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Bemsha Nights

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About Bemsha Nights

Bemsha Nights are an exciting jazz, pop (and beyond!) expandable band based in London
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Our core line-up started playing regularly together in the lock down of 2021, developing our repertoire and discovering our mutual love for many of the same artists. We had all known each other from the London jazz scene, and found a real connection playing together in this trio format! Our repertoire ranges from classic jazz standards such as The Way You Look Tonight and Summertime, through to much loved pop songs like Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell or How Deep Is Your Love? by the Bee Gees (please see the video below!)

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Jazz, Christmas, Blues, Gypsy jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Pop, Acoustic, Easy listening, Light music, Motown, Vintage, Covers, 1940s era music, 1930s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, Latin jazz, Gospel, Bossa nova
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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, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Bemsha Nights' Song list

Jazz Standards (Great American Songbook)
All Of Me - Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks
All Of You - Cole Porter
All Or Nothing At All - Arthur Altman
All The Things You Are - Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern
Almost Like Being In Love - Frederick Loewe
Anything Goes - Cole Porter
As Time Goes By - Herman Hupfeld
Autumn In New York - Vernon Duke
Autumn Leaves - Joseph Kosma and Johnny Mercer
Beautiful Love - Victor Young
Bewitched – Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Blue Moon - Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Body And Soul - John Green and Edward Heyman
But Beautiful - Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
But Not For Me - George Gershwin
Bye Bye Blackbird - Mort Dixon and Ray Henderson
Chelsea Bridge - Billy Strayhorn
Darn That Dream - Jimmy Van Heusen and Eddie DeLange
Days Of Wine And Roses - Henry Mancini
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington
Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me - Duke Ellington
East Of The Sun - Brooks Bowman
Embraceable You - George Gershwin
Exactly Like You
A Foggy Day - George Gershwin
Gone With The Wind - Allie Wrubel
Here’s That Rainy Day - Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Honeysuckle Rose - Thomas “Fats” Waller and Andy Razaf
If I Were A Bell - Frank Loesser
I Could Write A Book - Richard Rodger and Lorenz Hart
I Hear A Rhapsody - George Fragos
I Remember You - Johnny Mercer
I Should Care - Sammy Cahn and Axel Stordahl
I Thought About You – Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Mercer
I Wish I Knew - Harry Warren and Mack Gordon
I’ll Take Romance - Ben Oakland and Oscar Hammerstein
I’ll Remember April - Don Raye and Gene De Paul
Just Friends - Jerome Kern
Let’s Fall In Love - Harold Arlen
Like Someone In Love - Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Love For Sale - Cole Porter
Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) – Jimmy Davis and Robert Ramirez
Lullaby Of Birdland - George Shearing
Misty - Erroll Garner and Johnny Burke
Moon River - Henry Mancini
Moonlight In Vermont - Karl Suessdorf
My Foolish Heart - Victor Young
My Funny Valentine – Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Nature Boy - Eden Ahbez
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square - Manning Sherwin and Eric Maschwitz
Polkadots And Moonbeams - Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Satin Doll - Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
September In The Rain - Harry Warren and Al Dubin
Skylark - Hoagy Carmichael
Someday My Prince Will Come - Frank Churchill and Larry Morey
The Song Is You - Jerome Kern
Speak Low - Kurt Weil
Star Eyes - Don Raye and Gene De Paul
Summertime - George Gershwin
S’Wonderful - George Gershwin
Take The “A” Train - Billy Strayhorn
Tea For Two – Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar
There Will Never Be Another You - Harry Warren
These Foolish Things - Jack Strachey and Harry Link
Time After Time - Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
Weaver of Dreams - Victor Young
What’s New? - Bob Haggard
Yesterdays - Jerome Kern
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To - Cole Porter
You’re My Everything - Mort Dixon and Joe Young
Latin Jazz
Agua De Beber - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Black Orpheus - Louis Bonfi
Blue Bossa - Kenny Dorham
Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Desafinado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Dindi - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Groovy Samba - Julian “Cannonball” Adderley
How Insensitive - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Little Sunflower - Freddie Hubbard
Meditation - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Minha Saudade - Sergio Mendes
My Little Suede Shoes - Charlie Parker
O Amor En Paz (Once I Loved) - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Recorda-Me - Joe Henderson
So Danco Samba – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Song For My Father - Horace Silver
Summer Samba (So Nice) - Marcos Valle and Sergio Valle
St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins
Triste - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Wave - Antonio Carlos Jobim
“Rat Pack” Standards
Come Fly With Me - Jimmy Van Heusen
Come Rain Or Come Shine - Johnny Mercer
Day In, Day Out - Rube Bloom and Johnny Mercer
Fly Me To The Moon - Bart Howard
Have You Met Miss Jones - Rodgers and Hart
I Get A Kick Out Of You - Cole Porter
I Got You Under My Skin - Cole Porter
Night And Day - Cole Porter
Pennies From Heaven - Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnston
They All Laughed - George Gershwin
They Can’t Take That Away From Me - George Gershwin
The Lady Is a Tramp - Rodgers and Hart
The Way You Look Tonight - Jerome Kern
Witchcraft - Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh
All Blues - Miles Davis
Angel Eyes - Matt Dennis and Earl Brent
Billie’s Bounce - Charlie Parker
Buzzy - Charlie Parker
Blues For Alice - Charlie Parker
Blue Monk - Thelonious Monk
Blue Trane - John Coltrane
Equinox - John Coltrane
Georgia - Hoagy Carmichael
Now’s The Time - Charlie Parker
Sandu - Clifford Brown
Stormy Weather - Harold Arlen
Straight, No Chaser - Thelonious Monk
Sugar - Stanley Turrentine
When Sunny Gets Blue - Jack Segal and Marvin Fisher
Willow Weep For Me - Ann Ronell
Work Song - Nat Adderley
Contemporary Jazz & Bebop
A Night In Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie
Afternoon In Paris - John Lewis
Anthropology - Charlie Parker
Black Narcissus - Joe Henderson
Blue In Green - Bill Evans
Bouncin’ With Bud - Bud Powell
Eighty One - Miles Davis and Ron Carter
Footprints - Wayne Shorter
Four - Miles Davis
Good Bait - Tadd Dameron
Groovin’ High - Dizzy Gillespie
I Mean you - Thelonious Monk
In Walked Bud - Thelonious Monk
Lady Bird - Tadd Dameron
Oleo - Sonny Rollins
‘Round Midnight - Thelonius Monk
Scrapple From The Apple - Charlie Parker
Solar - Miles Davis
So What - Miles Davis
Speak No Evil - Wayne Shorter
Take Five - Paul Desmond
Time Remembered - Bill Evans
Tune Up - Miles Davis
Very Early - Bill Evans
Virgo - Wayne Shorter
Waltz For Debby - Bill Evans
Well You Needn’t - Thelonious Monk
Wildflower - Wayne Shorter
Yardbird Suite - Charlie Parker
Jazz Funk & ”Blue Note” Groove Tunes
Cantaloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
Chameleon - Herbie Hancock
I Wish I New (How It Would Feel To Be Free) - Billy Taylor (a.k.a Film 2012 Theme)
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Charles Fox
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Josef Zawinul
Mo’ Better Blues - The Marsalis Brothers
Red Clay - Freddie Hubbard
Road Song - Wes Montgomery
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
The Jody Grind - Horace Silver
The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan
This Masquerade - Leon Russell
Walk Tall - Joseph “Cannonball” Adderley
Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
Classic & Contemporary Pop/Rock Repertoire List
American Boy - Estelle
And I Love Her - The Beatles
Beat It – Michael Jackson
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Careless Whisper – George Michael
Easy Lover – Phil Collins
Fields of Gold - Sting
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles/George Harrison
Hotel California – The Eagles
How Deep Is Your Love? - The Bee Gees
I Feel Fine – The Beatles
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Just The Two Of Us – Bill Withers
Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack
Layla – Eric Clapton
Lean On Me – Bill Withers
Let It Be - The Beatles
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan/Adele
My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
My Girl – Temptations
Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello
Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna
Overjoyed - Stevie Wonder
Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
She – Elvis Costello
She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Sound Of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
This Love – Maroon 5
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Wonderwall - Oasis
Yellow - Coldplay
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Your Latest Trick – Dire Straits
Christmas Repertoire!
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Jingle Bell Rock
Let It Snow!
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Sleigh Ride
Silent Night
We Three Kings Of Orient Are
Winter Wonderland
(Auld Lang Syne)
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, we have many line up options! Our line-up defaults as a trio (sax, organ and drums), we can also become a 4 piece (adding guitar or vocals), 5 piece (guitar and vocals) or six piece (sax, piano, bass, guitar, drums, vocals).

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

We will be as flexible as we can to make sure your event runs smoothly and you have the best day possible. If your timings change, just let us know.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, of course; there's a good chance we already are familiar with it, even if it's not included on our song list. Two requests are included free of charge, and we're happy to play any requests so long as we know them!

Bemsha Nights' Prices

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£1000
Up to 3 hours£1250

Bemsha Nights' Reviews

From customers:

P. S
7 years ago

Thank you so much for playing at our summer party yesterday. Set the mood wonderfully, I'll definitely be recommending you!

6 years ago

Hiya, just a little note to say thank you for your fantastic performance last weekend. Many of our guests felt transported back in time! We loved your music and it was a pleasure to meet you both.