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Authentic arrangements and a craftsmanlike approach to details of their chosen musical idiom are the hallmarks of Five Star Swing. When this super-tight, tasty octet ‘steps out in style’, it’s virtually as if Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Shirley Bassey have come to life before your eyes.

 “Five Star Swing will delight you with a slick presentation of classic American Razzmatazz at its very best…”

Bandleader Chris Smith brings a wealth of performance experience to Five Star Swing. As a pianist and trumpeter he has appeared on BBC Breakfast TV, Top Of The Pops and The Royal Variety Show, and has played at many prestigious venues including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

Include classy vocals from both Chris and Simone, and this ensemble has all that’s needed to transport you back into that sizzling era of the Swing Jazz Greats. All of the Glenn Miller classics are in the repertoire, together with Ratpack favourites, contemporary standards and much, much more. It’s not surprising Five Star Swing is recognised as one of the most versatile and accomplished Jazz and Swing bands in the UK!

Five Star Swing will arrive dressed to suit the event, fully-equipped with a high-quality PA system which is readily adaptable for venues of any size. For smaller parties, the band can also offer five or six-piece options. As to the full line-up, with five horns in the frontline there’s plenty of scope for these guys to really rip – Five Star Swing will delight you with a slick presentation of classic American Razzmatazz at its very best.

  • Sizzling classics from the Golden Era of Swing
  • Flexible line-up, tailored to the size of your event
  • Fully-equipped with a high-quality PA system

 

Male Vocals

  • All The Way
  • Blue Moon
  • Chicago
  • Come Fly With Me
  • Fly Me To The Moon
  • How About You
  • I Get A Kick Out Of You
  • I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  • It Had To Be You
  • King Of The Swingers
  • Mr Bojangles
  • My Kind Of Town
  • New York, New York
  • Nice And Easy
  • Something Stupid
  • Strangers In The Night
  • The Girl From Ipanema
  • The Lady Is A Tramp
  • Unforgettable
  • Where Or When
  • Witchcraft
  • You Make Me Feel So Young

Female Vocals

  • American Patrol
  • Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree
  • I Know Why
  • In The Mood
  • Little Brown Jug – (Glenn Miller Countin’)
  • Moonlight Serenade
  • Pennsylvania 65000
  • Perfidia
  • String Of Pearls
  • Tuxedo Junction

 

Big Band Classics

  • A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
  • Bless ’Em All
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • I’ll Be Seeing You
  • I’ll Never Smile Again
  • It’s A Long Way To Tipperary
  • Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant-Major
  • Lilli Marlene
  • Pack Up Your Troubles…
  • Roll Out The Barrel
  • Run Rabbit Run
  • The White Cliffs Of Dover
  • There’ll Always Be An England
  • We’ll Meet Again
  • We’re Gonna Hang Out The Washing
  • Wish Me Luck

Reviews (4)

  • 5 out of 5

    Berkhamstead

    January 25, 2015 - 10:10 am

    I just wanted to write to thank Five Star Swing for playing at our “1940’s night”. You interpreted the mood of the event perfectly and helped maintain the atmosphere right to the end. Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Bryan Roth

    July 27, 2014 - 5:51 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed the concert tonight. It was the best evening we have had for many years. You all took my wife and me down memory lane and made us feel like teenagers again.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Alexander

    April 6, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    I was sceptical at first that they could come up with the goods with only 5 players, but WOW did they deliver!!! The controlled, tight and virtuosic ensemble playing was without peer. Great arrangements from Chris Smith, the whole band showed its multifarious diversity in every swinging number… and where did Stephen Davies learn to do all that stuff?! I commend them to all!

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  • 4 out of 5

    Richard Roberts

    October 19, 2013 - 6:19 pm

    Just seen the band at The Municipal Hall Colne and what a great show from a very talented group of musicians – well done and thanks for a great night out.

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