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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
Vale of Glamorgan
Public liability insurance of £1 million

7 piece Swing Band began back in 2017. After meeting at music events, the enthusiastic, like minded, professional musicians put together the band -St Louis Express. Full of energy, great entertainment and fun, playing sounds from the Golden era of music 1920’s to early 1960’s. They have developed their sound to suit all ages from 1 to 92 playing at various live music venues. Songs from legends, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Louis Prima, Dean Martin. Louis Jordan. Harry Belafonte. Playing Jazz, Swing standards that most people will recognise. A totally live line up of saxophonist, clarinet, flute player, double bass, drums, guitar, lead and backing vocals, harmonica. Top quality professional musicians ! Some of the band have performed at the Albert Hall regularly at music festivals including Proms season. Resident band for the Peaky Blinder events at Cardiff Depot (on video) & Motion Bristo, playing to sell out nights, attracting over 6,000 peoplel. Regularly performing at Vintage festivals, Weddings, Corporate & special events. The band dress in 1930's 40's attire. To take audiences back in time to a Swing /Jazz era. Engaging with audiences with infectious uptempo feel good music. So if your looking for a memorable night of entertainment, something a bit different to your regular pop covers band. Please get in touch. We would always recommend that customers see a band live before booking. Something we can arrange through Encore. Almost all of our bookings through Encore have come from customers who have seen the band play live. The band have a great following in South Wales.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
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Average response time under 2 hours
4th Anniversary
This act has been working with Encore for over 4 years
5 gigs
Experienced: 5 bookings through Encore
Blues, Jazz, Swing, Postmodern jukebox jazz
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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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- Frank Sinatra
Be my Guest- Fats Domino
Mack the Knife- Bob y Darren
Jump in line, Shake senora
Let the good times roll
Ain't nobody her but chickens
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
Fly me to the Moon
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
Got you Under my Skin
Stranger on the shore
Let's stick together
Never fall in love again
Just a Gigolo
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. I Or if a requested song fits our genre of music 1920’s to 1960’s we may be Happy to learn for future events There is a fee is song is a one off for event of £40 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. ”
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From Encore customers:

Debbie J
1 month ago
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5 out of 5


Reply from St Louis Express
8 days ago

Thanks Debbie, Was a great night! Fab that everyone dressed up for the occasion.

Caroline J
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

We booked St Louis Express for our wedding in July 2021, after having seen them play locally, and were thrilled with their performance. I chatted to Mark quite a bit before the day - he was always quick to respond to phone calls and emails, which was especially helpful during lockdown as government guidance was changing. As well as providing reassurance, he taught me a lot about their style of music (listen to Louis Prima!) and was very flexible in adapting to our requirements. The band went out of their way to give their set a Latin swing (my husband is from South America) and we chose a first song that suited us perfectly. On the day, the band was fabulous as we knew they would be. They were totally professional and their set-up was unobtrusive. Everyone loved their music, which just makes you feel "you just have to dance!" They were lots of fun to be around, and one couple loved them so much that they even booked them for their wedding as well! Highly recommended - you will not be disappointed.

Reply from St Louis Express
8 days ago

Hi Caroline, Hope your both doing well. Thanks for a great review & a great night.

From other customers:

4 years ago

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

4 years ago

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

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