• Captain Redeye & The Hoods

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    Overview

    Forged in the gin-joints and speakeasies of Leeds in early 2001, Captain Redeye and the Hoods are purveyors of highly-refined vintage Gangster Swing, taking a heavy influence from the bands of the 1990s swing revival such as Royal crown Revue and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

    This band of nine highly-accomplished musicians draw their inspiration and playlist from the golden Hollywood era of the 1930s-50s and features old favourites from artists such as Louis Prima, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and Ray Charles, as well as original compositions and rock and pop reinterpretations, all delivered in the Hoods own hard-swingin’ style.

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    About

    Majority of Captain Redeye and the Hoods band members were trained in prestigious institutions such as the Royal Academy, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Leeds College of Music before embarking on their own successful professional music careers.

    ALEX ‘THE LARYNX’ WYCHERLEY – VOCALS
    An academy-trained vocalist with an extensive resume in musical theatre, Alex has been charming audiences all over the UK for years with his timeless voice and smooth self-assured stage-presence.

    ‘SHAKEY’ JAKE GOSS – TENOR AND ALTO SAXOPHONES
    After graduating from the Royal Academy, Jake has gone on to become a notable figure in the UK jazz scene, and has played with Nathan Watts (Stevie Wonder’s long-serving bassist), Jason Marshall (Roy Hargrove), Stan Tracey, Gerard Presencer, Soweto Kinch, Don Weller, Spike Wells, Dave Whitford.

    ‘EASY’ DAVE ORCHANT – TRUMPET
    A graduate of the Guildhall Postgraduate Jazz course Dave is fast becoming established on the London Jazz scene. He is a talented arranger and composer and writes for both his own Jazz quintet and for a range of other projects.

    MARTYN ‘MIGHTY’ STRANGE – BARITONE SAXOPHONE
    A Leeds College of Music graduate, Martyn is the founder, saxophonist and manager of Get Funked, one of the top entertainment acts in the UK. His heavyweight baritone saxophone can be also be heard in the highly-regarded Afro-funk band the Ariya Afrobeat Arkestra.

    JOHN ‘BIG JOHNNY SLIDE’ ALLEN – TROMBONE AND VOCALS
    Big Johnny Slide has been a stalwart member of the Hoods since its original inception and has become a true swingin’ showman, combining his talents on the trombone with rousing backing vocals to lead the band with gusto! He is also gigging and recording with a number of UK soul-jazz acts, including the Incognito-proteges Kaldera.

    TOM ‘DEEP PHAT’ FRY – DOUBLE BASS
    After graduating from Leeds College of Music in 2000, Tom headed south to London seek his musical fortunes and has since played with a host of musical luminaries, such as Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) and Tom Baxter. He is currently playing electric bass for critcally-acclaimed rock band Audioporn.

    ALEX ‘CASA’ NOVAK – GUITAR
    As a founder member of the Hoods, Alex was inspired by the rhythm sections of the great 40s and 50s jump-jazz acts. A guitarist in the line of Grant Green and Pat Martino, he has taken his soulful strumming to clubs across the UK. Alex is also the band director for the Hoochie Coochie Lounge, a Brighton-based musical variety night.

    TAZ ‘MANIA’ MODI – PIANO
    Taz Modi is a well-known keyboardist in the North of England, and is a founder member of the much-lauded Submotion Orchestra as well as appearing with acts such as The Haggis Horns, Eddie Roberts and the Fire Eaters, Matthew Halsall (Gondwana Records), Jenna G, Malena (Freestyle), Homecut and Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra (First Word) and many more.

    ‘SMALL’ PAUL GREGORY – DRUMS
    Paul was invited to study at the Royal Academy of Music’s junior school age 14. A degree course in Jazz at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama followed, since which his fiery drumming has provided the pulse behind acts such as Stan Sulzmann, Kenny Wheeler, John Dankworth, Buddy Greco and Guy Barker, to name a few. He is also the drummer for reknowned folk-hip-hop act Dizraeli and the Small Gods.

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    Audio

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    I’m Just a Gigolo

    I’m Just a Gigolo

    Hey Pachuco

    Hey Pachuco

    Beyond the Sea

    Beyond the Sea

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    Feedback

     

    Jo Rogers, The Sisterhood, Head of Creative Affairs, Scion Films

    “You guys were totally and utterly brilliant last night. You absolutely made the night! You are entertaining, sooooo tight, all damn hot musicians, and your set was enormous fun. Everyone needs to know about you!” 

    Sara Colohan, Producer – The Tassel Club

    “I was sooooo thrilled with you and the band last night – you are a unique, slick, damn hot band – Loved working with you all – Really – So professional, etc.. X and easy on the eye to boot!!”

    Vince Power, founder of Vince Power Music Group and owner of The Pigalle Club

    “Nice work guys!”

    Andy and Penny, Banbury Castle

    “Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. You guys were fantastic and really made the night. We couldn’t have imagined a better band if we tried…!”

    Dax and Gina, Essex

    “We would like to thank all the band for your outstanding performance at our wedding. Everyone is still talking about it now – Keep swinging the gangster way, as nobody does it better than The Hoods. You really were the icing on the cake…!” 

     

    OUR PREVIOUS CLIENTS INCLUDE….

    The Omerta Group
    The Savoy Hotel
    Banbury Castle
    Putney Rowing Club
    Fulham Palace

    The Science Museum, Kensington
    The Pigalle Club, Piccadilly Circus
    Linacre College, Oxford University
    Jumeira Carlton Hotel, Knightsbridge
    Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

    The Wardobe, Leeds
    Devonshire Hall, Leeds University
    Littlecote House Hotel, Berkshire
    Beaumanor Hall, Leicestershire
    The Sisterhood

     

     

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    Repertoire

    • Ain’t That A Kick In TheHead?
    • Almost Like Being In Love
    • Baby I Need Your Lovin’ – Four Tops
    • Come Fly With Me
    • Beyond The Sea
    • Datin’ With No Dough
    • Fly Me To The Moon
    • Hallelujah I LoveHer So
    • Have You Met Miss Jones?
    • Hey Pachuco!
    • House Of Bamboo
    • I Wanna Be Like You
    • I’m In The Mood For Love
    • Jump In The Line
    • Jump Jive And Wail
    • Jump With Me Baby
    • Just AGigolo/I Ain’tGotNobody
    • Kiss
    • L.O.V.E.
    • Lady Is A Tramp
    • Let There Be Love
    • Let’s Face The Music And Dance
    • Mack The Knife
    • MamboNo 5
    • Mambo Swing
    • Minnie The Moocher
    • Moondance
    • Mr Pinstripe Suit
    • My Baby Just Cares For Me
    • Oh Marie
    • One For My Baby (AndOne More For The Road)
    • Stormy Weather
    • Sweet Little Angel
    • Under My Skin
    • When You’re Smiling/SheikhOf Araby
    • You And Me And The Bottle Makes Three Tonight Baby

     

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    Success Stories

    The band based its name around the mythical figure of Captain Redeye, the legendary alter-ego of an original band member, who had a penchant for wine, women and all-night revelry, and could usually be found propping up the bars of smoke-filled Jazz lounges until the early hours of the morning. Musically ‘the Hoods’ serve up a heady cocktail of styles and genres, from high-octane jump-jazz, through hip-shaking swing, to finger-poppin’ rhythm and blues, all with a dash of Latin thrown in for good measure.

    The last decade has seen the band go from strength to strength, playing a multitude of different venues and events across the UK, from high society balls in Knightsbridge and Kensington to variety evenings in northern social clubs, to regular Burlesque nights in Piccadilly Circus at the heart of London’s West End – continuing to build up an ever-widening fanbase, which ranges from ages 9 to 90. They are as comfortable playing shows to large festival crowds as they are in intimate cabaret clubs, and have performed their own brand of much-loved musical high-jinks everywhere from the Science Museum to the Savoy Hotel. It is the band’s ultimate dream to release their own album one day so better grab your hat and two-tones, for you are sure to be hearing more from Captain Redeye and the Hoods…!

     

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    Live

    SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH 2013 – MARDAN PALACE HOTEL, ANTALYA, TURKEY

    SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH 2013 – KETTNER’S, SOHO, LONDON

    SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30TH 2013 – KETTNER’S, SOHO, LONDON

    SATURDAY JUNE 21ST 2014 – PRIVATE FUNCTION

     

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