• "We wanted to thank you for all your hard work in the organisation of the event, and to thank the band from the bottom of our hearts for their amazing performance..."

    Nicole & Mathieu, Bride & Groom, Auch, France
  • "THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! The band were quite amazing on Saturday night, the vocalists incredible and the dance floor was packed from start to finish!"

    Caroline; Mother of the bride (wedding)
  • "Let me just say a huge thank you for rocking our party! We had such a lot of fun!! Please can you pass on the message to all the musicians who played!"

    Nicole; Bride (wedding)
  • "Please pass on our renewed thanks to the band. They were absolutely superb and made the evening. Seeing 100 people dancing to "Play that Funky Music White Boy" was something I shall remember with a smile..."

    Sarah; Bride (wedding)
  • "I would like first and foremost to thank you for an absolutely amazing evening. The atmosphere was electric and the dance-floor full. Well done and thank you!!"

    Diana; mother-of-the-bride (wedding)
  • "Once again many thanks for making it a fabulous evening, as you did for my other daughter last summer - well done! I am now un/fortunately fresh out of marriageable children..."

    Diana; mother-of-the-bride (wedding)
  • "Wow!! and wow again!! The Swing Connection were fabulous! I didn't doubt that they would be but they exceeded all expectations. The choice of music was spot on and the singer was great..."

    Sue (birthday)
  • "Absolutely blown away by your fantastic performance and we would not hesitate to strongly recommend you in the future. The artists were amazingly talented, and great fun too!..."

    Vicky; Bride (wedding)
  • "Thank you once again for the huge part you played in ensuring that this years' Leukaemia Research Charity Ball was such a success. Once again the dance floor remained full all evening and we all had a fantastic time."

    Christine (Charity Event)

Swing Connection

The coolest and most versatile Ratpack swing band around. A unique blend of your favourite 'Ratpack' swing and sophisticated jazz standards with a touch of soul. The band can even include some swing dance / jump jive songs or some 1940s/1950s wartime / 'Blitz' instrumentals if you have a specific theme you are looking to create. The perfect mix for a great show! Live music performed to this standard just can't be beaten for creating an electric atmosphere of nostalgia at your event.




Repertoire

The list below gives the most common choices of repertoire, but feel free to ask if you don't see your favourite tracks listed. We may be able to add them for you!

Sample Set
  • Bad Bad Leroy Brown (Frank Sinatra)
  • Can't Take My Eyes Off You (Andy Williams)
  • Come Fly With Me (Frank Sinatra)
  • Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra)
  • For Once In My Life (Stevie Wonder/Michael Buble)
  • Go Daddy-O (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy)
  • Hallelujah I Love Her So (Ray Charles)
  • I Get A Kick Out Of You (Frank Sinatra)
  • I Got You, I Feel Good (James Brown)
  • I Wanna Be Like You (Louis Prima/Big Bad Voodoo Daddy)
  • It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (Duke Ellington)
  • Jump, Jive And Wail (Louis Prima)
  • Just In Time (Tony Bennett/Dean Martin)
  • Lady Is A Tramp, The (Frank Sinatra)
  • Let The Good Times Roll (Ray Charles)
  • Let's Face The Music (Nat King Cole)
  • New York, New York (Frank Sinatra)
  • Save The Last Dance For Me (The Drifters/Michael Buble)
  • Shake A Tailfeather (Ray Charles)
  • Straighten Up And Fly Right (Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole)
  • Sway (Dean Martin/Michael Buble)
  • Wonderwall (Oasis/Paul Anka)

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Full Repertoire list
  • A Foggy Day (Frank Sinatra)
  • Ain't That A Kick In The Head (Dean Martin/Robbie Williams)
  • All I Do Is Dream Of You (Dean Martin/Michael Buble)
  • All Of Me (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)
  • Almost Like Being In Love (Nat King Cole)
  • Amore (Dean Martin)
  • As Long As I'm Singing (Bobby Darin)
  • Autumn Leaves (Nat King Cole)
  • Be Careful Its My Heart (Frank Sinatra)
  • Beyond The Sea (Bobby Darin)
  • Birth Of The Blues (Dammy Davis Jr)
  • Blame It On My Youth (Frank Sinatra)
  • Body & Soul (Billie Holliday)
  • But Not For Me (Billie Holiday)
  • Bye Bye Love (Ray Charles)
  • Call Me Irresponsible (Frank Sinatra/Michael Buble)
  • Can't Take My Eyes Off You (Andy Williams)
  • Cheek To Cheek (Ella Fitzgerald)
  • Come Fly With Me (Frank Sinatra)
  • Come Rain Or Come Shine (Etta James)
  • Cry Me A River, (Ella Fitzgerald/Michael Buble)
  • Desafinado (Jobim)
  • Devil May Care (Frank Sinatra)
  • Do You Love Me (The Contours)
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington)
  • Don't Know Why (Norah Jones)
  • Every Time We Say Goodbye (Ella Fitzgerald)
  • Fascination (Nat King Cole)
  • Fever (Peggy Lee/Gwyneth Herbert)
  • Fly Me To The Moon (Frank Sinatra)
  • For Once In My Life (Stevie Wonder/Michael Buble)
  • Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You (Nat King Cole)
  • Georgia On My Mind (Ray Charles)
  • Girl Talk (Tony Bennett/Ella Fitzgerald)
  • Hallelujah I Love Her So (Ray Charles)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
  • Have You Met Miss Jones (Frank Sinatra/Robbie Williams)
  • Heaven Help Us All (Ray Charles)
  • Hit The Road Jack (Ray Charles)
  • I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Dean Martin)
  • I Can't Stop Lovin' You (Ray Charles)
  • I Didnt Know What Time It Was (Ella Fitzgerald)
  • I Get A Kick Out Of You (Frank Sinatra)
  • I Got A Woman (Ray Charles)
  • I Got You, I Feel Good (James Brown)
  • I Just Wanna Make Love To You (Etta James)
  • I Wish I Were In Love Again (Frank Sinatra)
  • I Wish You Love (Frank Sinatra)
  • If You Really Love Me (Stevie Wonder)
  • I'm Your Man (Leonard Cohen/Michael Buble)
  • In The Heat Of The Night (Ray Charles)
  • It Could Happen To You (Frank Sinatra)
  • It Had To Be You (Harry Connick Jr)
  • Its Alright With Me (Sammy Davis Jr)
  • I've Got You Under My Skin (Frank Sinatra)
  • Jump, (Van Halen/Paul Anka)
  • Just In Time (Tony Bennett/Dean Martin)
  • Just One Of Those Things (Frank Sinatra)
  • Just You Just Me (Nat King Cole)
  • L.O.V.E. (Nat King Cole)
  • La Bamba (Ritchie Valens/Los Lobos)
  • Lady Is A Tramp, The (Frank Sinatra)
  • Leaving On A Jetplane (John Denver/HB Radke & Jet City Swingers)
  • Let There Be Love (Nat King Cole)
  • Let's Face The Music (Nat King Cole)
  • Let's Fall In Love (Frank Sinatra)
  • Let's Get Lost (Chet Baker)
  • Lovely Day (Bill Withers)
  • Mack The Knife (Frank Sinatra)
  • Me & Mrs Jones (Billy Paul/Michael Buble)
  • Mess Around (Ray Charles)
  • Moondance (Van Morrison)
  • More (Bobby Darin)
  • More I See You, The (Nat King Cole)
  • Mr. Bojangles (Sammy Davis Jr/Robbie Williams)
  • My Baby Just Cares (Nina Simone)
  • My Romance (Ella Fitzgerald)
  • My Way (Frank Sinatra)
  • New York, New York (Frank Sinatra)
  • Nice 'n' Easy (Frank Sinatra)
  • Night & Day (Frank Sinatra)
  • Night Time Is The Right Time (Ray Charles)
  • On The Street Where You Live (Andy Williams/Nat King Cole)
  • On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Frank Sinatra)
  • Orange Coloured Sky (Nat King Cole)
  • Our Love Is Here To Stay (Frank Sinatra)
  • Pencil Full Of Lead (Paolo Nuttini)
  • Pennies From Heaven (Frank Sinatra)
  • Satin Doll (Duke Ellington)
  • Save The Last Dance For Me (The Drifters/Michael Buble)
  • Sempre Amore (Duke Ellington)
  • Shadow Of Your Smile, The (Frank Sinatra)
  • Shake A Tailfeather (Ray Charles)
  • Signed Sealed Delivered (Stevie Wonder)
  • Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
  • Something Stupid
  • Summertime (Gershwin)
  • Sway (Dean Martin/Michael Buble)
  • That Old Devil Called Love (Billie Holiday)
  • That Old Devil Moon (Frank Sinatra)
  • That's Life (Frank Sinatra)
  • There Is No Greater Love (Billie Holiday)
  • There Will Never Be Another You (Frank Sinatra)
  • There's A Small Hotel (Frank Sinatra)
  • They Can't Take That Away From Me (Frank Sinatra)
  • Too Close For Comfort (Ella Fitzgerald)
  • Two For The Road (Peggy Lee)
  • Unchain My Heart (Ray Charles)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
  • Volare (Dean Martin)
  • Way You Look Tonight, The (Frank Sinatra)-Swing
  • Way You Look Tonight, The (Frank Sinatra/Michael Buble)-Latin
  • What’d I Say (Ray Charles)
  • Wonderwall (Oasis/Paul Anka)
  • You And The Night And The Music (Frank Sinatra)
  • You Are My Sunshine (Ray Charles)
  • You Don't Know Me (Ray Charles)
  • You Make Me Feel So Young (Frank Sinatra)
  • Your Feet's Too Big (Ray Gelato)
  • You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You (Dean Martin)
Swing dance / Jump Jive
  • Buona Sera (Louis Prima)
  • Choo Choo Ch'boogie (Louis Jordan)
  • Go Daddy-O (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy)
  • I Got Rhythm (Gershwin)
  • I Wanna Be Like You (Louis Prima/Big Bad Voodoo Daddy)
  • If You Were The Only Girl In The World (Louis Prima)
  • Is You Is Or Is You Aint My Baby (Louis Prima)
  • It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (Duke Ellington)
  • I've Got The World On A String (Louis Prima)
  • Jack You're Dead (Louis Jordan)
  • Jump Jive And Wail (Louis Prima)
  • Jumpin' Jive (Louis Jordan)
  • Just A Gigolo (Louis Prima)
  • Let The Good Times Roll (Ray Charles)
  • Nobody Here But Us Chickens (Louis Jordan)
  • Reet Petite (Jackie Wilson)
  • Route 66 (Nat King Cole/Natalia Cole)
  • Straighten Up And Fly Right (Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole)
  • Zoot Suit Riot (Cherry Poppin' Daddies)
1940's / 1950's "Blitz" themed instrumentals
  • American Patrol (Glenn Miller)
  • Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (Glenn Miller/Andrews Sisters)
  • In The Mood (Glenn Miller)
  • Moonlight Serenade (Glenn Miller)
  • Pennsylvania 65000 (Glenn Miller)
  • Perdido (Duke Ellington)
  • Perfidia (Glenn Miller)
  • I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (Tommy Dorsey)
  • Skyliner (Charlie Barnett)
  • Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael/Glenn Miller)
  • String Of Pearls (Glenn Miller)
  • Tuxedo Junction (Glenn Miller)
  • Woodchoppers Ball (Woody Herman)
Soul/pop/Motown

Note: Choose to 'mix-and-match' musicians from Funkification with Swing Connection to add soul/pop/Motown repertoire for your event. A guitar and possibly an additional vocalist will be required to enable this option.


Please note: Complete repertoire list shown above is covered by all of our vocalists. There will be slight limitations on repertoire depending on the choice of vocalist used. Larger bands with brass sections will have a slightly reduced repertoire due to number of arrangements involving the brass section. 1940s ‘blitz’ instrumentals require at least a 4-piece brass section. If your first wedding dance is not on our list then we may be able to arrange and rehearse it for you. A small additional fee may be due depending on the amount of notice given.

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Performance Options

  • [3] - Male vocals/trumpet, Piano, Bass
  • [4] - Male Vocals, Piano, Bass, Drums
  • [5] - Male Vocals, Sax/Trumpet, Piano, Bass, Drums
  • [6] - Male Vocals, Trumpet, Sax, Piano, Bass, Drums
  • [7] - Male Vocals, Trumpet, Sax, Trombone, Piano, Bass, Drums
  • [8] - Male Vocals, 2 x Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass, Drums
  • [10] - Male Vocals, 3 x Sax, 2 x Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass, Drums
  • [17] - *BIG BAND* - Male Vocals, 5 x Sax, 4 x Trumpet, 4 x Trombone, Piano, Bass, Drums

*Female Vocals and/or Guitar can be added to any lineup to enable soul/pop repertoire




Biography

Ratpack Swing Band Sydney

Swing Connection is one of the busiest and most versatile swing bands in Sydney. Along with performing at many weddings and parties in Sydney each year, the band are so highly regarded that they were recently flown out to New York, USA, to perform at a private party on Broadway!

The swing band is fronted by some of the finest jazz vocalists on the scene today and is backed by an outstanding rhythm section who never fail to the get the room swinging. The optimum ‘big band’ sound comes with the 8-piece band featuring a 4-piece brass section, but the band is equally at home performing functions as a 4 or 5-piece swing combo without a brass section. Female vocals and guitar are recommended optional extras if you require soul/party repertoire to be included at your event. A selection of soul/pop repertoire can be incorporated into the band’s sets, if required, by choosing to 'mix-and-match' with some of our FUNKification or Amberstar musicians. Please see our bands for weddings page or our Jewish wedding bands page for further information about wedding bookings.

Swing Band For A Wedding In Sydney

The band is formed from some of the most in-demand professional jazz musicians in Sydney, and even Australia. The musicians have collectively performed with some of the biggest names in jazz and swing (Sydney Jazz Orchestra, Sydney Allstar Big Band, Buddy Greco, Dame Cleo Laine, James Morrison, Michael Bublé, Rob McConnell, Anthony Callea, Bob Florence, Bob Mintzer). This ensures that you have the most versatile and professional musicians possible at your wedding, providing an outstanding live swing band performance that can’t be rivalled! Our musicians are primarily based in Sydney but we also have musicians based around Australia (Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide) to enable an outstanding wedding swing band to be provided no matter where your event is being held.

Ratpack / Swing / Jump Jive Band Demo Material

Swing Connection has many audio tracks on the media player, recorded both with and without brass section so that you can hear for yourself exactly what we do. There are many live swing band recordings too, taken straight from the mixing desk at weddings in Sydney and corporate events in Australia so you can hear EXACTLY what the band sounds like. If you are still not convinced then we can add you to the guest list for one of our live public events or even get permission to give you access to another wedding performance (subject to client approval). We want to give you every opportunity to truly understand how professional and versatile we are!


Read more information on Wedding Swing Bands for hire:
Jump Jive / Swing Dance Band
Background jazz for drinks receptions or wedding breakfast
1940s / 1950s / Wartime / Blitz theme
Full 17-piece 'Big Band'
Alternative Live Music for Weddings and Corporate Events

Jump Jive / Swing Dance Band

Swing Connection has a great selection of jump jive and swing dance songs available if you are looking for something a little more energetic from your wedding band! A selection of tracks from great swing artists such as Louis Prima, Louis Jordan, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy can be included alongside the Ratpack repertoire to really get your wedding or event jumping!

Background jazz for drinks receptions or wedding breakfast

All of our musicians are extremely talented jazz musicians and hence we can also provide a live instrumental jazz band for your drinks reception or wedding breakfast. We would use musicians from the main swing band rather than bringing in a separate group of musicians. This is much cheaper than hiring a jazz band separately as our wedding musicians will already be at your event. Please see 'Urban Jazz Collective' for more information on live instrumental jazz for weddings and corporate events.

1940s / 1950s / Wartime / Blitz theme

Swing Connection has a great selection of instrumental swing music which can be included to create a wartime, 'Blitz' or 'big band era' feel at your wedding or event. This would include tracks such as American Patrol, In The Mood, Tuxedo Junction and many other Glenn Miller and big band classic swing tunes. Please see the repertoire list for more information. Please note that this instrumental option is only available with the 8-piece band as the ‘big band’ sound is needed to accurately perform these arrangements.

Full 17-piece 'Big Band'

If your wedding or event requires the ultimate Ratpack Swing Band then you could consider the Swing Connection Big Band. This would comprise the classic big band line-up of 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, double bass and drums, all topped off by an outstanding vocalist. This size of band may be too large for most events but if you are looking for the ultimate in big band swing then this would be the perfect option. Please contact us for more information .

Alternative Live Music for Weddings and Corporate Events

If you are looking for something other than a swing/Ratpack/jazz band for your wedding or function then maybe one of our other function bands would suit your event better. After all, most of our musicians perform with most of our bands so you can "mix and match" any of our bands with each other to create your own bespoke package. In addition to function party bands we also have a jazz/swing band, a vocal/guitar acoustic duo, a marching brass funk band, a classical string quartet/duo and even a selection of wedding DJs!

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