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Anthony'sAllStars Cool Jazz

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Swing & Latin Jazz, always melodic & at a sensible volume for events. Variable size from duo to sextet according to budget/space available
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I've lost count of the number of parties, weddings and corporate events we've played over more than twenty years. We appear in public on bandstands and occasionally in pubs as well as at private functions. The customer comes first. I'll come and meet you at the venue beforehand to ensure it's all going to run smoothly with the right atmosphere. We look at logistics (although I have played at many, so know their layout) - from where is the best place for the band, to where the electric sockets are, to parking and arrival times. It's also important to know your party itinerary so we can fit the sets in around your plan - eg a quieter background set for the drinks reception/meal where everyone is chatting, or an upbeat set for dancing. We'll discuss your favourite tunes as well as, if required, a 'first dance' if its a wedding or a significant anniversary. We can also make a microphone available for speeches. I have a classy portable PA which doesn't take up too much space and is quick to set up, as well as additional coloured footlights. Other lighting can be hired in should it be needed, although many venues will also have some. Our music, much loved and familiar tunes from the jazz and shows world, is always about the melody, whether or not you have booked a vocalist. I make my clarinet sing, and the tenor sax is rich and warm. With a quintet or sextet the trumpet/flugel adds a lovely solid front line with the sax. I've played reeds since my early teens, and later ran and played in both pop/rock and jazz and big bands as well as working as a session musician. I currently run Anthony's AllStars, as well as playing in another local rock n' roll band and a couple of big bands. I also teach sax and clarinet locally (I live in Milford, Surrey), specialising in helping adults return to the musical world but equally happy with beginners of all ages. Keyboard player Russell is an RCM graduate and a gifted pianist with an inventive touch. Roger steps in sometimes - classically trained with years of experience in all genres (he's also a church organist) his approach is sensitive and supportive. Bassist Jules is a precise and inventive double or electric bass player with an innate sense of groove. Drummer Dave is an extraordinarily experienced and talented musician who doesn't drown out the rest of the band! An occasional guest is Andrew (singer Sarah-Jane's husband) who has a light touch and excellent timing. Colin the guitarist is very imaginative and supports all kinds of rhythms at the drop of a hat. Our trumpet/flugel players, Andy and Ben, are both colleagues from the big-band world whom I've played with many times over the years. You'll hear Andy in our clip of The Girl from Ipanema. I've worked with many singers (eg Vic Cracknell, Sarah-Jane Eveleigh, Jess Harman) and on one occasion the Mother of the Bride did a couple of numbers with us. If budget and space stretch, it's great to include vocals.

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1 year ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Phillips Memorial Park
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Tony's band have played an annual gig at Godalming's Music in the Park summer season every year since we started in 2004. They are popular, attracting a big audience (hence we rebook each year), and we receive many complimentary comments about them.

Carolyn E
2 years ago, for a Birthday party in Witley
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5 out of 5

Tony's quartet played for a birthday party in my garden. They were superb, despite the fact that it poured with rain. They carried on regardless, tucked under a gazebo. I've been to many parties where they have played, which was why I booked them. Tony is meticulous in checking out the venue before the gig, liaising with me about timings/power supply etc. Would definitely recommend them - the music is great fun: the band are all experienced professionals who know how to read an audience and adjust the tempo, volume etc. accordingly.

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Anthony'sAllStars Cool Jazz's Song list

* = also in our trad pad
About a quarter to nine *
Afternoon in Paris
After You've Gone *
Ain't gonna give nobody none of my jelly *
Ain't Misbehavin'
Ain't she sweet *
Alexander's ragtime band *
All blues
All of me
All the things
Almost like being in love
Aloha de *
And I love her *
Angel Eyes
Anniversary Waltz
April in Paris
As time goes by
At Sundown *
Autumn leaves *
Avalon *
Baby won't you please come home *
Basin Street Blues *
(I'm) beginning to see the light
Begin the Beguine
Bill Bailey *
Black Nile
Black Orpheus
Blueberry Hill *
Blue Bossa
Blue Monk
Blue Moon
Blue skies *
Blue turning grey over you *
Body & Soul
Bourbon St parade *
Buddy Bolden's blues *
Bugle call rag *
But not for me *
Button up your overcoat*
Bye bye blackbird*
Candy Man
Cantaloup Island
Can't help lovin' dat man *
Can't take my eyes off you
Careless love *
Cherie amour
Chi baba chi baba *
China boy *
Chinatown my Chinatown *
Close to you
Come fly with me
Coquette *
Cry me a river *
Crystal Silence
Days of wine & roses
'Deed I do *
Dinah *
Dock of the bay
Do nothing
Don't blame me
Don't get around much anymore *
Don't take your love
Down by the riverside *
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans *
Dr Jazz *
Embraceable you *
Emmeline don't worry about me *
Everybody loves my baby *
Exactly like you *
Falling in love with love
Fidgety feet *
five feet two
Flying HOme
Fly me to the moon
A foggy day *
Gambler's Blues/St James *
Gee baby *
Georgia *
Girl from Ipanema
Girl Talk
Glory of love *
Happy Birthday
Happy birthday my darling *
Hard hearted Hannah *
Harlem Nocturne
Hello Dolly *
Here's that rainy day
Hindustan *
Honey hush *
Honeysuckle rose *
How high the moon
How insensitive
I can't believe you're in love wiht me *
I can't get started *
I can't give you anything but love
Ice cream *
I cover the waterfront *
If I had you *
If you knew Susie
I got it bad
I left my heart in San Fransisco
I'll see you in my dreams *
I'm confessin' *
I'm gonna sit right down (and write myself a letter)
In a sentimental mood
Infirmary blues *
Indiana *
Isn't she lovely
It don't mean a thing (if it ain't got that swing)
It had to be you
I want a butter and egg man *
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
James Bond theme
Ja Da *
Jeepers Creepers *
Just a closer walk with thee *
Jersey bounce
Just one of those things
Knowing me, knowing you
Lullaby of birdland
Lazy river
Makin' whoopee *
Mama Mia
Mandy make up your mind *
Manha da carnaval
(this) Masquerade
Memories of you
Moonlight bay
Moon River
Music to watch girls by
The more I see you
My funny valentine
My Monday date *
Nice work (if you can get it)
Night & Day
Night has 1000 eyes
Nostalgia in Times Square
Oh lady be good
Old fashioned *
One note samba
OUt of nowhere
Night train
Petite fleur
Pick yourself up
Rockin' chair *
Rose room *
Runnin' wild *
Satin doll
September in the rain
Shadow of your smile
Sleepy time gal *
Softly as in morning sunrise
(the) Song is you
Sophistcated lady
So what
Speak low
S'posin' *
Squeeze me *
Stars fell on Alabama
Stompin' at the Savoy
Stranger on the Shore
Sweet Georgia Brown *
Summer samba
Take the A train
(it's the) Talk of the town
Tin Roof Blues *
True Love
Watermelon man
We've only just begun
What is this thing called love?
What are you doing (the rest of your life)?
What did I do to be so black and blue? *
When somebody loves you
When sunny gets blue
Where are you? *
Where or when
Yardbird suite
You are the sunshine of my life
You go to my head

Anthony'sAllStars Cool Jazz's Prices

Last updated: 2024

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£700
Up to 2 hours£950
Up to 3 hours£1300
Wedding ceremony2 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. A duo often works well for this unless the ceremony is outside or in a larger space. Clarinet and keyboards (as piano) is popular, and we can help you choose from a classical repertoire as well.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner3 musicians
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. This could be a classical duo/trio, with piano, clarinet and double bass. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served. This is usually quiet but cheerful background music so people can chat happily. Again a smaller ensemble is popular. There would be an additional charge if the band has to move to a different venue/set-up point, eg church to reception venue. The price quoted below assumes that everything takes place in one location.
Drinks reception4 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your lunchtime or early afternoon reception


Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We never deafen you! As an experienced function band our job is to read the audience, backing off the volume and tempo when people are wanting to chat, but being able to respond when the party gets lively, with more up-tempo dance music, or the odd slow one thrown in.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Mill Haslemere Busbridge Lakes The Elvetham Gate Street Barn George & Falcon Warnford Allianz, Guildford Bar 163 Chertsey Strada Horsham Wokingham Masonic Farnham Hall Hotel Inn on the Lake Fleet, Milford, Cranleigh & West Sy Golf Clubs Hurtwood Inn Hurtwood Park Burycourt Barn Frensham Pond Hotel Parrot, Ewhurst Loseley Tithe Barn Fanhams Hall, Ware

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My all-time hero is Artie Shaw, maestro of the clarinet. I also admire Benny Goodman, John Dankworth (who wrote a foreword for my Pro-Sax Companion advanced tutorial book). Stan Getz

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Our annual gig at Godalming Bandstand is probably the highest profile gig we do - audience can be up to 400. The biggest weddings were at The Elvetham in Hartley Wintney and Fanhams Hall up in Ware. A funeral wake at Loseley turned out to be a larger event than expected.

Will the singer be the same as who I see in the videos?

We try to use the same lineup, but it may not be possible, particularly with singers. We will discuss available vocalists with you on booking. If a band member is unavailable , we only use dep musicians who we have played live with before. As professionals our reputation means everything so you can be confident that all of our players are very experienced.

Do you have different line-up options?

DUO: clarinet/sax and keys or guitar, or sax and keys TRIO: clarinet/sax, keys or guitar, bass QUARTET: clarinet/sax, bass, guitar or keys, drums or guitar QUINTET: clarinet/sax, bass, keys, drums, trumpet/flugel or vocals SEXTET: Clarinet/sax, bass, keys, drums, then choose 2 from trumpet/flugel, guitar, vocals SEPTET: all 6 instruments plus vocals

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We try to be flexible to ensure your event runs smoothly, so small adjustments can usually be accommodated. A change of start/end time by more than an hour may cause a problem if not agreed well in advance, as it may clash with another booking (eg a lunchtime event looks to overrun and we have an evening gig). However, this has not caused a problem yet!

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes we can provide recorded music (but not a dj) to play during our breaks, with a playlist of your or our choosing. If you need any recorded music to carry on after our last set ends, we would need to arrange this with the venue, as we cannot leave without our equipment.

How much time do you need to set up?

We will have recc'd the venue in advance (usually we will meet you there too) this should all go smoothly within 1/2 to 3/4 hr. The timing of the set up will be arranged with you and the venue in advance.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Yes we can accommodate your favourites, agreed in advance. Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. We're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Yes for indoor events. We will agree this with you and the venue management in advance. If you require additional lighting - eg for the dancefloor, this may need to be arranged with the venue. For outdoor events we do need a covered rainproof/sunshaded area, so we can provide our own sturdy gazebo at a small extra cost.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our set list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There will be an extra charge for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. which we will agree with you in advance.
Jazz, Blues, Dixieland, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Swing, Cabaret
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