It Don't Mean A Thing
Vintage Swing Band

About It Don't Mean A Thing – professional swing band based in London
8 reviews

It Don't Mean A Thing are perfect for creating a sophisticated, classy atmosphere at wedding drink receptions, private parties and corporate events.

With a repertoire of 1920s classics and clever re-workings of modern songs, we are ideal for background music or events where guests will still be able to talk whilst listening to the music.

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So if you're looking to hire the finest vintage swing band London has to offer for your wedding or event, get in touch with us!

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FAQs

Do you have your own PA and lighting?

Yes - a list of our equipment is available on request.

How many breaks do you take? How long are they?

Usually one for 30 mins. However, this is always negotiable.

My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?

We always try our best to accommodate our clients and if possible we will always try to learn a song that has been requested in advanced. However, sometimes (due to the complexity of the song) it is necessary to charge a small arranging fee if the request will take the band a couple of days to arrange and rehearse.

How much space do you require?

Minimum: 4 metres wide by 3 metres deep with a minimum of 2 plug sockets required.

Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?

Yes - documents can be emailed on request.

How long do you play for?

Our standard set times are 2 x 45 mins sets or 2 x 60 mins sets. However, the amount of sets and timings are always negotiable.

Who are your previous clients?

Porsche, British Airways, DHL, Diageo, Keystone Law, GQ magazine, Johnson and Johnson, the wedding of Alex Jones from The One Show and events for the National Trust, Oxford University and The Natural History Museum to name a few.

What kind of events do you usually serve?

Wedding receptions and high-end corporate events.

What is your competitive advantage (special features)?

There are a lot of 'Postmodern Jukebox' styled bands available on the market at this moment in time. This is something we provide with another band of ours and mainly perform during the main evening entertainment. However, over the past 18 months we've had a lot of interest in clients asking for a smaller band of a similar style that can provide background music for drink receptions and corporate events. This is why we have put together and recorded It Don't Mean A Thing. We're very compact and can perform in most settings (weather permitting). We are also all graduates from top UK conservatoires and share a wealth of experience performing at a wide variety of type of event.

What are the highlights of your career?

It Don't Mean A Thing have a wealth of experience of performing for clients such as Porsche, GQ Magazine, Diageo and DHL as well weddings all over the UK. We have also had the privilege to play for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall. Furthermore, we’ve performed at Jazz clubs and festivals around the world, including London Jazz festival, Brecon Jazz festival, Langnau Jazz Nights Switzerland, Hay Festival of literature and countless more.

Please, describe your act or business in one sentence

It Don't Mean A Thing offer a sophisticated backdrop to any event by performing both authentic repertoire from the 20’s-40’s and modern pop tunes in a swing style.


8 verified reviews

“It Don't Mean A Thing played at our wedding celebration and were absolutely fantastic. We found the hiring process with Pete very straight forward, with no hiccups at all. The two sets they played were great with ‘I get a kick out of you’ and ‘Get Lucky’ played at our request. The band were lovely and definitely made our celebration a night to remember!”
– Janet Horn, 26 March 2020, wedding in London
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"Hi Guys, I just wanted to say thank you so much for playing at our wedding! Josh and I thought you guys were absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for helping to create such a memorable evening. The vintage songs you selected worked so well with the theme of our day and the cover you performed for our first dance song was just perfect! Our guest all commented on how good you were and it really made our day to know that everyone loved the music and had a great time. Josh and I were so overjoyed with how great you were on the day and in the lead up to it that we wanted to express our deepest thanks! Kindest regards, Alex and Josh"
– Alex Hamblin, 10 March 2020, wedding at Hyde House, Gloucestershire
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“The band were really helpful when we contacted them before the wedding. On the day they set up with no fuss, and let us borrow their mics for our speeches. Their 3 sets were all really good-everyone was dancing from the beginning until the end, and everyone has been commenting on what a great band they are. They were so full of energy, and even ended up wearing props from our photo booth which added to the fun- the drummer looked great in a fez!”
– Mr and Mrs Lindon, 29 August 2019, wedding at Stationers' Hall, London
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"Can I say a massive thank you to you for all your efforts on Saturday night. The music was superb and many of our guests have commented on the quality and originality of the music. It suited everyone of all ages and everyone was up dancing which was exactly what we were hoping for. The whole experience was great, from the ease of booking to your response to my questions, thank you. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you and will certainly look to book you for any future family celebrations."
– Jenny Matthews, 15 June 2019, birthday party in Berkshire
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"Punctual and professional, I will definitely book them again..."
– Jeremy Beare, 1 June 2019, corporate event in London
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"They were amazingly relaxed and flexible - exactly what you need on your wedding day when nothing seems to run quite to plan!"
– Arthur Tracey, 12 May 2019, wedding in Essex
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"We couldn't have been more delighted with It Don't Mean A Thing's performance, the dance floor was packed from the moment they started and stayed that way for the whole set!"
– Marie Turner, 1 May 2019, private party in London
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"Fantastic service and fantastic and friendly band. Everyone loved the music and were sad when the event finished. We will be booking through you again. Thank you!"
– Kristen Williams, 22 March 2019, university event in London
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Set List
Modern

Get Lucky - Daft Punk

Happy - Pharrell Williams

Crazy In Love - Beyoncé (great Gatsby Version)

Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder

I'm Yours - Jason Mraz

Valerie - Zutons

Feeling Good - Nina Simone

I'm Yours - Jason Mraz

Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

Marry You - Bruno Mars

Pencil Full Of Lead - Paolo Nutini

I'm The King Of The Swingers - Jungle Book

Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae-jepsen

All About The Bass - Meghan Trainor

Suit And Tie - Justin Timberlake

Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers

Thriller - Michael Jackson

Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Cantina Band - John Williams

20s-40s Classics

Devil’s Gonna Get Ya - Bessy Smith

The Charleston - James P Johnson

Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby - Louis Jorda

Caravan - Duke Ellington

Anything Goes - Cole Porter

Straighten Up And Fly Right - Nat King Cole

Why Don’t You Do Right - Peggy Lee

Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley

It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing - Duke Ellington

Hello Dolly - Herman

At Last - Etta James

Ain't That A Kick In The Head - Jimmy Van Heusen

Putting On The Ritz - Irving Berlin

L.o.v.e - Bert Kaempfert

Jive/rock And Roll

Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley

Alright, Ok, You Win - Fitzgerald

Jonny B Goode - Chuck Berry

Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles

Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley

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