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Avenue 54

Music

Overview

  • 10-11 Piece Jive Swing Blues band
  • Male or female lead vocals
  • A great selection of swing, jive and rock “n” roll music from the 1920’s right up to the modern day including Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Elvis Presley, The Blues Brothers, Bill Haley & Michael Bublé.
  • A full and flexible choice to the size of the band from six piece right up to an eleven piece extravaganza.

Location

Avenue 54 is based in London and regularly perform elsewhere in the country. The band are flexible and can travel around the whole of the UK.

Standard Set Times

  • 3 x 35 minute sets + breaks
  • 2 x 45 minute sets + break

About this Act

Need a big band sound but haven’t got the space? Do you want to have an evening of dancing to hot swing and jive from some of the finest swing musicians in the country? Look no further; Avenue 54 has the perfect solution for you.

Avenue 54 is a hot swing rhythm and blues band based in Leeds, guaranteed to get you jumping and jiving to the classic hits of the new and old swing and rock “n” roll tunes. Their music includes works from artists including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, The Blues Brothers, Brian Setzer, Peggy Lee, Bill Haley and Michael Bublé.

The band are heavily dedicated to providing you with a show you won’t forget and are perfect for weddings, novelty and themed parties, corporate functions and club performances. Containing some of the finest swing and jazz musicians from the Yorkshire and Leeds jazz scene, Avenue 54 have been recognised musically by some of the finest professional musicians in Britain including The Jive Aces!

The band includes a phat and punchy 6 piece horn section, a jumpin’ rhythm section and a swinging crooning vocal treat! The show is a slick, smooth and sexy transition through the ages as you are taken back to the swing and dance halls of the 1920s and 30s. No audience can resist swinging to the jive of Avenue 54!

Individually the swinging members of Avenue 54 have performed with some of the finest names in Jazz, Pop, Soul and Swing including Earth Wind and Fire, The Four Tops, Rico Rodriguez, Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Extra Curricular in a huge collection of venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Richard M. Daley Centre (Chicago), St Davids Hall (Cardiff), Sandown Race Course, The Anville (Basingstoke), Royal Festival Hall, The Bulls Head (Barnes).

Flexibility is the key and the band is about as flexible as they come. With different packages to choose from, a large set list and the option of picking your favourite swing classics for the band to perform (even if they are not already on our list) you can create your perfect event.

Testimonials

"Avenue 54 are absolutely fantastic, totally professional and really friendly. Everyone was so impressed with them and they were so accommodating. I would highly recommend them to anyone and hope that one day there is another occasion when I can use them again."

Lauren Tristram

23/02/2013

"Just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you once again for what was an amazing performance by yourself and the band on our wedding. We both had an amazing night as did our guests. You received many compliments from the guests, including our friends who are to be married in April who made the comment that their band is nowhere near as good as you guys!"

Andrew Lawson

22/12/2012

"Just wanted to say the band were absolutely FANTASTIC last night. Everyone loved them and they were just what I was looking for. So much charisma and talent!!"

Ami Walker

22/09/2012

"Just wanted to say how amazing the band were yesterday. We loved them! All our guests were raving about them and my sister and her boyfriend complemented on what amazing musicians they were.

Also the boys were really lovely and really accommodating when we had to change some of the timings around.

I would definitely recommend you to anyone and hopefully may see you guys at a gig sometime.

Thank you!!!!!"

Rosie Gentile

25/08/2012

"I know it has been some time since the band played at my wedding but I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to the band! They were amazing. They even rescued my first dance and started to sing AL Green's Lets stay together when our CD cut out! True professionals.

I would definitely recommend them to anyone."

Kirsty Sharpe

18/08/2012

Set List

1930 - 1940
Why Don’t You Do Right – Peggy Lee
It don’t mean a thing – Duke Ellington
All of me – Joe Budden
One o Clock Jump – Count Basie
The things we did last Summer - Sammy Cahn
Minnie the moocher – Cab Calloway
Is you is or is you aint my baby – Louis Prima
Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin
Somewhere beyond the sea – Bobby Darin
Sing Sing Sing - Louis Prima
When the Saints go marching in - Traditional

1950 - 1970
Fly me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
Hallelujah I love Her So – Ray Charles
Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
Unchain my Heart – Ray Charles
I got a woman – Ray Charles
Let The Good Times Roll – Ray Charles
Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley
Shake rattle and Roll – Bill Haley
Hound dog – Elvis Presley
Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
That’s Life – Frank Sinatra
Everybody needs somebody – The Blues Brothers
Gimme Some Lovin’ – Blues Brothers
Soul Man – Blues Brothers
Flip Flop and Fly – Blues Brothers
In the midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
Moondance – Van Morrison
Unchain my Heart - Joe Cocker
I don't Care who Knows - Joe Budden
Bad Bad Leroy Brown - Frank Sinatra
I Wanna be Like You - Jungle Book
Jump Jive and Wail - Louis Prima
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra

1990s +
Go Daddy-O - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Zoot suit riot – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Mr Pinstripe Suit – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The Ding Dong Daddy – Cherry Poppin Daddies
Tuxedo Junction – Jools Holland arrangement
You and me and the bottle makes three – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The boogie Bumper – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Family Guy theme
This Cat’s on a Hot Tin Roof – Brian Setzer Orchestra
Mellow Saxophone – Brian Setzer Orchestra

Lineup

  • 10 piece band consisting of:
    Male or Female Vocals
    Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano
    Trumpet (x2), Saxophone (x2), Trombone

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