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Chris Walker Swingtet

In Brief: 
5-piece but can add female vocals on request. 3x45 minute sets. Recorded music in breaks or live pianist (additional charge).

About Chris Walker Swingtet

Relaxed, swinging jazz is the hallmark of this highly experienced and professional quintet. Founded in 1987, the group feature Chris on clarinet and alto and baritone saxophones, with a rhythm section of piano, guitar, double bass and drums. The band have a very wide repertoire from Dixieland classics, through the great swing era tunes of Ellington, Basie, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller, up to the famous jazz "standards" of the 1950s. Whatever the era, the Swingtet specialise in playing popular melodic tunes that are all time favourites.

The range and happy, relaxed sound of the Swingtet’s music makes this an ideal band for parties, weddings and private functions, with an appeal to all ages and tastes. With a noise level that does not inhibit your guests’ conversation, the band can provide background music during a reception or meal, turning to a livelier sound for dancing later on in the evening, although, as Chris likes to make clear, the Swingtet is definitely not a pop group!

The band’s professionalism and versatility has made them a favourite at numerous venues including London and country hotels, cruise liners, theatres, as well as jazz festivals, clubs and pubs. And the Swingtet have played at almost any function imaginable including weddings, bar mitzvahs, dances, "ladies’ nights", firework displays and corporate functions. The band have also backed many national and international jazz artists and have recorded several CDs.

Our quoted price covers the Swingtet staying at an engagement for around three hours, during which time they would play for about two and a half hours with a couple of 15 minute breaks. As an optional extra, solo piano background music can be provided to extend the live playing time. The band can dress formally or informally to suit the occasion and brings their own professional PA system.

Price from: £565

Travel and cost: 
The Chris Walker Swingtet are based in Hampshire. See Pricing for details of travel costs, etc.

What People Say:

"We all had a superb evening, the band were fantastic, it made such a difference. There is no substitute for live music!"
Christine Whale - 70th birthday party - Dorset - February 2011

"The act was wonderful, everything we could have wished for, they made the evening."
B R Ludlow - birthday party - Sussex - May 2009

"Fantastic band who were enjoyed by all"
Helen Cockman - wedding reception - West Sussex - February 2008

"I was particularly impressed with the personal and highly efficient service offered by function junction, particularly the personalised demo CD we received before we made the booking"
Clare Lovell - wedding reception - Hampshire - May 2007

"We thoroughly enjoyed the music. Your efficiency, also, was much appreciated."
Elizabeth Chapman - daughter's wedding - Surrey - June 2002

"Band were fabulous!"
Rebecca Moore - wedding - London - 2001

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Songs List: 

The band’s repertoire contains well over 1,000 tunes from the classic swing and jazz era of which a small selection is listed below. If you want to request a tune (in the same genre) which isn’t on the list, then the band can usually play it as long as their instrumentation and technique permits.

Tunes written by Cole Porter
C’est Magnifique
Begin The Beguine

Tunes written by George Gershwin
I Got Rhythm
Somebody Loves Me
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Oh Lady Be Good
Someone To Watch Over Me
Strike Up The Band

Tunes written by Irving Berlin
Puttin’ On The Ritz
Alexander’s Ragtime Band
All By Myself

Dixieland and Swing Selection
Fidgety Feet
High Society
Sweet Georgia Brown
Royal Garden Blues
St Louis Blues
Please Don’ Talk About Me When I’m Gone
At Sundown
Basin Street Blues
Tin Roof Blues
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

Tunes written by Fats Waller
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Keepin’ Out Of Mischief Now
Black & Blue
Honeysuckle Rose
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter

Tunes written by Hoagy Carmichael
New Orleans
Georgia On My Mind
Rockin’ Chai

Tunes recorded by Glenn Miller
Moonlight Serenade
I Know Why
At Last
Tuxedo Junction
In The Mood

Tunes recorded by Benny Goodman
Seven Come Eleven
As Long As I Live
Don’t Be That Way
Flying Home
A Smo-oo-oth One
On The Alomo
Memories Of You
Stomping At The Savoy
Christopher Columbus

Tunes written by Duke Ellington
In A Mellotone
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Satin Doll
Mood Indigo
Creole Love Call
It Don’t Mean A Thing

Tunes written by Count Basie
Taps Miller
Jive At Five

Tunes recorded by George Shearing
Lullaby Of Birdland
September In The Rain
East Of The Sun
Roses Of Picardy

Tunes recorded by Louis Armstrong
Hello Dolly
Blueberry Hill
Pennies From Heaven
I’m Confessing That I Love You
Jeepers Creepers


And many, many more