Tea Dance / Strict Tempo Dance Band

The Tea Dance / Strict Tempo Dance Band covers anything from a strolling acoustic band, to a swing band for dancing, to a traditional jazz band for an audience, to a band for a tea dance or anything else!

You guys have been great! Definitely been a hit…

Josh Finesilver, Events Producer (Hampton Court Festival)
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Tea Dance / Strict Tempo Dance Band's Bio

Having toured the UK and abroad playing at clubs and festivals with many great bands, Graham Hughes decided to use his experience to put together this Tea Dance / Strict Tempo Dance band.

From the outset the philosophy was that good music should be combined with good entertainment: the musicians in the band should enjoy working together to make the many old tunes we play sound fresh and new.

The band’s repertoire is drawn largely from the small group jazz of the 20’s and 30’s with a few other interesting numbers from other eras thrown in to spice things up.

They have been building a reputation as a band that is not only a lot of fun to listen to but also great to dance to, bringing joy to clubs and festivals as far afield as Cornwall and Cumbria although most often seen in and around London.

General Repertoire

(just a few of the tunes we can play)

After You’ve Gone

Aint Misbehaving

Alexander’s Ragtime Band

All Of Me

Are You Lonesome Tonight

At The Jazz Band Ball


Baby Face

Baby Won’t You Please Come Home

Basin Street Blues

Beale Street Blues

Big Butter and Egg Man

Bill Bailey

Black and Blue

Blue Moon

Blue Skies

Blues My Naughty Sweetie

Body and Soul

Bourbon Street Parade

Bring Me Sunshine

Buona Sera

Bye Bye Blackbird

Canal St Blues


Careless Love


Darktown Strutters Ball

Deed I Do


Do You Know What It Means to miss New Orleans

Doctor Jazz

Don’t Get Around Much any More

Down By The Riverside

Everybody Love’s My Baby

Exactly Like You

Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue

Gee Baby Aint I Good to You


Honeysuckle Rose

I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

I Found A New Baby

I Got Rhythm

I Wish I Could Shimmy

I’m Beginning to See The Light

I’m Confessin that I Love You

I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and write..

I’ve Found A New Baby

I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Falling

I’ll See You In My Dreams

If I Had You

In A Mellow Tone


Is It True What They Say about Dixie

It Don’t Mean A Thing

It Had To Be You

Ja Da

Jazz Me Blues

Jeepers Creepers

Just A Gigolo

Keepin Out of Mischief

Lady Be Good

Lily of the Valley

Long Way to Tipparari

Lulu’s Back In Town

Mack The Knife

Mamma’s Gone Goodbye

Mood Indigo


My Blue Heaven

New Orleans

Nobody’s Sweetheart

Oh Baby

Oh When The Saints

Out of Nowhere

Paper Moon

Pennies From Heaven


Putting on the Ritz

Rose Room


Running Wild


Satin Doll

Sentimental Journey

Sheik of Araby


Some of these Days

Someday Sweetheart

Someday You’ll Be Sorry


St James’ Infirmary

St Louis Blues


Stars Fell On Alabama

Struttin With Some Bbq



Sunny Side of the Street

Sweet Georgia Brown

Sweet Lorraine

Sweet Sue

Take The A Train

There’ll Be Some Changes Made

Tishomingo Blues


Up A Lazy River

Wabash Blues

Way Down Yonder In N.O.

When You’re Smiling

Wrap Your Troubles

Yes Sir That’s My Baby

You Are My Sunshine

Up a Lazy River

Washington and Lee Swing

Who’s Sorry Now


“Just a very quick note to thank you for the absolutely fabulous music played at our wedding, the day could not have been more perfect and you guys played a major part of that brilliant atmosphere.” Paul Hurren (Wedding on a riverboat)

“You guys have been great! Definitely been a hit…” Josh Finesilver, Events Producer (Hampton Court Festival)

“Many thanks to you and your colleagues for the superb performance at my party yesterday. It could not have been done better. Thank you.” Richard Collins (Birthday party, Pall Mall)

“We were so pleased and impressed with the band. Thank you for playing so brilliantly and for your relaxed and accommodating attitude.

You made our day very special especially playing the requested songs so well. I know my Dad, Sue and Becks really enjoyed singing with the band and you made it so easy for them. Particularly enjoyed our first dance!” Steph, John and Lilibet x

“THANK YOU for your wonderful playing! You and the band were absolutely perfect – exactly what Mary and I had envisioned, and your playing and the music you performed was just great. Thank you all very much indeed for entering into the spirit of it all, and I’m really glad you enjoyed it. I know that Mary was really thrilled by the whole thing.” Georgina (Birthday Party)

“Thank you too for a fabulous evening! It really wouldn’t have been the same without you guys – everyone was blown away by your music!” Khin and Jonathan (Wedding)


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