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About The Kings Of Swing

The Kings of Swing are a British Jazz and Swing Band available for all parties, weddings and functions.
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Vintage band
Croydon
Public liability insurance of £10 million

The Kings of Swing are a toe tapping, finger snapping, floor filling party band capable of tailoring every set to suit your party needs. With a repertoire list of hundreds of jazz standards, rock 'n' roll hits and many re-imagined Postmodern Jukebox style pop songs the Kings of Swing are well poised to put a classy, vintage spin on any event. Alongside our bespoke setlist's we also offer a range of extra services that include: DJ music played throughout the event when the band isn't playing. Custom arrangements of songs at your request Have your first dance song learned and played by the band (whatever the song/style you want). Background Jazz Bands (instrumental or vocal led) - perfect for dinner parties and receptions. The option to have a totally acoustic lineup - ideal for venues with sound limiters. Roaming band lineup - great for outdoor ceremonies and processions. Variable band size - we are capable of going out with as few as 4 musicians in the band and as many as 24 should you want our full big band lineup (promo available on request) If you love the band but haven't seen exactly what you want please get in touch and we are ready and willing to tailor our service to your needs. COVID 19 UPDATE - We are now offering socially distanced concerts available on your doorstep/garden/street. We are capable of performing outdoors and maintain a 2m social distance at all times.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Postmodern jukebox jazz, Christmas, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Gypsy jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Gospel, Barbershop, Light music, Pop, Covers, Hip Hop, Soul, Top 40, Disco, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Funk, Motown, Tribute, Vintage, R&B, Funk rock, Americana
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Event types:
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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Song list

Ain't no sunshine
Ain't that a kick in the head
All of me (Gerald Marks)
All night long
Alright, okay, you win
Always on my mind
Angels
Anything goes
Are you gonna be my girl
At last
Autumn leaves
Bad, bad Leroy Brown
Besame mucho
Beyond the sea
Billie Jean
Blue moon
Blue suede shoes
Bridge over troubled water
Brown eyed girl
But not for me
Call me irresponsible
Can't help falling in love
Can't take my eyes off you
Cheek to cheek
Chicago
Come fly with me
Crazy
Crazy little thing called love
Cry me a river
Dancing in the moonlight
Dream a little dream of me
Easy to love
Everyday I have the blues
Feeling good (Nina Simone)
Flip, flop & fly
Fly me to the moon
A Foggy day
Forget you
For once in my life
Forget you
From Russia with love
Georgia on my mind
The Girl from Ipanema
Gravity
Hallelujah I love her so
Have you met Miss Jones?
Hey Jude
Hey ya
Hit the road Jack
Home
Hound dog
How high the moon
I could have danced all night
I feel good
I get a kick out of you
I left my heart in San Francisco
I wanna be like you
I want you back
I'm a believer
I'm beginning to see the light
I'm not the only one
I've got the world on a string
In the wee small hours of the morning
I've got you under my skin
If ever I would leave you
Isn't she lovely
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
It had to be you
It's de-lovely
It's my life
Jailhouse rock
Jonny B Goode
Just the two of us
L-O-V-E
The lady is a tramp
Let there be love
Let's face the music and dance
Like someone in love
Lovely day
Luck be a lady
Lullaby of Birdland
Mac the knife
Marry You
Me and Mrs Jones
Misty
Moanin'
Moon river
Moondance
Mr Brightside
My Cherie Amour
My favourite things
My funny Valentine
My girl
My romance
My way
Nature boy
New York, New York
Night and day
A Nightingale sang in Berkeley square
On the street where you live
On the sunny side of the street
Orange coloured sky
Our love is here to stay
Over the rainbow
Pennies from Heaven
Perfect
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps
Pick yourself up
Play that funky music
Rock with you
Save the last dance for me
Sex on fire
Shake your tailfeather
Shape of you
Signed, sealed, delivered
Sir Duke
Sitting on the dock of the bay
Smile
So in love
Some enchanted evening
Someone to watch over me
Somewhere
Sorry seems to be the hardest word
Summertime
Stand by me
Summer of 69
Sunday morning
Sunny
Superstition
Sway
Sweet child O'mine
Sweet home Alabama
Sweet home Chicago
That's life
There will never be another you
They can't take that away from me
Treasure
Try a little tenderness
Twist and Shout
Unforgettable
Uptown Funk
Valerie
The Very thought of you
Walking on sunshine
The way you look tonight
What a wonderful world
When you're smilin'
Yesterday
You make me feel so young
You're nobody till somebody loves you
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The energy of the band. This kings of swing take their influence from the greats of the swing, jive and rock ‘n’ roll era. Expect the audience to be up on their feet dancing all night to well known and loved classics.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club Royal Albert Hall Royal Festival Hall The Barbican The Guildhall Hedsor House Isle of Wight O2 arena Luxembourg Jazz and Blues Rallye Bimhuis (Amsterdam) Buckingham Palace Countless private venues and estates around the UK and Europe

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Louis Prima Frank Sinatra Michael Buble Louis Armstrong Chuck Berry Elvis Presley Ray Charles Stevie Wonder Post Modern Jukebox

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

A Jordanian Royal Wedding (NDA says we can’t say exactly which one sorry)

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes - our lineups are interchangeable and totally flexible. Our incredible musicians make this possible and are capable of providing an excellent service regardless of the band size. For those wanting a truly spectacular band we can offer a full Big band lineup of 16 musicians and singer or stretch it to 24 and include a string section on top.

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

As long as we are given suitable notice we will be flexible. We tend to block book ourselves over a 5 hour period from setup to pack down so it’s easy to move our timings within most reasonable parameters.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

If we are playing an acoustic set then 20 minutes, with PA we like to allow 2 hours but can squeeze it into 1 hour if needed.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes - we love to interact with our audience and can be very mobile if needed.

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

Yes you can - we normally offer 5 free choices from our set list and then charge a nominal fee for extras on top. Make no mistake though - we still play songs exclusively from our set list so you’ll still be getting what you expect!

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

Yes

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes absolutely - we offer one song learned free of charge before each event

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1875
Up to 2 hours£2125
Up to 3 hours£3500
Packages
Background jazz duo2 musicians
A quaint two piece jazz act that is either singer and piano or piano and any other instrument of your choice (typically trombone, sax, trumpet or double bass). This act is ideal for drinks receptions, dinner music and other low-key situations.
£500
Jazz quartet (instrumental)4 musicians
Two 45 minute sets of instrumental jazz from the world class jazz musicians in our band. All our performers are regularly performing on the UK jazz scene at venues including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club and festivals including the EFG London Jazz festival. They have a repertoire of hundreds of jazz standards and will happily play requests from guests throughout their sets.
£1000
House Band 5 musicians
Looking for a house band for your event that can play people on and off stage, provide backing music for a production (eg, strictly come dancing themed events) or be on hand to fill gaps in between shows/speakers/guest entertainers? We have extensive experience playing as house bands for some of the UKs biggest charity events and galas and have the knowledge and expertise to make whatever you have in mind come to life. This quote doesn’t take into consideration the extra costs such as music arrangement or additional equipment and costume hire but we can discuss this further should you be interested.
£1250
The Live Dukebox9 musicians
We will only play audience requests all night long. We will provide request cards for audience members to name songs that they want to hear and our incredibly talent band and singers will pull on their huge repertoire of songs to make it happen then and there. Due to the nature of how taxing this is we only do 40 minute sets so we offer 3 x 40 minutes instead of 2 x 1hr sets. To facilitate this the band also brings an extra female singer. On top of this you get all of the other perks provided with our regular packages.
£5000

Add-ons

Rehearse and perform a song with the band
+£100
Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£200
DJ set
+£300
DJ + live musician
+£600

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Charles N, 1 year ago

The Kings Of Swing were brilliant. We held a Gatsby themed NYE party and they not only brought the whole place to life but also made it feel super authentic. They are all fantastic musicians and they not only played two awesome party sets but also did an early jazz set to help get the mood just right! I will definitely be booking them again.

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Miles O, 5 years ago

The Kings Of Swing were AMAZING! They pulled out all the stops to make our wedding truly memorable and the band was talked about for weeks after. 100% recommend - they learned our first dance and helped me surprise my wife by accompanying me while I played guitar to her.