There’s been a trend for vintage and retro style jazz wedding bands over the last few years. These tend to be acts which will not only play a slew of standards but also perform more modern songs in this style. Here’s a totally non-scientific and in no way extensive sample of some of the acts we have on offer.
Can’t make up your mind between pop and jazz music? Don’t know if you want an authentic live band or a DJ playing your favourite tunes? Have it all – have LindyPop! (above) They guarantee that their unique jive and dixieland twists on pop tunes will be like nothing you have ever heard before. LindyPop! are an exciting and original six-piece band based in Leeds. Steeped in tradition, the band brings jazz into the 21st century with exclusive arrangements of current chart music and your favourite classics. They are a well-rehearsed, highly experienced and totally self-contained unit that brings fun and energy to any occasion. And rest assured, they dress as authentically vintage as they play.
The Retrosettes (right) are a vintage band that make new songs sound old and old songs sound retro. Chic and cool, they take popular songs currently in the charts and classic songs we all know and give them the Retrosettes treatment. Their influences are very varied including Motown and Northern soul, Funk, Jazz, Pop and Reggae. The vintage sound is created with instruments from the 60s and 70s and played with a love of classic music from that period. The Retrosettes are a themed band that will change the mood of any event. They have had years of experiences in performing at corporate events, festivals, weddings, music venues and various other situations. The band arrive in style with tweed suits, flat caps, vintage equipment, mood setting lighting and a full PA.
With a sound located somewhere between the deep south and South London, Gumbo La La (left) play the rootsiest honky-tonk, zydeco, jazz, folk and R&B in the UK. They like nothing better than to play foot-stompin’ tunes that you can dance the Texas polka to. Conjuring up the spirit of the 40s and 50s, Gumbo La a take inspiration from the songs of Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, Hank Williams Sr, Duke Ellington, Big Joe Turner and Clifton Chenier. They take an old sound – harmony vocals, accordion, fiddle, double bass, and acoustic guitar – and make it new.
Mister Kanish (right) are Andy, Ben, Chris, Ollie and Tim. They offer both a Mumford & Sons-esque and gypsy jazz style and a rocking evening set designed for dancing. They are perfect to cover a whole days entertainment with two different unique styles! They have been playing music together for 7 years. They provide the kind of entertainment that leaves everyone from young kids to senior citizens with huge grins on their faces, feverishly demanding more!!! As 5 friends with so many shared experiences the band have crazy amounts of fun playing together, and their audiences can’t help but feel part of the action.
Blind Tiger, (below) a name taken from the prohibition-era secret bars, is a band who reinvigorates contemporary songs with a cool, quirky twist. Imagine a shot of jazz, a splash of latin, a glug of 1950s New York, and you’ll be getting into the swing of things. All members are experienced musicians hailing from America to Accrington, and have worked professionally with artist such as; KT Tunstall, Ed Sheeran, Turin Brakes, Curtis Stigers, Grammy award winning songwriter/producer Eliot Kennedy (Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Spice Girls), The Animals, Steve Cropper (Booker T and The MG’s), Paul Heaton (Beautiful South), Plan B, Spencer Davis, Eric Shenkman (Spin Doctors), Janet Devlin (X-Factor), an appearance on Later with Jools Holland and most recently, live on Blue Peter with The Mend!