Performing Rat Pack-style swing songs and more, witty duo The Sophisticats have sung for two princes, two prime ministers – and at a ball that Time magazine called “the seventh best party in the world”.
The Sophisticats performances are sophisticated and stylish – and also enormous fun. Alongside conventional swinging jazz standards and party classics they also can offer spoofs, pastiches and songs with bespoke lyrics tailored to your event.
The Sophisticats met at Cambridge University and between them, they have performed at Glyndebourne, the Young Vic, the Edinburgh Festival and at concerts and events throughout the UK and abroad.
While they’re a duo at heart, they can also be booked as a trio, quartet or big band.
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Cheek to Cheek
Me and My Shadow
The Lady Is a Tramp
Fly Me To The Moon
Come Fly With Me
I Get a Kick out of You
Lullaby of Birdland
Almost Like Being in Love
Hallelujah I Love Her So (Ray Charles)
I Feel Fine (The Beatles- jazzed up)
Senorita (Justin Timberlake)
Prince Harry (our parody of Prince Ali from Disney’s
Nous Voyageons de Ville en Ville (Michel Legrand)
I Wanna Be Like You
Guys and Dolls
Let There Be Love
The Girl from Ipanema
Oh What A Beautiful Morning
Straighten Up and Fly Right
My Favourite Things
The Birth of the Blues
Well Did You Evah?
Beyond the Sea
New York, New York
My Funny Valentine
These Foolish Things
Old Devil Moon
Just One Of Those Things
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
In the Wee Small Hours
What a Difference A Day Made
On The Street Where You Live
Dream a Little Dream of Me
From Russia With Love
Viva La Vida (Coldplay- slow jazz version)
The Wind Cries Mary (Jamie Cullum version)
Strangers in the Night
One For My Baby
What a Wonderful World
The Sophisticats performed an hour-long set at the Downing Street staff Christmas party on 18th December 2012, which was attended by around 250 staff from across the house, as well as the Prime Minister and his family. Adam, Guy and the band completely transformed the usually austere State Dining Room and effortlessly got everyone dancing. Despite only having a few days’ notice, The Sophisticats an faultless set with a great band that included bass, piano and drums. Adam was a pleasure to deal with, he quickly understood our vision for the party and arranged a set list which complemented the occasion perfectly. The band displayed a great deal of flexibility and were happy to take several last minute requests. We were very impressed by their attention to detail. Adam’s specially written song, a coalition inspired, tongue-in-cheek cover of Sinatra and Davis’ ‘Me and My Shadow’, received a raucous reception. Several guests said it was the highlight of the evening!
We would be delighted to have The Sophisticats back for future events at No. 10.’
– Rose Wiseman of the No. 10 Events Department
‘A brilliant double act’ that had the audience ‘enthralled’.
-Béla Bollabás, Cambridge Professor and Fellow of the Royal Society
‘Adam and Guy are superb musicians and entertaining performers. Their voices blend seamlessly together, enabling them to cover any track with ease. Their natural rapport, both with each other and their audience, is hugely endearing. Their real talent lies in their gently satirical re-writing of lyrics to well-known songs. These pieces showcase The Sophisticats style – a harmonious blend of intelligent wit and innate musicality, performed with elegance and irreverence. This combination makes The Sophisticats a fantastic addition to any party. They are talented, charming and reliable – I would highly recommend them.’
– Catherine Burgess