Well they say nostalgia is not what it used to be, but the phenomena of all things vintage that has swept the nation is a great thing for Max and the Band. Max who's swing music career started in the 70's has noticed the change from playing Glenn Miller classics for his parents generation to the current resurgence of interest in the whole gamut of the jazz song book from the Gatsby era through classic Hollywood and Broadway, the Big Bands and the Vegas Ratpack style. Jive, Jitterbug and Lindy Hop clubs are everywhere. These folks are not interested in Victor Sylvester strict tempo dancing, they want the young people's music of, for example the 30's & 40's, of which Benny Goodman, Woody Herman and Glenn Miller were the stars.
The Debonaires are Maxs latest project. This is the first band that I have ever lead that is purely swing and even when playing for the non- specialist dancers e.g. for weddings and other more general public functions we play lively jump jive sets that anyone can party to. The Debonaires play music which has been specially orchestrated by Max, to suit the very flexible and rich sounding line up of our 8 member band. The band size is optimal to give an authentic musical performance emulating period ensembles from dixie jazz to the big band sound.
The Debonaires' line up consists of 3 reeds (Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax). 2 brass (Trumpet, Trombone), 3 rhythm (String Bass, Piano, Drums) and includes male and female vocalists. They play completely live with no cheating !
The Debonaires are popular at all kinds of events where lively retro music is the order of the day: from vintage or society weddings, black tie type dinner events, commemorative events, fund raising events, jazz and Lindy Clubs and vintage festivals. The Debonaires play nationwide but are based in the Midlands and North West
2 x 45 mins
1 x 45 min
1 x 60 mins
Thank you and the band for an excellent set it was absolutely fantastic. Everyone this morning as we are packing away has not stopped talking about the band.
Thank you again and see you next year I hope. ”