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Sugar T & the Swells



  • Female-fronted big band with 3-piece horn section
  • An incredible repertoire of the very best of 1950s R'n'B, Soul and Rock'n'Roll from acts such as Etta James, Little Richard, James Brown, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Ruth Brown
  • Perform as a 6 to 9 piece act with horn section in all options


Sugar T & The Swells are based in London and are a regular fixture on the jive & jazz circuits, playing upscale, corporate events, high-end weddings and private parties. They frequently perform all across the UK and abroad and are happy to travel to you, wherever you are!

Standard Set Times

  • 2 x 60 minute sets with a 15 minute break
  • 3 x 40 minute sets with 15 minute breaks

About this Act

Sugar T & The Swells are an undeniable musical tour de force, playing sexy, irresistible rock 'n' roll, slick and funky rhythm ‘n’ blues and soulful, heart-rending soul music of the 1950s and 1960s. Warm, energetic and gritty, they make an immediate impact with their tight, infectious grooves and driving rhythms and have a solid reputation for turning every show into a party.

Their extensive and well-curated repertoire draws upon the great titans of a musical golden age and encompasses Etta James, James Brown, Dinah Washington, Little Richard, Johnny Otis, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry, Otis Redding, Ruth Brown and many, many more. Played authentically and delivered with a 21st century attitude, it might be impossible to stay in your seat!

Sugar T & The Swells is made up of the elite of London's session players. To illustrate the calibre of their musicians, they work with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Tony Bennett, Jay-Z, Tom Jones, Chaka Khan, Sia, Basement Jaxx, Noel Gallagher, Michael Buble, CeeLo Green, Kylie Minogue, The Chemical Brothers, Robbie Williams, John Newman, Joss Stone, and many, many more.

Sugar T & The Swells are favourites on the London jazz and blues circuit and regularly play upscale private parties, corporate events and weddings alongside music festivals, dance halls and intimate jazz clubs and dive bars. They have played thousands of shows across the globe, honing their craft and building an impressive reputation.

Set List

At Last – Etta James
Cry To Me – Solomon Burke
Dance With Me Henry – Etta James
Don’t Mess With My Man – Irma Thomas
Don’t You Just Know It? – The Titans
Double Eyed Whammy – Tommy Ridgley
Good Rockin’ Daddy – Etta James
Willie and the Hand Jive – Johnny Otis
Hound Dog – Big Mama Thornton
How Come? – Big Mama Thornton
I Want You To Be My Baby – Louis Jordan
I’m Walkin’ – Fats Domino
I’ve Got A Woman – Ray Charles
Keep A Knockin’ – Little Richard
Louie Louie – Otis Redding
Love Me Right – LaVern Baker
Lucille – Little Richard
I Just Wanna Make Love To You – Etta James
I’m Shakin’ – Little Willie John
Mamma, He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Ruth Brown
Mess Around – Ray Charles
Money – Barrett Strong
Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry
Poison Ivy – The Coasters
Rocket 69 – Todd Rhodes
Run Around Sue - Dion
See You Later Alligator – Bill Haley & His Comets
Send Me Some Lovin’ – Little Richard
Shake, Rattle & Roll – Big Joe Turner
Shake Your Money Maker – Elmore James
She Knows How To Do It – Dinah Washington
Shout – The Isley Brothers
Something’s Gotta Hold Of Me – Etta James
Tennessee Waltz – Sam Cooke
Think – James Brown
Three Times – Tommy Ridgley
Tough Lover - Etta James
Walkin’ After Midnight – Patsy Cline


  • 6 piece: Vocals, Drums, Guitar, Keys/ Double Bass & 2 x Horns
  • 7 piece: Vocals, Drums, Guitar, Keys, Double Bass & 2 x Horns
  • 8 piece: Vocals, Drums, Guitar, Keys, Double Bass & 3 x Horns
  • 9 piece: Vocals, Drums, 2 x Guitar, Keys, Double Bass & 3 x Horns


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