There is a misconception that a swing or jazz band cannot ensure a full dance floor.
For many bands this is the case.
Experience, skill and understanding within the function and events field are all qualities a successful swing jazz band must possess in order to achieve the objective of a full dance floor.. We go into more detail on this below.
Over the many years the band have been wowing function guests we've also learnt a lot about what fears and anxieties our clients have before and after booking the band. We've addressed a number of them below.
If your question is not answered here, please call and we'd be delighted to speak with you further.
Will our guests dance to a swing jazz band?
Jivin Miss Daisy, over the last 10 years have played almost monthly at swing dance events. As the name suggests these are events that people go to almost entirely for the purpose of dancing. These events have almost become a testing ground for whether a song is included in the set for a wedding, private or corporate function. The bands set lists and repertoire have therefore been carefully chosen over years of playing at all types of events – songs that don't get guests on the dance floor don't stay in the set.
The skill of Simon Thorpe, the band leader, is his ability to be able to plan a set list based on your event specific details and brief. As the performance progresses he’ll 'read the room' and respond with an appropriate song from the repertoire that will get your guests on the dance floor.
I love the band but aren’t they just for watching at a jazz club?
When asking this question you may have painted a picture in your head of a smoky jazz club, audience all seated at tables and the band ‘noodling’ on their instruments in the background. While the band do frequent prestigious jazz clubs (they are regulars at Ronnie Scotts in Soho, London), when they play at a function the choice of repertoire is significantly different. Moreover Simon started the band in 1999 with the intention of it being a ‘dance band’.
So when playing at your function everything the band do will reflect the end goal of making sure your guests are having the time of their lives on the dance floor. From repertoire choices, to performance dynamic and showmanship, when at a function they play for the function guests.
It’s also worth noting that the band have an extensive repertoire of classic pop and soul tunes they can play.
My guests will not know how to dance properly to swing music.
We guarantee you that this will not be an issue. Many clients think their guests, on hearing the band play a swing tune, will in some way feel intimidated or frightened to get up and dance. It is not important that your guests know how to dance a Charleston or know any Lindy Hop steps. In our experience the very opposite actually occurs. On hearing the beat, guests feel compelled to rise from their seats and dance...and dance....
The thought that someone might be judging them as if in Strictly Come Dancing will not enter their frame of thought. The evidence of this in borne out function after function the band have played at.
The bands style of music is too 'old'.
We've put 'old' in quotes because it's a word that has been used in conversations we have had with clients (we say clients as they invariably go on to book the band and are delighted they did) where they have tried to communicate the idea that in some way they see the bands style as dated or behind the times. If you haven't been exposed much to music of this type then this reaction is very understandable. In fact we commend you for getting this far in your search for something unique and different.
It's important to understand that Jivin Miss Daisy is not a tribute act. They do not try and pretend to be anything but themselves. They do however take references and cues from the eras of the 1920s through to the 40s. In fact they are regularly asked to perform at 1920s, 30s etc theme event. Their performance however will always be true to their own personalities and in a way that attempts to be contemporary and fresh.
We would like a swing band but think people won't know the songs.
The band only performs classic songs that are known by multiple generations. Remember the choice of songs the band plays is not an accident. They have been sifted and sorted over many years of playing at events with guests of all types.
If a reaction to a song is good, it stays. Bad, it goes.
Granted, people may not know the lyrics to many of the songs, unless of course they are a fan of the artist that made it famous. What they will know is the melody. The melodies to most of the songs are known and have been hummed by multiple generations before us and will be hummed by multiple generations after us. They are timeless. Your guests will not care a jot if they know the lyrics to the song or not, they’ll just want to enjoy the occasion.
We're nervous that a swing jazz band is just to specialist, too different, too unique.
The band performs at between 50 and 100 events a year and has done for well over 10 years. Those numbers don't prove the band are mainstream but it does show you that their mainstream enough. Falling into the trap of booking just another 'me too' band is one far too many have fallen in to only to be bitterly disappointed they didn't go with their gut feelings. Booking the Jiving Miss Daisy is really not anywhere near as risky as you might think.
Do you provide your own PA and lights?
Yes the band come totally self contained with their own PA and lights. You won't have to worry about anything except enjoying your evening.
What band sizes are there?
Typically a 6 piece with a two piece horn section or a 9 piece with a 4 piece horn section. Contact us for more details and we’ll send you a quote.
Do you travel?
Absolutely. The band play all over the UK, Europe and even travel as far afield as the UAE and the US.
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