78rpm – simply the best 1920s to 40s band in London!
From swing, jazz and dance music to the great songs of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and many more.
78rpm can contain anything from two to eight of London’s top musicians, who play the great music of the Art Deco era, the 1920s to 1950s, with tremendous style, sophistication and a great rhythm to make any event go with a swing.
The songs of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin (to name but a few) are loved by ALL GENERATIONS and lend themselves to marvelous dance music – probably the reason why 78rpm is so popular for wedding receptions, anniversaries and other special occasions.
The classic six-piece 78rpm features a male or female vocalist, with saxophone, trumpet, piano, double bass and drums. If six performers are too much, just choose your favourites, for example saxophone piano and bass make a excellent trio, or you could add a vocalist to the trio and let the SWING and NOSTALGIA take over!
Other musical options include adding a male vocalist to croon those Sinatra classics, or basing the band around violin and guitar to create that swinging “Hot Club of France” sound.
78rpm grew out of The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, a superb twelve-piece outfit whose terrific success soon led to requests for smaller groups to provide the same delightful atmosphere and swinging music.
Musical director Michael Law founded both 78rpm and The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra to recreate this unsurpassed era of popular music. His care with the orchestra’s repertoire combined with the talent of his hand-picked musicians is guaranteed to make any event a sensation.
Performances during 2023 include A wedding and Summer Ball at the legendary Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel and a Gala Ball at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge!
Sample repertoire: A foggy day, A string of pearls, After you’ve gone, Ain’t misbehavin’, All of me, Anything goes, As time goes by, Bei mir bist du schoen, Brazil, Cheek to cheek, Crazy rhythm, Dancing in the dark, Don’t get around much anymore, Embraceable you, Five foot two, Fly me to the moon, Goody goody, Happy feet, I got rhythm, I remember you, I wanna be loved by you, I wanna be like you, I’m in the mood for love, In the mood, It had to be you, It’s de-lovely, I’ve got you under my skin, Jeepers creepers, Let’s face the music and dance, Moonlight serenade, My baby just cares for me, Nice work if you can get it, Night and day, Over the rainbow, Paper moon, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Smoke gets in your eyes, Someone to watch over me, Sweet Georgia Brown, The lady is a tramp, The very thought of you , Them there eyes, These foolish things, They can’t take that away from me, Top hat, white tie and tails, You’re the cream in my coffee, What’ll I do?, You’re the top, Zing! went the strings of my heart.
Jewish Wedding Music – ‘Hora’ (including Hava Nagila and Siman Tov U Mazleltov)
…And much more!