The Swing Smiths Jazz, Swing and Soul Function Band
Highly Recommended Based in London but travels UK wide
The Swing Smiths are a sensational swing and soul band performing a huge range of hits from the Big Band, Rat Pack, Soul & Motown eras. With a distinctive sound and unrivalled performance, they are guaranteed to transform the atmosphere of your event.
Prices: From £2160 +
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"They were stunning both with the music and their approach. Everyone loved it and the dance floor remained packed. Our Daughter was delighted (very important!). Thank you."
Standard 9-piece Band - female vocals, piano, bass, drums, keyboard, tenor sax, alto sax, trumpet x2, backing vocals provided by instrumentalists in the band 10/11/12-piece Band - add additional male vocals, female vocals and/or percussion for an even greater experience! 7-piece Band - female vocals, piano, bass, drums, keyboard, trumpet, tenor sax Jazz bands (3-5 piece) - available in any combination, i.e. quartet - piano, bass, drums, tenor sax - see The Swing Smiths Jazz Quartet page for more information!
Highlights * A sensational 9-piece function band consisting of fun, young, yet highly experienced swing and soul musicians * Exceptional female vocals accompanied by a rhythm section and outstanding 4-piece horn section * Additional male vocals, female vocals and percussion can be added for an even greater experience * A huge repertoire featuring classic songs from the Swing, Rat Pack, Soul and Motown eras * Constantly in demand performing at corporate and private events in London and throughout the UK and internationally * Self-contained for all events with top-quality lights and sound equipment * Music provided between sets free of charge * Available in smaller function band line-ups, and as The Swing Smiths Jazz Quartet performing background music earlier in the evening - with great discounts if booked together with the main band * Also able to provide classical or contemporary music for wedding ceremonies
Please note: The Swing Smiths use two lead vocalists (please see videos). Requests for a specific vocalist can be made but may not always be fulfilled due to availability.
The Swing Smiths are a sensational 9-piece function band performing a fantastic mix of Swing, Rat Pack, Soul and Motown music to give you a party to remember! A fantastic female vocalist is backed by a dynamic and experienced band, providing unforgettable live entertainment at great value.
This versatile and talented band transform the atmosphere of your party – playing sophisticated jazz music during dinner, Swing and Rat Pack classics to get your guests on their feet and Soul and Motown hits guaranteed to fill your dancefloor all night long.
The Swing Smiths have a huge repertoire spanning eight decades of popular music, including songs performed by Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and many more - music that is loved by all generations and guaranteed to fill your dance floor!
With a wealth of experience performing at hundreds of events and venues throughout the country, The Swing Smiths have all the ingredients to make your event a success.
Ceremony Music The Swing Smiths also provide classical or contemporary music for your wedding reception. Bandleader Mike is a highly trained pianist and church organist, and has played at over 200 wedding ceremonies. He will work with you to choose music that suits your religious or non-religious ceremony. Additional musicians, such as a singer, trumpeter, cellist or vocalist can join with Mike to perform before the service and during the Signing of the Register.
Jazz Band The Swing Smiths are also available as The Swing Smiths Jazz Quartet - a 3-5 piece jazz band creating the perfect atmosphere for cocktail parties and dinner events. They can also perform background music during afternoon drinks receptions and photos, before the main function band performs for your guests in the evening. Check out the separate profile for the jazz quartet, and get in touch to discuss great discounts when booked together!
Christmas Parties The Swing Smiths are perfect for Christmas Parties, performing carefully selected Christmas hits made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Williams and The Jackson 5 alongside their usual Swing and Soul repertoire.
Biography The Swing Smiths are a group of professional musicians who have been regularly performing together since 2005. Members of the band have appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival, on BBC television, and are regularly employed for session work throughout the UK - having featured alongside artists as diverse as Elton John, KT Tunstall, Fyfe Dangerfield, Jon Allen, Michael Ball, Mica Paris, Fran Healy, Craig David, Tony Hadley, Marti Pellow, Il Divo, Suzi Quatro, M83, Russell Watson and Barbara Windsor.
The individual musicians also have a wealth of experience in other fields of music including composition, teaching, musical direction, session work, sound engineering and events management.
The Swing Smiths regularly perform at corporate events and private functions all over the country, at venues in London including Claridges, Wembley Stadium, The Natural History Museum, The Savoy, The ExCel Centre, Lord's Cricket Ground, Pinewood Studios, and Inns of Court, and at other venues throughout the UK - including Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxfordshire, The ICC and NEC Birmingham at Centre Parcs Woburn Forest.
Previous clients include Lindt Chocolate, T-Mobile, BNP Paribas, E-ON UK, JP Morgan, Oxford University Press and The Royal Air Force.
Your Event Your event is special to the band and every event is treated separately, ensuring that your requirements are met. From choosing the perfect line-up to suit your event to smaller details such as the dress code, special requests and performance times, The Swing Smiths aim to be completely flexible to make sure that you get the perfect entertainment.
Deluxe Sound & Lighting Package The Swing Smiths highly recommend their deluxe sound and lighting package for events with more than 400 guests. The package is essential for events with more than 500 guests.
The Swing Smiths deluxe sound and lighting package can include:
- 6kW PA system suitable for audiences from 250 to 1000+ - Sound engineer - Additional lighting and effects - DJ package also available on request.
Please speak to an Alive Network booking agent for more information and prices.
I just wanted to touch base about our New Year’s Eve event. From what I hear from the team and the feedback I received on Facebook and Instagram, it was an incredibly successful night! I am absolutely delighted with the number of people who came and celebrated with us! The team working on the night, as well as guests had nothing but amazing feedback about you and the rest of the band – thank you! Ruthie Hunt, Marketing Executive, St. Pancras International Hotel, New Year's Eve 2014
The band were absolutely amazing. Everyone is talking about how great you were. I can't believe how much energy you all put in- even at nearly midnight after two sets with barely a break as far as I recall! You had some of my grumpiest guests up and dancing - and the whole wedding party was humming New York, New York at brunch on Sunday. Please, please pass my thanks to all the band members/ forward the email. I would highly recommend you to anyone planning an event, both for your professional and friendly service, and for your outstanding performance. Becky Dobra, Wedding Reception, Hatfield House, October 2014
I have received nothing but praise for you and your band and I wish to thank you all for helping make our evening the great success it turned out to be. A lot of my guests, besides myself are musicians of one sort or another and have all commented on the fabulous sound and quality of playing you all produced. What was particularly noticed was the young age of the players, playing and enjoying the music of another era. The type of music you played was perfect for my guests and I thank you for the very professional approach you made to getting that right. David Tremaine, Corporate Event, Stadium MK, July 2014
Please note: Due to availability or illness, deputy musicians of a high professional standard may sometimes be used.
The Swing Smiths's Set List / Repertoire
Please note that songs marked * are performed by our 9-piece band only.
New! Christmas Repertoire! Let It Snow (Frank Sinatra) Have Yourself A Merry Christmas (Ella Fitzgerald) All I Want for Christmas Is You (Maria Carey) Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt) Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Michael Buble) The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (Nat 'King' Cole) The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (Andy Williams) Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee) It's Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas (Perry Como) Baby It's Cold Outside (Various)
***RAT PACK & SWING*** Frank Sinatra Come Fly With Me* Fly Me to the Moon For Once in My Life Have you met Miss Jones I Get a Kick Out of You* I’ve Got You Under My Skin The Lady is a Tramp* Luck Be a Lady* Mack the Knife Me & My Shadow New York New York* That’s Life The Way You Look Tonight* They Can't Take That Away From Me Witchcraft*
Dean Martin Ain’t That a Kick in the Head Sway
Nat 'King' Cole Almost Like Being in Love* Let There Be Love Let’s Face the Music and Dance* L-O-V-E Straighten up and Fly Right
Michael Buble All of Me Call Me Irresponsible* Don’t Get Around Much Anymore Everything Moondance (Van Morrison)
Etta James At Last
Billie Holliday That Ole Devil Called Love
Louis Armstrong Don’t Get Around Much Anymore What a Wonderful World
Nina Simone Feeling Good My Baby Just Cares For Me
Ella Fitzgerald Cheek to Cheek Manhattan Mas Que Nada*
Shirley Bassey ‘S Wonderful
Harry Connick Jr. It Had To Be You (from When Harry Met Sally)
***JUMP JIVE, BIG BAND SWING & LATIN*** Jump Jive Jump, Jive An' Wail (Louis Prima) Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens (Louis Jordan) Choo Choo Ch'Boogie (Louis Prima) Tu Vuo Fa' L'Americano (from The Talented Mr Ripley) I Wanna Be Like You (Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen) Reet Petite (Jackie Wilson)
Glenn Miller American Patrol* In The Mood* Pennsylvania 6-5000* Tuxedo Junction*
Count Basie Well Alright, Okay, You Win All of Me
Benny Goodman Sing Sing Sing*
Doris Day Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
Rosemary Clooney Mambo Italiano Why Don't You Do Right*
***SOUL & MOTOWN*** Stevie Wonder Isn’t She Lovely Knocks Me Off My Feet Signed Sealed, Delivered Sir Duke Superstition*
Michael Jackson & Jackson 5 Blame it on the Boogie Rock With You* The Way You Make Me Feel*
Aretha Franklin Ain’t No Mountain High Enough* I Say a Little Prayer For You Respect Think*
Chaka Khan I'm Every Woman
CeCe Peniston Finally
Curtis Mayfield Move On Up
Marvin Gaye Heard It Through the Grapevine*
Etta James I Just Wanna Make Love to You
Amy Winehouse Valerie
James Brown I Feel Good*
James Taylor How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
Andy Williams Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Billy Joel Just The Way You Are
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Dancing in the Street Heatwave
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles The Tracks of My Tears
Tom Jones It's Not Unusual
Earth, Wind and Fire September
Dolly Parton 9 to 5
Otis Redding My Girl
Van Morrison Moondance
The Emotions Best of My Love
CeLo Green Forget You
Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive
LaBelle Lady Marmalade*
***JAZZ BAND REPERTOIRE*** (See The Swing Smiths Jazz Quartet page for a full list) All of Me Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered) Beyond the Sea Body and Soul Cheek to Cheek Come Fly With Me Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) Don’t Get Around Much Anymore A Fine Romance Georgia on my Mind The Girl from Ipanema I Get a Kick Out of You I’ve Got the World on a String It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) Just Friends Let’s Fall in Love My Funny Valentine My Heart Belongs to Daddy Night Train (Happy Go Lucky Local) On the Street Where You LiveSway Take the ‘A’ Train They Can’t Take That Away From Me Watermelon Man The Way You Look Tonight What a Wonderful World When I Fall in Love Witchcraft
***OLD REPERTOIRE*** These are songs that we no longer perform regularly. However it may be possible to perform them so if you'd like to hear any of them at your event just get in touch. Am I The Same Girl - Dusty Springfield Black Coffee - Ella Fitzgerald Car Wash - Rose Royce Cry Me a River* - Michael Bublé Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing - Stevie Wonder Give me the Night - George Benson Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder I Put a Spell on You - Nina Simone I Want You Back* - Jackson 5 Knocks Me Off My Feet - Stevie Wonder Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye Love Foolosophy - Jamiroquai Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)* - Frank Sinatra Relight My Fire - Dan Hartman Someone Like You - Van Morrison Strangers in the Night* - Frank Sinatra Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond The Tender Trap* - Frank Sinatra There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York - Sammy Davis Jr. Until You Come Back to Me - Aretha Franklin What a Difference a Day Makes - Jamie Cullum/Dinah Washington Work To Do - Average White Band Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart - Judy Garland
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Customer reviews for The Swing Smiths
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16/08/2014 The Swing Smiths
"They were stunning both with the music and their approach. Everyone loved it and the dance floor remained packed. Our Daughter was delighted (very important!). Thank you."
Customer review by Lorna & Robert Way
21/06/2014 The Swing Smiths
"We were absolutely delighted with The Swing Smiths. They were the perfect choice for our wedding and had a great variety of songs matching the style we wanted. They were friendly and professional and looked great as a group. All of our guests had a brilliant time and were rarely off the dance floor!"
Customer review by Laura Scally
12/12/2013 The Swing Smiths
"Simply fantastic. The guests were up and dancing from the start and the play lists suited the theme of the evening."
Customer review by Tracey Foster-Bateman
08/09/2013 The Swing Smiths
"We wanted to thank you and the band for the fantastic music at our wedding on the 8th September. Sorry for the delay in contacting you, we got back from honeymoon early October and reality of being back to work etc. is finally sinking in!
We thought the music throughout the evening was brilliant. Your duo during dinner really added to the atmosphere and created a lovely backdrop for the dinner service. Then the full evening set was just fabulous, so many of our guests have commented on how the vocals and music were excellent.
Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the band, especially for accomodating the restrictions on time during the evening, we appreciate you playing until 11.30pm.
Thank you very much and we would happily recommend you to anyone considering booking for other functions."
Customer review by Colleen Dolan
11/08/2013 The Swing Smiths
"I just wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you very much for performing on Sunday. The band were amazing. Perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon!
The feedback we have had from the guests has been really good, and seeing people up and dancing summed up the fun, relaxed, enjoyable afternoon we all had.
Please pass our thanks on to your band members.
Thanks again, Jodi"
Customer review by Lainston House Hotel
02/08/2013 The Swing Smiths
"Hi Mike, back from honeymoon now and trying to get back in to the swing of going to work, but before we do that, we wanted to write to thank you guys for making an amazing wedding day even more special.
We can honestly say that you were truly outstanding and surpassed all our expectations. You will be pleased to hear that everyone we spoke to, from the guests, to the photographer as well as the venue staff, all said that you were by far the best wedding/function band (I don’t like those labels as it pigeonholes you far too much, but you get my drift) they have had the privilege to see perform.
So many thanks again,
Dave and Ruth
Customer review by David Jones
28/01/2013 The Swing Smiths
"Alive Network provides a great choice of artists and don’t bombard you with marketing and e-shots.
The Swing Smiths are extremely talented, punctual and very accommodating and friendly. They never get huffy with us even when our timings are off!
Customer review by Nadine Hermon
15/09/2012 The Swing Smiths
"Dear Mike et al,
Thank you all so very much for such wonderful entertainment last night. Everyone commented on how brilliant you all were, you made the party a night to remember for us. Hope everyone had enough food and drink etc and that there were no problems on the night for you, and you all got home safely.
Will be handing out your card to everyone.
Thanks again very much.
Customer review by Colleen Arnott
18/08/2012 The Swing Smiths
"Thank you again and again - so many people went out of their way to tell us how great they thought you were - on the evening, in thank you letters, and since.
You were such an important part of the day and made it look completely effortless, I'm absolutely certain it wasn't so thank you and thank you!
Customer review by Jo Williams
27/07/2012 The Swing Smiths
"The Swing Smiths were absolutely fantastic, in fact I have to say they are probably the best live swing band I have seen. They were very accomodating and good fun before and after the evening. "
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