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Steve King Band

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About Steve King Band

Big band
Halesowen
Public liability insurance of £3 million
A versatile band from duo to big band performing swing. jazz.functions and weddings

The band originally started as an offshoot of Steve’s school orchestra, and from these early beginnings as a youth band, the passage of time has, after forty years turned the Steve King Big Band into one of the Midlands leading exponents of big band music. The current line-up is an eclectic mix of seasoned pros and semi-pros including some of the brightest sparks in the jazz scene today which helps keep the band at the forefront of the burgeoning big band movement. The band has always known success. Since winning a talent competition in the early days, it has gone from strength to strength, appearing at every major venue in the West Midlands playing for concert and dance engagements including several sell out appearances at Ronnie Scott's. It was amongst the prize winners at the annual Musicians' Union Big Band Contest an unprecedented nine times, winning outright on two occasions. It has six bestselling albums currently in release including its latest CD, '60 NOT OUT”. The band can be heard regularly on various radio stations including The Bridge Radio 102.5FM and BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester. Part of the band's appeal is the wide range of musical styles it plays. A typical concert will encompass anything from Goodman to Goodwin. With a woodwind section that doubles twenty-six instruments between them and a tuba player and tuned percussionist as part of the regular line-up, this band tackles many charts other bands cannot reach! Vocals are in the very capable hands of Lynn Dawes who hails from the USA. Lynn has appeared on four of the band’s albums and has proved a big hit with audiences throughout the UK. In order to maintain its musical integrity, the band has twice been awarded lottery grants from the Arts Council of Great Britain which enables it to continue with its own brand of big band music without commercial considerations. However, the UK is not big enough to support a band just playing for concerts, and the band turns its hand to many things to keep working. They are one of the few bands to still carry a ballroom dancing library and also perform for forties nights with a full library to match alongside its demanding concert programme which features the best big band music of the last 60 years.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Film / TV music, Fanfare, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, Jazz, Cabaret, Dixieland, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Covers, Motown, Soul, Vintage, Rock 'n' Roll, Samba, Tango, Salsa, Blues
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

We have a repertoire of over 1500 pieces in all styles.
We will be happy to send a playlist based on your requirements
Swing
Night & Day
Cole Porter
Jazz
Mocking Bird Rag
Walter Melrose
Swing
Woodchoppers Ball
Joe Bishop
Swing/Jazz
Corner Pocket
Freddie Green
Swing /Jazz
C Jam Blues
Duke Ellington
Swing
Caravan
Duke Ellington
Swing
Stompin'at the Savoy
Benny Goodman
Jazz
After Youve Gone
Creamer / Layton
Swing
Route 66
Bobby Troup
Swing
My baby Just Cares For Me
Swing
In The Mood
Andy Razaf
Swing
American Patrol
F W Meacham
Ballad
Moonlight Serenade
Glenn Miller
Jazz
Honeysuckle Rose
Fats Waller
Ballad
Georgia
Hoagy Carmichael
Swing / Jazz
Perdido
Juan Tizol /Duke Ellington
Swing
Basin Street Blues
Jazz
Petite Fleur
Sidney Bechet
Jazz
So What
Miles Davis
Jazz
Four
Miles Davis
Jazz
My Funny Valentine
Richard Rodgers
Jazz
Night In Tunisia
Dizzy Gillespie
Ballad
All The Things You Are
Jerome Kern
Jazz
All Blues
Miles Davis
Pop
Pencil Full Of Lead
Pop
Smooth Operator
Adu/St John
Pop
It's Not Unusual
Mills/Reed
Pop
The Locomotion
Goffin/King
Edit
Pop
Dancin 'in the Street
Pop
Dance the Night Away
Pop
Valerie
Pop
Perfect
Mark E Nevin
Pop
Bend Me, Shape Me
English/W
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We can offer any lineup from a duo to full 19 piece band. Our most popular lineups are a 5 piece (Vocals, trumpet, keys, bass and drums), a 9 piece ( 2xsaxes, 2xbrass, keys, guitar, bass, drums and vocals) and the full band.

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

We can accommodate any timing changes. You pay for the time we are there, so, as long as the overall slot doesn't change... no problem!

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

Yes, DJ service via our PA is free if required during the gig. If after, it's £150.00 additional.

How much time do you need to set up?

Minimum of 1 hour. With the full band we prefer 2 hours.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Our vocalist can roam with a radio mic.

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?

PA and lighting system is included in your quote.

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 £150 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1250
Up to 2 hours£1600
Up to 3 hours£2000

Reviews

From customers:

Wedding, 5 years ago

Fabulous band, had many compliments. Had everyone on the floor all night

Birthday P, 2 years ago

Everyone thought you were wonderful. Perfect for the occaision