Swing is in! Even Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart are doing it, and bringing new audiences to appreciate the witty lyrics, catchy tunes and classy feel of the songs made famous by Sinatra, Ella and the rest of them. Just one problem, to sing the repertoire so that it really does swing, needs a serious knowledge of the jazz idiom. This is where Sam Chaplin and Jazzbomb come in.
These guys are fresh out of jazz college and have already been playing at the UK’s top venues and with jazz greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Julian Joseph, Ben Castle (and pop acts like Phil Collins and Eric Clapton). Their knowledge of the music really shines through and the briefest listen to their demo tracks will readily attest to the fact that these are genuine swing/jazz musicians rather than pop musicians trying their best! Holding the show together is leader Sam Chaplin, who provides the smooth vocals, writes the arrangements, plays sparkling jazz trumpet and can even accompany himself on piano when only a single musician is required. Sam’s rich Sinatra vocals combined with real gospel fire make for an explosive show.
The band’s demo tracks feature a seven-piece line-up made up of Sam on vocals and trumpet, plus piano, bass, drums, sax, second trumpet and trombone, but our quoted price is for a five-piece (no second trumpet or trombone). The band can also slim down to a quartet (no sax) or even a trio, duo or just Sam on vocals and piano.
The band brings their own PA system and normally play two one-hour sets. Jazzbomb are experienced at working within a tight time schedule and will give a slick performance to fit your requirements and of course they will look as sharp as they sound. For an additional charge they can also provide ‘dinner jazz’ during a drinks reception or meal.