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Scottish Jazz Bands





Jazz Bands, Swing Bands, and Jive Bands in Scotland

Welcome to our Jazz Band Page page. Here we are proud to present some of the many cool and brilliant Jazz musicians represented by The Magic Agency.

If you are interested in a particular Band, or type of Band, then let us know and we will check availability and give you a quote. We can also arrange a date for you to meet the Band and hear them playing.

Booking from outside the UK?

Not a problem! We have experience in arranging Bands for clients based in Europe, Canada, and the USA for Weddings and Functions in Scotland. We can help you every step of the way and supply you with Demo CDs or MP3s of Bands. At the planning stage, we will even put you in contact with the Band Leader so you can work out your exact requirements with him or her by telephone or email.

We are also experienced in supplying Function Bands and Ceilidh Bands for functions abroad. Indeed, we are always delighted to hear from Expats and Caledonian Clubs from around the World and providing them with a reliable and friendly service.

Whatever your requirements, contact us by telephone or email and we will try to help in whatever way we can.

We promise to go that extra mile to make your Wedding or Function a happy and successful one!

So why should we book a band through you?

Quite simply - we do all the work for you and safeguard your interests.

  • We advise you on which bands are suitable and available for your function.
  • We send you free Demo CDs.
  • We arrange dates where you can go and see the band.
  • We issue proper contracts to you and the band.
  • We deal with deposits and receipts for you.
  • We resolve any issues or problems that may arise.
  • We check last-minute details to ensure all goes smoothly on the day.
  • We use our contacts to try find a replacement if the band can't perform due to unforseen events.
  • We have booked bands regularly over twenty years.

In a nutshell, it gives you less hassle and more peace of mind than doing it yourself.


Some of our Featured Jazz Bands

Some of our featured bands are on this page. However, please remember that this is only a small selection of the many great Jazz bands we have on our books. So if you can't see what you are looking for, then please contact us and we will endeavor to find the right band at the right price for you.

Please either scroll down the page to view them, or click on a band link below and you will be taken to that section of the page. At the bottom of each band section, there is a link saying "Back to top of the page" which will bring you back here again.

The Mellotones
3-6 piece Jazz Band. Background and Dance music. Swing, Latin American, Mainstream Jazz Classics, Pop Covers.

The Rhythm Kings
3-4 piece Dixie Jazz Band.

Manhattan
3 piece Easy Listening Jazz Band.

Andrea Turner Duo/Quartet
2-4 piece Jazz Duo or Band. Easy listening background Jazz.

The Jive Aces
6 piece International Jump Jive Dance Band.



The Mellotones

The Mellotones Swing Band

The Mellotones with it's repertoire of Swing, Latin American, Mainstream Jazz Classics, and Pop Music offers dance or background music of the highest calibre.

With the Melotones, the accent quite firmly on Swing and Cool Jazz.

The basic Trio consists of some of the finest Jazz musicians in Scotland is comprised of Piano, Bass, and Drums. However, they can also add Sax or Trumpet bring it up to a 5 piece or even larger.

In the 3 piece line-up, the bass player is the man with the golden voice and he provides the vocals in the style of Frank Sinatra, Mel Thorme, and Bobby Darin, with impeccable style.

So if you want Swing, this band will give it to you in spades!

However, if you want a more diverse repertoire, then the band can also provide Pop Music ranging from Pretty Woman to Rock Around the Clock and La Bamba to Uptown Girl.

For easy listening, Swing, or pop classics at weddings, functions, or corporate events, the Melotones are the band to book.


Testimonials

"To The Mellotones,
We would like to say a big thank you to you all for playing at our wedding on the 7th of August at Marr Hall. You really helped make our wedding perfect. Great music that all our guests could enjoy. Thanks again."
Joanna and David Smith, wedding.

"Hi Michael,
The night (and day) itself were fantastic and The Mellotones lived up to all our expectations, they were certainly the talk of our guests and I have passed your contact details on to a number of them. Please pass on our thanks to the band for being such an enjoyable and essential part to our day. I will certainly keep your services in mind should we require any entertainments at our restaurants too."
Darryl Pitts, wedding.

"To The Magic Agency
We just wanted to thank you all (The Mellotones) so much again for playing at our wedding and making the evening just perfect. It really wouldn't have been the same without you and our guests all commented on how much they enjoyed your music."
Lorna and Cameron Braidwood, wedding.




Click here to see their repertoire

Sound Samples

Here are some samples of their work. Just double-click on the link and it should start playing in Windows Media Player within ten seconds. If you are having trouble playing the MP3 see the Help section at the bottom of this page.


Be Wise (with vocals) - MP3 (238KB)

Beyond The Sea (with vocals) - MP3 (352KB)

I Wish I Knew How It Feels To Be Free (Film Night Theme) - MP3 (354KB)

Sunshine Of My Life (with vocals) - MP3 (359KB)

Come Fly With Me (with vocals) - MP3 (352KB)

It All Depends In The Mood I'm In (with vocals) - MP3 (362KB)

Lover Come back To Me (with vocals) - MP3 (426KB)



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The Rhythm Kings Dixie Jazz Band

The Rhythm Kings Jazz Band

The Rhythm Kings is one of Scotland's best Dixieland Jazz Bands. Their upbeat, Dixie music is guaranteed to produce a happy atmosphere, bring a smile to your face, and get your foot tapping.

Being experienced professionals, they've done everthing in their time - from Shopping Centre Promotions to Five Star Hotels. No job is too big or too small for this friendly and highly-adaptable band.

They have worked with Jazz stars such as Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk, appeared with Dame Edna Everage, and were the support act for Rod Stewart at the SECC in Glasgow.

The Rhythm Kings are also very adept at providing background music for Weddings and Corporate Entertainment. "But won't their instruments be too loud?" - asked one client. Not at all. These expert musicians can play very softly in the background and hit just the right level which adds to the atmosphere but doesn't affect conversation.

The band is scalable from three piece right up to five or six piece; so you can choose a size and sound to suit your budget.

We can honestly recommend Scotland's Kings of Dixie Jazz for any event or promotion without reservation.


Testimonials

"Yes the band were excellent, thanks very much! Unfortunately I was having photos taken for most of their performance but everyone has universally told me they thoroughly enjoyed them.
Thanks again",
Stephen Hannah, wedding.

"Just to say how much we all enjoyed "The Boys" (The Rhythm Kings Jazz Band)performing at Buchanan Castle Golf Club last night. We were a bit low in numbers due to a large function last week, but everyone who was there got up and danced. If you have got good music then the feet get tapping. Please thank them very much. Hope we can do business in the future."
Sincerely Alison,
Buchanan Castle Golf Club.

"Michael,
What can I say? The Rhythm Kings were absolutely amazing on Saturday my only regret was that I hadn't booked a longer set!
My Mum was so delighted to have them there, I don't think I have seen her so excited. Thank you so much for arranging the booking, and please please pass on my personal thanks to the band as I was unavailable to thank them in person at the end of their set.
I am sure that my mum wishes to thank the band in person too.
With kind regards,"
Lynda Jack, Mum's Birthday Party.

"Hi Michael,
Just wanted to drop a wee email to say how great the band (The Rhythm Kings Jazz Band) were on Friday. They were the perfect choice for the night and I had lots of comments about how good they were. Thanks very much."
Claire Willcox, Horsecross Arts, Perth Theatre.

"Michael,
The Rhythm Kings were perfect for the Dining Room. They played some really lovely and lively tunes during dinner and were a real hit."
Flt Lt Sarah Richardson, RAF Lossiemouth Summer Ball.

"Hi Michael,
A very belated thank you to The Rhythm Kings for playing so well at my daughter's wedding on Sunday 21st June. There were lots of compliments - we're only sorry that with photographs etc., the wedding party didn't hear more of them! Please pass on our thanks to them. Many thanks for your very efficient service."
Lesley Currie, daughter's wedding.

"Hi,
We just wanted to say that The Rhythm Kings were fantastic at our wedding and if you could pass on our thanks to them please that would be great as made the day perfect!!!! The music was great, and they were really good with the children as well entertaining them as they played. We'll definitely recommend them to others. All the best."
Jacqueline McKellar, wedding.



Sound Samples

Here are some samples of their work. Just double-click on the link and it should start playing in Windows Media Player within ten seconds. If you are having trouble playing the MP3 see the Help section at the bottom of this page.

Baby Face - MP3 (515KB)

At The Jazz Band Ball - MP3 (541KB)

Bye Bye Blackbird (with vocals)- MP3 (552KB)

My Blue Heaven (with vocals) - MP3 (366KB)

Dinah - MP3 (473KB)

After You've Gone - MP3 (317KB)

Muskrat Ramble - MP3 (486KB)




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Manhattan

Manhattan Jazz Band

Cool Jazz and smooth sounds make Manhattan the perfect mix for that special function. The combination of warm cornet, guitar, and bass bring out the very best in the Jazz standards that have become known throughout the World.

Ideal for Cocktail, Hotel, or Corporate work, this Jazz Trio offer the very best in sophistication for that special function - which requires a touch of class.

Nothing else comes close.



Testimonials

"To The Magic Agency,
The band were great (Manhattan Jazz Band) on Saturday night, just what we wanted.
Thanks again!"
Kathrin Mackenzie.

"To The Magic Agency,
"Just a short note to let you know that Manhattan made a splendid contribution to our daughter's wedding at Brig O' Doon House on Saturday the 19th of July. They arrived on time and were very pleasant and well-turned out. But most important of all, they produced great music which combined with the beautiful surroundings and almost unbelievably good weather to create a tremendous atmosphere for the outside reception. We couldn't have asked for more. Please convey our thanks to the band.
Best wishes,"
Dr. Laurence Gruer, OBE.


Sound Samples

Here are some samples of their work. Just double-click on the link and it should start playing in Windows Media Player within ten seconds. If you are having trouble playing the MP3 see the Help section at the bottom of this page.


Have You Met Miss Jones - MP3 (539KB)

A Kiss To Build A Dream On - MP3 (530KB)

My Melancholy Baby - MP3 (571KB)



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The Andrea Turner Jazz Duo/Quartet

Andrea Turner Jazz Duo

Jazz singer Andrea Turner, whether accompanied by her pianist or full quartet, offers some the coolest music for events and functions in Scotland today.

This lady's got a great jazz voice and is has worked with many of the best Jazz musicians in Scotland.

Andrea can offer up to two forty-five minute spots and can can tailor the program to suit your event or function. Recently she was appearing at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.

Whether providing background music or a Cabaret spot, Andrea and her musicians will provide the right ambience for your party, establishment, or event.


Sound Samples

Here are some samples of her work. Just double-click on the link and it should start playing in Windows Media Player within ten seconds. If you are having trouble playing the MP3 see the Help section at the bottom of this page.


Nice Work If You Can Get It - MP3 (574KB)

Dream A Little Dream of Me - MP3 (504KB)

Where or When - MP3 (516KB)

Love Me or Leave Me - MP3 (469KB)

I Love You Porgy - MP3 (599KB)



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The Jive Aces - The UK's Top Jive and Swing Band

The Jive Aces in Scotland

If you like Jive and Swing, then it doesn't get better than this. The Jive Aces are the Kings of Swing. Since forming in 1989, this professional six-piece group have starred in thousands of major festivals, theatres, clubs, and top charity and corporate events throughout Britain, the USA, France, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Eire, Belgium,Holland,the Carribean, Estonia, Israel, Hungary and Canada.

They are renown for their high-energy Jump Jive music (an exciting and very danceable blend of Swing, R&B, Rock and Roll, Boogie and Jump Blues) and their spectacular stage show.


The Jive Aces with Isaac Hayes, Kistie Alley, and Lisa Marie PresleyThey combine a mixture of fresh arrangements of songs made famous by such greats as Louis Prima (Just a Gigolo), Cab Calloway (Minnie the Moocher), and Louis Jordan (Five Guys named Mo) - along with superb swinging originals taken from their studio albums.

The Jive Aces have performed at countless major events including the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Royal Ballet's 50th Anniversary, World Lindy Hop Dance Championships (Oslo 1995 and New York 1999), The Lord Mayor of London's Spectacular, Vienna Jazz Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Cork Jazz Festival...and many, many, more.

They have been featured on literally hundreds of TV and Radio shows including CNN, BBC1, ABC's "Good Morning Los Angeles", Channel 4's "Holy Smoke", BBC2's Paul Jones Show, Jazz FM.

The Jive Aces have worked with many of the top names in Showbusiness such as John Travolta, Isaac Hayes, Van Morrison, The Count Basie Orchestra, Buddy Greco, Kirstie Ally, Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, Kenny Ball, Jack Dee, David Suchet, Lee Evans and Juliet Lewis...just to name a few.

With their high-energy, danceable music, bright suits, incredible live show, irresistable humour and total professionalism, these boys will get any audience on their feet or dancing in their seat. Each and every show is guaranteed to go with a Swing! Yeah!

Available for Clubs, Functions, Corporate Entertainment, Theatres, Festivals, and TV appearances - infact anywhere, where Swing is King.


Sound Samples

OK - we've told you how good they are - now judge for yourself. See what the Kings of Swing can do for you.

Just double-click on the link and it should start playing in Windows Media Player within ten seconds. If you are having trouble playing the MP3 see the Help section at the bottom of this page.


Imagination - MP3 (356KB)

Acc-cent-tchu-ate the Positive - MP3 (357KB)



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To Hire a Band

If you wish to hire one of these bands, receive their demo CD, or see them playing live, then please give us a call on 0141 577 6604.

You can also email us by filling in the enquiry form on the Contact Us page.






Help! How do I play these music files?

It's easy! Just double-click on the link and Windows Media Player (or whatever music player you have installed on your PC) should run and start playing the music file within a few seconds. Make sure you have your speakers plugged in and switched on.

If you have a Broadband internet connection (which is very fast), then the music files should play very smoothly straight away.

However, if you have a standard "Dialup" connection (your modem dials up to allow you to make the connection to the internet) then you will find the music file stops and starts all the time. This is because your PC music player is trying to stream or play the music as it downloads to your hard drive but your internet connection isn't fast enough to play the music smoothly.

If that is what is happening to you, then all you have to do is let the music stagger through once (it is downloading as this is happening) and then it will play at full speed after that. You can then listen to the the music file as many times as you want.

Alternatively, you can download the mp3 first and play it from your Hard Drive. To do this, just right-click on the mp3 link and select "Save target as" from the drop-down menu.

You can then save the mp3 file to your Desktop or any other folder of your choice.

When the mp3 file is completely downloaded, double-click on it and it will play immediately on Windows Media player or whatever music player you have installed.

We hope that has helped you. If not, just give us a ring on 0141 577 6604 and we'll talk you through it.

We're here to help you in any way we can.








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