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Blue Harlem

In Brief: 
7-piece with femal vocals, Perform 2 hours over 4 hour stay. Recorded music in breaks.

About Blue Harlem

Blue Harlem are a top quality jazz/swing/R&B band whose range covers sultry late-night ballads, sophisticated dance music from the big-band era, downhome blues shouting and roof-raising jump jive.

The band is led by Al Nicholls, a big-toned tenor sax player, who is also recognised as one of Britain’s leading swing band arrangers. After "paying his dues" playing with The Big Town Playboys, King Pleasure and Ray Gelato's Giants, he decided to put Blue Harlem together after he kept on meeting a core of like-minded fellow musicians in other groups, who were just itching to get together in one band.

Their love of the music of the golden swing era, and the classic songs of Gershwin, Porter, Irving Berlin, et al means that stylistically they are all hip to the same muse. With the likes of Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan and Count Basie as their heroes, you can be sure that the band will get you jumping.

The band featured on our sound clips is the seven-piece line-up but the band can also slim down to a six piece version featuring the band’s glamorous female singer, Al (on tenor) plus keyboards, bass, drums, and a second saxophone. Alternatively, the band can expand to eight, nine or 10 pieces, enabling it to achieve an even more authentic big band sound. In all cases, this is a band of top jazz musicians whose combined honours include appearances with Georgie Fame, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Long John Baldry, Eric Clapton and Jools Holland. Our quoted price is for a seven-piece band. The band normally play for about two hours over a three or four hour period and bring their own PA system through which they can play CDs during their breaks.

The band have played at numerous weddings, private parties and corporate functions and recently shared the bill with Shirley Bassey at a royal celebration at Highgrove House. Blue Harlem have also played at many jazz festivals in Britain and abroad including Norway, Belgium and Germany and are now regulars at the world-famous 100 Club, as well as playing many other London venues including the Barbican Centre, the South Bank Centre and Jitterbugs.

Price from: £1,875

Travel and cost: 
Blue Harlem is based in London. See Pricing for details of travel costs, etc.

What People Say:

"Blue Harlem were great, they got the crowd going and communication throughout the process was excellent."
Abhishek  Prasad - wedding reception - Essex - December 2013
 
"Excellent band - we will certainly be recommending them in future!"
Dean Spencer - wedding reception - Hampshire - August 2005

"The band were outstanding, everyone commented on their outstanding set and talent. Brilliant!! Many thanks."
Clare Baxendale - wedding reception - Hampshire - July 2005

"Blue Harlem were excellent and they made our evening. We couldn’t fault their professionalism and their entertainment value … we would and will book Blue Harlem again for future events. Many thanks."
Michelle Carnegie - wedding - Hertfordshire - November 2002

"We thought the band were excellent and this was confirmed by the number of people who danced to them on the evening and also from the numerous comments received."
Jane Richardson - wedding - Hertfordshire - October 2002

"Blue Harlem were just perfect and probably the BEST jazz/swing band we’ve ever heard … all the guests commented on how much they adored them. I don’t think there was a single person who didn’t dance the night away!"
Joscelyn Best - wedding - London - January 2002

"Solid swing and great arrangements from this stylish up-town band - they kept the dance floor packed and we will definitely want them back."
Simone Selman - London Swing Dance Society

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Songs List: 

5-10-15 Hours
7 come 11
9.20 Special
Act Right
Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
All Of Me
American Patrol
Autumn Leaves
Bear Wallow
Beginning To See The Light
Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea
Bitterjugs
Blue Stompin'
Blues For Dudes
Bluff City Blues
Cherokee
Comes Love
Corner Pocket
Crocodile Boogie
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Don't Be That Way
Drown In My Own Tears
Dungaree Hop
Easy-Easy
Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye
Fever
Fly Me To The Moon
Flyin' Home
For You My Love
Forty Cups Of Coffee
Gone Walkin'
Guaglione
Harlem Nocturne
Harry Diamond
Hats Off To Mr Lee
He May Be Yours
Honky Tonk Train Blues
Hot News
How High The Moon
Hugger-Mugger
I Ain't Getting Any Younger
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
I Can't Stop Now
I Get A Kick Out Of You
I Got A Lover
I Just Want To Make Love To You
I Love To Ride
I’ll Go Crazy
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
In The Mood
It Had To Be You
Jam Up
Jeep Is Jumpin’
Jeep Jockey Jump
Jive At 5
Jump Jack Jump
Jumpin' At The Woodside
Let The Good Times Roll
Let There Be Love
Love Don't Love Nobody
Mean To Me
Meglio Stasera
Moonlight Serenade
Mr Pleaser
My Baby Just Cares For Me
My Guy From Kokomo
Now Baby Or Never
On My Own
One O'clock Jump
Paper Moon
Parking Lot Blues
Pennies From Heaven
Pie-Eyes Blues
Pink Champagne
Reelin’ ‘n’ Rockin
Rockin' In Rhythm
Sentimental Journey
So Long
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Soul On Fire
South Shore Drive
Splanky
Stompin’ Room Only
Stormy Weather
Straighten Up And Fly Right
String Of Pearls
Summit Ridge Drive
Sway
Swing Brother Swing
Swing Street
Teach Me Tonight
Teardrops From My Eyes
That Old Devil Called Love
That Old Devil Moon
That's How I Feel About You
The Continental Op
The Nearness Of You
The Very Thought Of You
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Theme From James Bond
'Til My Baby Comes Back To Me
‘Til The Well Runs Dry
‘Til There Was You
Tuxedo Junction
Unforgettable
Voodoo-Voodoo
What Good'll It Do Me
Why Don't You Do Right