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    Overview

    The Jazz Cannons are a magnificent classic swing band, soul band and pop band led by the magnetic vocalist and saxophonist Jimmy Cannon. As a swing band jazz band for weddings, private parties or corporate events they’re available to hire for all events large and small. Whether you’re looking to create a sophisticated ambiance or want to see the dance floor explode The Jazz Cannons will deliver for your event.

    Watch the video to discover how The Jazz Cannons can transform your event from special to spectacular…

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    About

    WARNING: Do Not Book A Bland, Average And Generic ‘Function Band’ Until You’ve Read This….

    When booking The Jazz Cannons you can expect everything from good time jazz to cool Rat Pack style swing and dance floor stomping jive. If the mood takes you, there’s an extensive range of classic pop, soul and funk. For the more adventurous, why not request some Latin grooves? Whether you’re trying to create a sophisticated ambiance or want to see the dance-floor explode, The Jazz Cannons swing band will deliver.

    The Jazz Cannons have played for clients all over the UK and Europe and are the perfect choice for wedding entertainment, corporate event entertainment and all other functions and parties. The blazing horns and explosive rhythm section will leave you and your guests no option but to“Face the Music and Dance”!

    But How Is This Possible?….

    The Jazz Cannons choice of songs to play at your event will be very carefully selected. Over the years of playing at weddings, private parties and corporate events a filtering process occurs. Songs are tried and tested, reactions gauged and feedback received, whether that be verbally or from the keen eye of the seasoned professional band leader, Jimmy Cannon. Any future song choices will be based on their merit and success at creating the right ambiance and ensuring a full dance floor.

    Want A Little More Detail?…

    Here’s where we break down each genre and show you why their approach and performance will transform your event…

    Swing & Jazz – All swing songs are carefully chosen to be ‘mainstream’ so that guests of all ages will know all the songs or at least know the melodies. All song choices are medium to uptempo with danceable rhythms so that your guests will feel the need to fill the dance floor. After all swing music was the dance music of its day. Most significantly this style lends itself to really reinforcing that sophisticated ambiance your guests will feel great in.

    Rat Pack – The Rat Pack repertoire provides a classic Vegas show style feel. Whenever the Rat pack greats like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin put on a show it was the talk of the town. The style and charisma of that era oozes from the stage when these songs are performed by The Jazz Cannons. Your event will feel like the exclusive occasion you dreamt of. Your guests will feel that sense of occasion as those did who attended one of the legendary Rat Pack shows.

    Latin – The bands careful choice of mainstream well known Latin classics will ensure that as the night progresses the dance floor goes from full to packed. Making sure that dance floor is full while maintaining that feel of class and sophistication takes a skill that has been well perfected by The Jazz Cannons. The bands Latin repertoire is a sophisticated alternative to mainstream pop music which is what most bands will default to.

    Classic pop and soul – This takes the band into a more mainstream territory while again keeping the ambiance very sophisticated yet fun. These songs have been carefully selected as they sound great with the band instrumentation and will ensure the dance floor is kept full until your begging your guests to go home!

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    Video

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    Lady Is A Tramp

    Wanna Be Like You

    Live wedding performance at The Palace Theatre, Shaftestbury Ave, London

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    Audio

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    Lady Is A Trap

    Lady Is A Tramp

    I Wanna Be Like You

    I Wanna Be Like You

    Soul Bossa Nova

    Soul Bossa Nova

    Fly Me To The Moon

    Fly Me To The Moon

    Too Close For Comfort

    Too Close For Comfort

    Papa Loves Mambo

    Papa Loves Mambo

    I Feel Good

    I Feel Good

    Ladies Night

    Ladies’ Night

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    Feedback

    To view some actual testimonials, choose a link below:

    Nikki & James’ wedding at Priory Farm, Bedfordshire

    Watch the video to see what the bride and groom thought about the band…

    Rebecca & Mark Pendry – Bride & Groom – Wedding at Windsor Castle

    Watch the video to see various reactions to the band…

    Sam & Mark – Wedding at The Swan in Lavenham

    “The music you performed so spectacularly and your sense of fun made a magical end to what was a wonderful day.” Read More

    ITVs This Morning – Live On Air Performance for their Christmas Show

    “You guys were awesome. Thanks so much for the great music and also working with us so well.” Read More

    4th July Independence Day Picnic at the the Embassy of the United States of America

    “It was such a pleasure having you. You and your very talented Jazz Cannons set just the right mood for the celebration.” Read More

    Amanda & Gregg Beeching – Bride & Groom – Wedding at The Hartley, London, SE1

    “The guys put on a stella performance and all our guests were delighted.” Read More

    Liz Cook – Bride – Wedding at the Charlotte House Hotel, Lincoln

    “Well the band were fantastic! Many of our guests said the best band they’d seen.”
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    Emma & Kevin – Bride & Groom – Wedding at Lord Bute, Dorset

    “You were amazing and we have not stopped receiving compliments on our choice of band! Thank you for making our special day even more memorable.” Read More

    Anna Widowson – Bride – Wedding at Shardeloes, Buckinghamshire

    “I wanted to drop you a line to say a very big thank you for all your help and advice with the band for our wedding on 10th May. The Jazz Cannons were absolutely fantastic and very much enjoyed by ALL of the guests! We had the most incredible and magical day and they were a juge part of its success.” Read More

    Priya & Tristan – Bride & Groom – Wedding at Selsdon Park Hotel, Sanderstead

    “The band were and absolute triumph at the wedding. I’m not exagerrating — people have been ranting and raving about them for weeks. They were awesome.” Read More

    Westminster Council – Tea Dance at The Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair, London

    “I am writing to thank you for all the hard work that you put into making the Westminster Tea Dance. Such a success.” Read More

    Clare & Alex Tutty – Bride & Groom – Wedding at Kenwick Park Hotel, South Lincolnshire

    “We want to thank you for such an amazing performance at our wedding. We have had endless comments about your performance.” Read More

    Lyndsey & Giles – Wedding at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxford

    “A big thank you to you and The Jazz Cannons for playing so beautifully at our wedding reception.” Read More

    Imogen & Mark – Bride & Groom – Wedding at Wroxall Abbey Estate, Warwickshire

    “Thank you so much for playing so brilliantly at our wedding reception, we’re so glad we booked you. Everyone’s been asking us where we heard about.” Read More

    Creative Partnerships UK Ltd – Emma Barwell – Corporate Event at Hoxton Hall, London, N1

    “Jazz Cannons are brilliant! How professional! How marvellous. Great ability to read the event and get it absolutely spot on.” Read More

    Wendy Holland – Birthday Celebration at The Hawker Centre, Kingston, London

    “Just had to say how great the boys were at my party. Everyone was saying what a fantastic night it was and most of that was down to the band.” Read More

    James & Victoria Nolan – Bride & Groom – Wedding at Le Tolbooth, Colchester

    “We thought theband was brilliant, and all our guests have said how much they enjoyed the music.” Read More

    Claire Vicker – Bride – Wedding in Binstead, West Sussex

    “They were excellent. One of our guests said that Jimmy sounded better than Frank Sinatra.” Read More

    Steve Davies & Adrian Allsop – Civil Partnership at The George Hotel, Cambridgeshire

    “What can we say….you gave us such a great set – thank you so much.” Read More

    Erica Burton & Alex Sandrey – Bride & Groom – Wedding

    “We will be recommending you to all of our friends…” Read More

    Jillie Bushell Associates – Corporate Event

    “…they are excellent.” Read More

    William Reed Publishing – Corporate Event at The Grand Hotel, Brighton

    “…thank you to The Jazz Cannons for a fantastic evening down at The Grand. The feedback I have had from staff has been positively glowing.” Read More

    Sarah Yarker & Chris Parkin – Bride & Groom – Wedding at Audley House, Saffron Walden

    “You all put on such an amazing performance. We had so much fun and all the songs you picked for the evening were right on the mark.” Read More

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    Success Stories

     

    Nikki & James’ wedding at Priory Farm, Bedfordshire.

    See how The Jazz Cannons helped make Nikki & James’s day special. Watch out for the chat with the bride and groom.

    Becky & Mark’s wedding in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

    Watch as band leader and lead singer, Jimmy Cannon, talks you through the build up to the bands performance and then into the performance itself.

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    Repertoire

    Rat Pack

    • Come Fly With
    • Fly Me To The Moon
    • I Get A Kick Out Of You
    • It Had To Be You
    • Lady Is A Tramp
    • Mack The Knife
    • New York New York
    • Swinging Down The Lane
    • That’s Amore

    Swing

    • American Patrol
    • Bring Me Sunshine
    • Chattanooga Choo Choo
    • Hello Dolly
    • Hit The Road Jack
    • I Wanna Be Like You
    • In The Mood
    • It Don’t Mean A Thing
    • Jump Jive And Wail
    • The Pink Panther
    • Little Brown Jug
    • Moondance
    • Night Train
    • Pensylvania 65000
    • Perdido
    • Satin Doll
    • Sing Sing Sing
    • Swinging Down The Lane
    • Take The A Train

    Pop & Soul

    • A Little Less Conversation (Elvis)
    • All Night Long (Lionel Richie)
    • Bossa Nova Baby (Elvis)
    • Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
    • Celebration (Kool And The Gang)
    • Feel Like Making Love (D’Angello)
    • Fever (Peggy Lee)
    • For Once In My Life (Stevie Wonder)
    • Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed (Matt Bianco)
    • How Sweet It Is (James Taylor)
    • I Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You (Franky Valli)
    • I Got You, I Feel Good (James Brown)
    • I Was Made To Love Her (Tom Jones)
    • Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
    • In Style And Rhythm (Tom Jones)
    • It’s Not Unusual (Tom Jones)
    • Jungle Boogie
    • Just Help Yourself (Tom Jones)
    • Just The Two Of Us
    • Lady’s Night (Kool And The Gang)
    • Let’s Stay Together
    • Music To Watch Girls Go By (Andy Williams)
    • My Girl (The Temptations)
    • Nine To Five (Dolly Parton)
    • Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay (Otis Redding)
    • The Beat Goes On (Sonny and Cher)
    • Yeah Yeah (Georgie Fame)
    • You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder)
    • You’re The First, The Last, My Everything (Barry White)

    Latin Section

    • All Night Long (Lionel Richie)
    • At The Sign Of The Swingin’ Cymbal
    • Brazil
    • Caravan (Instr)
    • Chu Cho
    • Girl From Ipanema
    • Guaglione
    • It Had Better Be Tonight (from the Pink Panther)
    • Love Is In The Air
    • Mambo Italiano
    • Mambo No. 5
    • Mas Que Nada (Ella’s version)
    • Pappa Loves Mambo (Nat King Cole)
    • Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
    • Save The Last Dance (Michael Buble)
    • Soul Bossanova
    • Sway (Michael Buble)
    • Tequila

    Jazz Standards

    • A Foggy Day
    • All Of Me
    • Comin Home Baby
    • East Of The Sun
    • Feeling Good
    • Hit the Road Jack
    • How High The Moon (Instr)
    • I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
    • I Could Write A Book
    • It’s Only A Paper Moon
    • Just In Time
    • L.O.V.E.
    • Let There Be Love
    • You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
    • Let’s Face The Music And Dance
    • My Baby Just Cares
    • My Romance
    • Old Devil Moon
    • On a slow Boat to China
    • On The Street Where You Live
    • Recipe For Making Love
    • Teach Me Tonight
    • The More I See You
    • Too Close For Comfort
    • You Don’t Know What Love Is (Instr)
    • You Go To My Head
    • The Way You Look Tonight
    • You Make Feel So Young

    Ballads & First Dance Suggestions

    • A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
    • Have I told You Lately
    • My Funny Valentine (Instr)
    • The Nearness Of You
    • What A Wonderful World
    • When I Fall In Love (Instr)
    • Fly Me To The Moon
    • At Last
    • The Way You Look Tonight
    • LOVE
    • Let There Be Love
    • Have I Told You Lately

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    FAQs

     

    Who Else Wants A Classy And Sophisticated Band That Has Guests Dancing All Night?

    Me, me, me I hear you cry…… There’s a common misconception that a swing band cannot keep a full dance floor. It’s true, some can’t. In fact, most can’t.

    But The Jazz Cannons can….

    Below we’ve addressed, in detail, this point as well as some more practical stuff. Get in touch if you want more detail on how we can make your event the one you dreamed of….with a packed dance floor!

    We’re nervous that guests won’t dance to a swing jazz band

    Let’s be clear. The Jazz Cannons raison d’etre is ultimately to fill the dance floor at your event. The bands set lists and repertoire have been carefully chosen over years of playing at events – songs that don’t get guests on the dance floor don’t stay in the set….Simple as that.

    The skill of a band leader is to be able to ‘read the room’ and respond with an appropriate song from the repertoire that will get your guests on the dance floor. So whether that be a choice from the jazz, swing, Latin or pop material the band have lined up, the goal is the same. Its’ also worth mentioning that swing music was the dance music of its day. People went to see a swing band just to dance rather than watch.

    Aren’t the band just great for watching while seated rather than dancing to?

    When asking this question you may have painted the picture of a smoky jazz club with guests seated and static just taking in the jazz. Individually the musicians in the band play regularly with bands that do play these types of venues.

    When they play with The Jazz Cannons it’s a different performance entirely though – everything the band do reflects the end goal of making sure your guests are having the time of their lives on the dance floor. From repertoire choices, to performance dynamic and showmanship, when at a function they play for the function. Yes the band are great for just sitting and watching and many of your guests will do just that and have a wonderful time doing just that.

    My guests will not know how to dance properly to swing music.

    We guarantee you that this will not be an issue. Many clients think that their guests, on hearing the band play a swing tune, will in some way feel intimidated or frightened to get up and dance. In our experience the very opposite happens.

    The rhythms are utterly infectious. Your guests will feel uncontrollable urges to dance. The thought that someone might be judging them as if in Strictly Come Dancing will not enter their frame of thought. The evidence of this in borne out function after function the band have played at.

    The bands style of music is too ‘old’.

    We’ve put ‘old’ in quotes because it’s a word that has been used in conversations we have had with clients (we say clients as they invariably go on to book the band and are delighted they did) where they have tried to communicate the idea that in some way they see the bands style as dated or behind the times. If you haven’t been exposed much to music of this type then this reaction is very understandable. In fact we commend you for getting this far in your search for something unique and different.

    It’s important to understand that The Jazz cannons are not a tribute act. They do not try and pretend to be Frank Sinatra and his band or Michael Buble or any other artist or famous band that plays this style. They do however take references and cues from a retro era when this style of music was made popular. But they do it in a way that contemporises them – Through new arrangements of classic songs, to classic arrangements of more modern songs, humour that isn’t cheesy and a charisma and style from within and not copied.

    We would like a swing band but think people won’t know the songs.

    The band only performs classic songs that are known by multiple generations. Remember the choice of songs the band plays is not an accident. They have been sifted and sorted over many years of playing at events with guests of all types.

    If a reaction to a song is good, it stays. Bad, it goes.

    Granted, people may not know the lyrics to many of the songs, unless of course they are a fan of the artist that made it famous. What they will know is the melody. The melodies to most of the songs are known and have been hummed by multiple generations before us and will be hummed by multiple generations after us. They are timeless. Your guests will not care a jot if they know the lyrics to the song or not. The rhythm of the band, the melody and the sheer occasion will force them into dance floor submission.

    We don’t want to book a band without seeing them live first.

    Check the bands live page for listings. We’d be delighted to add your name to the guest list for any show listed. If you’re unable to attend a show we have DVD promo videos that we can send to you. We suggest watching it on a screen for maximum impact.

    We’re nervous that a swing jazz band is just to specialist, too different, too unique.

    The band performs at between 50 and 100 events a year and has done for well over 6 years. Those numbers don’t prove the band are mainstream but it does show you that their mainstream enough. Falling into the trap of booking just another ‘me too’ band is one far too many have fallen in to only to be bitterly disappointed they didn’t go with their gut feelings. Booking the Jazz Cannons is really not anywhere near as risky as you might think.

    Can I see the swing band play live?

    Yes. View The Jazz Cannons live swing band upcoming public shows.

    Do you provide your own PA and lights?

    The Jazz Cannons come totally self contained with their own PA and lights. You won’t have to worry about anything except enjoying your evening.

    What band sizes are there?

    Typically a 7 piece, 5 piece and 4 piece. Vocals/sax, piano, drums, double bass, trumpet, trombone and sax. The 5 piece is as the 7 piece but minus the trombone and trumpet and the 4 piece is minus the sax. Other band sizes up to a 17 piece big band can be accommodated. Call us if you need more details.

    Do you travel?

    Absolutely. The band play all over the UK, Europe and even travel as far afield as the UAE and the US.

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    Live

    All dates listed are for the 7 piece band. Contact us for VIP guest list.

    25th April 2013

    The Ritz Club
    150 Piccadilly, London, W1
    Private members only

    18th June 2013

    Dover St Restaurant and Bar
    8-10 Dover St, London, W1
    Reservations: 020 7491 7509
    7 piece band on stage 10.30pm and midnight

    2nd July 2013

    Dover St Restaurant and Bar
    8-10 Dover St, London, W1
    Reservations: 020 7491 7509
    7 piece band on stage 10.30pm and midnight

    13th August 2013

    Dover St Restaurant and Bar
    8-10 Dover St, London, W1
    Reservations: 020 7491 7509
    7 piece band on stage 10.30pm and midnight

    17th September 2013

    Dover St Restaurant and Bar
    8-10 Dover St, London, W1
    Reservations: 020 7491 7509
    7 piece band on stage 10.30pm and midnight

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