The Numbers Racket
Based in South Wales - 7pc - Jazz/Swing - From £900
The Numbers Racket is a professional 7-piece swing, jazz, jump-jive and blues band.
The Numbers Racket have years of experience providing high quality live music for all sorts of events. They put on a great show, featuring a powerful horn section, and both a male and female singer. New addition Elaina has a fantastic voice, delivering songs by the likes of Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and others.
This band is about making your celebration go with a bang, and they are guaranteed to get people dancing and singing along. The aim to give you and your guests a fabulous time with a high-energy performance.
The Numbers Racket have an extensive play list and a set could include music from Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Cole Porter, Memphis Slim. There will also be music from premier revival bands such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Flying Neutrinos and some surprise songs given the Jump Jive/Swing treatment from Beyonce, Nirvana and Motorhead!!
Venues and events include:
The famous 100 Club in London, Cardiff Coal Exchange, Café Jazz Cardiff, Brecon Jazz Festival, Birmingham International Jazz Festival, Hep Cats Holiday 2010 and Pontypool Jazz Festival 2010 at which they were the headline act and festival closers. They have worked for the BBC, The London Swing Dance Society, Ministry of Burlesque, Jameson Entertainments, Boogaloo Productions, Jive Weekends, and have played at many hotels, student balls, weddings and private and corporate parties.
The Numbers Racket Swing Band can vary the pace and energy of their show depending on what’s required. It’s really down to each occasion and the needs of the audience.
The Numbers Racket Swing Band wear zoot suits, vintage ties and dress shoes as standard, but can dress casually if needed. They use only high quality equipment, and use vintage style microphones to complete the image. Their PA can be used for playing background music or can be turned up to provide a disco. They also have a small scale lighting set up.
Thanks for your brilliant music at Mum’s party! I wish you could have gone on longer!
The best headline act we’ve ever had at our festival. Brilliant.
An all-action swing band with serious jazz credentials, ready wit, and natty outfits.
A fantastic, foot-tapping evening. Slick and professional swing band with lots of pizzazz. Elaina complemented the band with a refreshing, young, joyful female element.
Got to be seen… a stunning band.
We wanted to thank you for a great couple of sets last Saturday. The dance floor was packed throughout, and everyone had a great time. We really appreciate you being part of the weekend – you did a great job!
Set list / Repertoire
Song list 30s 40s & 50s
Songs from the 30s, 40s and 50s:
Ain’t Nobody Here …Chickens – Jordan
Big 10 Inch Record – Bull Moose Jackson
Buona Sera – Louis Prima
Cadillac Baby – Roy Brown
Caldonia – Louis Jordan
Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Fever – Peggy Lee
Fine and Mellow – Billie Holiday
Flip, Flop & Fly – Louis Jordan
Gee I Wish – Little Milton
Hit That Jive Jack – Nat King Cole
I Can’t Stop It – Jimmy Liggins
I Don’t Care Who Knows – Willie Dixon
I Still Love You Baby – Lowell Fulson
Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t.. – Jordan
It Don’t Mean A Thing – Duke Ellington
I’ve Got You Under My Skin – C Porter
Juice Head Man – Billie Holiday
Jump Jive And Wail – Louis Prima
Let The Good Times Roll – Ray Charles
Lost Without You – Memphis Slim
Mellow Saxophone – Brian Setzer
Midnight Cannonball – Big Joe Turner
Minnie The Moocher – Cab Calloway
Moten Swing – Benny Moten
My Baby Just Cares For Me – N Simone
No Big Deal – Little Milton
Pennsylvania 65000 – Glenn Miller
Perdido – Duke Ellington
Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson
Route66 – Nat King Cole
Safronia B – Manhattan Transfer
Salt Peanuts – Charlie Parker
Sick & Tired – Fats Domino
Something’s Goin’ On .. – D Cleanhead
Stormy Weather – Ella Fitzgerald
Take It Like A Man – Chuck Willis
The Walkin’ Blues – Fluffy Hunter
Three Hundred Lbs – Howlin’ Wolf
Tuxedo Junction – Ella Fitzgerald
Yeah Yeah Yeah – Louis Prima
You Got Me Reelin and Rockin – Milton
You’re Driving Me Crazy – Joe Turner
Newer swing, jazz and blues:
Barflies At The Beach/Sing Sing Sing
Buckle Up – Dennis Greunling
Comin’ Back Home – Dennis Greunling
Datin’ With No Dough
Ding Dong Daddy
Dr. Velvet – Nick Curran
Go Daddy-O – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
If The Shoe Fits – James Harman
Jump Time – Dennis Greunling
Jumpin’ Jack – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Keep It Up – Dennis Greunling
King Of Swing – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Knockin’ At Your Door – New Morty Show
Liquor Store – Devil Doll
Looking For My Baby – Original
Loose Lipped Mama – Nick Curran
Mambo Swing – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Mr Zoot Suit – The Flying Neutrinos
Mud On Her Heels – Original
Nightlife Boogie – Nick Curran
Rocket To The Moon – Colin James
Rockin’ With The Racket – Original
Sinner V.I.P. – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Swingin’ Like A Wreckin’ Ball – Original
Watts Local – Royal Crown Revue
You, Me And A Bottle..– Voodoo Daddy
Novelties & surprises
Crazy In Love (Swing Version) – Beyonce
Enter Sandman – Metallica (swing style)
Pick Up The Pieces – ‘Av’ge White Band
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
The Ace Of Spades – Motorhead
The James Bond Theme – John Barry
Theme From “Hawaii Five-0”