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St Louis Express

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About St Louis Express

6/7 piece Swing / Jazz/ Jump Jive band. Fun music from the 1920's to 60's to get feet tapping & people on the dance floor.
Swing & Jive band
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After meeting at music events, our enthusiastic, like minded, professional musicians put together the 7/9 piece Swing, Jump Jive Band St Louis Express. Full of energy, great entertainment and fun, we play sounds from the Golden era of music, 1920’s to early 1960’s. We have developed our sound to suit all ages from 1 to 92 playing at various live music venues, weddings, hotels, restaurants, festivals, corporate and special events gaining great reviews. We perform songs from legends, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Louis Prima, Dean Martin. Louis Jordan. Harry Belafonte, playing Jazz, (Swing standards most people will recognise) engaging with audiences with infectious, uptempo feel good music. A totally live line up of saxophonist, clarinet, flute player, double bass, drums, guitar, lead and backing vocals, harmonica. We are top quality professional musicians, some of whom have performed at the Albert Hall, regularly at music festivals including Proms seasons. We are the resident band for the Peaky Blinder events at Cardiff Depot (on video) and Motion Bristol, playing to sell out nights, attracting over 6,000 people. Our band dress in 1930's 40's attire taking audiences back in time to a Swing /Jazz era, making the event a memorable occasion. With a large following throughout South Wales our band popularity is already spreading further afield in England. A fun, feel good professional band

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St Louis Express' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Roger H
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

This band was simply amazing.everyone that attended the party could not believe how good they were. In a word they were absolutely fantastic. They made the whole night go with a bang.Thank you very much indeed. Roger Hopkins (very satisfied customer)

Rhys M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

St Louis Express played in the evening at our wedding this weekend. They arrived well ahead of time and were very flexible with timing their set up around our day. When it came to their set, they started with our first dance song, Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis (which they had learned specially by request). Their arrangement of this song was fantastic, and we loved the saxophone they had added to the piece in particular. The rest of their set was a mix of songs which were perfect for those dancing, and enjoyable for those who just wanted to listen and watch. The whole set was a perfect ending to our day, and the band were very friendly and in spirit with the happy and fun day we had- both when playing and when we spoke to them throughout the evening. We cannot recommend booking St Louis Express enough for an event like a wedding- they were friendly and incredibly accommodating in working around our schedule, and the music was excellent, with amazing vocals and superb instrumentals throughout. Thank you so much for being part of our amazing day!

Reply from St Louis Express
1 year ago

Thanks for the review Rhys, much appreciated. Thank you for booking us for your special day. We all enjoyed and the venue was fab.

John Q
2 years ago
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4.3 out of 5


Reply from St Louis Express
2 years ago

Thank you John. We had a great afternoon. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

Jurij S
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

The guys were stupendous! Absolute gem, professionals as musicians; brilliant as a performers; came beforehand to check the venue; came when agreed on the day of the venue; Thank you and Encoremusicians for the smooth organization (and it was short notice) and for the fab performance. Don't even want to mention the price - full band of 7 musicians with this set of instruments for that price - it's like a Christmas gift for me as an event manager :) Best wishes and most definitely will book again some day

Reply from St Louis Express
2 years ago

Thanks Jurij Much appreciated

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From other customers:

6 years ago

Worked with them last Saturday and they were brilliant absolutely loved them

6 years ago

Best band I have seen for a long time, amazing night at the peaky Blinders event !!!

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St Louis Express' Song list

Night Train - Louis Prima
Lady is a tramp- Frank Sinatra
Don't mean a thing ain't got Swing.- Louis Amstrong
King of Swingers- Louis Prima
In the Mood- Glen Miller
New York New York
Be my Guest- Fats Domino
Mack the Knife- Bobby Darren
Jump in line, Shake senora
Let the good times roll
Ain't nobody her but chickens
That's Amore
Route 66
Putting on the Ritz
Hey Boy Hey Girl
All of me
Hallelujah I love her so
Minnie the Moocher
Flip Flop Fly
5 months 2 weeks 2 days
Choo Choo Cha Boogie
Cry to me
Pennies from heaven
I've got a woman
Hit the road Jack
Buena Sera
King of the Road
Jump Jive Wail
Can't help falling in Love
Got you Under my Skin
Stranger on the shore
Let's stick together
Never fall in love again
The Chicken & Hawk
That's Amore
When your smiling
Oh Marie
Lavender Coffin
Let it Snow
Rockin around the Christmas tree
Jingle bell Rock
The Christmas song
You are my Sunshine
I cant stop loving you
Don’t fence me in
You make me feel so young
Whistle stop
Putting on the Ritz
Ain’t miss behaving
Let there be love
That's Life
Don't get around much anymore
When your Smiling.
Save the last dance
Bye Bye Blackbird
Green Green Grass of home
Father & Son
Theme from Godfather
Customer questions

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

Yes, Mark our lead singer is band leader too.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, we usually perform as a 6/7 piece band. With line up of Drums, Double bass, Guitar, Saxophone / Clarinet, Harmonica, vocal lead & 2 backing vocalists. We can add trumpet & trombone for 9 piece ( See Winter Gardens video) we can perform as a 5 piece too

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

Please contact us ASAP to see if we are available on rescheduled date.

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

Yes, we can play music between sets through our PA system. If you want DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional fee agreed.

How much time do you need to set up?

We take at least 1 hour. We can play background music around 30 mins after start of set up. Would always prefer to allow 1.5 mins to 2 hours for set up sound check. And little chill before performance.

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and knowing what songs works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're always happy to discuss any special requests. Making sure we find what works for your event. ”

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

Yes, PA & our lighting is included in quote. Although for venues of over 300 people, larger hire PA's may be required.

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. Or if a requested song fits our genre of music 1920’s to 1960’s we may be Happy to learn it. There is a fee of £40 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. ”
Blues, Jazz, Swing, Postmodern jukebox jazz
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