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The Debonairs

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From sophisticated standards to swinging Sinatra, this fully professional jazz combo has a wealth of experience for all types of events
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The Debonairs provide the perfect atmosphere at parties and events. Performing all the well loved classics form the American songbook, made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Prima and Harry Connick Jnr; they will guarantee to get audiences tapping their feet and singing along! Individually they have performed all over the world, including a stint at the prestigious Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, a 6 month long stint at a five star Intercontinental hotel in Cyprus, as well as performances with Gareth Malone and in La Traviata by the Birmingham Opera Company. As a duo the Debonairs have played Birmingham's Symphony Hall, Hyatt Hotel, Alexander Palace (Tattoo Festival), Swindon Steam Museum, Butlins (various), Marks and Spencers outlets around the country, The Landmark Hotel (London), Hilton Metropole, The Belfry, CBSO Centre and many others. We are also available as a trio with double bass and quartet with percussion.

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Swing, 1940s era music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Easy listening, Vintage
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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The Debonairs' Song list

A Foggy Day in London Town
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Ain't Misbehavin'
All of Me
As Time Goes By
Autumn in New York
Bare Necessities
Besame Mucho
Beyond The Sea
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
Body and Soul
Buona Sera
Bye Bye Blackbird
C'est Si Bon
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Cheek to Cheek
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
City of Stars (from La La Land)
Come Fly With Me
Don't Get Around Much Any More
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Embraceable You
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes
Feeling Good
Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue
Fly Me To the Moon
Girl from Ipanema
Hallelujah, I Love Her So
I Could Write A Book
I Get A Kick Out of You
I Get Along Without You
In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter
I'm In The Mood For Love
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
It Don't Mean A Thing
It Had To Be You
It's Alright With Me
I've Got the World on a String
I've Got You Under My Skin
Just a Gigolo
Just One of Those Things
La Mer
La Vie En Rose
Let There By Love
Love Letters
Love and Marriage
Let's Face the Music and Dance
Love for Sale
Mack The Knife
Mona Lisa
Moon River
My Baby Just Cares For Me
My Funny Valentine
My Way
Nature Boy
New York, New York
Nice Work if you Can Get It
Night and Day
On An Evening In Roma
On The Street Where You Live
One For My Baby
Our Love is Here To Stay
Pennies From Heaven
Puttin On The Ritz
Route 66
September Song
St James' Infirmary
Strangers In The Night
Stormy Weather
Summer Wind
Sunny Side of the Street
Sweet Lorraine
That's Amore
That's Life
That Old Black Magic
The Continental
The Lady Is A Tramp
The Nearness of You
The Way You Look Tonight
They Can't Take That Away from Me
What a Wonderful World
When I Fall in Love
When You're Smiling
You Belong To Me
You Make Me Feel So Young
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We offer 2-5 piece line-up options, with optional solo slots by piano or singer. The duo includes piano and singer, with optional backing tracks for brassier numbers. The trio includes piano, singer and usually bass (but sometimes drums if preferred!), the quartet includes piano, singer, bass and drums, and the quintet includes our regular saxophonist Luke.

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

We understand that wedding days in particular never run on time (even military weddings!) so we're happy (and very used) to getting set up and then waiting for the nod.

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

Absolutely. We have a number of playlists to fit any room and also offer a laptop DJ service with tens of thousands of songs and disco lights into the early hours for an additional £150

How much time do you need to set up?

We need around an hour to set up. We usually set the PA up first to get some music playing before it's time for us to begin performing.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes and no - the singer has a wireless mic and can wander wherever, but the pianist refuses to play and carry his piano at the same time!

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

We have a really wide repertoire of classic jazz and swing songs from the 30s-50s , so if you don't see a particular song on our list but it fits this category then it's likely we've performed it at some point. We're also happy to learn one or two special requests from you. I'd suggest allowing us some flexibility in which songs we perform to best fit the ro

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

Yes. We bring some lighting to accentuate the instruments, but we don't bring disco lights. We charge £150 extra if you'd like us to run a disco afterwards and bring these bad boys along.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes. We're happy to learn one or two new songs, for example for your first dance. First dance requests we have performed include: City Of Stars from La La Land, Someone Like You from Bridget Jones Diary, As Time Goes By from Casablanca and You Belong To Me by Michael Buble.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We bring the confidence and expertise of experienced professionals. We originally formed from four of Birmingham's foremost jazz performers, and have since added Luke a talented saxophonist who plays with King Pleasure, to our line-up. Ben, our vocalist, has the authentic sound of swing, and Richard, our pianist, can solo like nobody you've ever seen!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Hotels, restaurants and festivals all around the country including The Ritz in London, The Hyatt in Birmingham, The Bugatti Club Annual Festival near Cheltenham

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Buble, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Jr, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby

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

We have performed at events such as award evenings and festivals featuring numerous celebrities including the England rugby team, Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, Kevin McCloud, Christopher Higgins, Stephen Fry.

The Debonairs' Prices

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

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Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1000
Up to 2 hours£1000
Up to 3 hours£1200


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The Debonairs' Reviews

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Rachel O
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Amazing band! Communication beforehand was also great! very entertaining and worked so well with my charity event.

Lorna M
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

The Debonairs made my evening so very special! Thank you Richard, Ben & Alison. You were all simply AMAZING! 😁. Would love to have another event just to get you back!

Briony L
3 years ago
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much Ben and Rich, you absolutely made our wedding reception! We were so impressed with your performance and received so many compliments from our guests - you elevated the whole evening! And thank you especially for being so accommodating and allowing me to come up and sing with you as a surprise to my new husband. You have been so helpful, right from our very first contact, and really went above and beyond yesterday - even jumping on the piano to accompany our cake cutting after your performance had ended! We really can’t thank you enough and will be recommending you to all of our friends.

David H
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

The Debonairs were absolutely fantastic, they interacted with the audience really well, kept us all entertained and very kindly supported my husband as he sang a couple of songs with them. I would HIGHLY recommend the group to other bookers.

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From other customers:

Tom A
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Rowton Castle
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5 out of 5

The Debonairs were absolutely fantastic! We asked them to step in at the very last minute leading up to our wedding, the process for booking them was quick and simple and they provided all the necessary paperwork for us to hand over to the venue. Performance wise they did a great job at getting the crowd warmed up. They had a challenge with children running around being a bit of a distraction but they were able to keep both the children and adults entertained without affecting their show. They played a diverse mix of classic fifties swing and modern tracks with a swing influence added to them. Myself, my wife and all the guests were thoroughly impressed with the show, anybody who wasn't on the dance floor was sat right next to it so that they could enjoy the music. I can't recommend this band enough. A fantastic act that added to an already fantastic day!

Tracey, B
6 years ago

The Debonairs absolutely surpassed expectations, and helped create a fun filled wonderful romantic evening, all my guests said how much they loved them and we were dancing all night, and I would 100% recommend them to anyone who wants a polished professional swing band at an event.

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