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    Overview

    Schwing are one of the finest live swing, jazz classic pop and soul bands of their kind in Europe. After countless performances Schwing are still thrilling audiences the world over with their fine musicianship, exceptional vocal talent and charismatic performance.

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    About

    Schwing’s sensational repertoire combines swing band and Italian classics with dance floor filling pop and soul. This is further complimented by the bands very own ‘big band’ versions of timeless pop tunes.

    Schwing are lead by the captivating pianist and vocalist, Anthony Kinsey, who blends the cool sophistication of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin with the contemporary style of Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr with a splash of classic Billy Joel.

    Schwing is made up of some of the finest and diverse musicians in the UK. From smoky jazz clubs to graduates of some of the finest music academies in the UK. These guys have and continue to work with artists ranging from the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Gloria Gaynor, Claire Teal, Corinne Bailey Rae, Atomic Kitten to West End smash hits Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas and the Magic of Motown.

    A relatively new, optional, addition to Schwing is that of the awe inspiring vocals of Sulene. Sulene’s strong and powerful soulful voice enables her to adapt to all music genres from RnB to pop to jazz.

    Lineup Options

    Schwing have a client list that stretches across the UK and Europe. Whether you’re looking for the sensational 9 piece big band with five strong horn section or the smaller 6 piece with three horns the band can work to your requirements.

    Corporate Event Entertainment

    By booking Schwing you’ll be joining a long list of delighted clients including major film premieres, corporate product launches, private weddings, awards ceremonies, celebrity charity events and festivals. It’s the bands youthful vigour, natural showmanship and professionalism that have made each of these events one to remember.

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    Video

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    Live at The Sands – 4 Tracks

     

    Live Performance at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge

     

    Live Jewish Hora Medley Performance

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    Audio

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    Recipe For Making Love

    Recipe For Making Love

    I Wanna Be Like You

    I Wanna Be Like You

    Fly Me To The Moon

    Fly Me To The Moon

    Got You Under My Skin

    Got You Under My Skin

    Volare

    Volare

    You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

    You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

    Could It Be Magic

    Could It Be Magic

    Sway

    Sway

    All Night Long

    All Night Long

    Valerie

    Valerie

    Jewish Hora

    Jewish Med (Vox)

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    Feedback

     

    Alexis & Tony’s Wedding – Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge, London

    Sarah & Rob’s wedding – The Mere, Cheshire

    Sophie Etherington – Wedding at Fell Foot Park, Cumbria

    “I wanted to thank the band for being absolutely fabulous at our wedding! We had the best day and didn’t want to stop dancing all night!! We’re now trying to work out when we can have another party just so we can hire the band again!! lol.” Read More

    Alexandra Depledge – Corporate event for Accenture

    “They were incredible – everyone has been raving about them at work and I don’t doubt they will be booked for Accenture events in the future.” Read More

    Hannah & Adam Morris – Bride & Groom

    “What can we say? AMAZING! We feel so lucky to have found such a talented band and all our guests commented on how awesome you were.” Read More

    Jonathan & Kate Bowl – Bride & Groom

    “Please could you pass on a massive thank you to Anthony and the band for Saturday – they were AMAZING!” Read More

    Symon & Ruthie – Bride & Groom

    “WOW what can we say. Thank you so so much for making our wedding so amazing.” Read More

    Charlotte & Martin Watts – Wedding at Eastclose Hotel, Dorset

    “Schwing were absolutely amazing. We were blown away by them. We have had so, so many compliments & positive feedback about the band, with many saying that they delivered the best music ever heard at a wedding.” Read More

    Rhiannon & Tobias – Wedding at Manor House, Castle Combe, Bath

    “Their repertoire was superb and we have received many comments from guests on quite how wonderful they were. The dancefloor was full from the start of their first set to the end of their last.” Read More

    Sarah Dempster – Corporate event for IBM

    “Schwing put on a lively, energetic and musically excellent performance. I could not fault them at all. Everyone still comments on “how fantastic the band were”” Read More

    Martyn & Debbie Benson – wedding Anniversary

    “We would just like to say a “BIG THANK YOU” ! for the fantastic entertainment provided by SCHWING. We knew once the band made that  “spectacular entrance”  that our evening was in good hands !!!”  Read More

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    Repertoire

    Swing

    • All of Me
    • Beyond The Sea
    • Don’t Rain On My Parade
    • Feeling Good
    • Have You Met Miss Jones
    • It Had To Be You
    • Just In Time
    • Let The Good Times Roll
    • Let There Be Love
    • Mack The Knife
    • My Kind Of Girl
    • Ol’ Macdonald
    • Recipe For Love
    • Straighten Up & Fly Right
    • Things
    • Tribute to Duke
    • We Are In Love

    Rat Pack

    • Ain’t That A Kick In The Head
    • Come Fly With Me
    • Everybody Loves Somebody
    • Fly Me To The Moon
    • I’ve Got You Under My Skin
    • Lady Is A Tramp
    • Mr. Bojangles
    • My Kind of Town
    • New York, New York
    • Stranger In The Night
    • That’s Amoré
    • The Way You Look Tonight
    • Volaré

    Classic Pop & Soul (Male vocal)

    • 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
    • All Night Long
    • Candy (Paolo Nutini)
    • Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
    • Dancing In The Moonlight
    • Englishman In New York
    • Everybody Needs Somebody
    • Gimme Some Lovin’
    • I Could Be So Good For You
    • I Wish
    • I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
    • It Must Be Love
    • Just The Two Of Us
    • Let’s Stay Together
    • Midnight Hour
    • Moondance
    • Mustang Sally
    • My First, My Last, My Everything
    • My Girl
    • Pick Up The Pieces (Inst)
    • Shake A Tailfeather
    • Sittin’ on The Dock of The
      Bay
    • Suspicious Minds
    • Sweet Home Alabama
    • The Way It Is
    • Valerie
    • Viva Las Vegas
    • Walking In Memphis
    • You Can Call Me Al

    Classic Pop & Soul (Female vocal)

    • Ain’t Nobody
    • American Boy
    • Blame It On The Boogie
    • Crazy In Love
    • Rehab
    • I Got A Feeling
    • I Heard It Through The
      Grapevine
    • I Want You Back
    • Lady Marmalade
    • Let The Good Times Roll
    • Mercy
    • Play That Funky Music
    • Proud Mary
    • Put Your Records On
    • RESPECT
    • Sex On Fire
    • Shake A Tailfeather
    • Signed, Sealed Delivered
    • Somebody Else’s Guy
    • Streetlife
    • Superstition
    • Valerie
    • Walking On Sunshine
    • Young Hearts Run Free

    Twist, Jive & Rock n Roll

    • Big Time Operator
    • Get Away
    • Jump, Jive & Wail
    • Music To Watch Girls By
    • Pencil Full Of Lead (Paolo
      Nutini)
    • Sweet Home Chicago
    • Yeah, Yeah
    • You Never Can Tell (Chuck
      Berry)

    Jazz Standards

    • A Nightingale Sang in
      Berkeley Sq.
    • All or Nothing At All
    • All The Things You Are
    • Autumn Leaves
    • Bye, Bye Blackbird
    • Days of Wine & Roses
    • I Get A Kick Out Of You
    • Let’s Fall In Love
    • Night & Day
    • Our Love Is Here To Stay
    • Summertime
    • What A Difference A Day
      Made
    • You’re Nobody Till Somebody
      Loves

    Latin

    • Caravan
    • Girl From Ipanema
    • Sway (Michael Bublé)
    • Save The Last Dance (Bublé)
    • Soul Bossa Nova
    • Tequila

    Ballads

    • Ain’t No Sunshine
    • Everything (Bublé)
    • Handbags & Gladrags
    • Need Your Love So Bad
    • Have I Told You Lately
    • Just the Way You Are
    • Shape Of My Heart
    • This Guy’s In Love With You
    • Use Somebody
    • You Do Something To Me
      (Weller)
    • You Got A Friend
      (many more)

    Seasonal

    • Auld Lang Syne
    • Let It Snow
    • Merry Christmas Everybody
    • Rudolf The Red Nose Reindeer
    • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
    • Have Yourself A Merry Little
      Christmas
    • Winter Wonderland

    Jewish Hora

    • Erev Shel Shoshanim
    • Hal’luya
    • Hatikva
    • Hava Nagila
    • Hevenu Shalom
    • Keytzad Merakdim
    • Mayim
    • Mazel Tov
    • Moschiach
    • Nigun Atik
    • Od Yishama
    • Simen Tov
    • Y’rushalayim
    • Yeish

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    FAQs

     

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

    Schwing’s raison d’etre is to fill the dance floor at your event. The 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. All musical arrangements are written to achieve the right feel and tempo for dancing rather than for just ‘playing’.

    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, uptempo swing, jive, Rat Pack, soul and Motown material the band have lined up, the goal is the same.

    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.

    However when they play with Schwing it’s a different show entirely – everything the band does reflects the end goal of making sure your guests spend the majority of the night dancing. From repertoire choices, to performance dynamic and showmanship, when at a function they play for the guest’s enjoyment. 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.

    Do you just play what you want to play or can we have input and request songs?

    The band welcomes input from clients. Take some time to look over the bands repertoire list and feel free to pick out songs you want them to play (or not play!). Jot them down on an email and send them through to use a few weeks before your event date. The band will work your requests into their set list and cover as many of them as it possible.

    The band has built its repertoire based on many years of collective performing experience. Certain songs just work in certain situations and others just don’t. There’s a balance that needs to be struck between your requests and what the band know will work and achieve what we all want – an amazing party with a full dance floor. So once all your requests are in Anthony will give you a call and talk through all your requests so that you’re comfortable with the repertoire direction and set list the band will go in for your event.

    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 Schwing are not a tribute act. They do not try and pretend to be any other artist or famous band that plays a similar 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 bigger 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 7 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 Schwing is really not anywhere near as risky as you might think.

    Can we use your PA for speeches?

    Yes no problem. Schwing come totally self contained with their own PA, which they will set up for you to use for your speeches. So you won’t have to worry about anything, except making ‘em laugh (we can’t help you with that unfortunately!).

    How long does it take you to set up?

    The band will work around you to fit in with your schedule, but in an ideal scenario they would have 2 hours to set everything up. 1 clear hour at an absolute minimum.

    Do you supply music between sets?

    Yes, the band can either supply this or you are free to create youur own playlist on an ipod and the band will manage the playing of it through their PA system. If you’re having a DJ the band would be only too happy to speak with him/her before the event and see if there are options to share equipment.

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    Live

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    17th May 2013

    Bloom Live
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    5th May 2013

    Bibis Italianissimo
    6 piece band

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