About The Al Nicholls Swing Quartet
If you’re looking for a swinging jazz combo featuring a warm-toned tenor saxophone, then The Al Nicholls Swing Quartet are the group for you. Al plays tenor sax with a ravishing, full, rounded sound in the tradition of Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Illinois Jacquet, and now championed in the States by players like Scott Hamilton.
From "smoochy" ballads, through to swinging up-tempo numbers, Al’s great sound is perfect to create that after-hours, jazz club atmosphere.
Al’s repertoire encompasses literally hundreds of the classic "standards" of the 30s, 40s and 50s, written by masters such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hart, and Duke Ellington. These are interspersed with a healthy dose of the blues and a smattering of Al’s own high quality originals.
Al Nicholls is one of London’s top players and also has a reputation as one of the best swing band arrangers too. His larger band, Blue Harlem, which can also be booked through Function Junction, features his own arrangements in the style of Count Basie and beyond, suitable for dancing and jiving the night away. Al’s smaller band is more suitable for background music, cabaret and gentle dancing, ideal for receptions and celebration meals.
The band featured on the demo tracks is Al’s quintet, where he is backed by piano, bass, drums and rhythm guitar. Our quoted price is for a quartet with either the piano or rhythm guitar left out, but the band can be further reduced to a trio, by leaving out the drummer too. The band normally play for about two and a half hours over a four hour period and the price includes a PA system suitable for providing music for gatherings of up to 80 to 100 guests. A PA system for a larger audience can be provided at extra cost.