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Swing It Ela

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Sophisticated yet upbeat trio with a passion for swinging jazz and lilting bossa nova.
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We have a passion for swinging jazz and lilting bossa nova. Our music is sophisticated yet fun and engaging. We have honed our sound over years of performing together and have a very easy gelled sound, creating a happy and relaxed atmosphere. We play music from our extensive repertoire of classic jazz and bossa nova, music made famous by the likes of Ella Fizgerald, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole with songs such as Fly Me To The Moon and The Girl From Ipaneama.

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Swing It Ela's Reviews

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Ian H
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Swing it Ela was the perfect choice for the ‘drinks on the lawn’ part of our wedding. Ela has a beautiful voice and the song choices were just right! Guests were delighted and I wish we’d heard more (we were having photos taken in another area so didn’t hear it all!). We would be very happy to use there services again!

Reply from Swing It Ela
9 months ago

Thanks so much Ian! We were so happy to be part of your celebrations, it was just a treat to play in such a beautiful spot and to such warm and joyous guests. Thanks for asking us, and hope to meet or play for you in the future :)

Loretta K
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Wonderful voice and band, such lovely people. Thank you

Reply from Swing It Ela
2 years ago

Thank you so much Loretta, sorry I didn't realise I could reply to your review! We had such a great day with you and your lovely friends in Denmead, thanks for making us so welcome and being so appreciative!

Julie F
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Sing It Ela were perfect in every way for our Gala Dinner at The Grand Hotel.

Zoe S
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Really added a lovely atmosphere to our garden wedding party

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From other customers:

Emily D
5 years ago, for a Wedding in Attleborough NR17
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5 out of 5

Ela and her trio played in the afternoon at our wedding reception, and they were absolutely perfect! We were lucky enough to have lovely weather and they played in the garden as people got drinks, cake and then canapés. They were super organised and we didn’t have to worry about anything. They brought everything they needed, set up quietly with no hassle and were ready to charm our guests with their gentle, melodic, feel good Jazz once our ceremony finished. We loved the wonderfully relaxing atmosphere they created, not ‘attention grabbing’ at all. We all enjoyed catching up with old friends and family, eating and drinking and toe tapping to the beat. Ela’s voice is so sweet, and they are all such accomplished Jazz musicians - we couldn’t recommend them more!

Richard B
5 years ago, for a Concert in Hassocks BN6
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5 out of 5

Ela Southgate and her trio have performed twice in the last 9 months at Danny House, an Elizabethan mansion in Sussex. They are so talented and entertaining that we keep wanting to invite them back again. Ela has a soft and hauntingly beautiful voice and she is supported by her talented and amiable guitarist and trombonist. The combination is nostalgic and unforgettable. Please come back soon Ela!

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Swing It Ela's Song list

Ela Southgate Song list
If you want to, you can pick any tunes from my repertoire – or leave it to me to choose ones that feel right on the day. I will pick songs from the entire list that will nicely fit the mood of the setting, but I always include well loved ones such as Fly Me To The Moon, Summertime, The Girl From Ipanema, Sway, and any requested favourites.
Here are some example set lists, plus the entire list of songs in my current repertoire.
Example set one –
Tea For Two
Fly Me To The Moon
Girl From Ipanema
What A Wonderful World
Take The A Train
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
I’m Beginning To See The Light
One Note Samba
All Of Me
Example set two –
Bring Me Sunshine
Só Danço Samba
Pennies From Heaven
That Ole Devil Called Love
Let’s Get Lost
Água de Beber
Sunny Side Of The Street
Stomin’ At The Savoy
Entire List –
The list is grouped as follows;
Swing (songs such as Fly Me To The Moon, Summertime etc),
Ballads (Unforgettable, Wonderful World etc),
Bossa/Latin (Girl From Ipanema, Sway etc),
and Pop (California Dreaming, Moondance etc).
If there’s a song you particularly wanted at your wedding/event that isn’t in this list, we can learn it if you let us know a little in advance.
– After You’ve Gone
– Ain’t Misbehavin’
– Alfie’s Theme
– All Of Me
– All Of You
– Almost Like Being In Love
– Alone Together
– Autumn Leaves
– Back In Your Own Back Yard
– Be Careful It’s My Heart
– Bewitched
– Blue Moon
– Bring Me Sunshine
– Cheek To Cheek
– Close Your Eyes
– Come Fly With Me
– Dedicated To You
– Do It The Hard Way
– Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me
– Don’t Blame Me
– Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
– Dream A Little Dream Of Me
– East Of The Sun
– Embraceable You
– Exactly Like You
– Five Foot Two
– Fly Me To The Moon
– Foggy Day, A
– Garden In The Rain, A
– Gone With The Wind
– How High The Moon
– How Little We Know
– I Can’t Get Started
– I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
– I Cover The Waterfront
– I Get A Kick Out Of You
– I Hear A Rhapsody
– I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
– I Love The Way You’re Breaking My Heart
– I Remember You
– I Wished On The Moon
– I’ll Remember April
– I’ll See You In My Dreams
– I’ll String Along With You
– I’m Beginning To See The Light
– I’m Confessin’ That I Love You
– I’m Old Fashioned
– I’ve Got You Under My Skin
– If I Had You
– It Could Happen To You
– It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
– It Had To Be You
– It’s Only a Paper Moon
– It’s You Or No One
– Just You, Just Me
– Lady Is A Tramp, The
– Let There Be Love
– Let’s Fall In Love
– Let’s Get Lost
– Like Someone In Love
– Look For The Silver Lining
– L.O.V.E
– Love For Sale
– Loverman
– Lullaby Of Birdland
– Lullaby Of The Leaves
– Man I Love, The
– Mr Sandman
– My Baby Just Cares For Me
– My Echo, My Shadow, And Me
– My Heart Stood Still
– My Ideal
– Night And Day
– No Moon At All
– Oh, Lady Be Good
– On Green Dolphin Street,
– On The Sunny Side Of The Street
– Our Love Is Here To Stay
– Pennies From Heaven
– Putting On The Ritz
– Robbin’s Nest
– Sent For You Yesterday
– Skylark
– Slow Boat To China
– Smile
– Someone Like You
– Song Is You, The
– Starlit Hour
– Stella By Starlight
– Stompin’ At The Savoy
– Summertime
– Take The A Train
– Tea For Two
– Tenor Madness
– That Old Feeling
– Them There Eyes
– There Will Never Be Another You
– Things We Did Last Summer, The
– This Can’t Be Love
– Time After Time
– Under A Blanket Of Blue
– Walking Shoes
– What Is This Thing Called Love
– When You’re Smiling
– Why Do I?
– You Do Something To Me
– You Took Advantage Of Me
– You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
– All My Tomorrows
– Angel Eyes
– As Time Goes By
– At Last
– Blue And Sentimental
– Body And Soul
– Come Rain Come Shine
– Cry Me A River
– Darn That Dream
– Day Dream
– Detour Ahead
– Easy Living
– Every Time We Say Goodbye
– Georgia On My Mind
– Good Morning Heartache
– How Deep Is The Ocean?
– How Long Has This Been Going On?
– I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
– I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
– I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire
– I Fall In Love Too Easily
– I’ve Got A Crush On You
– I’ve Got The World On A String
– If You Could See Me Now
– In a Sentimental Mood
– It Never Entered My Mind
– Lazy Mood
– Lazy River
– Man I Love, The
– Misty
– Monalisa
– My Ideal
– My Funny Valentine
– Nearness Of You, The
– Night We Called It A Day, The
– Prelude To A Kiss
– That Ole Devil Called Love
– Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
– Someone To Watch Over Me
– Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
– Star Dust
– Stars Fell On Alabama
– There’s No You
– Unforgettable
– Very Thought Of You, The
– We’ll Be Together Again
– What A Wonderful World
– When I Fall In Love
– When Sunny Gets Blue
– When You Wish Upon A Star
– Whispering Grass
– Wild Is The Wind
– Willow Weep For Me
– You Don’t Know What Love Is
– You Forgot To Remember
– You’re Looking At Me
**Sung in Portuguese, *part English part Portuguese
– Adeus **
– Agua De Beber *
– Amor No Samba
– Another Star
– Bim Bom *
– Black Orpheus (Manha De Carnaval)
– Caravan
– Charade
– Chove Chova *
– Corcovado **
– Dear Prudence
– Desafinado
– Desert Sky
– Dindi
– Dreamer (Vivo Sonhando)
– Favela
– Felicidade, A **
– Frenesi
– Girl From Ipanema, The **
– How Insensitive
– I Concentrate On You
– If You Never Come To Me
– Laura
– Mas Que Nada **
– Meditation **
– Moon And Sand
– Nature Boy
– No More Blues (Chega de Saudade)
– O Grande Amor **
– Once I Loved
– One Note Samba
– Only Trust Your Heart
– Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
– Selfish Over You
– Shadow Of Your Smile, The
– So Nice (Summer Samba)
– Someone As Sweet As You
– Song For My Father
– Só Danço Samba
– Stories Of You
– Sway
– Triste
– Você E Eu **
– Watch What Happens
– Wave
– You Stepped Out Of A Dream
– And I Love Her
– California Dreaming
– It Must Be Love
– Moon River
– More I See You, The
– Our Day Will Come
– Spooky
– Sunny
We also have a Chrsitmas set list which is this -
Let It Snow
Merry X'mas Everybody (as in the Slade song, but done in swing Jazz style)
Santa Baby
Silent Night
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday • Roy Wood
Christmas Song
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
The Christmas Waltz
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Swing It Ela'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£565
Up to 2 hours£565
Up to 3 hours£680
Drinks reception3 musicians
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony3 musicians
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception3 musicians
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner3 musicians
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
Customer questions

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

Yes it's always Ela. We have many accomplished friends who are singers too, so in the unlikely event of Ela being taken ill we will let you know that a dep will take her place and make sure the booking goes ahead smoothly.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes we play regularly with many accomplished musicians, just ask us about quoting for adding a musician (or musicians) playing any of the following instruments - double bass, percussion, drums, saxophone, flute, trumpet, violin.

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

We're happy to be flexible and small changes to timings should be fine, just let me know as soon as you can. If the timings are very different then get in touch - we always try to make it work.

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

Yes we can play some iPod jazz recordings through our amp when we take breaks, just let us know in advance whether you'd like this.

How much time do you need to set up?

15 minutes. We have a small set up so our set up time is very quick at around 15 minutes.

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

Yes please pick any favourite songs from our song list and we’ll include them in our sets. We always include popular ones such as Fly Me To The Moon, Putting On The Ritz, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, The Girl From ipanema. Then we play it by ear on the day and choose tunes that seem appropriate in response to the individual setting of each event as it happens.

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

Yes! - We have a small set up, just one amp. Plus we have battery options as well for outdoor settings.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes that is possible. If the song isn’t in my list, there’s a chance I already know it. I’m happy to learn songs if there is enough time before the event.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

People often say how relaxed & happy they feel listening to us. They say we’re not stiff or stuffy! Plus they can tell we really love the genre and bring the joy of it to our performances.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Brighton Pavilion Brighton Grand Hotel Brighton Metropole Hotel Brighton Yacht Club Too many to mention - pubs and restaurants in Brighton (Paris House, Gemini’s, Fitzherberts, Food for Friend’s, St Anne’s park cafe...) Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Park Chambers Bistro, Shoreham Little Bay, Croydon Cowdray Ruins Tillington Barns Many private houses gardens

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Joao Gilberto, Atrud Gilberto, Jobim, Chet Baker, Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass and Wes Montgomery.. There's too many to list!

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

Tim has played many high profile gigs, as he's part of the world touring band Stomp and The Lost And Found Orchestra. They have toured as far afield as Russia and Australia. Ela and Matt played last year at the Love Supreme festival in the grounds of Gyndbourne with their vocal harmony quintet called Three Little Birds.
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