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Jivin' Miss Daisy

In Brief: 
9-piece with lead female and additional male vocals. 2x1 hour or 3x45 minute sets. Recorded music in breaks.

About Jivin' Miss Daisy

The 1930s and 40s was the golden age of the dance bands, when America and Europe became captivated by this new sound, which combined jazz and the popular song as penned by the likes of George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and a host of others. Two great bands survived from this era right through to the 1980s – led by Duke Ellington and Count Basie – and these provide probably the biggest inspiration for Jivin’ Miss Daisy, but this dynamic nine-piece band also plays the music of Fletcher Henderson, Charlie Barnet and others as well as arrangements specially written by bandleader Simon Thorpe.

To play this music with an authentic sound demands musicianship of the highest calibre. This presents no problems for JMD as the band is packed with some of London’s best young swing jazz musicians. These guys regularly play with acts like Jools Holland, Stacy Kent, Bryan Ferry and Ray Gelato's Giants, and have appeared on TV shows including Johnny Vaughan and The Big Breakfast. This really is an all-star band. Vocals are mainly provided by Anjali Perin, an up and coming singer on the London jazz scene; but trombonist Malcolm Earle Smith and sax player Alex Garnett can also add male vocals. The rest of the band comprises piano, bass, drums, guitar, trumpet and two saxes. As well as the full nine-piece, the band is also available in more compact line-ups to suit personal requirements or budget.

The band performs regularly at swing jazz venues including The 100 Club, Carisbrooke Hall and Blue Jays Jazz Club, as well as at weddings, dances and corporate functions where JMD’s retro flavour creates a great musical atmosphere and is wonderful for getting guests of all ages on to the dance floor. Normal performance time is two one-hour or three 45-minute sets and the band provides its own PA system.

Price from: £2,500

Travel and cost: 
Jivin' Miss Daisy is based in London. See Pricing for details of travel costs, etc.

What People Say:

"Jivin' Miss Daisy are my favourite band - they are so good and uplifting that I'd really like them to live in my house and play all the time!"
Emma Willoughby - wedding reception - Herefordshire - December 2011

"Really helpful; they learnt the song we wanted for our first dance, and everybody complimented us on the quality of the band and Anjali's lovely voice. Please pass on our thanks."
Karen Rollinson - wedding reception - London - July 2009

"Outstanding! - Jivin' Miss Daisy made our day even more special - definitely will try to see/use them again. Thanks."
Charlotte Richardson and Eelco Van Solkema - wedding reception - London - December 2005

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Songs List: 

Medium Swing
Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby
My Baby Just Cares For Me
It Don’t Mean A Thing …
Mac The Knife
Sweet Georgia Brown
All Of Me
Bye Bye Blackbird
Just Squeeze Me
After You’ve Gone
When Lights Are Low
It’s Only A Paper Moon
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Honeysuckle Rose
Everybody Loves My Baby
Fly Me To The Moon
I Get A Kick Out Of You
You Made Me Love You
Makin’ Whoopie
Blueberry Hill
Take The ‘A’ Train
The Lady Is A Tramp
I Only Have Eyes For You
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Mean To Me
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Can’t We Be Friends?
Pennies From Heaven
These Foolish Things
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And...
Just Friends
Blue Skies
Don’t Be That Way
I’m Beginning To See The Light
No Moon At All
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Comes Love
Ain’t Misbehavin’
We’ll Meet Again
Them There Eyes
A Foggy Day
Let’s Get Lost
Lady Be Good
There Will Never Be Another You
I Only Have Eyes For You
Gone With The Wind

Up Tempo Swing
Get Happy
Cheek To Cheek
Flaming Reeds And Screaming Brass
All Of Me
What Is This Thing Called Love
I’ve Got The World On A String
Almost Like Being In Love
Some Of These Days
Slow Boat To China
But Not For Me
Lullaby Of Birdland
Lover Come Back To Me
Ballads & Slow Swing
It Had To Be You
You Go To My Head
Someone To Watch Over Me
Bewitched Bothered And Bewildered
Isn’t This A Lovely Day?
I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good
Willow Weep For Me
We’ll Meet Again
Lover Man
Body And Soul
Cry Me A River
The Man I Love
Embraceable You
What’ll I Do (Waltz)
Moon River (Waltz)
As Time Goes By
Don’t Explain
Like Someone In Love
Everytime We Say Goodbye
Misty Bb
Solitude F
Love Is Here To Stay

Swing Dance Favourites
Empty Ballroom Blues
Jersey Bounce
Ingin’ The Ooh
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Swingin' On The Campus
In A Mellow Tone
Hodge Podge
The Jeep Is Jumpin’
Royal Garden Blues
Moten Swing
Basie & Ellington Specials
Lil’ Darlin
Satin Doll
Hodge Podge
Krum Elbow Blues
Bounce Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
In Case You Didn't Know
Dooji Wooji
Creole Love Call
Blues Serenade

Limbo Jazz
St Thomas
My Little Suede Shoes

Blue Moon
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
Night And Day
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Where Or When
The Very Thought Of You
You’re My Thrill
The Girl From Ipanema
Love For Sale
That Old Black Magic (Samba)

Do Right
Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You
Fine And Mellow Blues
Evil Gal Blues
Stormy Weather
Kansas City
Black Coffee
I’m Just A Lucky So & So
Georgia On My Mind
T’ain’t Nobody’s Business

Night Train