If you’re looking for a ‘big band’ sound but lack the space (or budget!) for a traditional 17-piece, the Original Little Big Band could be exactly what you’re looking for. We have a huge catalogue of music from the 1940s to the present day, all arranged exclusively for the band.

Our Music

The band’s core musical arrangements of jazz ‘standards’ were especially written for the band’s 7-piece line-up by ex-Ted Heath trumpet player Ron Simmons. Cleverly written to ensure that the sound of a big band is reproduced using only six instruments and one vocalist. You only pay for seven musicians but still get an authentic big band sound! This is enhanced with a songbook of ‘modern classics’ by Gwen Nathan who has been composing and arranging both classical and jazz music for over 20 years. And if there’s a song you want that’s not on our repertoire list, for instance for the first dance at your wedding), we can write it especially for you!

Here’s an example of some of our 300+ songs. If you can’t see something you’re looking for, just ask!

American Patrol
In the Mood
Little Brown Jug
String of Pearls
April in Paris
In a Mellow Tone
Satin Doll
Splanky
Caravan
Take the ‘A’ train
Peanut Vendor
Hot Toddy
Midnight in Moscow
Basin St. Blues
Night Train
Royal Garden Blues
South Rampart St. Parade
Yakety Sax
Malaguena
Moten Swing
Skyliner
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Woodchopper’s Ball
9-20 Special
Lullaby of Birdland
The Preacher
Cherry Pink
Skin Deep
Sing Sing Sing
History

We don’t call ourselves ‘The Original’ Little Big Band lightly – we’ve got a great history. The band was formed in 1993 on the sunny Costa Blanca in Spain from a small group of expat London musicians, enjoying a sunny retirement from the the UK’s leading Big Bands having played under the leadership of legends such as Ted Heath and John Dankworth. The Little Big Band played up and down the coast for many happy years including the Benidorm Palace and at major international jazz festivals. We now welcome the band back to the UK with some new faces to the band as well as veterans from the original line-up.

Pricing

Booking a band is always daunting, especially when you’re unsure what the going rate should be. It can sometimes feel like some bands just make up a number based on how much they think they can get away with! We don’t operate like that. We have clear prices, so you know exactly what you’re getting and how much to budget. There are never any hidden extras – we’ll turn up with everything we need: lighting, PA system, music stands; just show us where to set up and off we go!