Top Hat Jazz Band


We play swinging hot jazz tunes from the 20s & 30s with our own brand of youthful and characterful improvisation sourced from wide reaching influences such as Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Jimmie Noone and Duke Ellington.

The band boasts some of the finest young jazz musicians in the country and shares members with all the hottest bands in town and the best club nights, the likes of Ewan Bleach (clarinet/saxophone player running weekly night at Passing Clouds and Jamboree), Joe Webb, Simon Marsh and Louis Thomas; all fantastic players with so much to give to the music.

Royal Garden




“The band’s contagious enthusiasm gives one hope for the future of such music”
-Mike Pointon,

“Thanks so much for playing for us on Saturday. The band was fantastic and really made the evening. Everyone loved you ”
– H Walsh

“GREAT music yesterday – and clearly, hugely enjoyed by the audience. THANK YOU! Several people asked me afterwards; ‘When will they be coming again?'”
– Geoff, Underground Theatre Eastbourne.

“thank you to all the band for playing last night. I’ve had a ton of appreciation from all my friends – loved dancing to your stuff. An excellent evening.”
– H.W., Swing patrol.

“Thank you so much for a wonderful set at my party on Saturday night. Everybody loved it! It was bang on for the evening and I am so happy that you could play. It created exactly the right mood.”
– Ellen

Repertoire List
After you’re gone
all my life
Basin street blues
bie mir
Black and tan
Blue skies
blue turning grey
blues in C# minor
Blues MY Naughty Sweetie gives to me
canal st blues
careless love
china boy
Cotton tail
Darktown strutters ball
did I remember
Don?t mean a thing
Douce ambiance
Everybody love my baby
exactly like you
Feeling I?m falling
honeysuckle rose
I can?t give you anything but love
I can’t believe you’re in love with me
i got ryhthm
I’ll See you in my dreams
in the middle of a kiss
Jazz band ball
jazz battle
Jazz me blues
jitterbug waltz
just one of those things
Lady be good
lazy rive
Love me or leave me
me myself and I
Monday date
Muskat ramble
New orleans
New orleans bump
no body knows you
old feeling
petite fleur
riverboat shuffle
rose room
Royal garden blues
shout em aunt tilly
si tu vois ma mere
sit right down
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some of these days
Somebody loves me
St. Louis blues F
stompin at the savoy
Strutting with some barbeque
suny side of the street
Sweet georgia brown
Sweet Lorraine
these foolish things
Way down yonder
weary blues
west end blues
what a little moonlight
what did I do to be so Black and blue
When you?re smiling
where or when
wrap your troubles in dreams