Swing & Jive Bands for hire in East Sussex

Find the perfect live swing band in East Sussex for your wedding, party or corporate event. Whether you want to jive the night away, or lindy hop into the early hours, our professional bands will definitely keep your guests on their feet. Browse our selection of over 282 swing bands right here.

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Hire The Swing Ninjas Swing & jive band with Encore
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£1250 - £1750
Swing & jive bandBrighton

High energy, 4-part harmony, singing swing band combing the best of New Orleans and UK swing - playing well known and original swing.

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Hire Björn & the Brothers of Rhythm Swing & jive band with Encore
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£1095 - £1405
Swing & jive bandHastings

Hard swinging fun with band going from a duo to a 9 piece band playing classic tunes from the 1920-50. The ultimate swing dance band!

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Hire The Tom Swing + Soul Band Swing & jive band with Encore
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£1140 - £3300
Swing & jive bandEastbourne

One of the most versatile & engaging acts on the music scene. Consisting of some of the most sought after professional musicians in the UK

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Hire Swing 21 Swing & jive band with Encore
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£320 - £800
Swing & jive bandBrighton

Add some atmosphere, ambience and a touch of class to your event.

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Hire Summer Samba Swing & jive band with Encore
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£565 - £680
Swing & jive bandBrighton

Super fun, beautifully mellow, authentic bossa nova and swing jazz trio.

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Hire Jazzanova duo Swing & jive band with Encore
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£380 - £440
Swing & jive bandBrighton

Authentic jazz and bossa nova duo - "they seemed to play as a single person, their ensemble being so good".

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Hire Swing It Ela Swing & jive band with Encore
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£565 - £825
Swing & jive bandBrighton

Sophisticated yet upbeat trio with a passion for swinging jazz and lilting bossa nova.

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Hire Midnight Martinis Swing & jive band with Encore
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£450 - £1400
Swing & jive bandTunbridge Wells

Function band Midnight Martinis perform a classic & contemporary pop soul crossover set to get everyone dancing!

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Hire Cali's Soul Experience Swing & jive band with Encore
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£775 - £2856.25
Swing & jive bandEast Grinstead

Show-stopping vocalist, a natural entertainer! Jazz/Soul/Motown band w warmth vintage & humour | Amy Winehouse specialty w Amy's guitarist!

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Hire Ru & The Party Grooves Swing & jive band with Encore
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£875 - £2250
Swing & jive bandBrighton

One of the most sought-after versatile bands in the UK. Party grooves play hit covers from all ages, as well as soul, smooth jazz&swing.

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Hire Chris Coull Big Band Swing & jive band with Encore
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£1250 - £2500
Swing & jive bandBrighton

Compact band with a big sound - we have played all over the UK and Europe with our own distincitve brand of jazz, swing and big band tunes.

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Hire Miss Holiday and the Swingtones Swing & jive band with Encore
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£1000 - £2500
Swing & jive bandKent

"Swing, jive and jazz together with modern songs in a Swingtones twist"

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Hire Chris Coull Band Swing & jive band with Encore
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£450 - £1250
Swing & jive bandBrighton

Flexible and authentic swing and jazz group from Brighton.

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Hire The Eternal Triangle Swing & jive band with Encore
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£500 - £650
Swing & jive bandBrighton

This jazzy trio plays the classic jazz standard repertoire. Perfect as an unobtrusive background to wedding receptions, dinners and more.

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Hire Jason and Dan Duo Swing & jive band with Encore
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Swing & jive bandBN2 5UP, UK

Jason and Dan have been adding a touch of class to private and corporate events since 1995. Suitable for a jolly jazzy background ambience.

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Hire Double Duos Swing & jive band with Encore
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£700 - £1100
Swing & jive bandPulborough

The best of Swing and Show music from the 1920's - 50's.

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Hire The Experience  Swing & jive band with Encore
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£550 - £750
Swing & jive bandMaidstone

Doug and Jasmine perform timeless hits, taking you on a party nostalgia trip, right up to the modern day. Come celebrate with us!

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Hire Tritone Trio Swing & jive band with Encore
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£320 - £800
Swing & jive bandBrighton

Sophisticated jazz band for your event. Sax, guitar and double bass. Portable, professional and polite.

Latest reviews of our Swing & Jive Bands in East Sussex

Björn & the Brothers of Rhythm
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"DO NOT HESITATE TO BOOK THIS BAND... they were absolutely incredible, so talented and just the most amazing music. We loved every second of it and all our wedding guests were totally blown away. They're also such lovely guys! Thanks so much you talented bunch! xxx"

Claire hired Björn & the Brothers of Rhythm for a Wedding (available in East Sussex)

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Björn & the Brothers of Rhythm
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"Björn & the Brothers of Rhythm were the perfect choice for our event. They were incredibly professional, personable, and very easy to communicate with in the run up. I would book them again and recommend them to others"

Rosie hired Björn & the Brothers of Rhythm for a Corporate event (available in East Sussex)

Verified Review, 6 June 2018
Natty Congeroo & The Flames of Rhythm
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"Exceptional! Superb! Highly recommend this band to anyone! "

Ian hired Natty Congeroo & The Flames of Rhythm for a Wedding (available in East Sussex)

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FAQs about hiring Swing & Jive Bands in East Sussex

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What is a swing band?

A swing band is a musical ensemble specialising in swing music, a genre popularised during the 1930s and 1940s. It typically comprises brass instruments such as trumpets, trombones, and saxophones, accompanied by a rhythm section including piano, bass, drums, and guitar. Swing music is characterised by its upbeat tempo, syncopated rhythms, and a lively "swing feel" that encourages dancing. Big band leaders like Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington were instrumental in its popularity. Today, swing bands often feature vocalists and continue to perform at corporate events, drinks receptions, and clubs, preserving the energetic and nostalgic spirit of the Swing Era.

What's the difference between jazz and swing?

Jazz and swing are closely related musical genres, but they have distinct differences in terms of style, era, and influence. Jazz: Jazz is a broad musical genre that originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, primarily in African American communities in New Orleans, United States. Jazz encompasses a wide range of styles, including Dixieland, bebop, cool jazz, and fusion, among others. It emphasises improvisation, complex chord progressions, and varying rhythms. Jazz musicians often explore experimental and avant-garde techniques. Jazz can be slow and soulful or fast and energetic, and it allows for a high degree of individual expression and creativity. Swing: Swing is a subgenre of jazz that became popular during the 1930s and 1940s, particularly in the Big Band Era. Swing music is characterised by its lively and infectious rhythm, often referred to as the "swing feel." It features a strong emphasis on the offbeat or upbeat rhythms and typically includes a brass section, woodwind instruments, and a rhythm section. Swing music is highly danceable and is known for its catchy melodies and arrangements. While swing is a style within the larger jazz genre, it specifically refers to the music that was popularised during the Swing Era. In summary, swing is a specific style of jazz known for its energetic rhythm and danceability, while jazz is a broader musical genre encompassing various styles, including swing, with an emphasis on improvisation and creativity.

What does a swing band consist of?

A swing band, also known as a big band, typically consists of a group of musicians playing instruments that contribute to the characteristic lively and rhythmic sound of swing music. Here's what a swing band commonly includes: 1. Brass Section: - Trumpets: Usually multiple trumpets provide the bright and bold melodies. - Trombones: Trombones add depth and richness to the brass section. - Saxophones: Alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones provide the harmonies and often play the famous saxophone solos in swing music. 2. Rhythm Section: - Piano: The pianist provides harmonies, chords, and sometimes solos. - Double Bass (or Electric Bass): The bassist plays the low-end rhythm, anchoring the band. - Drums: Drummers maintain the swing feel with their rhythmic patterns, including the distinctive ride cymbal pattern. - Guitar: The guitarist plays rhythm guitar, providing additional harmonies and accents. In some bands, a guitarist might also play solos. 3. Vocalists: - Some swing bands features vocalists who sing the lyrics, adding another layer to the performance. 4. Occasional Instruments: - Clarinet: Clarinets are sometimes used in addition to saxophones, especially in earlier swing bands. - Flute: Flutes might be used in specific arrangements to add a different texture to the music. - Additional Percussion: Some swing bands incorporate additional percussion instruments for specific songs or effects. The combination of these instruments creates the dynamic and energetic sound that defines swing music. Swing bands are known for their versatility, allowing for various instrumental combinations and arrangements to suit different songs and styles within the swing genre.

What is gypsy swing music?

Gypsy swing, or Gypsy jazz, is a style that emerged in 1930s France, blending Romani music with American jazz and swing. It's characterised by fast, virtuosic acoustic guitar and violin performances, driven by a rhythmic "pompe" technique. Improvisation plays a significant role, and musicians often use unique Manouche guitars. Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France popularised the genre. Gypsy swing remains vibrant, with musicians worldwide honouring its lively, improvisational spirit, making it a cherished subgenre in the jazz world.

What music does a swing band play?

A swing band typically plays swing music, a genre that became popular during the 1930s and 1940s, particularly in the United States during the Big Band Era. Swing music is characterized by its lively and infectious rhythm, often referred to as the "swing feel." Swing bands play a variety of tunes, including: 1. Swing Standards: Timeless classics such as "In the Mood," "Take the 'A' Train," and "Sing, Sing, Sing" are common in swing band repertoires. 2. Big Band Jazz: Swing bands perform famous compositions by renowned bandleaders like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Glenn Miller. 3. Dance Tunes: Swing music is highly danceable, and swing bands play tunes like the Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, and Charleston, encouraging dancers to showcase their skills. 4. Vocal Jazz: Swing bands often feature vocalists who sing jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, adding a vocal element to their performances. 5. Latin and Blues Influences: Swing bands may incorporate Latin rhythms and bluesy tunes into their repertoire, showcasing the diversity of the swing genre. 6. Original Compositions: Many contemporary swing bands compose and perform their own original swing music, adding a modern touch to the traditional style. Overall, swing bands play a wide range of music that embodies the lively, rhythmic, and upbeat spirit of the swing era, delighting audiences with both instrumental virtuosity and vocal prowess.

Are swing bands good for weddings?

Swing bands are an excellent choice of wedding entertainment due to their danceable tunes, timeless appeal, and versatility. The infectious rhythm of swing music encourages guests of all ages to hit the dance floor, providing a lively atmosphere for the celebration. Classic swing tunes, with their nostalgic charm, add an elegant and vintage touch to the wedding. Swing bands also often cater to diverse musical preferences, offering a mix of romantic ballads and high-energy tunes, ensuring a delightful experience for everyone. You can look through Encore's curated collection of swing bands for weddings or talk to one of our experts to get more tailored advice.

Hiring a Swing & Jive Band in East Sussex

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The typical price per group member for Swing & Jive Bands is:
£Budget£220
££Pro£330
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