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The vanKan Band

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Swing & jazz singer performing all of the famous big band hits of the 1940's & 50s - Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett & more!
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Matthew and his musicians have entertained audiences in the company of HM The Queen and Prince Albert of Monaco with shows and events around the world. As happy performing for a small private garden party as he is at large prestigious events Matthew sings hits from the swing era, the songs of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and many other legendary entertainers who embraced the jazz standards and Great American Songbook. Whether your event is an intimate soiree at home, a wedding at a luxurious country estate, prestigious state function or an exclusive international party MvK always sings from the heart adding a touch of sophistication to every occasion. Matthew is available to book solo performing with high quality backing tracks or with his pianist and double bass player forming as a jazz duo or trio. Alternatively you can book the full 5 or 6 piece swing band, add a string quartet or opt for the full 20 piece big band line-up.

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Jazz, Swing, Latin jazz, Easy listening, Christmas, Film / TV music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Cabaret, Vintage
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

A fine romance
Ain't no sunshine
Ain't misbehavin'
Ain't that a kick in the head
All of me
All the things you are
All the way
Alright OK you win
Almost like being in love
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square
As time goes by
At last
Autumn leaves
Besame mucho
Beyond the sea
Blue moon
Body & Soul
Both sides now
But not for me
Bye bye love
Bye bye blackbird
Change partners
Cheek to cheek
Close to you
Come fly with me
Cry me a river
Do nothing till you hear from me
Don't get around much anymore
Don’t know why
Don’t rain on my parade
Dream a little dream
Easy to love
Let's face the music
Let's fall in love
Luck be a lady
Lullaby of birdland
Mack the knife
Making whoopee
Memories are made of this
Mona Lisa
Mr Bojangles
My baby just cares for me
My foolish heart
My favourite things
My funny valentine
My kinda town
My way
Nature Boy
Need your love so bad
New York New York
Night & day
Old devil moon
One for my baby
On the street where you live
Orange coloured sky
On the sunny side of the street
One day I’ll fly away
Our love is here to stay
One note samba
Paper moon
Power of love
Pure imagination
Quiet nights
Rock with you
Route 66
Embraceable you
Feeling good
First time ever I saw your face
Fly me to the moon
Foggy day
For once in my life
Forever autumn
Georgia on my mind
Get happy
Girl from Ipanema
Hallelujah I just love her so
Have you met Miss Jones
Hit the road Jack
I could have danced all night
I get a kick out of you
I left my heart in San Francisco
I'll be seeing you
I remember you
I wanna be like you
I’m gonna sit right down
I’ve got a crush on you
I wish I knew
I won't dance
I'll be seeing you
I’ll never smile again
If you never come to me
Is you is
It had to be you
It was a very good year
I've got the world on a string
Just you just me
Killing Me Softly
Lady is a tramp
Let there be love
Let's do it, let's fall in love
Saturday night is the loneliest night
Secret love
Send in the clowns
Singin' in the rain
Smoke gets in your eyes
Something stupid
Stand by me
Stormy weather
Somewhere over the rainbow
Stepping out with my baby
Strangers in the night
That old devil called love again
That's life
The best is yet to come
There will never be another you
The summer wind
The way you look tonight
These are the days
They all laughed
They can't take that away from me
Time after time (Sinatra)
Too close for comfort
Under my skin
We have all the time in the world
What a wonderful world
What a difference a day makes
Young at heart
When I fall in love
You are the sunshine of my life
You make me feel so young
Customer questions

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

Yes. People are booking me and my band so you won't be seeing anyone else at the microphone!!

Do you have different line-up options?

Absolutely - it all depends on space, logistics and budget really. You can book me solo performing with backing tracks, as a duo accompanied by my pianist or guitarist. For a trio we add a bass player, the quartet includes a drummer, quintet usually means adding a saxophone or trumpet and there are big band options too!!

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

A shift in timings shouldn't be a problem as long as we're still performing for the same length of time and aren't booked elsewhere before or after your event. If you'd like to change the performance length after booking just get in touch so that we can agree on an additional fee.

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

I can provide an iPod playlist of swing & jazz tunes to fill in the gaps between my performance but don't offer a disc jokey services - best to leave that to a professional DJ.

How much time do you need to set up?

No more than an hour usually if it's me solo, as a duo or trio. Once you add a drummer things take a little longer and larger events may require more equipment and longer sound-checks/setting up time. If there are restrictions on time just let me know and we'll find a way to work around it.

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

It's great if you have a handful of favourite tunes you'd like included but it's also important to allow us the freedom to select songs as we go along so that we can take song request from guests and select music that fits the atmosphere in the room at the time.

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

We provide our own sound equipment for smaller events but for larger shows and bigger audiences may need a bigger set up sound wise. If you already have a DJ or AV (audio-visual) company booked for your event it's best if we all liaise with one another to make sure things run smoothly on the day.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes definitely with enough notice!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

People love my selection of music - lots of timeless classics that are very nostalgic and performed with an old school charm and flair. I also love to interact with the audience and have fun

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Savoy Hotel, Claridges, The Dorchester Hotel, The Ritz, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, The Grand Hotel Brighton, Grand Hyatt Doha/Abu Dhabi/Oman, The Wynne Las Vegas

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Julie London

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

Prince Edward's 50th Birthday at his home in the company of Her Majesty The Queen
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Virginia P
4 years ago, for a Wedding in London
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5 out of 5

You were the perfect choice for our wedding - all the classic songs everyone knew and loved. Your band are AMAZING and your voice is incredible. Thank you for singing 'Just The Way You Look Tonight' so beautifully for our first dance!! We'll treasure the memory forever x

David G
4 years ago, for a Birthday party in Brighton
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5 out of 5

Excellent, fantastic voice, engaging and accommodating. Matthew helped make our do truly memorable. Couldn’t have asked for more and I can’t recommend him highly enough.

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