The Down for the Count Big Band

  • Spectacular 19-piece big band performing vintage music from the 1930s and 1940s
  • Performing the music of Ellington, Basie, Miller, Goodman and more
  • Expanded version of our Swing Orchestra, featuring 13 horns, 4 rhythm and 2 vocalists
  • Available to hire throughout the UK and internationally

The Down for the Count Big Band is a stunning vintage swing ensemble who transport you back to the Swing Era with authentic re-creations of the best music of the 1930s and 1940s.

The band perform the music of the great American big bands – concentrating on the repertoire of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman and also featuring the music of Tommy Dorsey, Chick Webb, Fletcher Henderson, and vocal songs from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

The 19-piece ensemble features graduates of top London conservatoires, performing in traditional big band format (5 saxophones, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, 4 rhythm) plus two exceptional vocalists.

As part of your event, why not book Down for the Count's spectacular vintage dancers who will teach a short dance lesson and perform choreographed routines to the band's live music - check out the Vintage Swing Collective page for more information.

Available throughout the UK and internationally, this spectacular group is an expanded version of our incredibly popular Swing Orchestra - as seen at Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Jazz Club, The London Jazz Festival, and countless theatre shows and festival performances throughout the UK. Our Big Band is perfect for those events where you really want to go to town, and the stunning show is sure to get you out of your seat and onto the dancefloor.

Any questions?

Click here to e-mail us, fill out our booking enquiry form, or give us a call on 07855 488 462.

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Repertoire

The Down for the Count Big Band perform a huge range of authentic 1930s and 1940s big band repertoire. Get in touch if you favourite songs are not listed below - as we may still be able to perform them for you.

Count Basie
All Of Me
April in Paris
Jumpin’ At The Woodside
One O’Clock Jump
Shiny Stockings
Well Alright, Okay, You Win
Ya Gotta Try

Duke Ellington
Concerto for Cootie
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Never No Lament)
Jeep’s Blues
Take The ‘A’ Train
In a Mellow Tone
Jack the Bear
Jeep’s Blues
Ko-Ko
Perdido
Rockin’ in Rhythm
Take the ‘A’ Train
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
Tulip or Turnip

Benny Goodman                                    
After You’ve Gone
All the Cats Join In
Amapola
Bei Mir Bist du Schoen 
Bugle Call Rag
Don’t Be That Way
Jersey Bounce
Let’s Dance
Sing, Sing, Sing
Whispering
Why Don’t You Do Right

Woody Herman
Woodchopper’s Ball

Chick Webb
The Dipsy Doodle (The Tranky Doo)
Stompin’ at the Savoy

Harry James
I’m Beginning to See the Light
I’ve Heard That Song Before
Trumpet Blues and Cantabile
You Made Me Love You

Glenn Miller
American Patrol
Chattanooga Choo-Choo (vocal harmony song)
Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree
I Got a Girl in Kalamazoo (vocal harmony song)
I Know Why
In the Mood
Moonlight Serenade
Pennsylvania 6-5000
Perfidia (vocal harmony song)

Erskine Hawkins
Tuxedo Junction

Artie Shaw
Begin the Beguine

Tommy Dorsey
On the Sunny Side of the Street (vocal harmony song)

Jimmie Lunceford
T’Aint What You Do (The Shim Sham)

Fletcher Henderson
King Porter Stomp

Stan Kenton
Intermission Riff

Unknown
The Big Apple

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