The London Swingfonia is a great big band showcasing the effortless talent of Harry Martin, our world-class vocalist.
We play many of the swing vocal classics like The Lady is a Tramp, Call Me Irresponsible, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Almost Like Being in Love, Fly Me to the Moon, Come Fly With Me, New York New York and the like. We also play some fast instrumentals like Flying Home and One a Clock Jump to really get everyone on their feet.
We’re all decked out in our snazzy white tuxes and ready to show you a good time!
BBC Cambridge Out and About:
“The London Swingfonia, featuring Harry Martin, put on a great performance and went down a storm, to put it mildly! The band… rolled off Big Band swing tunes, the likes of which Frank Sinatra would be proud.”
“The soul of any vocalist-lead big band is in its own sound and The London Swingfonia is no exception. With its swirling saxes, punchy brass and driving rhythm section laying down just the right feel for Harry Martin’s mellifluous vocals, it conjures up the world of Sinatra, Basie, Ellington, and all those who have contributed to the big band canon over the years. Add to this mix a smattering of varied instrumentals to put the Swingfonia through its paces and you will hear a band that really swings!”
To date the Swingfonia has played any number of private functions – weddings, corporate events, special birthdays, anniversaries and charity events. Celebrity occasions have included playing at the 50th anniversary celebration of Congress House in front of Prime Minister Tony Blair and assorted MPs; performing for a star-studded wedding party at the Hackney Empire and playing for the Apprentice Awards hosted by Sir Alan Sugar, also at the Empire.
Public performances include many festivals including Glastonbury for three years running; The Thames Festival; The Stoke Newington festival and The Strawberry Fair in Cambridge.
No one can quite remember when the London Swingfonia was born, but it must be getting on for a decade or so. The brainchild of long-standing former bandleader, Chris Murray and original member, trumpet player Clem Schiphorst, it neatly filled a gap in the London music scene.
Our usual format is: Harry Martin, our superb vocalist; 5 saxophones, 2 tenors, 2 altos and baritone; 4 trombones; 4 trumpets and a rhythm section of drums, double bass, guitar and keyboards.
We have a great set selected from some of the biggest big band hits!
The London Swingfonia will play tunes by artists such as Sinatra, Count Basie, Ellington and more. Here is a sample of our Set List for 2011:
All of Me – Duke Ellington
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Frank Sinatra
It had to be You – Frank Sinatra
I’ve got you Under my Skin – Frank Sinatra
Lady is a Tramp – Frank Sinatra
My Way – Frank Sinatra
New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
Nice and Easy – Frank Sinatra
Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra
You Make me Feel so Young – Frank Sinatra
Ain’t that a Kick in the Head
All the Things You Are
Almost Like Being in Love
As Long As I’m Singing
The Best is Yet to Come
Beyond the Sea
Birth of the Blues
Call Me Irresponsible
Come Fly With Me
Dancing in the Dark
Day in Day Out
Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me
Fly Me to the Moon
A Foggy Day in London Town
For Once in My Life
Here’s that Rainy Day
I Get a Kick Out of You
I Love You Baby
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Love Is Here to Stay
My Kinda Town (Chicago is)
New York, New York
Nice ‘n’ Easy (does it every time)
Nice Work if You Can Get It
Saturday Night (is the Loneliest Night of the Week)
Straighten Up and Fly Right
The Tender Trap
They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus
This Can’t Be Love
The Way You Look Tonight
You Make Me Feel So Young
You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You
April in Paris
Basie, Straight Ahead
Bye Bye Blackbird
In the Mood
Nice ‘n’ Easy Blues
Point of No Return
Strike Up the Band
One O’Clock Jump
Please contact us with your set of favourite tunes.
Book the London Swingfonia for that special occasion. Please call Rachel on 07896 225 225, or Lindsey on 07774 400 972.