Music library

The Band specialises in music from the Big Band ‘Swing Era’, playing numbers made famous by the all-time greats – Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, and, of course, our own Ted Heath.
Eynsford

Birthday Party at Eynsford with former vocalist Carole Wilson

Over the years the Band’s repertoire has expanded to include the mainstream music of Miles Davis, Thad Jones, Neil Hefti, and others.  When required, the Band is equally at home providing more modern, upbeat music in the style of James Last, Jools Holland, along with Latin American and strict tempo numbers.
Judd School

Concerts at The Judd and Eden Valley Schools

Our library also reflects the changes that occurred with Big Bands after the war and includes numbers by our own Ted Heath, Count Basle, Buddy Rich up to the present time with arrangements by Gordon Goodwin.
This page contains info on the Band’s current music library – we have classified our music under Swing Era,  More Modern Music & Vocals, and Party Music  – click on the ‘+‘ symbols below for further details.

 

If you are a regular follower of the Band, why not send us your request and we will do our best to include it in one of our forthcoming concerts.

Swing era
  • A String Of Pearls
  • Adios
  • American Patrol
  • In The Mood
  • Little Brown Jug
  • Moonlight Serenade
  • Pennsylvania 6-5000
  • Stardust
The music by other ‘greats’ of the swing era, such as Artie Shaw, Harry James and Benny Goodman are well represented in our library.  The following are typical examples:-
  • 920 Special
  • And The Angels Sing
  • Begin The Beguine
  • Cherokee
  • Jersey Bounce
  • Leave Us Leap
  • Moten Swing
  • One O’clock Jump
  • Sing, Sing, Sing
  • Skyliner
  • Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
  • South Rampart Street
  • Stomping at the Savoy
  • Two O’clock Jump
  • You Made Me Love You
  • Volga Boatman
Modern & vocals
We also play music made popular by the post-war bands lead by the likes of Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and our own Ted Heath.
Examples of this music include such charts as:-
  • A Little Blues Please
  • Big Swing Face
  • Body and Soul
  • Eager Beaver
  • Early Autumn
  • East Of The Sun
  • Harlem Nocturne
  • Hot Toddy
  • Love For Sale
  • Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
  • My Favourite Things
  • Opus In Pastels
  • Peanut Vendor
  • Six Flats Unfurnished
  • Sunny Side of the Street
  • When You’re Smiling
Of course, we mustn’t forget the bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie that bridged the decades and the following are typical examples of their music:-
  • C Jam Blues
  • Harlem Air Shaft
  • Ko Ko
  • Caravan
  • Corner Pocket
  • Cute
  • Flight Of The Foo Birds
  • It Don’t Mean A Thing
  • Little Darlin’
  • Satin Doll
  • Shiny Stockings
  • Skin Deep
  • Splanky
  • Take The ‘A’ Train
  • Teddy The Toad
Our library has many numbers composed / arranged by the famous American, Sammy Nestico:-
The repertoires of our vocalists are drawn mainly from those of middle-of-the-road artists like Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald. Typical songs include:-
  • A Foggy Day
  • Alright, OK, You Win
  • Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
  • Chicago
  • Come Fly With Me
  • Every Time We Say Goodbye
  • Fever
  • La Mer
  • Mack The Knife
  • New York, New York
  • Nobody Does It Better
  • The Lady is a Tramp
  • You Make Me Feel So Young

Coming totally up-to-date, we also play some music composed by Gordon Goodwin of ‘The Big Phat Band’ fame, together with original compositions by our former MD, Colin Charman.

Party music
The Jon Hamilton Big Band can also provide music for dances, parties and themed events such as forties nights.
In addition to the normal waltzes, foxtrots and quicksteps, we have party-type music such as
  • The Gay Gordons,
  • cha cha medleys,
  • James Last medleys
  • and various medleys by well-known pop groups.

 

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