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Five Star Swing

Authentic swing / jazz / big band and 1940's music creating a great atmosphere and dance night music. As seen on BBC & ITV , "Children In Need", Dame Vera Lynn events


The unique Five Star Swing Big Band – As featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. Swing and dance along with songs from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz & Blues. "Superb - they swing like crazy!” says Sheila Tracy, BBC. As seen on BBC TV’s "Children in Need", Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball & Blackpool Tower Ballroom. “Swing and Song of the highest order” – Telegraph. Featuring Simone from the Ivy Benson Orchestra, and Chris Smith (Jnr) composer and arranger for the BBC Radio Big Band, Herb Miller Big Band (Glenn’s brother). All sizes of band available.

Key Facts

In Business Since 1979
Will travel within Great Britain
Member of PRS, MCPS,
Public Liability Insurance Yes
Risk Assessment Yes
Equipment PAT Certified Yes
Power Required Yes
Price Guide £800 - £2,800
VAT Registered
Set-up time required .45 min
Space Required 3x4 meters
Band Size Trio to 16-piece
Line-up Piano/Male Vocal / Trumpet Bass Drums Alto sax / Female vocal / Flute / Clarinet Trombone Trumpet Tenor Sax 2nd Alto Sax more brass as req'
Male Vocals Yes
Female Vocals Yes
Own PA Yes
Own Lighting Yes
Repertoire Description Swing / Jazz / Big Band / 1940s / War-Time/
Christmas songs Yes
Previous Clients Previous Clients Include Phil Collins (private party), Rod Stewart (private party), Tony Blair (Labour Party Conference), Dame Vera Lynn Charity Ball, Chelsea Flower Shows, Blenheim Palace, Kensington Palace, Savoy Hotel, Grosvenor Hotel, H.M The Treasur
We offer Musical entertainment for Dancing / Cabaret / Celebrations / Corporate promotions / Weddings

Area Served


Ray O’Luby (Daily Echo) Five Star Swing, Regent Centre, Christchurch Fully living up to their five-star name, this London-based outfit under the direction of veteran Chris Smith (jnr) swept us along from the start with their excellent repertoire from Big Band’s golden era. And even if they’re not that “big” – there are only five of them – they make up for that with sheer versatility. The “brass” section alternate saxophones with flute, clarinet and even viola, while sharing vocals with the leader who plays piano and trumpet – sometimes both at once. The highlights came mainly from Sinatra’s inexhaustible songbook, with Chris Smith (jnr) extolling the delights of Chicago and dueting with the band’s female singer Simone Smith (who also happens to be his wife) on Something Stupid, while Stephen Davies made for a splendidly mean Mac the Knife. The instrumentalists took in all the musical genre’s shades, from Tommy Dorsey’s stomping Opus One to Dizzy Gillespie’s blasting Be Bop and Glenn Miller’s super-smoothly polished swing. There was some great instrumental work too, including Simone Smith’s sax on Errol Garner’s Misty and Stephen Davies’ clar

Ray OlLuby, Daily Echo

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Five Star Swing
    • Five Star Swing Big Band


    Chris Smith

    Tel: 07771515160
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