Forged in the gin-joints and speakeasies of Leeds in early 2001, these purveyors of highly-refined vintage Gangster Swing take a heavy influence from artists such as Louis Prima, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and Ray Charles, as well as original compositions and rock and pop reinterpretations and great swing jazz bands, all delivered in their own hard-swingin’ style.
Musically the band serve up a heady cocktail of styles and genres, from high-octane jump-jazz, through hip-shaking swing. to finger-poppin’ rhythm and blues, all with a dash of Latin thrown in for good measure. The band itself consists of nine highly-accomplished musicians, the majority of whom have trained in prestigious institutions such as the Royal Academy, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Leeds College of Music before embarking on their own successful professional music careers. The last decade has seen the band go from strength to strength, playing a multitude of different venues and events across the UK, from high society balls in Knightsbridge and Kensington to variety evenings in northern social clubs, to regular Burlesque nights in Piccadilly Circus at the heart of London’s West End – continuing to build up an ever-widening fanbase, which ranges from ages 9 to 90. They are as comfortable playing shows to large festival crowds as they are in intimate cabaret clubs, and have performed their own brand of much-loved musical high-jinks everywhere from the Science Museum to the Savoy Hotel.