Instrumental walkabout band (with vocals also available), performing traditional swing and jazz music.

Fun & lively trad jazz music on the move

Alexander’s Ragtime Band is a jazz band with a difference!

The band performs traditional jazz and Dixieland music from the 1920s and 1930s, but unlike most bands they are completely acoustic – meaning that they can roam your venue, entertaining your guests wherever they happen to be. 

Their upbeat set list of jazz and swing standards is sure to delight and entertain guests – whether you’re hosting a private celebration, a wedding drinks reception, or a sporting event. You can expect to hear trad jazz classics such as When the Saints Go Marching In and Down by the Riverside alongside standards including All of Me and When You’re Smiling.

Because the band perform unamplified and don’t require electricity, they are the perfect option for outdoor entertainment – or for venues that don’t allow amplified music. 

The standard trio of clarinet/saxophone, upright bass and washboard/percussion is instrumental – although you can also add a trumpeter or a male vocalist to give the band extra presence. 

The band consists of highly experienced professional musicians trained at some of the UK’s leading conservatoires, and has entertained crowds at Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot, The Savoy, The Natural History Museum and many more. 

Tailored live music packages from Mike Paul-Smith Music

You can book Alexander’s Ragtime Band on its own – or you can book the band for your afternoon drinks reception and then have the remaining musicians from our sensational party band The Get Downs join them later for an unforgettable party.

Check out the band’s videos below and get in touch to book today!

Trusted by:

  • The sun came out and Alexander's Ragtime Band went down very well indeed. The background type music suited the lazy summer afternoon event and was exactly what we wanted.

    Keith & Lynne
    Birthday Party, Windsor, Berkshire


  • The band were absolutely fantastic - they were totally accommodating to our wacky requests including processional music down a field!

    Liz & Sam
    Wedding Reception, Dorset

Alexander's Ragtime Band: Set List

Alexander’s Ragtime Band can perform virtually any jazz standard if requested in advance. 

Here is a sample of their repertoire – if your favourite jazz standard isn’t here just let us know, as we can almost certainly perform it for you.

9:20 Special
After You’ve Gone
Ain’t Misbehavin’
All of Me
All the Things You Are
Beautiful Love
Beyond the Sea
Blue Skies
Body and Soul
Bourbon Street Parade
But Not for Me
Bye Bye Blackbird 
Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Down by the Riverside
Exactly Like You
Georgia on my Mind
High Society
Honeysuckle Rose
How Deep is the Ocean
How Long Blues
I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love With Me
I Found a New Baby
I Got Rhythm
In a Mellow Tone

It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing)
Just a Gigolo
Lady be Good
Mack the Knife
Maple Leaf Rag
Memories of You
Mood Indigo
My Baby Just Cares For Me
My Melancholy Baby
Nobody Knows
Oh When the Saints
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Pennies from Heaven
Puttin’ on the Ritz
Shiny Stockings
Somebody Loves Me
St. Louis Blues
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Stranger on the Shore
Swing that Music
Take the ‘A’ Train
That Old Feeling
The Charleston
There Will Never be Another You
When You’re Smiling

  • The guests all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and Alexander's Ragtime Band did a fine job of creating atmosphere.

    Sarah Taylor-Murrell
    Corporate Event, London

Alexander's Ragtime Band: Line Ups

Alexander’s Ragtime Band performs as an instrumental trio as standard, with larger line-ups including a male vocalist also available.

Instrumental trio (standard line-up)
Tenor saxophone, upright bass, washboard/percussion

Instrumental quartet
Tenor saxophone, upright bass, washboard/percussion, trumpet

Vocal-led quartet
Tenor saxophone, upright bass, washboard/percussion, male vocals

Vocal-led quintet
Tenor saxophone, upright bass, washboard/percussion, trumpet, male vocals

Please note that occasionally we substitute the bassist or percussionist for an acoustic guitarist – please get in touch if you have any questions about this.

  • I would just like to say what a fantastic experience it was having Alexander's Ragtime Band at our party. Everyone enjoyed the party and the music was amazing.

    Wendy Keeping
    Private Party, London
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