The Function Band for Weddings, Private Parties & Corporate Events

About the Band

Our function band is made up of top professional musicians from around the UK who combine to provide the best atmospheric jazz for your occasion – Jeanie Barton assembles some of the best jazz instrumentalists, based in both the Midlands and London regions, to perform for your event:

Jeanie Barton – Vocalist and Bandleader

Jeanie Barton is a jazz singer and songwriter from Nottingham in England who was voted Best Newcomer at the Marlborough Jazz Festival 2015.   After years as a principle in the National Youth Music Theatre, she studied jazz harmony at Morley College in London as well as improvisation with BBC Jazz award winner Anita Wardell and also cut her teeth as singer and compere for bebop pioneer Laurie Morgan’s  trio, fronting their famous North London weekly gig, Downstairs at The King’s Head in Crouch End for over a decade.

Jeanie has gone on to support Georgie Fame, sing backing vocals for Luddy Samms (The Drifters) and recently performed for Samuel L Jackson as well as other A list celebrities, singing Bond songs in front of British Icons like Shirley Bassey and Pierce Brosnan.  Credits include performances at The Jazz Cafe, The 606 club, Ronnie Scott’s and The National Theatre, as well as a cruise on the Seine in Paris.

London Based Band Members:
Joe Bickerstaff – Piano, Jason Simpson – Double Bass, Sophie Alloway – Drums

Guests and deps include:
Paul Weinreb, Rob Taggart, Rob Barron – Piano, Olly Blanchflower, Danny Manners, Tony Reeves, Lakis Economou – Double Bass, Matt Chandler, Robin Banerjee, Nigel Price and Chris Berry – Guitar, Ed Benstead, Henry Armburg Jennings – Trumpet and Flugel Horn, Vasilis Xenopoulos and Nathan Hassal – Tenor Sax, Mick Parker, Paul Downes, Crispin Taylor – Drums, plus many more exceptional London based musicians…

Midland’s Based Band Members:
Neil Hunter – Piano, Geoff Pearson – Double Bass, Ian Beestin – Drums.

Guests and deps include:
Bob Hudson and Wendy Kirkland – Piano, Pat Sprakes – Double Bass, Clive Loveday – Drums, Tony Kofi – Saxaphones, Ian Chalk – Trumpet, Matt Chandler – Guitar…

Where have We Played Before?

Jazz and Cocktails are professional jazz musicians with a wealth of experience.  They have recently worked with Georgie Fame, performed for HRH Prince Edward, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Korean Royal family and Samuel L Jackson, Shirley Bassey and Pierce Brosnan among other VIPs.

As well as playing regularly to sustained acclaim at jazz festivals and clubs across the UK including The 606 in Chelsea, Ronnie Scott’s and The Spice of Life in Soho, they enjoy performing at numerous wedding receptions, private parties and corporate events at venues as diverse as The Army and Navy Club in Pall Mall, The Goring Hotel, The National Theatre, The St Pancras Grand Hotel, outdoor marquees and the MS Excellence for a cruise on the Seine in Paris.

Being repeat performers at Army and RAF events they are well versed in filling dance floors and entertaining audiences as well as providing unobtrusive, atmospheric background music.

Our Music Genre

Jazz and Cocktails’ repertoire evokes the classic glamour of yesteryear. We perform mainly swing and Latin jazz hits from the 1920s – 1960s covering Rat Pack classics, Bossa nova, swing and bebop.  We can include pop songs but we perform them with the same retro twist!  Our acclaimed female singer will always learn special requests to personalise your event.  If your function has a James Bond theme, we include all of the films’ most popular songs.

Expect to hear retro favourites made famous by Doris Day, Dean Martin, Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Charlie Parker, Edmundo Ross, Mel Torme, Vera Lynn, Al Jarreau, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Astrud Gilberto, Amy Winehouse and many more!

What will the band look like?

We can tailor our look to suit your event – for weddings and corporate occasions we dress formally in cocktail attire but for less formal events we can dress more casually if you prefer – just specify what your requirements are and we will meet your needs.

How will the show run?

Live sets are flexible and can be performed as 2 x 45 minute sets, 3 x 40 minute sets or 2 x 60 minutes; we also play complimentary music through the PA via mp3 or CD before and between sets – you may make special requests or use your own laptop/music player should you wish.  We are self contained so you don’t need to provide any quipment for us – we have our own PA, backline, instruments and lighting rig.

Jazz and Cocktails perform as a duo, trio, quartet, quintet or larger ensemble.  A duo or trio (vocals with piano or guitar plus double bass) lends its self to background music but the inclusion of a drum kit as well as horns will create a bigger sound, giving the show oomph and encouraging dancing!

We accommodate whatever space is available as long as there is an area of level ground with a minimum of 2 power sockets available in easy reach.  Shelter for electrical equipment will also be necessary for outdoor events. We are very adaptable to a range of room types and always adjust volume levels to suit your requirements.

Our equipment is of the highest standard and we are fully insured by the Music Union.

Contact us now for a quote!