17-piece big band performing the music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and many more.

Authentic 1940s big band. Ellington, Basie, Goodman, Miller & more.

The Down for the Count Big Band is a stunning 1940s styled big band, based on the historic bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. 

The band recreate the best music of the American big bands – so you can also expect to hear timeless classics from the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Fletcher Henderson and Chick Webb alongside vocal songs from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. 

The Down for the Count Big Band is perfect at vintage dances and festivals – with a fantastic set list of songs for Lindy hoppers – and is part of the wider Down for the Count collective of vintage bands who, between them, have performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Twinwood Festival, London Jazz Festival and at prestigious theatres and concert halls throughout the UK. 

The Down for the Count Big Band are also available to hire for private events where they mix big band classics with modern music for dancing. You can hire vintage dancers who can teach a short dance lesson and perform choreographed routines to the band’s live music.

Down for the Count features some of the top jazz musicians performing in the UK – so before they take to the stage, why not hire our smaller duo The Jazz Essentials for your drinks reception or indeed any of our other fantastic line-ups

Find out more about the band and Down for the Count’s vintage line-ups at

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The gentlemen in Down for the Count wear suits kindly provided by Marc Darcy

  • You and your band were fantastic, not just brilliant at the music but also lovely, helpful and a total pleasure to work with. You were exceptional!

    Deborah Meaden (dragon's Den)
    Private Party, Somerset


  • Mike, you didn’t disappoint - everyone loved the band and the music, a massive thank you.

    Mandy Risso
    Charity Event, Bristol

Down for the Count Big Band: Set List

The Down for the Count Big Band have a huge list of vintage dance classics – and can also perform modern songs for party sets (we are able to perform any of the songs on the set list of our smaller party band The Get Downs).

Here is a selection of our repertoire.

All of Me (Count Basie)
Amapola (Benny Goodman)
American Patrol (Glenn Miller)
Begin the Beguine (Artie Shaw)
Blue Skies (Ella Fitzgerald)
Bye Bye Baby (Frank Sinatra)
Chattanooga Choo Choo (Glenn Miller)
Concerto for Cootie (Duke Ellington)
Don’t Be That Way (Benny Goodman)
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore/Never No Lament (Duke Ellington)
Georgia on My Mind (Ella Fitzgerald)
I’m Beginning to See the Light (Harry James)
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (Nat King Cole)
I’ve Heard That Song Before (Harry James)
In a Mellow Tone (Duke Ellington)
Jack the Bear (Duke Ellington)
Jeep Jockey Jump (Glenn Miller)
Jumpin’ at the Woodside (Count Basie)

Ko-Ko (Duke Ellington)
Moonlight Serenade (Glenn Miller)
On The Sunny Side of the Street (Tommy Dorsey)
Opus One (Gene Krupa)
Pennsylvania 6-5000 (Glenn Miller)
Perdido (Duke Ellington)
Perfidia (Glenn Miller)
Rockin’ in Rhythm (Duke Ellington)
Shiny Stockings (Count Basie/Ella Fitzgerald)
Sing Sing Sing (Benny Goodman)
Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington)
Stompin’ at the Savoy (Chick Webb)
Sugarfoot Rag (Ella Fitzgerald)
Take the A Train (Duke Ellington)
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be (Duke Ellington)
This Can’t Be Love (Nat King Cole)
Trumpet Blues and Cantabile (Harry James)
Tulip or Turnip (Duke Ellington)
Woodchoppers Ball (Chick Webb)

  • All our guests made for the dance floor and were thoroughly entertained and I can't recommend them highly enough. Delightful people and they certainly add value to your event!

    Jo Flanerty
    Epilepsy Research UK Charity Ball

Down for the Count Big Band: Line Ups

The Down for the Count Big Band features the classic big band line-up of 13 horns, rhythm section and vocalists. 

The precise line-up varies slightly depending on the number of vocalists, and whether the pianist also acts as the conductor.

Piano/conductor, bass, drums, x4 trumpets, x4 trombones, x5 saxophones, x1 vocals

18 – 22-piece
Conductor, piano, bass, drums, x4 trumpets, x4 trombones, x5 saxophones, x1-4 vocals

Vintage Dancers
Add 2 to 12 vintage dancers who will get your guests involved on the dancefloor

Visit The Down for the Count All-Stars to find out more about our mini big band!

  • The set list was fantastic and my feet have just about recovered from all that dancing!!

    Kate Inns
    Private party, Oxfordshire
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