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Steve King Band

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About Steve King Band

A versatile band from duo to big band performing swing, jazz, functions and weddings
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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 fifty 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.

Steve King Band's Reviews

From customers:

10 years ago

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

Birthday P
7 years ago

Everyone thought you were wonderful. Perfect for the occaision

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Steve King Band's 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
Night & Day
Cole Porter
Mocking Bird Rag
Walter Melrose
Woodchoppers Ball
Joe Bishop
Corner Pocket
Freddie Green
Swing /Jazz
C Jam Blues
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Stompin'at the Savoy
Benny Goodman
After Youve Gone
Creamer / Layton
Route 66
Bobby Troup
My baby Just Cares For Me
In The Mood
Andy Razaf
American Patrol
F W Meacham
Moonlight Serenade
Glenn Miller
Honeysuckle Rose
Fats Waller
Hoagy Carmichael
Swing / Jazz
Juan Tizol /Duke Ellington
Basin Street Blues
Petite Fleur
Sidney Bechet
So What
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
My Funny Valentine
Richard Rodgers
Night In Tunisia
Dizzy Gillespie
All The Things You Are
Jerome Kern
All Blues
Miles Davis
Pencil Full Of Lead
Smooth Operator
Adu/St John
It's Not Unusual
The Locomotion
Dancin 'in the Street
Dance the Night Away
Mark E Nevin
Bend Me, Shape Me

Steve King Band's 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
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 (18 piece)

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.
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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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