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Kal's kats

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About Kal's kats

A brilliant rhythm and blues Band - playing 20's, 40's, 50's and party tunes as well as dance tuition provided. First Class entertainment!!
Swing & Jive band
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A superb 9 piece jump jive swing band with outstanding stage presence playing from 20's, 40's and 50's - across the Uk and Europe/Middle East - also includes dance tuition if required. Numerous testimonials and many repeat bookings. Perfect for weddings, parties, corporate functions - will even make a video of your event - take a look at us and some of the videos on the web at Kal's Kats - Have also featured on BBC TV, Radio as well as in the oscar nominated Hollywood film Phantom Thread with Sir Daniel Day Lewis

Kal's kats' Reviews

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6 years ago

IThis band is fabulous x they will take you right back x with their authentic sounds of the past. Your feet won’t stop tapping and your soul won’t stop moving.  Their dancers and singers are amazing.  The 1920s ball in Leicester was perfection x well done guys xx - Dee Evans - City Rooms Leicester ​ just have to say a really big 'Thank You' to Kal & the rest of the Band Members for your playing in Chesterfield yesterday. I'm from the town originally but moved away over 30yrs ago, however I go 'home' as often as I can to see my Dad. Sadly I wasn't able to get to this years event but am commenting on my Dad's behalf. At 93yrs old the 40's were my dad's 'youth' & he has always held on to the memories & been my inspiration for my lifelong passion for the era. He took himself off to town yesterday & listened to you guys right through to your last number. I chatted with him last night & he was thrilled with his day out, loving the music & reminiscing to the dancing. So I will say Thank You All once again for making my dear old Dad a very Happy Man! you are wonderful musicians and very lovely people. My Best Wishes to you All. Leander Phillips (Visitor to Chesterfield 40's day) 10/10 ​ Hi Kal Just a quick note to say a big thanks to you and the guys for last Saturday at Nitstock !. It was amazing and beyond what we had hoped for. Your attention to detail and quality for providing a first class service really is second to none and we were so delighted to know you could fit us in after the Leicester vintage carnival. Can't tell you how many good comments we have received about the music . A good time had by all. I'll be in touch about the village do next year soon once t'commitee have met Cheers and all the best Tim & Chris  Tim and Chris Bray (Nitstock -Oxford) 10/10   July 2017 ​ Great night at The Fishpond Pub with Kal Vaikla and his Kats you certainly know how to make the place come alive with your fab music...👏👏👏..An outstanding band and never fail to deliver. Thank you also to Red Ginger for your dance lesson we will master that stroll..👏 ​ Well what can you say - we had Kal's Kats to play for our Great Gatsby Themed Birthday party last night in Sutton in Ashfield. I don't really know what more to say - simply a fantastic band!!! how these guys are not on TV and playing around the country is a sin as far as I'm concerned. Their attention to detail is excellent, they play brilliant music and get the entire room going - teaching them dances to get everyone buzzing - They taught them the Gay Gordons for a bit of fun and I nearly burst into tears with how fantastic it all looked and to see everyone army party enjoying themselves. Just a wonderful wonderful night - Thankyou so much Kal's Kats - Yvonne Shaw xx (10 / 10) Yvonne Shaw - Hosiery Mills, Sutton in Ashfield Kals Kats did my wife's 60th. birthday party, what a band everyone at the party had a brilliant night and are still talking about the band, these guys are the best ever, you have to see them for yourselves, amazing!!! Steve Shaw (Birthday party - Great Gatsby style) 10/10 ​ W0W!! what a brilliant night, all our guests as well as us are ranting about how much they enjoyed it - Kal's Kat's are just off the scale - might have to have another birthday party xxx Yvonne Bradbury (60th Birthday party - Gatsby style ) 10/10 ​ What a superb night - music and entertainment by these guys was just first class. Highly recommended band and really know how to get the party going - wonderful feedback from everyone. Krishna Pancholi (Great Gatsby party night BrowneJacobson Llp) 10/10   Hello all, Just a quick email to congratulate everyone on a really successful night on Friday. Wayne and the team, you were fantastic entertainment and we're really grateful your support and professionalism in working together with the Kal's Kat's band and us to make the night go so well. Louisa and Krishna, once again well done and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Thank you for asking us to be a part of it with our good friends Kal and his fantastic Kats. We hope to work with you again. Red & Ginger Red & Ginger (DancewithRed&Ginger) 10/10   Wow, wow, wow - simply fantastic. They hit the switch and boom it just went off. The audience danced like crazy and were sweating like mad - the main chap Kal was in amongst the audience whooping then up showing them dance moves and singing some fab music - I wish I'd recorded this - they should be on TV! This is the best night we've ever seen at this club in all the years - Kal's Kats - just superb. Happy new year for 2017 all and get these guys booked for your event. You won't regret it - Peter H. Manager  Peter Harris (Kirk Hallam social club Xmas party 2016) 10/10   We had Kal's Kats play for our wedding party in a Great Gatsby style - they were absolutely fantastic. Their stage presentation was so authentic and the lighting really created the mood. So much more than we expected. Thankyou guys xx Sara Henley (Our wedding at Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield) 10/10   What an EPIC night! A group of us travelled from Bedworth to Derby to dance to Kal's Kats for their Xmas dance - bloody fantastic night!!! I wish I could dance to these guys every day!! Sam Samantha Luna Louise (Strictly jitterbug) 10/10   What can I say - we attended the weekender and on Saturday watched one band and many of us were disappointed and were ready to leave but wanted to wait to see this band called Kal's Kats. We didn't know what to expect and hoped they would be better than the previous band and boy were we in for a treat. Kal's kats are simply fantastic!!! There 250 people in that room at the Royal Bath Hotel and everyone danced the entire night through. we were delighted and cannot praise this band highly enough, really excellent. Thankyou Kats - you outdid yourselves  Terry Hughes (Jump jive weekender Bournemouth) 10/10   Thankyou so so much to you and Kal’s Kats - just pure quality entertainment. You should be on the telly. We will be in contact soon to arrange another dance - feedback is beyond any what we have had from any band-  Terry Lloyd (Oakleigh Lodge royal British legion - Notts) 10/10   Hi Kal Thank you. I can't believe we raised so much money. Thank you and your Kats for amazing entertainment and I apologise that they were left hanging around. Everyone I have spoken to loved the music and were asking who you were. I will put your details on the Dancing with Karen page. It would be great to work with you again and Kalamazoo would really work for one of our dances as well - you guys are just fantastic !!  Karen Creswell (Dancing with a Karen -Swadlincote relay for life and cancer research UK) 10/10   Tell you what folks - these guys have two band Kalamazoo dance Band and Kal's Kats - we had Kalamazoo here a few weeks ago for our 40's event and we have Kal's Kats playing for New Year's Eve - they are simply first class - we were blown away by their talent, top quality music and how they worked the audience participation was second to none. Just fantastic!!!! If you are planning an event and want it to be remembered by everyone, then either Kal's Kats for. Jump jive and swing Dance or Kalamazoo for a Glenn Miller and rat pack style dance - just love love love you guys!!! Sheridan Morris (7 Lakes country park) 10/10   Blimey these guys are superb!! They played an outside concert for us as part of the weeks music festival and they got the place rammed - folks were sitting on the walls to get a view - what a band and will definitely be back here again - swing revival at its best!! Chris - manager at Fishpond Matlock Bath (Fishpond pub - Matlock Bath) 10/10   What a great night at evesham town hall. Kals Kats were absolutely incredible. Loved every moment of it :D xxxx Would absolutely 100% recommend this band to anyone - brilliant !!! Jade Freemen (JazzJiveSwing - Evesham) 10/10   Exhausted after an absolutely fantastic night dancing to the brilliant Kals Kats at Evesham Town Hall. Huge thanks to Sarah and Rob for organising. Thanks to everyone for the dances, giggles and very silly moments. Helen Louisa (Evesham Town Hall) 10/10   Kals Kats... You played a fantastic set last night. Gez Gaughn (JazzJiveSwing group) 10/10   Hello Kal, Well what can I say, a huge thank you for making our event such a success it was great and enjoyed by all. It was wonderful to see all those bodies on the Dance floor enjoying such fun and learning new steps instructed by yourself and Andrew and his team lovely to watch also Red and Ginger and the other dancers who came along with them. Your band is excellent and we will have you back no doubts !! Ann Spendlove (St Faiths in the community ) 10/10   What a night of dancing To Kals Kats. Brilliant music, fun workshops and good company, it doesn't get better than that! Ian an Natalie Cookson (Strutt Centre, Belper, Derbyshire ) 10/10   Had a great night at our venue with the gangster and molls night with Kal's Kats - great band, great fun and looking forward to the next. Andrew James Dunn (The Reeency Dance Centre) 10/10   Very simply - another great night with Kal's Kats! Louise Jayne Wilding 10/10   Sian Lawley-Rudd - Had a fab time watching all the great dancers and listening to the fab music from Kal's Kats tonight! — feeling entertained at Willington Rock n Roll Club. Had a great time, the live music was brilliant and I joined in on the Charleston xx Sian Lawley-Rudd 10/10   watched Kal's Kats play at Pickering War weekend last year at Pickering and at Whitby Metropole - They were superb and great news that they are booked again for 2016 - I'll be there. Michelle (Pickering War weekend) 10/10   well well, I watched this band in action at Great Barford and can tell you they are superb. The presentation with lights and suits is second to none and really creates that atmosphere and the music was really well played and an excellent mix as well. The floor was packed from start to finish. I thought they were outstanding A++++ Caro F. (Cambs) 10/10   More Testimonials available if required (all in the public domain)

Great N
7 years ago

well, I watched this band in action at Great Barford and can tell you they are superb. The presentation with lights and suits is second to none and really creates that atmosphere and the music was really well played and an excellent mix as well. The floor was packed from start to finish. I thought they were outstanding A++++ Caro F.

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Kal's kats' Song list

A brilliant mix of jump jive, lindy, balboa, shag, shim sham, tranky do, stroll, charleston, electro swing, neoswing
here is a list for review but essentially we will craft the programme to suit your requirements.
Anything goes
Put a lid on it
Putting on the Ritz
That Man
Zoot suit riot
Pencil full of Lead
Wonder where my Baby is tonight
Diga Diga Doo
Birth of the Blues
Inside out
Nothings too good for my baby
Reet Petite
This Train
The Mooche
Till the well runs dry
Dancin’ Fool
Big Time operator
Sweet nothings
I wanna be like you
Flip flop Fly
Fools fall in love
5-10-15 Hours
Dr Wanna Do
Tweedle dee
Peace in the Valley
Birth of the Blues
Minnie the Moocher
Mambo number 5
Gay Gordons
hokey Cokey
Dance the night away
Stupid Cupid
I just wanna make love to you
Buena Sera
As long as I’m moving
Ay La Bah
Shake Rattle n roll (Lots of solos)
Sing sing sing
other considerations
500 miles
ain't no sunshine
Ain't not mountain high enough
a little less conversation
achy breaky heart
All of me
Always and forever
Always on my mind
American boy
a nightingale sang in Berkeley square
A thousand years
At last
Autumn leaves
Baker Street
bad moon rising
be my baby
Better together
beyond the sea
bittersweet symphony
Black and Gold
black magic woman
blueberry hill
Blue Christmas
blue moon
blue suede shoes
broken stones
Brown eyed Girl
Cant buy me love
Canon in D (Pachelbels)
cant get you out of my head
cant stop the feeling
Can you feel the love tonight
cant take my eyes off you
cant take that away
Can't help falling in love with you
The christmas song
cooler than me
Chasing cars
Come fly with me
Crazy little thing called love
Dance the night away
dont fence me in
dont stop
Dont worry be happy
Don't know why
Endless love
Empire State of mind
End of the road
Everything I do (I do it for you)
Everybody's free (to feel good)
Fly me to the moon
frosty the snowman
galway girl (steve Earle)
Georgia on my mind
Get lucky
Glasgow love theme
girl from ipanema
goodnight sweetheart goodnight
Hallelujah I love her so
Hard Days night
hard tohandle
have i told you lately
I just havent met you yet
Have you met miss jones
have yourself a merry little xmas
hey laura
Hey ya
Higher and Higher
Ho hey
Hound Dog
How long will I love you
how sweet it is
I love you baby
It must be love
I'm kissing you
I don't want to miss a thing
I'm yours
If I ain't got you
I say a little prayer
I want it that way
I want you back
i wanna b like you
Isn't she lovely
I wish i knew how it would feel to be free
i've got you under my skin
it aint over
it had to be you
it wasnt me
jailhouse rock
jingle bell rock
Just the way you are
king of my castle
lady hear me tonight
lady is a tramp
last nite
Last request
let her go
Let It Snow
lets stay together
let there be love
little ole wine drinker
long tall sally
long train running
Love is all around
Love on top
Your Love gets sweeter every day
lovely day
love never felt so good
Make you feel my love
Marry you
Marry me
Million love songs
Moon river
Moving on up
mr bojangles
Mustang sally
my girl
mysterious girl
Nothing's gonna stop us now
night and day
New York New York
New York State of mind
No diggity
no woman no cry
one for my baby
One day like this
on the street where you live
ordinary people
pencil full of lead
pretty green eyes
Proud mary
Puttin on the ritz
Rappers delight
reet petite
Return of the mack
return to sender
ride wit me
rockin around the xmas tree
route 66
Rule the world
Santa claus is comin to town
Say my name
seven days
seven nation army
She said
show me love
Signed sealed delivered
sing it back
Sit down
somewhere over the rainbow
stand by me
straighten up and fly right
Stuck in the middle
suit and tie
Sunday morning
Sweet caroline
Sweet home alabama
sweet home chicago
thats amore
these are the days
The snake
The way you look tonight
The way you make me feel
The wonder of you
Thinking out loud
this is how we do it
thong song
three little birds
tocas miracle
twistin the night away
U dont know me
Until you come back to me
uptown funk
Use somebody
what a difference
what'd i say
what is love
white christmas
When you say nothing at all
Winter wonderland
Wonderful world
Wonderful tonight
You do something to me
You make me feel so young
You are the best thing
Your song
Youve got the love
youre still the one

Kal's kats' Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1600
Up to 2 hours£1700
Up to 3 hours£1800
Customer questions

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

We strive to make sure the line-up you see is what you get on the night. We do have pre-audititioned 'dep' musicians available in case a band member falls ill or is unavailable. As a professional band our reputation means everything so you can be confident that all of our players are of a very high level.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line-up is as follows: Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keys, Drums. We also have a 7 piece option that includes Sax and Trumpet - and can vary the line up from 4 to 10 piece

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

Can I pick the songs 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.

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

Our PA and lighting system is included in your quote and is top of the range Digital Presonus recording studio quality. We usually require a minimum of 3m by 4m space to perform”

Can you learn song requests 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.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Three main points I would say 1 That we play to a very high standard and video record every event we play at 2 That we always engage with the customer to ensure the music programme is exactly what they want 3 our audience interaction is well renowned for creating a wonderful atmosphere We treat every event with high priority to ensure complete satisfaction

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

we have played at the Olympia in London, the O2 in London, numerous town hall and concert halls across the Uk - the Albert Hall in london, wintergardens and tower ballroom in Blackpool as well as numerous high quality hotels across Europe and the Middle east.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Louis Jordan, Jools holland, Kenny G,

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

we have played at numerous high profile events including featuring in a major hollywood film Phantom Thread starring Sir Daniel Day Lewis - also played support to jools Holland at Carfest North and also on the film set for Peaky Blinders
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