Jazz and Swing Bands For Weddings & Events

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From selling out with his jazz band at world famous Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club to entertaining royalty with swing at The Ritz, Kevin’s unforgettable live vocal performances and his natural ability to swing a song have made his band some of the most popular Swing Bands & Jazz Bands for weddings, corporate events & parties in the UK today.  Kevin & his band are specialists in 1920’s/Gatsby bands, 1930’s  & 1940’s bands,  1950’s/60’s rat pack swing – right up to modern day classics made famous by likes of Michael Buble /Robbie Williams.  Our bands are guaranteed to contain players picked from the cream of British Jazz Swing musicians transformed by bandleader & lead singer Kevin’s enthralling interpretations & superb stage presence.

With a huge repertoire to choose from – everything from hot 20’s jazz Charleston style, via 30’s fav’s, 40’s swing/jive, 50’s/60’s rat pack, right up to current floor-fillers a la Michael Buble & modern cool jazz. And by adding a sprinkling of Latin/Bossa Nova or a jazz swing re-work to a pop classic too, if desired, makes them perfect Swing Band for weddings,parties or corporate events; whether its’s a full dance floor, memorable background sets, superb over-dinner entertainment or a wow-factor show that’s required. And for vintage-themed weddings or events/parties of a set era, we can always add in songs from other era’s (and if required the band can change to fit with a 2nd era’s theme for 2nd set (eg. 1920’s jazz age, changing for a rat pack set). You can also hire Kevin (or a captivating jazz chanteuse) with piano & upright bass backing band; this trio is the perfect jazz band for wedding breakfasts, drinks receptions, garden parties and soirees –  either is the perfect finishing touch that will stay long in the memory of your guests.  You can hire one of our London/ Essex based Swing Jazz Bands to entertain you at any size of wedding, venue or event, anywhere in the UK or abroad. And all enquiries are sensibly priced according to date, times and location.

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Quick Quotes  (see References Page for full wedding/event/party thank-you’s & testimonials)

“Wow!” – Peter Jones, BBC Dragons Den star

“We would usually need to book a much bigger band to create the kind of impact Kevin created with just a small band” – C. Hines, Events Manager, Madame Tussauds

“So pleased we had you (& your Swing Band) at our wedding. LEGEND! xxxx” Samantha Womack, Actress and Eastenders TV star

“Wow, when you and the band started playing we couldn’t believe how good you all were” – J. Todd, Unilever Head Office, London

“We found a great guy called Kevin Fitzsimmons. He got the party going, and with classic swing songs there was something for everyone – even my gran who tore up the dancefloor!” – Radio 1 DJ/TV Presenter, Matt Edmondson, published in WEDDING Magazine. 

“A brilliant sound by both singer & band alike” Latest 7 Magazine

“You & the band were fantastic” – NBC Universal

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Audio Demos

These demos have been recorded in the most simplistic form without any vocal enhancements for a true representation of how our live Jazz Swing bands for weddings sound at your event.  And as its not always practical to hear bands live before you book them, you’ll also find JAZZ/SWING/LATIN MEDLEY’S recorded 100% live with our 3 & 5 piece bands at recent public shows in London’s West End.  There’s also audio demos of our Frank Sinatra Tribute Band, Dean Martin Tribute Band, Michael Buble Tribute & Rat Pack Band pages.

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  Sway LIVE! – 7 Piece Band

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  Just One Of Those Things LIVE! – 7 Piece Band

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I I’ve Got You Under My Skin LIVE! – 7 Piece Band

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Sept In The Rain/Moondance LIVE! – 6 Piece Band

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CCome Fly With Me5 Piece Band

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  Cheek To Cheek 5 Piece Band

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  Every Breath You Take4 Piece Band

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  The Good Life4 Piece Band

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Booking Options

From a Duo right up to a big band or orchestra with strings , we offer every size of jazz bands and swing bands for wedding, parties & corporate events. A popular and compact size of band is a 4 piece (piano, drums, bass and saxophone) or 5 piece (piano,drums bass, saxophone and trumpet) .  An hour set, a 2 x 45 minute set,  2 x 1 hour sets, or 3 x 40 minute sets is usually performed, and to give your wedding/event the very best these options can be tailored to your requirements.

Band’s Musicians

The musicians you’re guaranteed to get when you hire a Swing Jazz band from us are high profile and award winning session musicians in their own right. They’ve performed with some of the biggest music legends of our time including Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Shirley Bassey, Elton John, Barbara Streisand and too many other stars to list here. They’ve appeared on TV programmes such as The X-Factor, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Children in Need, The Paul O’Grady Show, Strictly Come Dancing, The South Bank Show, Parkinson, Top of the Pops and Later…with Jools Holland, and have performed everywhere from Ronnie Scott‘s to The Royal Albert Hall via the West End theatres as well as at the International Jazz Festivals the world over. Celebrities worldwide and crowned heads of Europe are among the many who have enjoyed their wonderful talents.  Our main band members for weddings & events are:-

Simon Colam – Piano: Head of Jazz at The Purcell School for Young Musicians & teacher at The Royal Academy of Music, a pianist appearing on ‘The X Factor’ ( at Boot Camp, Judges’ Homes, & the Master Classes backing stars such as Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Take That, Rod Stewart), and rehearsal pianist on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and Eurovision ‘Your Country Needs You‘.

Steve Fishwick – Trumpet: With a Batchelor of Music degree from the Royal Academy of Music & the 2002 British Jazz Awards ‘Rising Star’ prize, he has performed with such stars as Kylie Minogue, Jools Holland & Jamie Cullum and he can be heard playing the jazz trumpet solos on BAFTA nominated soundtrack to the Ian Dury bio-movie film ‘Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll’ – he‘s also professor of jazz trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and London City College “Steve Fishwick’s trumpet crackles with energy. There are other young bands playing in this genre but few with such panache.” Dave Gelly, The Observer

Derek Nash – Saxophone: A swing band saxophonist at the cutting edge of the British Jazz Movement, he has had many TV appearances as current full member of the Jools Holland Orchestra and has played everywhere from Ronnie Scotts to a 100,000 crowd at Glastonbury.  “Derek Nash is one the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today” – The Guardian

Alex Garnett – Saxophone: Currently the semi-resident saxophonist at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Alex is without question one of the most in-demand UK session musicians & has worked with amongst others Van Morrison, Paul Weller , Humphrey Lyttleton, Ruby Turner and Jools Holland. “Alex Garnett is one of Great Britain’s most accomplished post-bop musicians” – AllAboutJazz

Mike Smith – Drums: Sought after drummer on countless TV/Radio adverts and commercial recordings for, among others, Larry Adler, Sting, Elton John and the Spice Girls. Since the mid 90’s Mike has been the regular drummer to Dame Shirley Bassey, and for the BBC Big Band, BBC Radio Orchestra and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

Dominic Howles – Upright Bass: Studied Jazz & Studio Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Dominic has also works extensively on the British Jazz circuit, including Ronnie Scott’s & Jazz Festivals in Germany & Dubai. An ‘EastEnders favourite’ having performed at personal occasions for two high profile cast members of the show.

Adrian Fry – Trombonist: Recorded and toured as a member of Incognito and has played in the Big Band of most West End shows inc. The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas.

For a quick quote to hire one of our fabulous swing jazz bands for weddings/parties or corporate events (or Michael Buble singer/Jazz Swing Wedding Band options) – in the U.K. & abroad  – go to the Contact  Page,  or telephone Avril directly on 01702 219501/ 07905 169764.  Click here for further band hire information