About The Rhythm Kings
The Rhythm Kings (who also appear as the more swing-orientated band, Gentle Jazz) are a four-piece band specialising in New Orleans-style and Dixieland jazz, with a line-up of clarinet, trumpet, sousaphone and banjo to provide the authentic sound of the New Orleans marching bands which were the origins of jazz music. To complete the effect, the band can dress in striped waistcoats and straw boaters.
For background music, the noise level is sufficient to create a party atmosphere at receptions and functions of all kinds, but not so pervasive as to drown out conversation amongst the guests. Being a completely acoustic band, The Rhythm Kings are also highly mobile - able to play both in- and out-of-doors and even to stroll around – perfect for garden parties and outside venues.
The Rhythm Kings' repertoire covers all the classics of the "Jazz Age" originally made famous by musicians such as King Oliver, Kid Ory and Louis Armstrong, and re-created more recently in the UK by bands led by Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk, and Humphrey Lyttleton.
Our quoted price is for the four-piece band, but the band can go up to five or six pieces by including drummer and trombone. They can also reduce down to a trio or duo. The band would expect to stay up to four hours at an engagement, during which time they would play for around three hours. A longer booking can also be arranged.
The members of The Rhythm Kings are all highly experienced jazz musicians and the band have played at top venues in London and further afield, including Hilton hotels, Claridges, The Savoy, The Grosvenor House and The Dorchester. They have provided the entertainment at numerous weddings, parties and corporate functions and have had extended engagements as the house band at both London’s Cumberland Hotel and the Langham Hilton.