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About Antonio

Hi, I'm Antonio and bandleader of the Antonio Socci Jive & Swing band. I perform various styles from Trad Jazz through to Jive and Swing.
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Performing onstage has never been a problem for Antonio, with his professional show debut in Hello Dolly with Dora Bryan at Birmingham Hippodrome aged just 5. Whilst a keen singer and dancer, his real passion came when he was given an old battered trumpet to play, soon tooting away at school and in his father's ballroom dance band Tony & The Sapphires with every opportunity that arose. Performing with various bands, credits include BBC Songs of Praise, The Big Breakfast and tours of Europe with The Bevin Boys, Rosemary Ashe and The Jive Aces. On a trip to New York, Antonio first heard the sound of Louis Prima, Keely Smith and his band, The Witnesses and knew instantly that was the sound he wanted to create. Now with his debut album French Poodle released and a BBC Radio tour under his belt, Antonio and his jive swing band can be found jumping on tables and performing throughout the UK. Antonio studied Jazz at the Birmingham Conservatoire and is currently Bandmaster of The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Warwickshire, conducting them at engagements all over the Midlands. He has also been guest conductor for West Midlands Police Brass Band and often performs as the Ceremonial Bugler for the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire and the City of Birmingham. Most recently, Antonio has been performing on the UK-wide 2019-20 theatre tour as a guest artist with the UK's leading jive & swing band, The Jive Aces to great reviews. Antonio is the Festival Director for the Vintage family festival Swingtime in the Gardens, raising funds for Acorns Children's Hospice and The Not Forgotten Association and is the director of Bugler For Hire, supplying Ceremonial buglers for funerals and events throughout the UK.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Ragtime, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Vintage, Italian music, French music, Samba
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Instrumental teaching, Accompanist, Fluent sight-reader
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Song list

Jazz / Swing / Dance Band:
Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend
Talking Picture of You
Hello Young Lovers
Zing went the Stings of My Heart
Bill Bailey
How High the Moon
It's Only a Paper Moon
Thank Heaven for Little Girls
Home on the Range
When the Saints
Honeysuckle Rose
Music, Music, Music
Midnight in Moscow
For once in my Life
This could be the start of something big
Deed I Do
I Love Paris
Sitting on Top of the World
Bring me Sunshine
My Old Man
Strike up the Band
Bye Bye Blackbird
Hello Dolly
Falling in love with love
Mr Sandman
Yes Sir that’s my Baby
Tie a Yellow Ribbon
Isle of Capri
Lazy days of Summer
Please don't talk about me when I'm gone
Second Hand Rose
Lot of living to do
Somethings gotta give
Sweet Georgia Brown
La vie en Rose
Hasta Manana
My Blue Heaven
But not for me
Who's Sorry now
Mi Lord
Wonderful Day Like Today
It only Happens
Let's face the Music and Dance
I could have Danced all Night
You do something to me
I can't give you anything but love Baby
Help yourself
Black Magic
Ma she's makin eyes at me
Buona Sera
Trudy Fair
Black Eyed Susie
In a Mountain Greenery
There will never be another you
A Fine Romance
Lover come back to me
Crazy Rythym
I get a kick out of you
Happy days are here again
All I do is dream of you
So what's new
Button up your Overcoat
Change Partners
Arriva Derci Roma
Blue Ridge
C'est Magnifique
If you were the only girl in the World
When your smiling
Bring me Sunshine
Lady is a Tramp
The more I see you
Over the Rainbow
I had the craziest Dream
Birth of the Blues
As Time goes by
September in the Rain
Makin Whoopie
How high the Moon
Just Loving You
They can't take that away from me
But not for me
Taking a chance on Love
Till there was you
Autumn Leaves
I only have Eyes for you
South of the Border
I won't send Roses
For all we know
Blue Moon
Glocca Morra
How Soon
Where or When
My Foolish Heart
Spread a little Happiness
The very thought of you
You made me love you
With a song in my Heart
Someone to watch over me
Fly me to the moon
Home on tne Range
I don't want to Walk
Too Young
There goes my Heart
Young at Heart
Me and my Shadow
Don't Laugh at me Cos I'm a Fool
If I Loved You
My Prayer
Night and Day
Don't Blame Me
And I Love you so
You make me feel so young
Roses of Picardy
Walking my Baby back Home
Who can I turn to
I left my Heart in San Fransisco
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Try a little Tenderness
I've never been in love before
Nice n easy does it
I'll String along with you
Embraceable You
Blue Skies
The Nearness of You
Love Letters Straight from your Heart
The Touch of your Lips
When I Fall In Love
Mountains of Mourne
Payton Place (Theme)
Too Young
Fly me to the Moon
All kinds of Everything
Silver Bells
I'll always Depend on you
When I grow too old to Dream
Sante Lucia
The Story of Tina
The Shadow Waltz
Around the World
Always (I'll be loving you)
Are you Lonesome Tonight
True Love
I'll aways be in love with you
No One But You
Moulin Rouge
It Happened in Monterey
Woonderful World of the Young
Passing Strangers
Try to Remember
Answer Me
Summertime in Venice
Spanish Eyes
Isle of Capri
O Solo Mio
Arrivaderci Roma
If I were a Rich Man
Strangers in the Night
Woman in Love
You belong to my Heart
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
Girls were made to love and Kiss
I could have Danced all Night
The more I see you
The Days of Wine and Roses
Last Post
Long Reveille
Amazing Grace
The Lord is my Shepherd (Crimond)
I the Lord of sea and sky (here I am, Lord)
Make me a channel of your peace
Abide with me
I watch the sunrise lighting the sky
How Great Thou Art
This is my body
Soul of my saviour
As I kneel before you
Morning has broken
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
All things bright and beautiful
Praise my soul the King of heaven
Lord of all hopefulness
Love Divine, all loves excelling (Blaenwern)
Going Home
Go, silent friend
Hail Queen of heaven
The Old Rugged Cross
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

With the jive band, people always love the energy and fun that we provide to their event which really comes across in our playing. For ceremonial and memorial events, clients know that they will receive a professional and sensitive experience designed to help facilitate the service in the most appropriate manner.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Venues include Ronnie Scotts, London, Ronnie Scotts, Birmingham, Royal Albert Hall, National Memorial Arboretum, National Indoor Arena, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Royal Chelsea Barracks, Haugesund Jazz Festival, Norway, Nîmes Metropole Jazz Festival, Ostend Jazz Festival, February, Twinwood Swing Festival, UK.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong, Sam Butera, Frank Sinatra.

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

BBC Millennium Songs of Praise, performing live with an audience of 15,000.

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

Please let us know right away. We will always make every effort to be as flexible as possible so if there are any slight changes just let us know.

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

Yes, we can do this before and between our sets. If you require any services after we finish performing but using our PA there may be a small charge for this so just ask and we will try and accommodate your needs.

How much time do you need to set up?

The full band generally need between 1 - 1.5 hours to set up before the performance time.

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

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

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, we bring all our own instruments and equipment unless at a theatre then we may use house piano and PA etc.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song 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 is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£250
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Robert M, 9 months ago

Antonio was very professional and worth every penny a pleasure to work with

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Megan B, 10 months ago

We use Antonio multiple times each year for various occasions. He is always highly professional, well-presented and is a great communicator with both ourselves and our clients in the lead up to and during their event. The brass and swing ensembles are just as reliable and add a special touch to any event. It’s always a pleasure to work with Antonio and his colleagues. – The Events Team, National Memorial Arboretum.

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James W, 1 year ago

“If you want an absolutely consummate professional, in our experience this is the place to turn to. Fantastic quality of experienced, professional musicianship, always reliable, prepared and in-keeping with the event. Many thanks for all of the wonderful playing.” - James Whitehead

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