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Down for the Count

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About Down for the Count

Stylish band performing jazz, swing, soul and Motown music. Previous clients include Virgin, Dell, BMW and Lindt.
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Down for the Count are a London-based function band who perform swing, soul and Motown music for wedding receptions, corporate events and private parties. A hugely versatile ensemble, the band has a varied set list of music great at getting audiences of all ages up and dancing. The band also provide sophisticated background jazz music, the perfect backdrop to a drinks reception. The band are available in various line-ups - the most popular is a 9-piece band featuring a female vocalist, but just get in touch for more information about our larger and smaller line-ups. With previous clients including Virgin, Dell, BMW, Triumph, Lindt and Bosch, you know you're in safe hands when booking one of the country's most popular function bands.

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From Encore customers:

Carl L
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Great band - would highly recommend. We hired the band for a large event, and from beginning to end they worked well with us, from selecting the right PA equipment to tailoring a set to suit the theme of our event. They also tried hard to work around some logistical issues we were having at the venue. The performances were fantastic and we've had feedback from guests to confirm this, and invoicing / payment was all very easy. Would highly recommend.

From other customers:

Deborah D
8 years ago

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.

Alan B
8 years ago

Mike, just a brief note to thank you and the band for helping make Sarah and Ben's wedding reception such a special occasion. The performances were brilliant and just added to what was a great day. Your suggestion to move the sets on till later was a really good call. thanks. Everyone we have spoken to loved your performance - please pass on our thanks to the whole band

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Down for the Count's Song list

Medley 1 (Motown Medley):
Dancing in the Street
Heard it Through the Grapevine
Rescue Me
Say a Little Prayer for You
Medley 2:
You Can’t Hurry Love
Medley 3:
Young Hearts Run Free
For Once in My Life
Sir Duke
Medley 4 (Diva Medley)
Best of My Love*
I’m Every Woman*
Lady Marmalade
Medley 5 (Bruno Mars Medley):
Uptown Funk
24K Magic*
Medley 6 (Pop Medley)
Hey Ya
Aretha Franklin
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
I Say a Little Prayer For You
A Natural Woman
You’re All I Need to Get By*
Until You Come Back To Me
Stevie Wonder
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing*
For Once in My Life
Isn’t She Lovely
Knocks Me Off My Feet
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Sir Duke
Curtis Mayfield
Move On Up
Marvin Gaye
Heard It Through The Grapevine
Let’s Get It On
James Brown
I Feel Good
James Taylor
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
Otis Redding
My Girl
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Dancing In The Street
The Supremes
You Can't Hurry Love
Etta James
I Just Wanna Make Love to You
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
The Tracks of My Tears
Bill Withers
Lovely Day
Barry White
The First, The Last, My Everything
CeCe Peniston
Jackson 5
Blame it on the Boogie
I Want You Back
Candi Staton
Young Hearts Run Free
Chaka Khan
Ain't Nobody*
I'm Every Woman*
Lady Marmalade
The Emotions
Best of My Love*
Gloria Gaynor
I Will Survive
Tom Jones
It's Not Unusual
Earth, Wind and Fire
Lionel Richie
All Night Long
Jerry Lee Lewis
Great Balls of Fire
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)
Jackie Wilson
Higher and Higher
Rose Royce
Car Wash
Otis Redding
Try a Little Tenderness
Amy Winehouse
Pharrell Williams
Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk
24K Magic*
Don’t Stop Me Now
Justin Timberlake
Can’t Stop the Feeling*
Dolly Parton
9 to 5
Andy Williams
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Billy Joel
Just The Way You Are
Natalie Cole
(This Will Be) An Everlasting Love
Van Morrison
Tom Jones
It's Not Unusual
CeLo Green
Forget You
Rolling in the Deep
Hey Ya
Camila Cabello
Imelda May
Big Bad Handsome Man
Dean Martin
Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
That's Amore*
Nat 'King' Cole
Almost Like Being in Love
Let There Be Love
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Route 66
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Michael Bublé
All of Me
Save the Last Dance for Me*
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
Sam Cooke
Twistin’ the Night Away
Ella Fitzgerald
Cheek to Cheek
Mas Que Nada
Etta James
At Last
Kenny Ball

I Wanna Be Like You
(from The Jungle Book)
Louis Prima
Buona Sera*
Jump Jive & Wail
Just a Gigolo*
Louis Jordan
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
Louis Armstrong
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Nina Simone
Feeling Good
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Harry Connick Jr.
It Had To Be You*
Peggy Lee
Why Don't You Do Right
Doris Day
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
Que Sera Sera
Natalie Cole
Orange Coloured Sky
Bobby Darin
Beyond The Sea
Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano
(from The Talented Mr. Ripley)
Benny Goodman
Sing Sing Sing*
Glenn Miller
American Patrol*
Chattanooga Choo Choo*
In the Mood*
Pennsylvania 6-5000*
Count Basie
All of Me
Well Alright, Okay, You Win
Robbie Williams & Various
Puttin’ on the Ritz
Paulo Nutini
Pencil Full of Lead
Rosemary Clooney
Mambo Italiano
Jackie Wilson
Reet Petite
These are modern songs performed in a “vintage swing” style, inspired by Postmodern Jukebox. Some are covers of Postmodern Jukebox songs, and some are our own re-interpretations of modern songs.
Crazy In Love
Bad Romance
Plug in Baby
Livin’ on a Prayer
All About That Bass
Gangsta’s Paradise
Shake it Off
No Diggity
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

They love our energy, our style, and our great sound. We've been performing together for 15 years and are friends off-stage as well as on, which we think comes across in our performance. We love getting people dancing!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We've performed across the world, from Paris to Morocco to Jordan. We've performed at The V&A, The Eiffel Tower, Wembley Stadium, The Savoy, and The Shard. You'll also find us at top jazz clubs including Ronnie Scotts and Pizza Express Jazz Club.

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

In front of 10,000 people at Leeds Castle, Kent for their annual Classical Concert

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes - loads! We can perform as anything from a 6-piece to a 27-piece orchestra. Just get in touch for more information!

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

We'll always try our best to be flexible - get in touch if you're timings change and we'll see what we can do.

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

Yes - you can plug your device into our PA system to stay in control of all the music when the band isn't playing.

How much time do you need to set up?

It takes 60 minutes for us to set up but we recommend leaving 90 minutes just in case.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Not in this line up, but we do have a roaming line-up available called The Vintage Strollers.

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

Yes you can, although we'd suggest you don't choose more than 7 or 8 songs per set - this means that we can include your favourites alongside songs that we know are great at getting people up and dancing.

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

Yes, PA suitable for an audience of up to 200 people is included.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

The booking includes one request learnt free of charge. We're happy to learn other songs - please get in touch to discuss fees.
Jazz, Blues, Swing, Dixieland, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Pop, Soul, Motown, Vintage
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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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