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About The Classic Jazz Band

The Classic Jazz Band is run by professional saxophonist Nathan Hassall and is one of the busiest groups in London.
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The Classic Jazz Band is one of the most in demand background music acts performing in London, regularly performing at over 150 corporate events or weddings per year. Led by professional saxophonist and professor of saxophone (LCM) Nathan Hassall, this band is both extremely experienced and very flexible in both it's approach to performing and number of musicians within the group, making it a popular choice for events organisers of any nature. Popular line up options include: - 1. Classic Jazz Band - Duo (Sax, Guitar or Keys) - suitable for events of up to approx. 100 guests 2. Classic Jazz Band - Trio (Sax, Guitar or Keys, Bass) - suitable for events of up to approx. 150 guests - this is our most popular version of the band booked to perform at events of any type. 3. Classic Jazz Band - Quartet (Sax, Keys, Bass, Drums or Guitar) - suitable for events of up to approx. 200 guests

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We can perform with backing tracks
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Jazz, Blues, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Christmas, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1930s era music, 1960s era music, 1920s era music
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Concert, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Song list

Jazz Standards (Great American Songbook)
All Of Me - Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks
All Of You - Cole Porter
All Or Nothing At All - Arthur Altman
All The Things You Are - Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern
Almost Like Being In Love - Frederick Loewe
Anything Goes - Cole Porter
As Time Goes By - Herman Hupfeld
Autumn In New York - Vernon Duke
Autumn Leaves - Joseph Kosma and Johnny Mercer
Beautiful Love - Victor Young
Bewitched – Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Blue Moon - Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Body And Soul - John Green and Edward Heyman
But Beautiful - Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
But Not For Me - George Gershwin
Bye Bye Blackbird - Mort Dixon and Ray Henderson
Chelsea Bridge - Billy Strayhorn
Darn That Dream - Jimmy Van Heusen and Eddie DeLange
Days Of Wine And Roses - Henry Mancini
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington
Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me - Duke Ellington
East Of The Sun - Brooks Bowman
Embraceable You - George Gershwin
A Foggy Day - George Gershwin
Gone With The Wind - Allie Wrubel
Here’s That Rainy Day - Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Honeysuckle Rose - Thomas “Fats” Waller and Andy Razaf
If I Were A Bell - Frank Loesser
I Could Write A Book - Richard Rodger and Lorenz Hart
I Hear A Rhapsody - George Fragos
I Remember You - Johnny Mercer
I Should Care - Sammy Cahn and Axel Stordahl
I Thought About You – Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Mercer
I Wish I Knew - Harry Warren and Mack Gordon
I’ll Take Romance - Ben Oakland and Oscar Hammerstein
I’ll Remember April - Don Raye and Gene De Paul
Just Friends - Jerome Kern
Let’s Fall In Love - Harold Arlen
Like Someone In Love - Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Love For Sale - Cole Porter
Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) – Jimmy Davis and Robert Ramirez
Lullaby Of Birdland - George Shearing
Misty - Erroll Garner and Johnny Burke
Moon River - Henry Mancini
Moonlight In Vermont - Karl Suessdorf
My Foolish Heart - Victor Young
My Funny Valentine – Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Nature Boy - Eden Ahbez
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square - Manning Sherwin and Eric Maschwitz
Polkadots And Moonbeams - Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Satin Doll - Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
September In The Rain - Harry Warren and Al Dubin
Skylark - Hoagy Carmichael
Someday My Prince Will Come - Frank Churchill and Larry Morey
The Song Is You - Jerome Kern
Speak Low - Kurt Weil
Star Eyes - Don Raye and Gene De Paul
Summertime - George Gershwin
S’Wonderful - George Gershwin
Take The “A” Train - Billy Strayhorn
Tea For Two – Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar
There Will Never Be Another You - Harry Warren
These Foolish Things - Jack Strachey and Harry Link
Time After Time - Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
Weaver of Dreams - Victor Young
What’s New? - Bob Haggard
Yesterdays - Jerome Kern
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To - Cole Porter
You’re My Everything - Mort Dixon and Joe Young
Latin Jazz
Agua De Beber - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Black Orpheus - Louis Bonfi
Blue Bossa - Kenny Dorham
Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Desafinado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Dindi - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Groovy Samba - Julian “Cannonball” Adderley
How Insensitive - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Little Sunflower - Freddie Hubbard
Meditation - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Minha Saudade - Sergio Mendes
My Little Suede Shoes - Charlie Parker
O Amor En Paz (Once I Loved) - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Recorda-Me - Joe Henderson
So Danco Samba – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Song For My Father - Horace Silver
Summer Samba (So Nice) - Marcos Valle and Sergio Valle
St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins
Triste - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Wave - Antonio Carlos Jobim
“Rat Pack” Standards
Come Fly With Me - Jimmy Van Heusen
Come Rain Or Come Shine - Johnny Mercer
Day In, Day Out - Rube Bloom and Johnny Mercer
Fly Me To The Moon - Bart Howard
Have You Met Miss Jones - Rodgers and Hart
I Get A Kick Out Of You - Cole Porter
I Got You Under My Skin - Cole Porter
Night And Day - Cole Porter
Pennies From Heaven - Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnston
They All Laughed - George Gershwin
They Can’t Take That Away From Me - George Gershwin
The Lady Is a Tramp - Rodgers and Hart
The Way You Look Tonight - Jerome Kern
Witchcraft - Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh
All Blues - Miles Davis
Angel Eyes - Matt Dennis and Earl Brent
Billie’s Bounce - Charlie Parker
Buzzy - Charlie Parker
Blues For Alice - Charlie Parker
Blue Monk - Thelonious Monk
Blue Trane - John Coltrane
Equinox - John Coltrane
Georgia - Hoagy Carmichael
Now’s The Time - Charlie Parker
Sandu - Clifford Brown
Stormy Weather - Harold Arlen
Straight, No Chaser - Thelonious Monk
Sugar - Stanley Turrentine
When Sunny Gets Blue - Jack Segal and Marvin Fisher
Willow Weep For Me - Ann Ronell
Work Song - Nat Adderley
Contemporary Jazz & Bebop
A Night In Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie
Afternoon In Paris - John Lewis
Anthropology - Charlie Parker
Black Narcissus - Joe Henderson
Blue In Green - Bill Evans
Bouncin’ With Bud - Bud Powell
Eighty One - Miles Davis and Ron Carter
Footprints - Wayne Shorter
Four - Miles Davis
Good Bait - Tadd Dameron
Groovin’ High - Dizzy Gillespie
I Mean you - Thelonious Monk
In Walked Bud - Thelonious Monk
Lady Bird - Tadd Dameron
Oleo - Sonny Rollins
‘Round Midnight - Thelonius Monk
Scrapple From The Apple - Charlie Parker
Solar - Miles Davis
So What - Miles Davis
Speak No Evil - Wayne Shorter
Take Five - Paul Desmond
Time Remembered - Bill Evans
Tune Up - Miles Davis
Very Early - Bill Evans
Virgo - Wayne Shorter
Waltz For Debby - Bill Evans
Well You Needn’t - Thelonious Monk
Wildflower - Wayne Shorter
Yardbird Suite - Charlie Parker
Jazz Funk & ”Blue Note” Groove Tunes
Cantaloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
Chameleon - Herbie Hancock
I Wish I New (How It Would Feel To Be Free) - Billy Taylor (a.k.a Film 2012 Theme)
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Charles Fox
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Josef Zawinul
Mo’ Better Blues - The Marsalis Brothers
Red Clay - Freddie Hubbard
Road Song - Wes Montgomery
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
The Jody Grind - Horace Silver
The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan
This Masquerade - Leon Russell
Walk Tall - Joseph “Cannonball” Adderley
Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
Customer questions

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

Please note the Classic Jazz Band is a purely instrumental jazz band.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes! Whilst our most popular options is our trio (sax, guitar or keys, bass), we do offer jazz duos (sax, guitar or keys) or jazz quartets (sax, keys, bass, drums or guitar) for smaller or larger events respectively. If you have any queries over which line up is most suitable for you please do just drop us a line.

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

We work in the events industry a lot(!) and so we are used to changes to schedules. We will always try to be as accommodating as possible.

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

As long as we don't have to perform acoustically (some venues may require this) then we can provide an iPod with background music for during our breaks. As we aren't a band for dancing we can't provide a DJ service unfortunately.

How much time do you need to set up?

Generally speaking we will arrive 45-60 mins ahead of the performance to set up. If required to provide a PA system for larger events then we look to arrive 90 mins in advance of a performance.

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

Of course!

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

Instruments and relevant amplifiers are provided as standard and we find that this is suffice for the huge majority of our clients' events. However, should you wish for us to use a PA system (ie. for large events) we can provide this at additional cost.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Generally speaking if there is a jazz tune that we don't have in our repertoire list we will be able to include this easily. The inclusion of any pop songs etc. will need to be discussed as not all songs translate well to a jazz band format. We will always try and help out when we can!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

You probably need to ask them! But, we think we are particularly good at creating the right ambience to enhance our clients' events. Plus we pride ourselves in getting the basics right (ie. punctuality, presentation, and politeness) - all vital in the events industry and yet so often gotten wrong by musicians!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

National Gallery Westminster Abbey Blenheim Palace Merchant Taylors' Hall 10-11 Carlton House Terrace Dartmouth House No.4 Hamilton Place 30 Pavilion Road (Searcys Knightsbridge) Cutty Sark The Queen's House Gray's Inn The Shard Kent House Knightsbridge National Portrait Gallery The British Museum The V&A Museum Searcys The Gherkin Grand Connaught Rooms

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We love playing jazz from 1920-1960s! This therefore includes the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and many many more!

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

The marriage of William & Kate at Banqueting House for CNN! Sir Michael Caine's 80th birthday party at Museum of London! Various performances for VISA during the 2012 London Olympics!


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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£750
Up to 2 hours£900
Up to 3 hours£900
New Year's Eve (& Christmas Day)3 musicians
For performances on New Year's Eve (or Christmas Day) we generally do charge a premium. Please note prices are inclusive of VAT at the standard rate.


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From customers:

N. B, 5 years ago

The Classic Jazz Band were perfect for our party. Despite the change of venue we were really pleased. The band were great.

B. B, 5 years ago

Hi Nathan, Just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for your great performance on Saturday. It was exactly as we hoped and really appreciate you guys moving outside even though it was a little chilly. We had an incredible time and if I can leave you guys a positive review anywhere please point me in the right direction and I'd be glad to do so. All the best,