Down for the Count Swing Orchestra

“A breath of fresh air on the Swing scene today.”
Twinwood Festival

Down for the Count are a mini big band who bring the sounds of the Swing Era back to life, with an electrifying show full of incredible energy and musicianship.

Since bursting onto the scene at Twinwood Festival in 2013, Down for the Count have quickly earned themselves a reputation as one of the hardest swinging bands in the UK. They are constantly in demand, and in 2018 alone they sold out Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Hideaway StreathamPizza Express Jazz Club SohoLe Caveau de la Huchette (Paris) and the opening night of The London Jazz Festival.

The band have released two albums - a 2018 live album "Live at the Tabernacle", and a 2017 studio album "Let’s Dance", celebrating the music of the dance bands of the 1930s and 40s, which was featured on Clare Teal’s BBC Radio 2 show.

The band recreate classic tunes from the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Glenn Miller. But this is no mere nostalgia trip – Down for the Count perform each song in their own unmistakeable style, breathing new life into the best vintage music.

Combine that with the band’s top class instrumental solos, sublime vocal performances, and irresistible humour and joie de vivre, and you get a show that will leave you feeling uplifted and wanting more.

 


See the band in action - check out our live dates.


 

What they've been saying...

"One hellova celebration of vintage music."
TimeOut London

“Wow! That was fantastic! You guys are so good.” 
David Grant (Vocal coach – Fame Academy, Pop Idol etc)

“Thank you so much for coming on the show earlier –we all LOVED it, and you guys are just so talented!”
BBC Radio London

"It was an unalloyed pleasure to have a jazz festival kick­started by a bona fide jazz outfit, every last one of whose members knew which end to blow and just which heady musical wine to decant from a solid repertoire. The band grabbed the audience from the first downbeat and kept them enthralled right up to the encore."
Jazz Journal

"The musicians... managed to capture the fun and punchiness of the Big Band genre, captivating traditionalists and seasoned professionals alike."
Jazz London Radio

 


The Look

The gentlemen in Down for the Count proudly wear suits from British tailor Marc Darcy. Check out their amazing vintage outfits here!

 


The Dancers

Down for the Count also collaborate with many other talented artists and dancers, including the award-winning Lindy hop dance troupe The Hotfoot Strutters - together, the band and dancers make up The Vintage Swing Collective and the group launched their debut theatre show, Make a Song and Dance, in March 2018.

 

As seen at...

Ronnies
Twinwood Festival
Hideaway
London Jazz Festival
London Swing Festival
Southbank
Pizza Express

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Repertoire

The Down for the Count Swing Orchestra perform a huge range of music from the 1920's to the 1950's.

We're often found performing at dance events for Lindy hop/swing, jive or ballroom dancers - and tailor the set list specifically for each audience.

The rest of the time we're performing in jazz clubs and theatres and have a stunning live show. Here's an idea of what songs you can expect us to perform - for a full list, download the PDF below.

Swing dance events (Lindy hop and Charleston)

Sing Sing Sing (Benny Goodman)
Shiny Stockings (Count Basie/Ella Fitzgerald)
All of Me (Count Basie)
In a Mellow Tone (Duke Ellington)
On Revival Day (LaVern Baker)
Don't Be That Way (Benny Goodman)
Puttin' on the Ritz (Ella Fitzgerald)
Bourbon Street Parade (Louis Armstrong)
Jeep's Blues (Duke Ellington)
Rockin' in Rhythm (Duke Ellington)
Stompin' at the Savoy (Chick Webb)
Woodchopper's Ball (Woody Herman)
I've Heard That Song Before (Harry James)
Tuxedo Junction (Erskine Hawkins)
The Shim Sham (T'Aint What You Do)
The Big Apple
The Tranky Doo (The Dipsy Doodle)

Jive dance events

Just a Gigolo (Louis Prima)
When You're Smiling (Louis Prima)
Jump Jive & Wail (Louis Prima)
Banana Split for my Baby (Louis Prima)
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie (Louis Jordan)
Ain't Nobody Here But us Chickens (Louis Jordan)
Twistin' the Night Away (Jackie Wilson)
Reet Petite (Jackie Wilson)
Route 66 (Nat 'King' Cole)

 

Ballroom dance events

Cheek to Cheek - foxtrot
My Baby Just Cares For Me - foxtrot
American Patrol - quickstep
I Get a Kick Out of You - quickstep
Heatwave - jive
Reet Petite - jive
Sway - cha cha
Mambo Italiano - cha cha
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps - rumba
Strangers in the Night - rumba
Blue Tango - tango
Whatever Lola Wants - tango
Moon River - waltz
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - waltz
Que Sera Sera - Viennese waltz
That's Amore - Viennese waltz
Mas Que Nada - samba

Vintage themed events

Well known music for party dancing at vintage themed events

In The Mood (Glenn Miller)
Route 66 (Nat 'King' Cole)
Charleston (various)
I Wanna Be Like You (The Jungle Book)
The Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book)
Sing Sing Sing (Benny Goodman)
Pencil Full of Lead (Paolo Nutini)
Why Don't You Do Right (Peggy Lee)
Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano (from The Talented Mr. Ripley)
Twistin' the Night Away

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Full repertoire list

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Press, PR & Tech Spec

Press and PR Page: Biography and hi-res press photos for theatres and promoters
Tech Spec - for production companies and theatres

For bookings and press enquiries, please contact Mike Paul-Smith by email at mike@downforthecount.co.uk, or phone +44 (0) 7855 488 462.

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