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Ali Affleck and Speakeasy Swing



  • Prohibition-era popular Jazz swing and blues band
  • Award winning Vocalist and instrumentalists
  • Full time Professional Jazz Musicians
  • Superb repertoire of 1920s - 1950s traditional jazz
  • The vocalist dresses in vintage and reproduction vintage clothing for each event
  • The band can be booked as a duo up to a 6 piece in various line-ups and instrumentation options
  • Performance Dancers can accompany the band! - from 2 to a whole troupe.


Speakeasy Swing is based in the Scottish capital and perform every year at Jazz and Swing dance Festivals throughout the whole of the U.K and Europe - Vocalist Ali also performs each year in San Diego, Boston and New York

Speakeasy Swing are happy to travel anywhere !

Standard Set Times

  • 3 sets of 45 minutes with breaks.
  • The band are happy to perform from one set up to 5 sets of 45 minutes

About this Act

Fronted by Ali Affleck- who was awarded the prestigious 'Best Jazz Vocalist 2014/15' by the Scottish Jazz Federation, Speakeasy Swing have a fondness for early Hot Jazz and the upbeat ‘Tin Pan Alley’ movement. Working the not so standard tunes of old in with the Great American Songbook, the Speakeasy Swing; repertoire is energetic and lively - with some sassy and seductive numbers thrown into the mix just for fun .

With comparisons to Peggy Lee and the vocal styling of of an young ‘optimistic’ Billie Holliday...vocalist Ali Affleck loves to share the stage and revels in the artistry of her band.

Adding a bona fide seal of approval to the quality of performance- Stephen Duffy of BBC Jazzhouse recently stated that, "I can't think of another young Scottish jazz singer who can sing this kind of material so authentically and so swingingly - hence her award."

The band was also nominated for 'Best Ensemble of the year 2014' and their album 'Le Debut' was shortlisted for 'Jazz Album of the Year, 2013'

The band is composed ENTIRELY of award winning and highly respected FULL TIME PROFESSIONAL Jazz artists - they are all scene leaders in their respective instruments and their level of musicality is outstanding. Speakeasy Swing perform regularly for the Swing dance community, the BBC and STV and Ali tours every year in the USA - in San Diego, Boston and New York. The band have been invited to perform at every big Jazz festival in Scotland since 2011 and Ali holds several residencies at high profile venues in Edinburgh. . in addition to private functions and other high profile residencies in Edinburgh. Staying true to the whimsical, evocative and slightly cheeky attitude of the late 1920s, Speakeasy Swing offer up a hearty, unpretentious and upbeat performance that will delight your guests.

Set List

A Good Day - Peggy Lee
A tisket A tasket - Ella Fitzgerald
Aint misbehaving - Fats Waller
Am I Blue? - Ethel Waters
body and Soul - Billie Holiday
Bye Bye Blackbird - Josephine Baker
Blue Skies - Ella Fitzgerald
Button up your Overcoat - Helen Kane
Bei Mir Bist du Schoen - Martha Tilton
Coucou - Django Reinhardt and Josette Dayde
Cant Help Loving that Man - Ella Fitzgerald
Daddy Wont you Please Come Home? - Annette Hanshaw
dream a little dream- Ella Fitzgerald
Easy Living - Anita O'Day
Enjoy Yourself (its later than you think) - Keely Smith
It Had to be You - Billie Holiday
La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaff
Nice work if you can get it - Billie Holiday
Manhattan - Ella Fitzgerald
My Man -Mistinguett
Love Me or Leave Me - Lena Horne
Mackie Messer ( Mack the Knife) -Lotte Lenya
Moaning Low - Annette Hanshaw
Spreading Rhythm Around - Billie Holiday
These Foolish Things - Martha Tilton
Yes Indeey he do! - Annette Hanshaw
My Mothers Son in-Law - Billie Holiday


  • Speakeasy Swing can perform as a duo - voice and guitar/piano, or a trio, quartet, quintet or more!
  • The vocalist can perform with any combination of the following instruments:
    double bass, clarinet/bass clarinet/ saxophone, trumpet, drums, trombone...
  • Other special request instrumentalists available are: violin, banjo, tuba, ukulele and accordion


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