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The Blue Manhattans



  • Female fronted jazz act
  • Glorious repertoire of jazz classics and songs from the great American songbook as well soul and Motown greats
  • Perform as a 5 piece as standard and can reduce to a 4 piece and expand to a 7 piece
  • Fully themed 50s/60s Showband option available at discount rates
  • Fully self-contained with Lighting Rig, state of the art digital PA system and dedicated Sound Engineer


The band are based in Reading, Berks but regularly gig throughout the whole of the UK.

Standard Set Times

  • Performances are usually made up of either one 1 hour set or two sets of 45 minutes, although we are happy to vary this to meet your requirements if required.

About this Act

The Blue Manhattans take inspiration from the Jazz greats both of yesterday and today.  At home providing soothing background music or even holding centre stage as the main act, this group of experienced musicians combine a potent mix of professionalism, talent and genuine love for all things Jazz.

Taking inspiration from the great American Song Book, while also being comfortable with more modern day classics, their constantly expanding setlist is flexible enough to cover all moods and tastes.

The Blue Manhattans their standard line up but are highly flexible and can adjust their set up to suit your needs. In addition to this they are also able to provide a fully themed 50’s/60’s Showband at discount rates.

Set List

Jazz Standards

Accentuate The Positive - Marion Montgomery
All The Things You Are - Ella Fitzgerald
Alright Ok You Win -Peggy Lee
Autumn Leaves - Eva Cassidy
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - Ella Fitzgerald
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Cantaloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
Cheek To Cheek - Ella Fitzgerald
Cry Me A River - Julie London
Fever (Latin Jungle style) - Peggy Lee
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
He's a Tramp - Peggy Lee
I Get A Kick Out Of You - Ella Fitzgerald
I Still Get Jealous - Marion Montgomery
I Wish I Knew How it Felt To Be Free - Nina Simone
If I Love Ya, Then I Need Ya - Eartha Kitt
In The Mood - The Puppini Sisters
Lady is a tramp - Frank Sinatra
Lets Do It, Lets Fall In Love - Ella Fitzgerald
Makin Whoppee - Ella Fitzgerald
Misty - Sarah Vaughan
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
My Foolish Heart - Marion Montgomery
Night and Day - Frank Sinatra
Our Love is Here To Stay - Natalie Cole
Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy
Paper Moon - Ella Fitzgerald
Puttin On The Ritz - Fred Astaire
Satin Doll - Ella Fitzgerald
Someone To Watch Over Me - Sarah Vaughan
Summertime - Billie Holiday
Sway - Dean Martin
Sweet Georgia Brown - Ella Fitzgerald
Take Five- Dave Brubeck
Taking A Chance On Love - Cleo Laine
Teach Me Tonight - Ella Fitzgerald
That Old Black Magic - Ella Fitzgerald
Them There Eyes - Billie Holliday
They Can't Take That Away From Me - Billie Holiday
Ive Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
Why Don't You Do Right - Peggy Lee

Jump Jive, Swing and Rock n' Roll!

Ain’t Misbehavin' - Fats Waller
Ain't Nobody Here But us Chickens - Louis Jordan
Be My Guest - Fats Domino
Bill Bailey - Sarah Vaughan
Buona Sera - Louis Prima
Cho Cho Ch'boogie - Louis Jordan
Drinkin Wine Spo-Dee-o-Dee - Jerry Lee Lewis
Flip, Flop & Fly - Blues Brothers
Fools Fall in Love - The Drifters
Hallelujuh I Love Him So - Brenda Lee
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
I'm Walkin' - Fats Domino
Istanbul (not Constantinople) - The Four Lads
It Don't Mean a Thing - Ella Fitzgerald
Jump, Jive An' Wail - Louis Prima
Just a Gigolo / Aint Got Nobody - Louisa Prima
Kansas City - Brenda Lee
Mean Man Blues - Jackie Whitley
Mess Around - Ray Charles
Night Train - Louis Prima
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Hailey
Route 66 -
Twisting the Night Away - Sam Cooke
When You're Smiling - Louis Prima

Modern Classics & Smooth Favourites

At Last - Etta James
Crazy - Patsy Cline
Cupid - Sam Cooke
Don't Go To Strangers - Amy Winehouse
Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
Dream A Little Dream - Mama Cass
Fields of Gold - Eva Cassidy
Goin’ Back - Dusty Springfield
I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
Love is a Losing Game - Amy Winehouse
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Misty Blue - Dorothy Moore
Moon Dance - Van Morrison
My One and Only - Adele
Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
People Get Ready - Eva Cassidy
Save The Last Dance For Me - The Drifters
Songbird -Eva Cassidy
Spooky - Dusty Springfield
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
This Years Love - David Grey
Turn Me On - Norah Jones
Turning Tables - Adele
Warwick Avenue - Duffy
You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse

Modern Pop With a Retro Twist

All About That Bass Postmodern Jukebox
Call Me - Postmodern Jukebox
Chasing Cars - The Baseballs
Ever Fallen In Love With Someone - Nouvelle Vague
Follow Me - Nouvelle Vague
Footloose - Nouvelle Vague
I Will Survive - Nouvelle Vague
Just Can't Enough - Nouvelle Vague
Teenage Kicks - Nouvelle Vague
Umbrella - The Baseballs
White Wedding - New Morty Show

Party Favourites

9 To 5 - Dolly Parton
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
Dance the Night Away - The Mavericks
Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs
Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
Islands In The Stream - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
Mambo No 5 - Lou Bega
Mercy - Duffy
Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
Mustang Sally - The Commitments
Next To Me - Emeli Sande
Price Tag - Jessie J
Reet Petite -Jackie Wilson
Shake Your Tail Feather - The Blues Brothers
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Sweet Home Chicago - The Blues Brothers
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Walking On Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves


  • 5 Piece Band as standard, consisting of: Female Lead Vocal, Trumpet, Keys, Bass and Drums
  • 4 piece - Vocals, Piano, Drums, Trumpet
  • 6 piece - Vocals, Piano, Drums, Bass, Guitar, Trumpet
  • 7 piece - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys, Drums, Trumpet, Sax


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