great
act that is sure to wow anyone lucky enough to catch
a live performance. ...Waiter make mine a double…..Shaken
spent many years on cruise ships and performs an excellent
cabaret show featuring the hits of artists such as
Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, A1 jolson, Frankie Vaughan,
Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow etc.
man with a big future singing the hits of Sinatra,
Dean Martin, Bobby Darrin and Tony Bennett
Soundalike and Lookalike Phil Fryer is fast becoming
a Cabaret sensation since forming his own live backing
band to do it his way. With publicity shots that show
his uncanny resemblance to the young FRANCIS ALBERT
SINATRA, and a new demo-disc, the singer is reeling
from the response. Booked to appear at venues all
over England, Phil and his Trio made their overseas
debut on tour in the Middle East (DUBAI), the tour
was filmed by Yorkshire Television and made into a
30 minute Documentary, shown on T.V.at Christmas,
called JUST TO BE FRANK. this was a big leap for Phil
covering his career from Karaoke to Cabaret. He has
had numerous Radio and T.V appearances and also now
appears in a book, named 'Morley Entertainers'. Phil
has many forthcoming engagements to look forward to,
with his Big Band, Quintet and Trio. Available for
T.V. Walk-on’s, Guest Appearance’s, Weddings,
Corporate Events etc to make your occasion a very
G HOLLINGTON is the Rat Pack rolled into one great
singer and has found his niche singing his favourites
from Cole Porter, Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King
Cole. He is a solo artist who has earned his accolades
through playing at prestigious London clubs such as
the famous Ronnie Scotts and The Marquee Club. Based
swing band with a flexible line up to suit most budgets.
Lake and the Swing Shots
the stunning vocals of Karen Lake, backed by four
horns and a first class rhythm section, the Swing
Shots are an exciting young 8-piece band hailing from
the Steel City of Sheffield. Jump and jive your way
through their energetic arrangements of classic songs
such as Too Darn Hot, Jump and Mr. Zoot Suit.
to add glamour and excitement to every event!
Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys
of the most popular Jazz and Swing Bands in the country.
Great instrumental ability. Midlands based.
Gillbank Swing Band
Good quality swing band offering a flexible line
vocalist with PA and lights, singing a range of
songs from the jazz swing era. Not wanting to be
a soundalike but creating his own style of tribute
to such greats as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy
Davis and Tony Bennett.
one man Rat Pack show based in the North East.
List are a Jazz Swing band based in the Central UK
and have been on the Jazz scene for many years. Our
band members have performed with greats such as Humphrey
Lyttleton, Sandy Shaw, Digby Fairweather, Tommy Burton,
The Max Collie Rhythm Aces, Ken Colyer, Cy Laurie,
Roy Williams, Alan Barnes, Barry Martyn and Bruce
Adams, to name but a few. Playing our interpretations
of the highly popular, Jazz and Swing standards from
the Great American Songbook. The timeless songs, of
Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, George
Gershwin, and other great songwriters, made famous
by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Nat King Cole ...
We are available for a wide range of Jazz and Swing
functions and venues, including: Cabaret ·
Corporate Jazz Events · Evening Wedding Jazz
· Parties · Dinner Jazz · Jazz
at Sports Awards Ceremonies · Wedding reception
Jazz · Conferences with Jazz and Swing ·
Exhibitions · Wedding Breakfast Jazz and swing
· Jazz at Product Launches · Evening
Jazz at Seminars · Cruises with a Jazz theme.
& female duo singing Rat Pack/Swing style. Ideal
either as background or full cabaret show. If required,
can do a party spot, Elvis, Motown, Rock 'n Roll.
Very versatile and good quality act.
has been singing Sinatra and Rat Pack genre songs
and entertaining audiences for more than ten years.
as the songs of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis and Dean
Martin, Frankie performs songs by Matt Monro, Nat
King Cole and
Start spreading the news, Dave Parker's in town... Singing a great selection of all time favourites in his superb tribute to the greatest singers and songwriters of swing including Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Michael Bublé and many many others, Dave Parker never fails to delight audiences of all ages. Performing for all manner of private and corporate events, Dave Parker combines both vocal talent with a warm, charismatic personality to provide an unforgettable evening of nostalgic favourites from the big band era. Equally at home performing at 5 star hotels, weddings, corporate events, cabaret, parties, casinos, etc, Dave always delivers with classy vocals and a professional performance. Dave Parker's performance is fully self contained with his own PA system, stage lighting, star cloth and high quality backing tracks featuring authentic swing bands. Book Dave Parker and make your night a night to remember...
quality jazz/swing band for background music.
Rat Pack Is Back
Rat Pack Is Back is Britain's premier cabaret and
longest running Rat Pack tribute show. Fully rehearsed,
the show has successfully toured venues throughout
the UK and Europe for over eight years. Past bookings
include...The Dorchester Hotel, The Cafe Royal, Gleneagles
Golf Club, Wentworth Golf Club, Kensington Palace,
Alexandra Palace, The Sporting Club of Monte Carlo,
and the Limelight Theatre, Cologne. In addition to
this, the show is a regular attraction at Theatres,
Casinos, Hotels, Holiday Centres and Universities
in all parts of the country. A Corporate favourite,
The Rat Pack Is Back regularly entertains clients
such as Ernst & Young, Hitachi, Birmingham City
Football Club and The Royal Bank of Scotland. Private
functions also feature heavily in The Rat Pack Is
Back packed schedule, in fact there is no function
that The Rat Pack Is Back team can't tailor their
show for. Apart from the outstanding production values
of the show, it is the sheer flexibility and unique
choice of scale performers that makes The Rat Pack
Is Back the number one choice when booking entertainment
for every aspect of the business.
Selfridge has the accolade of being the only British
performer to co-star in the American production of
"Frank, Dean and Sammy live in concert".
It takes a special kind of talent to do justice to
a legend - and James can do this with ease. His stage
presence and excellent vocal ability create the pure
showbiz magic of Ol' Blue Eyes himself. James singing
the music of Frank Sinatra displays all the exceptional
talent, style and poise inherent in this performer.
He possesses an excellent vocal range, coupled with
the right amount of sincerity, confidence and stage
presence to effortlessly project the unique style
that is indeed the best tribute that could ever be
paid to the great man himself.
of the classiest Jazz/Swing singers in the business
covering the hits of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy
Davis jnr, Bobby Darin etc. Can be booked as a solo
artist or with a live band.
Swing is an exciting small band specialising in the
finest Jazz and Easy Listening Music, played at a
You will hear a selection of songs evoking nostalgic
glimpses of a more glamorous past from composers such
as Gershwin, Porter and Berlin; to Sinatra and the
Rat Pack years, right up to Stevie Wonder and Jamie
Cullum, played with style and sophistication from
this superbly presented band.
wonderfully accurate tribute to Sinatra from Stars
in your Eyes winner Fred Gardner.
Swing Commanders mix 30's, 40.s and 50.s, Jump Jive,
Latin, Pop and Western Swing to sensational effect,
fronted by brilliant vocalist, Peter Riley, this is
a highly entertaining band with an original twist.
This sensational band will take you on a sparkling
musical journey recapturing the glamour of the golden
age of the Las Vegas cabaret lounges. The legendary
heavyweights of entertainment - Bobby Darin, Sammy
Davis Jr, Peggy Lee, Nat ‘King’ Cole,
Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Andy Williams,
Tony Bennett, Louis Prima, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong,
Matt Monro, Ray Charles and, of course, The Rat
Pack - will be saluted in this classic black-tie
evening. Complete with anecdotes of their illustrious
careers, dance or listen at your pleasure. With
an extensive repertoire, The Vegas Giants will swing
their way through such stellar standards as: Come
Fly With Me, Chicago, Mack The Knife, Beyond The
Sea, Fly Me To The Moon, Lady Is A Tramp, Buena
Sera, More, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Mr
Bojangles, Volare, I Wanna Be Around, Misty, Happy
Heart, The Way You Look Tonight, Sway. This Guy’s
In Love, Music To Watch Girls By and many many more
- the kind of music which has no expiration date
and is always cool, current and hip. Make your event
special and let the Vegas Giants do full justice
to the elegance and verve of this halcyon period
of popular music. Ideal for Weddings, Product Launches,
Corporate Events & all social occasions.