Definitely Debonaire

Sensational vintage swing band. From 1920's Gatsby to Glen Miller, 1940's wartime themed events and much more, Definitely Debonaire is a simply irresistible jazz swing band with incredible vocals, enviable musicianship and a repertoire perfect for themed events, weddings and parties. Swing Band / Jazz Band


1920s Swing Jive Band



Vintage Swing Band

Definitely Debonaire provide a uniquely sophisticated vintage sound and atmosphere, keeping the dance floor jumping and swinging, as they emulate the great music from the 20's, 30’s 40’s & 50’s. The band would love to join you on your big day with any of the following options:

They say nostalgia is not what it used to be, but the burgeoning retro / vintage scene in the UK is alive and kicking. Definitely Debonaire perform a sublime cocktail of everyone's favourite jazz. Their 1920's set features classics from the Great Gatsby era featuring unforgettable scores such as the Charleston, 5 Feet two, Sweet Georgia Brown and more. 

1940's Wartime Band

With a repertoire that includes sensational music from Glenn Miller such as Chattanooga Choo Choo and American Patrol, incredible female vocal renditions of classic Vera Lyn hits such as We'll meet again and White Cliffs of Dover plus a huge selection of other classic 1940s hits. Brilliant for wartime themed events - full of nostalgia and superb for dancing to. The band is a popular attraction at vintage festivals and commemorative events, recreating the swinging sounds of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Louis Jordan and Duke Ellington to name a few.

Recommended Swing Band

The Definitely Debonaire repertoire (see below) is crammed full of swing classics. Whether you want to jive, flip, flop or fly, this is one seriously accomplished swing band. Plus with their fabulous male and female vocalists you'll experience vintage swing like never before. Trumpet playing band leader Max brings you his swinging little big band and talented vocalists to help you Lindy Hop, Jive, Jump and Swing your way back to the 30’s 40’s & 50’s. If there is a special tune you both share, tell Max what it is, and he will make a special musical arrangement for the band to play for you. A lovely and traditional way to start the dancing.
Definitely Debonaire are the ideal setting for your formal function, be it a Civic Reception, a Corporate Opening, or Fundraising Event. At your black tie dinner the band provides a large helping of classic vintage style whilst at the same time ensuring that all your guests enjoy themselves as they keep the dance floor jumping and swinging, emulating the great bands from the 30’s 40’s & 50’s. If your organisation has a special tune or anthem you would like performing at your event, Max would be very happy to make a special musical arrangement for you to ensure the event is tailored to your specific requirements.  The band is based in Manchester and are happy to travel for performances at weddings, themed events and corporate entertainment.

Line up & Options:

The band line up is male and female vocals, alto sax and clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet and flugel horn, trombone, piano, bass and drums. To ensure you have an authentic sound at your event, the band is only available with the 8 piece line up for dancing to.

Performance times:

 A typical performance is for 3 x 40 or 2 x 60 minute sets

Selected Repertoire:

1920's / Gatsby

Iv'e Never Seen A Straight Banana
Alexanders Ragtime Band
You've Got To See Mamma Ev'ry Night
Ukulele Lady
South Rampart Street Parade
After You're Gone
When The Saints
Jazz Me Blues
Sweet Georgia Brown
That Certain Party
Five Foot Two
Muskrat Ramble
Exactly Like You
The Continental
At The Jazz Band Ball
Tiger Rag
It's Tight Like That
Darktown Strutter's Ball
Puttin On The Ritz
Get Out And Get Under The Moon
Sunny Side Of The Street
Singing In The Rain
What'll I Do
Till We Meet Again
Why Did I Kiss That Girl?
Any Ice Today Lady?
Take Oh Take Those Lips Away
Swing / Jive
Flip Flop & Fly
Twistin' The Blues
Leroy Brown
Rock And Roller
Ready Teddy
Opus One
Jumpin' At The Woodside
In The Mood
One O'clock Jump
Sing Sing Sing
Woodchoppers Ball
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Flying Home
American Patrol
Begin The Beguine
One Mint Julep
Alright Ok You Win
Papa Loves Mambo
All Of Me
Alright With Me
Almost Like Being In Love
A Tisket A Tasket
Them There Eyes
Lady Is A Tramp
Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
Day In Day Out
Foggy Day
C Jam Blues
That Old Black Magic
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
Boogie Blues
Blues In The Night
New York New York
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
Come Fly With Me
Harlem Nocturn
Fly Me To The Moon
Night And Day
That Old Devil Called Love
One For My Baby
Where Or When
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
Why Don't You Do Right?
I've Heard That Song Before
Cry Me A River
It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
1930'S - 40'S / Hollywood
Amado Mio
Strike Up The Band
It Don't Mean A Thing
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Iv'e Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Mack The Knife
American Patrol
I'm Begining To See The Light
You Do Something To Me
How About You
Ain't Misbehavin'
Put The Blame On Mame
The Man I Love
Sentimental Journey
Around The World
Rum And Coca-Cola
Arrivederci Roma
I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire
St Bernards Waltz
Run Rabbit Run Run Run
Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major
Hang Out Our Washing On The Seigfried Line
Bless 'Em All
We'll Meet Again
White Cliffs Of Dover
Underneath The Arches
Side By Side
All By Yourself In The Moonlight
Leaning On A Lamp Post
Lambeth Walk
Opus One
Jumpin' At The Woodside
In The Mood
Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree
One O'clock Jump
Sing Sing Sing
Jukebox Saturday Night
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Flying Home
American Patrol
Begin The Beguine
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Tuxedo Junction
It's Been A Long Long Time
Auf Wiedereshehen Sweet Heart
Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square
You'll Never Know
Sunny Side Of The Street
I'll Be Seeing You
Sentimental Journey
String Of Pearls
Moonlight Serendade
At Last (Glenn Miller)
Apple Blossom Time


I wanted to follow up on your wedding performance on the 24th November. Your band's performance was excellent and everyone had a wonderful time; I can't tell you how many people came up to me to ask where we found you and how good they said you all were. As a 'small' band you put out a 'big band sound', witness the crowded dance floor.

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We all had a brilliant night at the Swingaroo christmas party - what a great party atmosphere - Awesome band, absolutely blew us all away at Swingaroo on Friday. Hopefully we're getting 'em back next year!
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Thanks again for playing at our wedding. The music was perfect for giving the drinks reception that 'vintage' feel and definitely added a touch of class! We have had so many lovely comments from guests. We really appreciated your professionalism on the day and beforehand in fitting round our ever changing plans and song preferences for the day. We will definitely be recommending the Debonaires to our friends for future events.
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We gave a great reception to Definitely Debonaire - as this 'small big band' reminded us of Duke, Glenn, Woody and others, and singer Sarah did the same for such as Ella, Peggy and Marilyn. Absolutely everything went with such a swing.
Brookdale Club

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