Jivin Miss Daisy – 1920s to 1950s Jazz & Swing

Bass player Simon Thorpe established Jivin’ Miss Daisy in 1999, playing all kinds of swing and jazz music from the 1920s, 30s 40s and 50s for clubs in London. Since then the band has gone from strength to strength – whether performing at jazz clubs or festivals, weddings or corporate events, you can be sure Jivin’ Miss Daisy will have the audience dancing, partying or just singing along.

The band play your choice of classic songs from Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Count Basie through to Nat King Cole and Ray Charles. Jivin’ Miss Daisy’s musicians are the very best players on the UK scene, with band members having played with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Jools Holland, Tom Jones and Stacey Kent.

Jivin Miss Daisy play primarily as a 6pc band with singer, rhythm section and 2x brass of sax & trumpet. Other band options are available with the 9pc being popular for larger events adding more brass and guitar or as a scaled down band of trio or quartet for background music. Jivin Miss Daisy are self contained providing their own professional PA and band lighting.

1920s & Great Gatsby themed events
The band plays for lots of themed events and the 1920s flappers theme and Great Gatsby entertainment is very popular. There is an excellent repertoire to draw upon and the band immerse themselves in the style both musically and visually dressing in 1920s style outfits!


Simon can help you choose the line-up you need for your event – from an intimate trio or quartet up to an exciting nine-piece orchestra. For your special event you can build a playlist, or of course you’re welcome to leave it to the band.
Venues JMD has played recently include:

Ronnie Scott’s, London
Claridge’s, London
Hotel Atlas Almouhades, Casablanca
HMS Collingwood Officers’ Mess
Pizza Express Jazz Club, London
The Ivy Club, London
Ascot Racecourse
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Cambridge Corn Exchange

Audio Samples


Performance options

6pc band as standard

Vocals, Piano, Bass, Drums, Sax, Trumpet

9pc band

Adds 2x horns and guitar

Trio or Quartet

These options work well for background music

Set list / Repertoire

The Charleston
Everybody Loves My Baby
The Sheik of Araby
Blue Skies
The Man I Love
What Is This Thing Called Love
Sweet Georgia Brown
King Porter Stomp
Tea For Two
Bye Bye Blackbird
I’ve Found A New Baby
Crazy Rhythm
Mac The Knife
You Do Something To Me
Honeysuckle Rose

Let’s Face The Music And Dance
All Of Me
It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
Let’s Face The Music And Dance
All Of Me
Up A Lazy River
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Get Happy
Georgia On My Mind
Body And Soul
Stormy Weather
Smoke Gets InYour Eyes
Stompin’ At The Savoy
The Way You Look Tonight
Cheek To Cheek
One O’Clock Jump

In The Mood
I’ve Got The World On A String
I Got Rhythm
Sentimental Journey
American Patrol
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Georgia On My Mind
Opus One
A String Of Pearls
Body And Soul
Stormy Weather

Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
Blueberry Hill
Lullaby in Rhythm
I’m Walkin’
My baby Just Cares For Me
Hallelujah I Love Him So
Let The Good Times Roll
Buona Sera
Mambo Italiano

Popular requests:
My Baby Just Cares For Me
It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing
Mac The Knife
Sweet Georgia Brown
All Of Me
Bye Bye Blackbird
After You’ve Gone
It’s Only A Paper Moon
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Everybody Loves My Baby
Fly Me To The Moon
I Get A Kick Out Of You
You Made Me Love You
Makin’ Whoopie
The ‘A’ Train
The Lady Is A Tramp
I Only Have Eyes For You
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Can’t We Be Friends?
Pennies From Heaven
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and..
Ain’t Misbehavin’
We’ll Meet again
Them There Eyes
A Foggy Day
Let’s Get Lost
I only Have Eyes For You
Gone With the Wind

Blue Moon
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
Night and Day
My Heart Belongs to Daddy
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Where or When
The Very Thought of You
Tea For Two
The Girl from Ipanema
Love For Sale
That Old Black Magic
Limbo Jazz
St Thomas
My Little Suede Shoes

La Bamba
Blueberry Hill
King of The Swingers
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Honeysuckle Rose
Sing, Sing, Sing
All Of Me
Crazy Rhythm
Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)

Get Happy
Cheek to Cheek
Flaming Reeds And Screaming Brass
All Of Me
What Is This Thing Called Love
I’ve Got The World On A String
Almost Like Being In Love
Some Of These Days
Slow Boat To China
But Not For Me
Lullaby Of Birdland
Empty Ballroom Blues
Ingin’ The Ooh
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Swingin’ On The Campus
In A Mellow Tone
Hodge Podge
The Jeep Is Jumpin’
Royal Garden Blues
Moten Swing
Night Train
Kansas City
Lil’ Darlin
Satin Doll

Reet Petite
Twist And Shout
Rock With You
Another Star
Let’s Stay Together
For Once In My Life
Just The Two Of Us
Lovely Day
Love Train
Feel Like Makin’ Love