Fumi Okiji's Old Time Jazz Band
Fumi Okiji's Old Time Jazz Band features top musicians Idris Rahman (Soothsayers, Arun Josh), Ben Davis (Basquiat Strings), Stuart Hall and Roy Dodds (Fairground Attraction).
Fumi Okiji loves jazz from every era but in putting together this group she decided to focus on the earlier eras of jazz song from New Orleans, black vaudeville and the songbooks of Billie and Ella for an unapologetically nostalgic nod to old time jazz.
At its heart is Fumi’'s achingly rich, sonorous contralto and this is accompanied by a stellar band of musicians who all bring something essential to the group's sound.
The Top Shelf
“Les Enfants Déspicable”,
Direct from Lucifer’s drinks cabinet!
Unmatched in all Europe, This is the Indy-Vaudeville band! All style and louche content: The Top Shelf deliver their own stomping, original tunes, subversive showmanship and miscreant musicality, inciting revelry and irreverent fun where ever they play. >> more
Delilah and her mysteriously aquired piano playing manservant present you with a delightfully eccentric musical spectacle of early twentieth century burlesque jazz, blues and music hall. Thinly veiled tales of love, loss, gold digging, disappointing sexual performance and of course, mass murder. What's not to like?
Ben Sarfas Quartet
Ben Sarfas is a hugely gifted musician who wows audiences with his incredible talent on the violin and saxophone in The Ben Sarfas Quartet. Playing a buzzy and brilliant fusion of jazz, funk, soul,and drum'n'bass with guest singer brother Sammy Sarfas on vocals the band always sets the room on fire.
The Magic Number specialise in Gipsy Jazz Swing based songs and perform regularly around the country as everything from a duo up to a full six/ seven piece band.
Nina Simone Jazz award nominee 2011!
This Jazz diva is a powerhouse, with deep sensuous velvet tones and an ability to deliver that rare timeless quality attributed to the great jazz singers of the 20th century. Aydenne can create a beautiful subtle atmosphere for dining, or a powerful Jazz night with a plenty of soul and great party numbers everyone knows and loves, which will keep your guests on their feet! and give them a fantastic night out!
Live Electro Swing
New Electro Swing dance band Swing Zazou collide vintage 30’s & 40’s big band and Gypsy Swing with live-mixed beats - a foot-stomping recipe of soaring hot-swingin' licks, driving swing-scat vocals, and vintage harmonies that creates the fully-charged and irresistible sound of live Electro Swing.
Molly Brown generate a warm mixture of 'Blazz and Bling' (that's blues, jazz and swing to you and I), and their love and passion for music, combined with a desire to entertain, has delivered a welcoming response from audiences around the globe.
Magdalena Reising and the Blue Cafe Trio
Scottish/Polish singer and harpist Magdalena Reising couples haunting vocals with the sophisticated jazz of The Blue Cafe Trio. Magdalena casts a spell with every performance with arrangements of Rabbie Burns and the poems of celebrated Polish poet, Galsinski reinterpreted in a jazz folk setting as well as other great classics given a fresh twist.
Harry's Tricks is a swing jazz or more accurately pre 1950’s pop band. It’s quality, it’s quirky, it’s catchy, it crosses over all age boundaries, and it’s immensely good fun.
Dirty dixie Swing for a new generation. Busking, stages, small tent, big stage, this is Nu Dixie, Brass Attack, Lips and Lungs, Banjo-tastic music which, like a New Orleans sexy party gone wrong, will make you smile regardless of who or where you are.
Influenced by the late 70's London scene and the likes of Grover Washington Junior and the Crusaders, 5-piece jazz funk ensemble featuring renownedAcid Jazz saxophonist Kemal Kusabbi. Jazz, funk, Latin and soul grooves for a wonderfully rich, authentic sound.
Influenced by the New Orleans piano sounds of Dr John, Professor Longhair, and James Booker the Boogie Woogie Troop boogie, swing and shuffle their way along, breaking off into rock and roll classics and the odd rag too.
This popular Sussex-based quintet has been together for just over sixteen years. A large repertoire of spirited hot music from the 1920s and 1930s is set-off by a blend of mild and sometimes impenetrable humour!
Jazz band fronted by vocalist Sara Oschlag who has worked with such names as: ex-Billie Holiday trumpeter Joe Hunter, Ian Price (Thomas Clausen) and Julian Nicholas (Loose Tube)
” A unique and individual voice making interesting material effortlessly her own.” Claire Martin – British Jazz Awards best vocalist five times winner
One gorgeous trumpet toting dame by the name of Tula Bamforth, with a voice like treacle and thunder, and her four jazz cats play classic 20's hits such as Ain't She Sweet, Dinah, Somebody Stole My Gal. Viva les Roaring Twenties!" A thoroughly entertaining twenties swing band perfect for every event.
Influenced by classic trios such as The Andrews Sisters and The Mcguire sisters, The Burlettes mix vintage glamour with a contemporary flavour and frisky forties tunes with delicious costumes and tight musicianship. These feisty girls will whisk you back to the days of the jitterbug and Uncle Sam with all that is fabulous about our world’s wartime musical legacy.
Hai La Drum (Let’s hit the road) features a fantastic combination of gypsy, jewish, Romanian, Manouche, Balkan, swing, jazz and hot club of France influences with top musicians led by the astonishing violin virtuoso Baz Stanescu.
“Jazz Vocals with Juice!” Sean Ormond, Vivante Magazine
American vocalist, composer and performer Katya Gorrie now lives in the UK. She and her quartet have toured throughout Canada, the US, and Europe, performing at Jazz festivals, clubs and theatres to enthusiastic audiences.
'One of the great white soul voices of her generation' What's The Word
Increasingly in demand as both recording artist and performer, Johanna is that rare beast, an artist with both an instantly recognisable 'signature' voice, and genuine versatility.
The Hot Club of Belleville creates an atmosphere that conjures up the steamy Swing clubs of the 1920’s and 1930’s and the Prohibition era Speakeasy, through sultry vintage songs, scat vocals, wild instrumental improvisation and that intoxicating Swing rhythm. Thrown into the mix are driving Eastern European Gypsy polkas and waltzes, and contemporary classics played in a ‘Gypsy Swing’ style. They are at their best when getting audiences on their feet and dancing the night away.
Remember April is a band fronted by singers Ela Southgate and Rachel Dey. They sing sophisticated harmonized arrangements of classic jazz standards and Brazilian bossa novas.
Captain Redeye and the Hoods
Captain Redeye and the Hoods is a jumpin’, jivin’ and wailin’ nine-piece gangster swing band - playing an upbeat mix of jump-jazz from the 1940s and 50s alongside big-band classics and hits from the modern swing revival, all with a dash of Latin and Calypso thrown in for good measure.
The Midnight Stompers
The Midnight Stompers play 20s, 30s and 40s Swing (and a little Jive), with distinctive rat-scat vocals, double horns, double guitars, bass and drums. They can play a sweet vintage style 'dinner set', but put their stomping rhythm section to best use when driving the Swing for the dance floor. Get ready for some hot swingin' rhythm.
1911 RAGTIME BAND
Dressed in victorian garb this fabulous band plays music from the the swinging 20’s, 30’s and 40’s mostly in a traditional New Orleans style. Including dance numbers like the Charleston, The Cake Walk, The Lambeth Walk, along with lots of comedy songs and music that goes Ooom-Pah Ooom-Pah they are a perfect band for a garden party or reception. Think walks along the prom, cricket on the village green, the launch of the new railway line, or high tea at four o’clock. Being free from the bind of electricity the trio can play anywhere, yet are loud enough for the sound to carry in an outside venue.
SOUND ASSEMBLY presents... A sideshow synthetic sensation! Hot from sell-out performances in London’s club land and armed with the very best in shoulder shaking, body breaking, synthetic swing grooves, SOUND ASSEMBLY are here to drag your weary heels back to the dance floor at a fistful of exciting new shows… >> more
Based in London, Earl Okin is one of the world's finest Jazz and Bossa Nova singers, accompanying himself on guitar or piano as is most appropriate. He is also a fine songwriter in the classic mould and last, but not least, is renowned for his 'vocal trumpet' solos...in the tradition of the Mills Bros. He has performed at major venues around the world from The Royal Albert Hall in London to the Apollo Theatre in New York as well as Jazz clubs from Birdland (New York) to Ronnie Scott's (London), L'Archiduc (Brussels) and International jazz festivals everywhere. Last but not least, he has entertained Queen Elizabeth II, The King & Queen of Sweden and many celebrities and performed at corporate events too numerous to detail.
The Brass Volcanoes
The Brass Volcanoes are a funky, energetic street band from London. Brass and saxophones backed by drums and a sousaphone play a repertoire conjuring up the sounds from New Orleans, Latin America, Caribbean, Eastern European, funk, blues, jazz and more.
The Brass Volcanoes have appeared at festivals across the country as well as garden parties, receptions and all kinds of private and corporate events.
A band with a real continental sound: Music inspired by the great recordings of Django Reindhardt. Champagne Swing play a selection of swinging jazz standards, traditional gypsy folk tunes, french musette, walzes and bossanovas, creating the relaxed atmosphere of a French Cafe on a hot summers afternoon. Perfect for garden parties, wedding drinks receptions and corporate occasions.
Ideal as a quartet, but may also perform as a trio.
Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra
An evening spent with Benoit Viellefon and his orchestra is an extraordinary experience. One of the leading entertainers of his generation, Benoit directs an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians in a manner reminiscent of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Charles Trenet at the very height of their popularity.
Benoit and his orchestra provide the perfect soundtrack for all those who revel in nostalgia and admire the elegance of a by-gone age, with a repertoire consisting of the most beautiful and uplifting songs from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.
Jason Abrahams is an experienced singer with bags of charm and a distinctive voice bursting with heart and soul. He performs many of the greatest swing numbers of all time and somehow makes you feel like you’ve hearing them for the very first time.
If you want that classic swing thing made famous by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet or Bobby Darin as well as several of the modern swing greats such as Robbie Williams, Michael Buble & Jamie Cullum Jason is the one for you. Swinging his way through classic tunes such as Fly Me To The Moon I Get A Kick Out Of You, Mr Bojangles, Mack The Knife and New York, New York, this is the man to make your feet tap and your hips sway.
Matty is a professional jazz singer who has been performing live around the British Isles and Europe for the past 10 years. She studied music at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and has studied with some of the countries leading jazz artists such as; Keith Tippett, Anita Wardell, Louise Gibbs and Jan Pondsford. She is one of the few singers in the south to be accomplished improviser and her scat techniques and versatility have taken her to collaborate in many different music projects with many interesting artists, ranging from contemporary classical music for English National Opera’s “Pierro Lunnaire”, to VIP cabaret nights in London, world wide session work and releases on Tru thoughts, Wigram and Apollo record labels and collaborations with various jazz artists. >> more
Elle & The Pocket Belles
Elle & The Pocket Belles are a Vintage inspired girl band, performing original songs, putting their swinging sin on contemporary hits as well as classic jazz and swing numbers. The statuesque Elle and her pint-sized pocket belles perfectly embody the class and glamour of the Golden Era. Their music is sure to get your toes tapping and capture your nostalgia.
Blue Moon Trio
Blue Moon Trio is Agata Kubiak (vocals), Ralph Brown (piano) and Jon Mapp (double bass). They have been playing together for the past 3 years during which they have toured UK and Poland and recorded 2 albums.
Blue Moon Trio repertoire consists of jazz and latin standards as well as their own 'jazzed up' arrangements of recent music. Whether you are looking for a background jazz, swing, latin, blues or modern jazz sounds the Blue Moon Trio's versatile repertoire will meet your needs. >> more
Louise Almeida is a Jazz singer of many years experience in the performing arts with a unique talent for vintage jazz. She takes her inspiration from the great ladies of song such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Etta James and is often asked what special effects she uses on her mic, such is the timeless quality of her voice. With Louise Almeida there is no need for special effects. Her voice is the star delivered with the poise of a dancer and the presence of an old style Hollywood star. When she walks onto the stage she enchants, there’s nothing standard about this lady’s Jazz.
52 Skidoo are a three piece Harlem swing band that have turned back the clock to play a dazzling set of vintage American music.
Shirt Tail Stompers
One of London's top vintage bands, the Shirt Tail Stompers are firmly established at home and internationally playing Harlem Swing and the Prohibition Jazz of the 1920s and 1930s.
Swinging Little Big Band
Over the past 6 years The Swinging Little Big Band have established themselves as one of the most exciting and original swing acts in the country. Performing their unique blend of vintage Rat Pack alongside their own unique swing/jump jive/salsa versions of contemporary songs... >> more
London Gay Big Band
The 'London Gay Big Band - Limited Edition' is an exciting and fresh swing function band guaranteed to get your guests dancing the night away!
The Sunshine Kings play jazz mainly from the 20's and 30's and have a reputation as a band that is not only a lot of fun to listen to but also great to dance to, bringing joy to clubs, festivals and events across the UK. They perform in various formats (from 2 to 7 musicians) and as a strolling acoustic band.
The Jive Aces are the UK’s top Jive & Swing band. Together for over a decade, this extremely popular six piece group have performed at thousands of festivals, theatres and events throughout the UK, Europe and USA, as well as Japan, Israel and the Caribbean, 30 countries in all. The Jive Aces are renowned for their high energy Jump Jive music (the exciting sound where Swing meets Rock ‘n Roll) & spectacular stage show.
The Fabulous Swinging Chandeliers
Playing Jump Jive Swing, Rockin Rhythm and Blues, 8-beat Boogie-Woogie, Do-Wop, Rock n Roll, Charleston and Western swing stylings the Fabulous Swinging Chandeliers is a highly experienced set five piece show band. They are also available for outdoor shows and street shows.
Tony Lewis Band
Tony Lewis is a Perrier award nominated Jazz vocalist, guitarist, pianist and songwriter. With over 20 years’ experience performing at sell-out jazz nights across London and Brighton and counting Sir Paul McCartney and Paul Weller among his admirers, it’s no wonder he’s gained such an impressive reputation in the UK.
The Wild Gentlemen of Swing. Playing and Singing a mix of New Orleans' swing and Parisian jazz from 1930s and 40s, with a modern musical flair, this Brighton (UK) based quartet is taking the world of swing to places it never dreamt possible.