DR JAZZ – HELEN’s 30th BIRTHDAY PARTY – THE PROHIBITIONS BAR, NEWCASTLE -SATURDAY 11TH JANUARY 2020
Helen and her wife, Charlotte, contacted us last May determined to book Dr Jazz for our first 20s gig of the 2020s. And so it turned out to be!
They had chosen Newcastle’s Prohibition Bar for the party and I can think of no better venue in which to kick off this fantastic new decade. As soon as you walk in you are transported back a hundred years to a time of wild abandonment. The upstairs function room even boasts a burlesque stage. Disappointingly for some, we sat our drummer there!
DR JAZZ – NEW YEAR’s EVE 1920s PARTY – COSY CLUB, YORK – TUESDAY 31ST DECEMBER 2019
Following the huge success of the previous year’s event, Dr Jazz was invited back to entertain two hundred diners at York’s Art Deco Cosy Club.
Twelve months ago, as we were packing up at the end of the night, two guests suggested we put ‘Minnie the Moocher’ into the set and, having given it a run out earlier in the month, it raised the roof with everyone singing along. The same two guests thanked us afterwards! It would appear they’re regulars….and it would appear Dr Jazz is as well!
DR JAZZ – IMAGINE IF TRUST CHARITY DINNER – FLORENCE INSTITUTE, LIVERPOOL – SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2019
What an amazing night this was! Dr Jazz was honoured to be invited to entertain guests raising money to feed homeless people on Christmas Day; just one of the ways the Imagine If Trust helps the vulnerable people of Liverpool year on year.
Following the meal, speeches and auction, the crowd was well up for a dance and Dr Jazz’s debut rendition of ‘Minnie the Moocher’ went down a storm!.
DR JAZZ – ELLIE’s 18th GATSBY PARTY – HEYWOOD, LANCASHIRE – SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2019
Ellie decided to buck the trend and opted for a Roaring 20s Gatsby party for her 18th. She looked amazing as she arrived with her parents in a vintage open-top car. As did her friends and family who’d all made a huge effort with their attire.
It was a truly lovely event and this Gatsby backdrop really set the scene!
DR JAZZ – BRASH BASH – GIVENDALE, EAST YORKSHIRE – SATURDAY 6TH JULY 2019
Parties don’t come better than this! TV vet, Matt Brash and his wife Clare, threw a Peaky Blinders party to remember on their farm in the spectacular Yorkshire countryside. There was a bar all decked out like the hit TV show and a casino for guests to try their luck.
Speaking of the guests, every last one of them had pulled out all the stops to dress in fabulous 20s clothing and this put everyone in such a party mood.
DR JAZZ – AMBER’s 21st – ESHTON NEAR SKIPTON – SATURDAY 15TH JUNE 2019
This was a simply amazing event! Eshton House is a private residence in a quiet village not far from Skipton and the family had decided to throw a party to celebrate their daughter’s 21st in some style.
With the title ‘A Nod To Gatsby’, Dr Jazz was invited to play as guests entered the marquee, during dinner and for dancing afterwards. Amber and her father shared the first dance before the floor was filled by many a reveler!
DR JAZZ – RIVER FESTIVAL – LIVERPOOL PIER HEAD – SATURDAY 2ND JUNE 2019
Following a well-received performance in 2018, Dr Jazz was invited back to entertain the people of Liverpool with an hour of Roaring 20s favourites.
With a kit kindly provided by the event organisers, the band’s drummer had elected to travel by train. Unfortunately, his train was terminated at Leeds and it became apparent he wasn’t going to make it. Thankfully, Mr Swing’s Dance Orchestra’s drummer heroically stepped in to save the day and we all managed to get ourselves and our vehicles out of the city before all the roads were closed and three quarters of a million football fans descended for Liverpool FC’s triumphant Champions League open-top bus parade!
DR JAZZ – JENNY & GABRIEL’s WEDDING – HEATHERDEN HALL, PINEWOOD STUDIOS – SATURDAY 30TH MARCH 2019
Big fans of 1920s music, Jenny and Gabriel wanted something stylish for their wedding ceremony and drinks reception and Dr Jazz fitted the bill perfectly.
They had chosen the iconic Heatherden Hall at Pinewood studios for their special day, a location used in so many films over the years, and Dr Jazz provided music chosen by the bride and groom before, during and after the ceremony before relocating outside to entertain guests with Roaring 20s favourites as photographs were taken amid many a glass of champagne and canopés.
DR JAZZ – YORK COSY CLUB – NEW YEARS EVE 2018
York’s Cosy Club is housed in the old Electric Cinema on Fossgate – a beautiful old building which has been restored to its former Art Deco glory. What a magnificent setting for nigh on 200 revellers to bring in the new year dressed in amazing 1920s dresses and suits. And it wasn’t just the guests – as you can see, the Cosy Club staff looked great too!
Dr Jazz had the dancefloor full within seconds even though the guests had just finished a four-course meal! We brought 2019 in together with many a confetti cannon exploding overhead. Cosy Club Head Office have already booked Dr Jazz to bring in the ’20s next time and we can’t wait.
DR JAZZ – Hope4Kidz PEAKY BLINDERS GALA DINNER – ROKER HALL, SUNDERLAND – FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2018
When organiser Viv got in touch just three weeks prior to the event having been let down by another band, Dr Jazz were only too happy to pick up the gauntlet and step into the breach.
And what a breach it was! A worthy cause, a beautifully decorated venue and a couple of hundred guests dressed in Peaky Blinders attire, from Brummie gangland hoodlums to high society toffs.
Dr Jazz entertained the lively crowd with Roaring 20s favourites as the Eden Club Band do in the hit TV show.
DR JAZZ – CHANTELLE’s 40TH BIRTHDAY PARTY – BLACKBURN RUGBY CLUB – FRIDAY 18TH MAY 2018
Chantelle had opted for a 1920s theme for her 40th and her guests didn’t let her down. Everyone had made a great effort with their outfits, including the birthday girl herself. Due to free-flowing bubbles, Chantelle brought her speech forwards by a good hour but as you can see, she had a splendid evening!
Dr Jazz kept Chantelle and her friends and family dancing all night to Roaring 20s and Great Gatsby favourites and were rewarded with a magnificent pie ‘n’ peas supper.
DR JAZZ – OBED & AMANDA’s WEDDING – VILLA FARM, YORK – SATURDAY 14TH APRIL 2018
What a lovely afternoon we spent with Obed, Amanda and their guests!
The newlyweds were welcomed to the reception marquee by drummers before Dr Jazz struck up to get feet tapping during the drinks reception.
DR JAZZ – JOSIE’s 40TH BIRTHDAY PARTY – ALBION HOUSE, CHELTENHAM – SATURDAY 24TH MARCH 2018
At last! This date had been in the Dr Jazz diary for quite some time as, believe it or not, Josie had booked the band when she was 37! It was a night well worth the wait though.
Josie and all her guests were dressed wonderfully in 1920’s garb which really set the tone for a splendid evening. I fully expect to hear from Josie again before too long, putting plans in place for her 50th!
DR JAZZ – JAMES & SYLVIA’s WEDDING – QUINTON HOUSE SCHOOL, NORTHAMPTON – SATURDAY 19TH AUGUST 2017
What a lovely, lovely couple! James and Sylvia’s wedding was simply perfect. Perfect setting, perfect guests and a perfect bride and groom to boot.
They chose ‘When You’re Smiling’ as their first dance which could not have been more apt as two more smiley people you will never ever meet. They even allowed us access to their photo booth….
DR JAZZ – RACHEL & SETHS’s WEDDING – WORTLEY HALL, SHEFFIELD – SATURDAY 8TH JULY 2017
Rachel and Seth work for an events company in London so know how to throw a party.
They had gone for a 1920s theme and the venue looked amazing with chandeliers and black and white feathered table centrepieces.
All their guests had entered into the spirit of the theme too, really going to town with authentic 20s clothing. Dr Jazz kept them all on their feet throughout the night culminating in a packed dance-floor for ‘The Charleston’.
DR JAZZ – OFF LIMITS EVENTS WORK’s PARTY – RADISSON BLU, EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT – FRIDAY 27TH JANUARY 2017
What a way to start the year! Well over a hundred guests bedecked in 20s attire for a work’s party to trump all work’s parties.
Still, these guys should know what they’re doing. Off Limits Events plan, organise and execute parties like this all year round.
With vintage cars and dancing girls on hand alongside Dr Jazz, we gave them a Gatsby experience they’ll never forget.
DR JAZZ – ANNA & ADAM’s WEDDING – ULLET ROAD UNITARIAN CHURCH, LIVERPOOL – SATURDAY 6TH AUGUST 2016
Despite the early evening heat, Anna, Adam and their enthusiastic guests were raring to go after the speeches, charging onto the dancefloor as soon as they heard the opening bars of ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’. The floor then remained full for the duration, the crowd dancing non-stop to 20s and 30s classics.
Dr Jazz was tipped off that the bride used to play trombone in her youth and Anna dutifully joined us on stage to show off her skills. We rounded off the evening with a ‘not-to-be-missed’ visit to the photo booth for a customary nostalgia shot!
DR JAZZ – CLARE & PAUL’s WEDDING – THE BRIDGE CENTRE, STOKE – SATURDAY 16TH JULY 2016
Clare and Paul chose to have an afternoon tea dance for their wedding reception and invited Dr Jazz to get everyone on their feet. When we arrived to set up, the ceremony had only just got underway as the best man had forgotten the rings! As you can see from the photo, we had a bit of waiting around to do.
Once the reception was up and running though, Clare and Paul danced their first dance to ‘It Had To Be You’ and all the guests then joined them on the dance-floor.
DR JAZZ – ‘DECLINE & FALL’ PROHIBITION BALL – ARMY AVIATION CENTRE, HAMPSHIRE – SATURDAY 9TH JULY 2016
Last July Dr Jazz played at this wonderful event when it was held at RAF Dishforth in North Yorkshire and were very pleased to be invited down to Hampshire to perform once again to 300 guests dressed in authentic 1920s and 30s attire and well up for a good night.
The party-goers were entertained by circus acts as they enjoyed pre-dinner drinks in the glorious sunshine before being seated in the marquee. After the main course, a spoof police raid evacuated them into the adjoining officers’ mess where there were puddings, cheese, chocolate fountains, a cocktail bar, casino, cinema and lots more entertainment.
An amazing acrobat and burlesque act drew the huge crowd towards the stage before Dr Jazz kicked the dancing off. The party was still going at 3am!
DR JAZZ – JILL & PETE’s WEDDING – STANLEY HOUSE, BLACKBURN – TUESDAY 21ST JUNE 2016
The bride and groom had seen Dr Jazz playing at York Races last summer and booked the band for their wedding there and then. The first dance took on an interesting twist, with all the guests taking turns to dance with Jill, starting and ending of course with her husband Pete.
As far as Dr Jazz was concerned, the stars of the night were Pete’s brother Simon and his friend Damian who danced to every single tune!
With Dr Jazz’s own DJ on hand to round off the evening, a good time was had by all.
DR JAZZ – NATALIE & JOHN’s 90TH SPEAKEASY PARTY – LILLESHALL MEMORIAL HALL – SATURDAY 26TH MARCH 2016
Married couple Natalie and John were both celebrating their 45th birthdays. Two 45s make 90 and ninety years ago was 1926, hence their Speakeasy theme!
Everybody looked amazing in their Roaring 20s outfits, with feather boas and trilbies a-plenty. The hall itself had been decorated brilliantly with wonderful lighting and stage effects. There was a casino and even a bar serving cocktails in tea cups!
In the corner of the room was a mock-up of a Model T Ford….and, well, we just couldn’t resist:
DR JAZZ – AMY & MARK’s WEDDING – ELLINGHAM HALL NR ALNWICK – SATURDAY 23RD JANUARY 2016
Dr Jazz enjoyed a great start to 2016 at Ellingham Hall for Amy and Mark’s wedding.
A lovely venue tucked away just off the A1 saw the happy couple’s friends and family dance the night away to Dr Jazz before the band’s own DJ rounded off the evening.
DR JAZZ – GRAINGER PLC CHRISTMAS PARTY – QUEENS HOTEL, LEEDS – THURSDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2015
As corporate events go, this was up there with the best! Grainger plc threw a Great Gatsby party to rival all others.
The magnificent ballroom at the Queen’s Hotel was decorated superbly to transport the guests right back to the Roaring 20s.
Dr Jazz struck up as the doors were opened, welcoming guests into the ballroom from their pre-dinner drinks reception and continued after dinner with Gatsby classics, encouraging everyone onto their feet.
DR JAZZ – JULIE’s 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY – WOLLATON HALL, NOTTINGHAM – SATURDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2015
This was our third 50th birthday party of the year and the second this month. The Roaring 20s is obviously a popular theme with persons of a certain age! Julie had chosen Wollaton Hall to hold her party and what an amazing venue it is.
Its impressive foreboding facade was used in the Batman film ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ for the scenes outside Wayne Manor. My small white van was dwarfed by the sheer size of the place as you can see…
Julie and her guests were dressed up to the nines, which always makes for a good night, and the dinner tables in Wollaton’s grand hall were decorated beautifully with magnificent black and white feather centrepieces. After a very tasty buffet Dr Jazz got everyone on their feet for some Great Gatsby favourites!
DR JAZZ – LEN’s 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY – SUN PAVILION, HARROGATE – FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2015
Len’s family and friends had a cracking party in Harrogate’s sumptuous Sun Pavilion to celebrate his half century. Dr Jazz played a set of well-known tunes as guests arrived for a champagne reception and mingled amid the venue’s art deco splendour.
Following Len’s speech and a rather splendid buffet, Dr Jazz returned to the stage for more Roaring 20s and 30s favourites before a DJ and bucking bronco took over the entertainment.
As you can see, Dr Jazz never shies away from a photo booth!
DR JAZZ – CAROLYN & GLENN’s SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY – MELBORNE, DERBYSHIRE – SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 2015
What an amazing house for a party! When you have a beautiful oxbow lake at the bottom of your garden with candles floating on it after dark and a wonderful group of family and friends, you can’t fail to have a good time.
Dr Jazz performed a laid-back set as guests arrived and went down a storm with old and young alike filling the dancefloor after supper.
Enjoying cocktails by the lake between sets wasn’t bad either!
DR JAZZ – ROSE’s 30th BIRTHDAY PARTY – LOUGHBOROUGH TOWN HALL – SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER 2015
All family and friends had got into the vintage spirit, dressing up in 20s and 30s attire for a very sophisticated society party to celebrate Rose’s 30th.
The birthday girl looked stunning, dancing to a Dr Jazz set list she’d chosen herself, full of all her favourite songs.
The highlight of the evening had to be Rose dancing with her mum to ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’; a taste of things to come as the two of them had a date for lunch at The Ritz the very next day!
DR JAZZ – DECLINE & FALL SUMMER BALL – RAF DISFORTH – SATURDAY 25TH JULY 2015
RAF Dishforth had really gone to town on their very last summer ball before the base is decommisioned. Newspaper-style posters had advertised the event which boasted two Roaring 20s bands, Laurel and Hardy magicians, a burlesque dancer, dodgem cars and a cinema!
Dr Jazz (billed under an agency name of Roaring Rhythms) was the main attraction and the band had the venue jumping after dinner. The burlesque dancer wasn’t bad either!
DR JAZZ – ALEX & NICK’s WEDDING – NEWTON, LINCS – SATURDAY 11TH JULY 2015
Alex and Nick had seen Dr Jazz perform at the Irnham Hall gig in May last year and were very keen for us to entertain family and friends on their big day.
Dr Jazz set feet tapping during the afternoon drinks reception before donning evening attire after the wedding breakfast and speeches for some serious ‘flapping’ to classics such as ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ and ‘Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue’.
The happy couple smooched to ‘As Time Goes By’ for the last dance before Dr Jazz’s own DJ kept the party going into the early hours.
DR JAZZ – FRANKIE’s 50TH BIRTHDAY MURDER MYSTERY PARTY – WILLERBY MANOR HOTEL, HULL – SATURDAY 18TH MARCH 2015
What an amazing night we had celebrating Frankie’s 50th birthday!
Forty or so of Frankie’s family and friends had dressed in 1920s attire to enjoy a candlelit dinner around an enormous dining table while a murder mystery play was acted out before them by Scandalous Affairs.
After solving not one but two cases of murder (or not as the case may be!), Frankie and her guests danced the night away to Roaring 20s classics provided by Dr Jazz, who kept the dancefloor jumping to the end.
DR JAZZ – 1920s GALA DINNER – WOOD GREEN ANIMAL SHELTER, GODMANCHESTER – THURSDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2014
The Animal Shelter was founded in 1924 and so, for its 90th birthday, the powers-that-be at Wood Green threw a spectacular 1920s Gala Dinner to celebrate and raise much needed funds.
As guests arrived all dressed up they had their photos taken with the glamorous befeathered reception girls against the backdrop of a wonderful late 20s Austin before being treated to glass of bubbly.
Once the lavish dinner, speeches and auctions were over, Dr Jazz took to the stage and got everyone on their feet for a non-stop 90 minutes of Roaring 20s favourites!
DR JAZZ – EMMA & ANDREW’s WEDDING – THE AVENUE, HARTLEPOOL – SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2014
Emma and Andrew had chosen a ‘Roaring 20s’ theme for their big day and looked resplendent in period wedding attire.
The venue was decorated perfectly with magnificent white feather centre-pieces on each table; really setting the scene for this special occasion.
Dr Jazz looked the part too in their white ties, silvery waistcoats, top hat and tails as you can see in this vintage photograph.
DR JAZZ – NONSUCH THEATRE & DANCE EVENING HOTEL MAJESTIC, HARROGATE – SATURDAY 12TH JULY 2014
What a great evening we had amongst some wonderful people. The event was staged by Nonsuch Theatre & Dance group who performed period dances dating as far back as Tudor times between courses of a very tasty three-course meal.
The guests were invited up to learn the dances which worked their way through history until, with the meal finished, they arrived at the 1920s….which is where Dr Jazz came in.
We’d rehearsed routines to ‘Ain’t She Sweet’ and ‘The Charleston’ with the dancers earlier in the day and these were performed during the band’s main performance.
(Many thanks to Garry Fry at Yorkshire Events Photography)
DR JAZZ – GREAT GATSBY CHARITY BALL – IRNHAM HALL, LINCOLNSHIRE – SATURDAY 17TH MAY 2014
This event was full of style and panache….and a massive £7000 was raised for charity! Everyone was dressed up to the nines in flapper dresses and dapper suits ready to enjoy a wonderful evening of dining, dancing and cabaret.
Guests danced non-stop to Dr Jazz after dinner, lapping up songs like ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’, ‘Ain’t She Sweet’ and ‘The Charleston’.
There was a Rolls Royce and a Lagonda to provide stunning backdrops to photographs…
(Thanks to Phil Lockwood of lusamphotography.co.uk).
DR JAZZ – VALENTINES DANCE – DE GREY ROOMS, YORK – FRIDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2014
After several successful dances in the beautiful De Grey Rooms featuring Mr Swing’s Dance Orchestra, it was now the turn of Dr Jazz to entertain with timeless classics from the 20s and 30s.
The majority of the audience had entered into the spirit by dressing in Gatsby-esque attire and filled the floor demonstrating the Charleston moves they’d learnt in the dance class held earlier in the evening.
A fun night was had by all!
DR JAZZ – THE SPIED PEAR, HEPWORTH – NEW YEARS EVE 2013
Dr Jazz was booked to entertain diners at the illustrious Spiced Pear restaurant run by multi award-winning chef Timothy Bilton.
Guests enjoyed a 9-course taster menu whilst Dr Jazz performed classic tunes from the 20s and 30s with couples getting up to dance between courses.
As midnight approached, the dance area filled with revellers eager to bring the new year in with a bang!
DR JAZZ – ROTARY CLUB CONFERENCE DINNER – GRAND HALL, SCARBOROUGH SPA – SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2013
This wonderful old venue has been renovated over recent years and is once again an awe-inspiring auditorium.
Dr Jazz had the great honour of entertaining the 250+ rotarians before and after dinner.
All the delegates were dressed up as flapper girls, gangsters and other 1920s attire; it really was a splendid sight.
Dr Jazz went down very well with its repertoire of ‘Roaring 20s’ classics and received many favourable comments throughout the evening.
DR JAZZ – OFFICIAL OPENING OF NEW COLLECTIONS BUILDING, ELVINGTON AIR MUSEUM – WEDNESDAY 24TH JULY 2013
Dr Jazz was very proud to be invited to perform at this prestigious event by the Air Crew Association.
I knew the ACA’s top dog Jack Broughton OBE of old, with Mr Swing’s Dance Orchestra having played up and down the country for him on many occasions.
The 6-piece jazz band entertained the important dignitaries as they arrived with 1920s and 30s favourites and had many a toe tapping by the start of the ceremony. Many favourable comments came the band’s way too, making it a really great gig.