“I just wanted to thank you and your team for the fantastic music you provided for us last Friday at Iscoyd Park. Hannah and John had the most wonderful time and I think Hannah, in particular, was never off the dance floor! It was a magical day and one that we will never forget. Thank you again for creating some of that magic!”

(Lisa – Mother of the Bride, 15th November 2013, Iscoyd Park, Shropshire)

“Gavin and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the rest of the band for all your hard work and the wonderful music you provided throughout our wedding day at the National Liberal Club. It has was a pleasure dealing with you from first enquiry through to carriages on the night! We were so grateful when you agreed to perform our rather obscure first dance choice, and were stunned by how beautiful it sounded on the night – miles better than the original! So many of our guests (some of whom are in the in the music industry themselves) commented on the music and how talented you all are, and everyone was especially impressed by your vocalists. Thank you all ever so much. We could not have asked for a better band and will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who asks!”

(Anika & Gavin, 31st August 2013, The National Liberal Club, London)

Live Gig – Wednesday 5th June 2013

Upstairs @ Ronnie Scott’s
47 Frith Street
London W1D 4HT

Doors 6:30pm, music from 7:00pm – 8:45pm
Tickets £15 – all proceeds go to MacMillan Cancer Support

Following the success of their sell-out performance in May 2012, BackBeat Village and The Jazz Reporters will again be joining forces and returning to the upstairs bar at London’s famous Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. The band will be performing as a 10 piece, and will open with a set of jazz / swing / Latin / blues, followed by a set of funk / soul / Motown. The gig is advertised under the name of “The Jazz Reporters” and will feature the incredible vocals of Sophie Smith.

The band will be on stage promptly at 7:00pm, performing 2 x 45 minute sets finishing at 8:45pm.

The event is raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support. BackBeat Village and Jazz Reporters singer Sophie Smith is the force behind this fund-raising project, and you can read about her endeavours on her “Just Giving” page.

To purchase tickets, please visit the above-mentioned Just Giving page and donate £15 per person. Your name (+ number of guests) will then be added to the guest list. You will also receive an email from Just Giving confirming receipt of your donation.

It’s going to be another great evening of live music – we hope to see you there!

“Thanks again for helping to make our wedding reception so special! The music sounded fantastic and you were a massive hit with all our guests. Thanks for a great party!”

(Ruth & Chris, 27th April 2013, Sandburn Hall, Flaxton, York)

Bad Ass Brass

It’s no wonder that every time this band puts on a gig the tickets sell out some time before the event. This is not just live music – it is real entertainment, thanks to the energy and relaxed humour on stage, the exceptional musical talent, and the genres of music being played. As might be expected for a band of this instrumentation, the sounds and grooves of New Orleans brass bands feature prominently throughout much of the set. There is also plenty of jazz, blues, funk, Latin American – resulting in a highly varied set, and a captivated audience throughout.

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Last night they performed in the Elgar Room at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and a few weeks ago at The Hideaway in Streatham. Both were superb performances, featuring the rootsy talents of guest vocalist Beth Rowley on a few numbers. Both gigs were also recorded, for their upcoming live album (due to be released in October).

The repertoire is a healthy mix of original and classic material, all composed and / or arranged by members of the band, as well as some guest writers. Last night’s set included “Funky Mama” (Evan Jolly), “Happy Medium” (Russell Bennett), “All God’s Chillun’ Got Rhythm” (arr. Sam Bullard), “The Snag” (Jon Stokes) and “Dance of the Sugar Rum Fairy” (Gavin Broom), as well as arrangements of New Orleans classics such as “Bourbon Street Parade.”

On Friday 17th May 2013 they will be performing (and recording) once more at The Forge in Camden – a few tickets are currently still available. Don’t miss out! Full details (and the opportunity to purchase their highly-regarded 2010 debut album) can be found on the Bad Ass Brass website.

The Downtown Dukes

“A lineup of Vocals, Bass, Percussion, Drums and a trio of Guitars, digging up the very roots of R&B, playing songs you can sink your teeth into…”

This is good honest music from some of the grooviest, most soulful musicians in London. Musicians who are not governed by ego, and do not feel obliged to blind their audience with virtuosic displays of technique when the songs don’t require it. This music requires a much higher level of technique, one which takes much more time and patience to learn. Every member of this band is a true master of their instrument / voice – the band wouldn’t sound this great if they weren’t. That’s exactly the point: The band as a whole sounds great – the listener isn’t drawn to individual components of its line-up. Why is that? Because they are playing for the music. They have studied the history of the genre, and have a thorough understanding of it. They each have musical abilities that take years to learn – discretion, taste, soul, rock-solid time feels, and how to play and sing together with other musicians as an ensemble so that we, the listeners, hear one thing: The music.

Very much looking forward to seeing their gig in London this evening – read all about it on their Facebook page.

“We just wanted to say thank you so very much for playing at our wedding on the 9th! You were all fab, we really enjoyed it and I know there was lots of dancing! The whole day is a bit of a blur, but we loved it and are so grateful to you all for being there and playing your socks off!”

(Hannah & Spence, 9th December 2012, Cripps Barn, Bibury)

“Helen and I wanted to drop you and the band a quick note to thank you for an amazing evening. We thought you were great, exactly what we were after, and our guests were making fantastic comments about you guys throughout the night!”

(Matt & Helen, 21st September 2012, Silchester House, Berkshire)

“Thanks for playing at our wedding the other week – you guys were awesome and everyone loved it! Will definitely recommend you guys to people!”

(Matt, 4th August 2012, Hawbush Farm, Hemel Hempstead)

“Just to say what a success Backbeat Village was at our party. Everybody absolutely loved you and was up and dancing almost from the moment you started playing. Fantastic! Many thanks to you and the band for making our party a great success and I hope that I will have an opportunity in the future to use your services again.”

(Stella & Ian, 9th June 2012, Wimbold Lodge, Newbury)