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.


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“The band was brilliant on Sunday. All that I had hoped for and more. Made our day really special. Graham managed to play the trumpet and the mouth organ brilliantly at the same time as leading the band and talking to the audience. What a star!” Sarah and Ed (Wedding Celebration)

“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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