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Swing Central

Jazz and Swing Big Band based in London

Price from £3044

An outstanding nine-piece swing band performing timeless classics from the big band, swing, Rat Pack and jive eras. An amazing big band sound delivered by just nine musicians to give you a party to remember.

5 stars - Swing Central are Highly Recommended 7 Customer Reviews

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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 (Frank Sinatra)
Frosty the Snowman (Jackson 5)
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (Nat 'King' Cole)
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (Andy Williams)
Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
Frosty The Snowman
White Christmas
Jingle Bells

Standard Repertoire
Please note that songs marked * are performed by our standard 9-piece band only.


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
My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)
New York New York
Strangers in the Night
The Tender Trap
That’s Life
The Way You Look Tonight
They Can't Take That Away From Me

Dean Martin
Ain’t That a Kick in the Head

Nat 'King' Cole
Almost Like Being in Love
Let There Be Love
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Straighten up and Fly Right

Bobby Darin
Beyond The Sea

Michael Buble
All of Me
Call Me Irresponsible
Cry Me a River
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
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
I Put A Spell On You
My Baby Just Cares For Me

Judy Garland
Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart*

Ella Fitzgerald
Black Coffee
Mas Que Nada*

Shirley Bassey
‘S Wonderful

Sammy Davis, Jr.
There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York*

Harry Connick Jr.
It Had To Be You (from When Harry Met Sally)

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)

Glenn Miller
American Patrol
Chatanooga Choo-Choo
In The Mood
Pennsylvania 6-5000
Tuxedo Junction

Count Basie
All of Me
L'il Darlin'
Well Alright, Okay, You Win
Ya Gotta Try

Benny Goodman
Don't Be That Way
King Porter Stomp
Let's Dance
Sing Sing Sing
Stompin' at the Savoy
Why Don't You Do Right

Harry James
Trumpet Blues and Cantabile
You Made Me Love You

Doris Day
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps

Dizzy Gillespie

The Andrews Sisters
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Ray Charles
One Mint Julep

Perez Prado
Mambo No 5

Rosemary Clooney
Mambo Italiano
Why Don't You Do Right

Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
All of Me
All the Things you Are
Angel Eyes
Autumn Leaves
Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered)
Beyond the Sea
Blue Bossa
Blues for Alice
Body and Soul
Bourbon Street Parade
Call Me Irresponsible
Cantaloupe Island
Cheek to Cheek
Come Fly With Me
Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
Cry me a River
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Don’t Know Why
East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)
Easy to Love
A Fine Romance
Fly me to the Moon
A Foggy Day (in London Town
Georgia on my Mind
Get Happy
The Girl from Ipanema
Have you met Miss Jones?
I Get a Kick Out of You
I’ve Got the World on a String
I’ve Got You Under my Skin
If I Were a Bell
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
It Had to be You
Just Friends
La Vie en Rose
The Lady is a Tramp
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Let’s Fall in Love
Lullaby of Birdland
Mean to Me
My Funny Valentine
My Heart Belongs to Daddy
My Romance
The Nearness of You
A Night in Tunisia
Night Train (Happy Go Lucky Local)
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Old Devil Moon
On Green Dolphin Street
On the Street Where You Live
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Red Baron
‘S Wonderful
Satin Doll
Scrapple From the Apple
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Sophisticated Lady
Stella by Starlight
Stormy Weather
Take the ‘A’ Train
These Foolish Things
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Till There Was You
Watermelon Man
The Way You Look Tonight
What a Difference a Day Made
What a Wonderful World
When I Fall in Love

  • Nine or ten-piece swing band with female vocals.
  • The standard female-fronted band can be augmented with extra male or female vocals for a fantastic swing and Rat Pack sound.
  • A huge repertoire of classic swing, big band and jive music.
  • Covering classic songs from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Louis Prima, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and many more.
  • Also featuring songs performed by Robbie Williams and Michael Buble alongside modern swing songs.
  • Background jazz sets available for dinner and drinks receptions.
  • Self-contained and fully equipped for all events with top-quality PA and lighting.

Line up:

Default lineup: 9 members

Standard 9-Piece Band: female vocals, piano, bass, drums, keyboard, tenor sax/clarinet, alto sax/flute, trumpet x 2. 10-Piece Band: as above with additional male or female vocals

Please note; Swing Central use two different lead vocalists (please see videos). Requests for a specific vocalist can be made but may not always be fulfilled due to availability.

Swing Central is a group of nine talented musicians bought together by a love of swing, big band and jive – music that never goes out of fashion and is loved by people of all generations. The band has a dynamic set list that is tailored to the atmosphere of your event.  They have a passion for all things vintage and love to recreate the styles of the 1930s, 40s and 50s in both their sound and look.

Swing Central choose the best songs for getting people dancing, giving you an unforgettable evening of top quality entertainment.  Their varied repertoire list concentrates on the classic big band swing charts from the Goodman, Miller, Ellington and Basie bands, but also features authentic Dixieland and Charleston, jumpin' jive classics, popular Rat Pack songs and also more recent swing tunes.

With their high energy performance, unrivalled sound and fantastic musicianship, Swing Central put on a show that you'll remember for years to come and have everything you’ll need to make your wedding reception, party or corporate event really swing!

Additional vocals
Add male vocals to the standard 9-piece line-up for an even more authentic Rat Pack sound, crooning to the songs of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and many more!  Add female vocals for a stunning extra dimension to the band's performance, including extra vocal harmonies and duets.

Background Jazz
The band can also perform as a smaller jazz band, providing background music during dinner or drinks receptions. Please see booking options for more information.

Previous Experience
Swing Central are a group of nine 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.

Swing Central regularly perform at corporate events and private functions all over the country, at venues in London including Wembley Stadium, The ExCel Centre, Lord's Cricket Ground, Pinewood Studios, The Berkeley Hotel, The Imagination Gallery, and Inns of Court, and at other venues throughout the UK - including Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxfordshire, and The ICC Birmingham.

The band have run their own swing dance events, have accompanied swing and jive dance lessons, and have performed at music festivals in London and further afield. They are the perfect accompaniment to swing and jive events, vintage festivals and any other occasion where you're looking for an authentic swing band.

Previous clients include T-Mobile, BNP Paribas, E-ON UK, JP Morgan, Oxford University Press and The Royal Air Force.

Deluxe Sound & Lighting Package
– highly recommended for events with more than 250 guests, essential for events with more than 500 guests.

Swing Central now offers upgraded technical packages to cater for larger events:

- 6kW PA system suitable for audiences from 250 to 1000+
- Sound engineer
- Additional lighting and effects
- DJ package also available on request.

Please ask your agent for more information and prices.

Vintage Dancers (see booking options for more details)
Add extra class to your event with vintage dancers: The Strutters are a troupe of dancers who can teach your guests simple 1920s and 1940s dance moves before the band start performing.  Once the band start, the dancers will get your guests up and dancing Charleston, Lindy hop and jive right from the first song - adding an amazing touch to your party.  You can even book several pairs of dancers for a troupe performance with the live band.

Please note: Due to availability or illness, deputy musicians of very a high professional standard may sometimes be used.

Choose any of the following booking options when you hire Swing Central from Alive Network

  • Vintage Dancers Add £655

    A pair of vintage dancers to perform at your event (maximum of 6 pairs available) Additional travel expenses may occur

  • Cocktail Pianist Add £96

    For 2 x 45 minutes

  • Jazz Quartet Add £300

    For 1 x 45 minutes

  • Additional Male Vocalist Add £300
  • Plus Baritone Saxophone Add £300
  • Ceremony Music Add £180

    Classical pianist/organist

  • Ceremony Music Add £300

    Classical pianist/organist plus Trumpet, Cello or Vocals

Choose one of the following performance options when you hire Swing Central from Alive Network

  • 2 x 60 minutes £0
  • 3 x 40 minutes £0