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The Red Fez Orchestra

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About The Red Fez Orchestra

Jazz band
Bournemouth
Public liability insurance of £10 million
The Red Fez Orchestra specialises in playing Jazz and Dance Music of the 1920s, 30s & 40s. Authentic right down to their winged collars!

Formed in 2013, The Red Fez Orchestra is quickly becoming one of the best loved Dance Bands in the UK. The 12 piece band features the talents of some of the UK’s finest musicians, specialising in 20′s, 30′s & 40s music. They all come together to create a great-sounding, Fez wearing, Macassar oil hair-slicked Dance Band! Come along to one of our soirees and dance the Black Bottom Stomp, The Charleston, The Sand Dance or simply Foxtrot the night away; period attire is encouraged but not compulsory. For those not of the energetic persuasion, the band will put on a great show for you to sit and enjoy a drink whilst tapping your toes. Under the musical direction of James Rawlinson and with the dulcet tones of William Keel-Stocker's voice and the sultry songstress Kate Skellern it really is The Cat’s Pyjamas!

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Ragtime, Swing
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Typical 2 x 1 hour sets.
DOWN THE RIVER NILE
THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME
AIN’T SHE SWEET
CHILLI BOM BOM
MY BLUE HEAVEN
CHRISTOPHER COLOMBUS
SOMEBODY LOVES ME
FIVE FOOT TWO
CHEEK TO CHEEK
LITTLE SLEEPY HEAD
LULLABY OF THE LEAVES
CHINA TOWN
EGYPTIAN ELLA
MARGIE
IT HAD TO BE YOU
WHA’D JA DO TO ME
DARKTOWN STRUTTERS BALL
IF I HAD YOU
BLACK BOTTOM
ANYTHING GOES
OH! LADY BE GOOD
I’M SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD
PUTIN’ ON THE RITZ
EVERYBODY LOVES MY BABY
HOME IN PASADENA
THE SHEIK
THE CONTINENTAL
TOOT TOOT TOOTSIE
Customer questions

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

We have 3 singers available to us and depending on the line up you book, these will be the ones performing for you. Only in unusual circumstances such as illness would we be forced to change the line-up. We would however contact you and make you aware of this fact.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes. We can supply a scaled down version for smaller venues. This is an 8 piece line-up but does not have the impact or full sound of the 12 piece.

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

We try to be as flexible as possible and if you can give us notice we will endeavour to fit in with you.

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

Yes, we can play music through our P.A. system between our sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

Generally we require 1.5 hours before performance to set up and sound check.

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

Yes. We are happy for you to pick or suggest songs, however we are good at picking songs and gauging the mood.

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

P.A. is included in the cost. We can hire lighting in if you can't.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Depending on the song and its suitability we can learn other repertoire. There will be a minimum charge of £50 to have the song arranged for the band.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our clients love our authenticity and attention to period detail. Audiences also love the high energy fun that the band produces!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Devizes Corn Exchange, Burgh Island Hotel, Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth Pier, Royal Bath Hotel, Miramar Hotel, Marsham Court Hotel, The Shelley Theatre, Stag Theatre Sevenoaks and many more.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Jack Hylton, Harry Roy, Cab Calloway, Temperance Seven,

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

For us the most enjoyable gigs so far was at the fabulous Art Deco Hotel on Burgh Island. This has been the back drop for episodes of Poirot and sums up what the Red Fez Orchestra is about.

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1600
Up to 2 hours£1800
Up to 3 hours£2000

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Zoe D, 2 months ago

Red Fez returned to Shelley Theatre this year with two outstanding and very different performances. We started early in the year in the theatre, with a more traditional concert which was much loved, we then did a summer dance event where people came dressed for the occasion and danced the night away to fantastic music. We love having the guys come and play at the theatre, and look forward to working with James and his band next year.

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Daniel S, 1 year ago

This is just a quick email to express my thanks for your hard work at the Charity Ball over the weekend. The entire Red Fez Orchestra were amazing, you fitted the theme perfectly, your music got people dancing all night and we appreciated your staying on in order to finish the set as we were running late.

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