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Professional trumpet player and big band swing singer. Over 30 years' experience playing theatres, cruise ships, weddings, corporate events.
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John Moakes has over 30 years experience as a function, cruise ship and wedding singer performing all the great swing classics, in addition to being a professional trumpet player. He has worked extensively around the world fronting numerous big bands including the Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra, the New Squadronaires and the Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra, in addition to sharing a stage with the fantastic Mr Buddy Greco. John regularly travels all over the UK and worldwide performing both his self-contained solo show and with his quartet. Whatever your requirements, John’s show can be tailored to fit, making it the perfect entertainment for weddings, birthdays, parties and corporate events. John’s vast repertoire includes songs made famous by the Rat Pack, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr, Matt Monro and more. So if you’re looking for wedding, party or corporate entertainment look no further than John Moakes – and for an additional fee you can enjoy disco entertainment between sets to keep the party alive.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Saved the day!
Swing, Jazz, Christmas, Easy listening, Light music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Bar / Club / Venue event
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, MC
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Song list

• The Shadow of Your Smile
• Sway
• Emily
• Around the World
• Recipe for Love
• Let There Be Love
• Green Dolphin Street
• There Will Never Be Another You
• Flintstones
• The Girl Next Door
• Lover Man
• Days of Wine and Roses
• Cute
• Freddie the Freeloader
• Ceora
• Stella By Starlight
• Goodbye Port Hat
• Body & Soul
• In a Sentimental Mood
• Someday My Prince Will Come
• So What
• Blue Bossa
• Nice N Easy
• Slow Boat to China
• I Love You
• All the Things you Are
• Work Song
• I Can't Give you Anything But Love Baby
• Perdido
• King of the Swingers
• How About You
• Pennies From Heaven
• The Lady Is a Tramp
• Misty
• How High the Moon
• Come Fly with Me
• But Not for Me
• All of Me
• This Can't be Love
• Meditation
• Take the ‘A' Train
• Witchcraft
• Mack The Knife
• Quando Quando
• My Kind of Girl
• Unforgettable
• Bare Necessities
• Tenderly
• Moon River
• Have You Met Miss Jones
• Beyond The Sea
• It's Impossible
• Pennies From Heaven
• New York New York
• Georgia On My Mind
• Try A Little Tenderness
• Sweet Georgia Brown
• Watermelon Man
• If I Could Write A Book
• Feelings
• Route 66
• Nevertheless
• The Way You Look Tonight
• Tea For Two
• When I Fall In Love
• All The Way
• Bye Bye Blackbird
• Strangers In The Night
• Time After Time
• St. Thomas
• A Foggy Day
• Minnie The Moocher
• My Way
• Don't Get Around Much Anymore
• Satin Doll
• Georgia
• Can't Get Started
• Sentimental Journey
• Fly Me to the Moon
Sweet Caroline
Tie a Yellow Ribbon
The Last Waltz
My Kind of Town
Night and Day
The Way You Look Tonight
Come Fly with Me
Let There Be Love
Nice and Easy
Strangers in the Night
My Kinda Girl
It had to be you
I've Got You Under My Skin
My Funny Valentine
Route 66
Mack the Knife
New York New York
You are the Sunshine of my Life
The Lady is a Tramp
A Foggy Day
What a Wonderful World
Embraceable You
Fly me to the Moon
Somewhere Beyond the Sea
That's All
Ain't that a Kick in the Head
Mr Bojangles
It's not unusual
That's Amore
Can't Take my Eyes off You
I Got Rhythm
Music to Watch Girls go by
Save the Last Dance for me
It's Impossible
Quando Quando
Recipe for making love
All the way
You make me feel so young
On a clear day
My Way
I'll be seeing you
Customer questions

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

No problems. I will go with any changes you make to make the day as smooth as possible fo you .

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

Yes. Any music of your choice can be played through my equipment all throughout the event.

How much time do you need to set up?

Can be set up in 30 minutes with no fuss.

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

You can request any song and if possible we will play it for you .

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes everything.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

So many songs out there but given some time we will learn and perform it for you.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Were a fully professional line up . From myself with swinging tracks or my full line up of keys bass and drums.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Warner hotels all through the year. Private venues.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Frank Sinatra and other big band swing singers.

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

The o2 in London playing trumpet, west end theatres.


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)£300
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.


Telephone consultation plus 1 new song learnt


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Jane R, 1 year ago

Fantastic guy, great entertainer, could not have asked for more, would highly recommend x

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, 2 years ago

Thank you the John Moakes Quartet ...was definitely a ..five star performance!! Many thanks... Annie x

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Annie L, 2 years ago

John Moakes performed at my party on Monday 18th March at the Quadrant. He was totally brilliant. ..so yes five gold stars for every question. .. Rebooked already!!

From other customers:

Katie P, 2037 years ago

John played at my wedding just over a month ago and was brilliant. Everyone said how great it was. There was no fuss, he just set up and sounded wonderful. Exactly what I was hoping for. I would recommend him to anyone. John Moakes even stayed longer and helped with my iPod music after. Great guy and couldn't have been more helpful. Thanks again, you're the best! xx

Christine J, 3 years ago

Thank you so much John, you are AMAZING! You gave the wow factor to what would normally be a boring corporate dinner in Chester Racecourse. The guests were very impressed and complimented your fantastic voice.It was a pleasure to meet you and I loved working with such a professional and talented artist.I would definitely recommend you to anyone holding an event of any size! You will always be my first choice! Thank you again x

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