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The Swing Smiths

Swing and Soul Band based in London

Price from £3044

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.

5 stars - The Swing Smiths are Highly Recommended 67 Customer Reviews

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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

  • 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

Line up:

Default lineup: 9 members

Standard 9-piece Band - female vocals, piano, bass, drums, guitar, tenor sax, alto sax, trumpet x2, backing vocals provided by instrumentalists in the band

10-piece 
- plus male vocalist
11-piece - plus second female vocalist
12-piece - plus third female vocalist
13-piece - plus percussion
14-piece - plus baritone saxophone

(please note that additional musicians can be added in different combinations - i.e. you could have a baritone saxophone and percussion, without having the extra vocalists)

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 Silver Screen Jazz Band page for more information!

Highlights
* A sensational 9-piece function band consisting of 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 along with pop and Postmodern Jukebox repertoire
* Constantly in demand performing at corporate and private events in London and throughout the UK and internationally
* Self-contained with top-quality lights and sound equipment for audiences up to 250 people, with deluxe PA and lighting packages for larger events
* Recorded Music provided between sets free of charge
* Available in smaller function band line-ups, and as The Silver Screen Jazz Band 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.

Recently described by Deborah Meaden (BBC's Dragons' Den) as "exceptional", 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.

The Swing Smiths have been performing up and down the country for thirteen years, and are one of the most in-demand function bands in the UK today. Previous clients include Ferrari, BMW, Triumph, Virgin, Lindt Chocolate and E-On and previous venues include Claridge's Hotel, Pinewood Studios, The Shard, Wembley Stadium and the Natural History Museum.

The band plays a huge range of music from the Swing, Soul and Motown eras - and the set list is carefully planned to appeal to audiences of all ages, getting everyone on the dance floor all night long.

The Swing Smiths are also able to provide musical entertainment for other parts of your event - from classical music for your wedding ceremony to background jazz music for the drinks reception. 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 400 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.

Background Jazz Band
The Swing Smiths are also available as The Silver Screen Jazz Band - a 3-5 piece jazz band creating the perfect atmosphere for cocktail parties, dinner events, or during a drinks reception.  Check out the separate profile for the jazz band, 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 Ferrari, 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 250 guests.

The Swing Smiths deluxe sound and lighting package can include:

- 6kW PA system suitable for audiences from 300 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.

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.

Testimonials
"Dear Mike, I know I thanked you on the night but just wanted to do so again in the cold light of day. You and your band were fantastic, not just brilliant at the music but also lovely, helpful and a total pleasure to work with.
Thank you so much and please pass my thanks on to your team.
My Mother literally had the party of her life and you were a big part of that.... you were exceptional."

Deborah Meaden (Dragons' Den), Private Party, November 2016

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

"Mike and the band were absolutely fantastic. During the set up on the day they were punctual and professional, and they were totally accommodating to our wacky requests (processional music down a field). The music was exceptional - they're experts at reading the 'mood' of the room and got everyone up on their feet dancing. So many of the guests came up to us afterwards to tell us how good they were. I couldn't recommend the band more highly."
Liz and Sam, Wedding Reception, Dorset, September 2017

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

Choose any of the following booking options when you hire The Swing Smiths 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

  • 7 Piece Band Deduct £600

    Female Vocals, 4 piece rhythm section, trumpet & Sax

  • 10 Piece Band Add £300

    Plus Male Vocals

  • 11 Piece Band Add £600

    10 piece plus Female Vocals

  • 12 Piece Band Add £900

    10 piece plus 2 x Female Vocals

  • 13 Piece Band Add £1200

    12 piece plus Percussion

  • 14 Piece Band Add £1500

    13 piece plus Baritone Saxophone

  • Ceremony Music Add £180

    Classical Pianist/ Organist

  • Ceremony Music Add £300

    Classical Pianist/Organist plus Trumpet, Cello or Vocals

  • Cocktail Music Add £96

    1 x 45 minute set

  • Jazz Quartet Add £300

    1 x 45 minute set

  • After Midnight Finish Add £240

    Per hour