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Oscar Bernhardt Ensemble

In Brief: 
5-piece, male or female vocals, 2 hours playing over 5 hour stay. Recorded music during breaks.

About Oscar Bernhardt Ensemble

Swing is definitely in! Thanks to artists such as Harry Connick Jnr, Robbie Williams and Jamie Cullum, new audiences are turning back to the memorable tunes and sophisticated lyrics that were the popular music of more than half a century ago. But although lots of bands try to re-create this music, to do so effectively demands a serious knowledge of the repertoire and the ability to play and phrase the numbers in a way that really does make them swing. The Oscar Bernhardt Ensemble is one of those select bands that definitely knows what they’re doing, and from their first notes, you know you are in safe hands.

Oscar (alias Simon Milner-Edwards) provides the superb male vocals himself and is backed by a four-piece band of top quality jazz musicians (sax, piano, bass and drums). If preferred, the band can be fronted by one the band's talented female vocalists - demo trackscan be heard of Doreen, Clare and Kirsty. Their huge repertoire (over 350 tunes at the last count) covers the best of 30s and 40s swing and Latin music, including the songs of Sinatra, Louis Jordan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Billie Holiday, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Johnny Mercer and other classic performers and writers - music that is equally good for dancing and listening, and appeals to a wide range of ages and tastes.

Our quoted price covers two hours of playing over a period of up to five hours and includes provision of a PA system. They can also provide recorded music during their breaks. Although based in the north west, the band travels throughout the country and have played at private and corporate functions in venues ranging from country houses to London’s top West End hotels. As well as numerous weddings, other recent clients include Anderson Consulting, Asda, Bellway Homes, Boots, Canon UK, HRH Prince Edward, Granada TV, Brian Robson, Rockware Glass, Swinton Insurance, Tescos, The Duke of Westminster and W H Smith.

Price from: £1,125

Travel and cost: 
Oscar Bernhardt Ensemble is based in Manchester. See Pricing for details of travel costs, etc.

What People Say:

"The group were fantastic. Everyone clearly enjoyed themselves! We'd also like to say a massive thank you to Kirsty for being so helpful and understanding when we ran over with dinner. We loved every minute of our day, and Kirsty and the band really added to our enjoyment and fond memories. Thank you!"
Emily Dodds - wedding reception - Derbyshire - July 2009

"This is just to say a big thank you to you and the other chaps for all your hard work in helping to make the party go with a swing. You pitched it just right and we had many complimentary remarks on your behalf, which I am only too pleased to pass on. It has been a pleasure to work with you and I shall have no hesitation in recommending you."
Susan S. (Event Coordinator) - Cocktail Party - London

"Just a quick note to say how wonderful you were at Leighton Hall. The music was absolutely perfect - it created exactly the right atmosphere for drinks - and how lucky we were with the weather. The music was also just right during dinner. My Mother had been a little worried it may be too intrusive - but I’m glad I managed to persuade her. I hope you and your band members enjoyed the afternoon. You truly helped make the day so memorable for Philip and me."
Sheila J

"Thank you so much for playing at the wedding reception …. It really set the mood for the occasion, and I know everyone enjoyed the style of music- it appealed to all taste and age-groups. It was also a pleasure to deal with you, Simon in such an amiable fashion."
Neil and Carole H

"Please pass on my sincere thanks to the band who were perfect, and had learnt our first dance song especially!"
Danielle Meyers - wedding reception - Warwickshire - September 2004

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Songs List: 

A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square (Nat King Cole)
Ain't Misbehavin' (Fats Waller)
Blue Moon (Rodgers And Hart)
Chattanooga Choo Choo (Glen Miller)
Cheek To Cheek (Irving Berlin)
Choo Choo Ch'boogie (Louis Jordan)
Fly Me To The Moon (Sinatra)
Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael)
Honeysuckle Rose (Fats Waller)
Hoochie Coochie Man (Muddy Waters)
I Left My Heart In San Francisco (Tony Bennet)
In The Mood (Glen Miller)
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby (Nat King Cole)
It Had To Be You (Harry Connick Jnr)
Let There Be Love (Nat King Cole)
Let's Face The Music And Dance (Irving Berlin)
Love Me Or Leave Me (Nina Simone)
Mojo Working (Muddy Waters)
Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole)
Moon River (Mancini)
Moonlight Seranade (Glen Miller)
My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone)
New York New York (Sinatra)
On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Fats Waller)
Recipe For Love (Harry Connick Jnr)
Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael)
Strangers In The Night (Sinatra)
Summertime (Gershwin)
Under My Skin (Sinatra)
Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
Where Or When (Rodgers And Hart)
Witchcraft (Sinatra)

Agua De Beber
As Time Goes By
Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
Desafinado, Quando Quando Quando
Girl From Ipanema
Latin Tempos
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Tea For Two

Bye Blackbird
Mac The Knife
Route 66