The Rhythm Syndicate

  • from £1315 in West Midlands Help
  • from £1390 in East Midlands
  • from £1390 in Wales
  • from £1465 in South West
  • from £1465 in South East
  • from £1495 in London
  • from £1515 in North West

Swing & jive band serving up a furious stage show the likes of which are rarely seen in these dark, dark days of processed pop and cookie-cutter musical pretenders! DJ Service and low season/midweek discounts available.

Featuring a charismatic Chicago-born blues shouter on lead vocals and a featuring a blistering 3-piece horn section, the band believe in the relentless pursuit of a good time through the medium of rockin’ blues music. The band took their second swing through the heartland of America in 2007 and have been touring festivals and functions in Europe and the UK ever since.

If you hear bands play music from the 40s and 50s these days it often sounds like it should be in a museum! But not with these guys! The band plays with an energy and enthusiasm that is infectious.

So, chuck out those tired jive compilations and turn off the X factor. The Rhythm Syndicate stand as living proof that music CAN save your mortal soul and, as musical apostles bringing light to where there was once only dark, leave a healthy dose of life-affirmin’, genre-bustin’, earth-shakin’ rhythm and jive in their wake.

The band can vary their line-up and offer anything from a trio or quartet up to a "mini big band" of between 9 and 12 musicians. They can also provide instrumental acoustic jazz sets for the afternoon, followed by a full band set in the evening.

Performance information

Line-up Male lead vocals; keyboards; guitar; double bass; drums; trumpet; sax; trombone
Performance duration 2 x 45 minute or 1 x 60 minute sets
Interval music Help Yes (included in price)
Lighting Yes (included in price)
Arrival & set-up Help from 5pm; allow 60 minutes to set up
Requirements Help Space of 6 x 4 metres; power supply; rider

Booking options

Requests (if not in repertoire) One free request (if suitable)
Extra performances Add £180 for 1 x 30 minute set
Late performances/Use of PA Add £180 per hour
DJ service (provided by act)

includes laptop with large song database + requests + mic for speeches + lighting

Afternoon acoustic/instrumental jazz sets £POA
Alternative line-ups: trio; quartet; mini big band (9-12 musicians) £POA

What people say Help

  • Reputedly the only UK to take the blues back to Chicago and blow them away – I can see why.

    Steph Webber, Monkey Magazine, UK
  • The 8-piece band have been established for over seven years now, and they set out to re-create swinging, jazzy, rhythm and blues /jumpin' jive music. And boy, have they succeeded !!

    Brian Hill, Madrat Magazine, UK
  • We had a fantastic party and the band were Amazing...they made the evening and had everyone ( from 5-85 years old ) up and dancing. I' d recommend them to anyone and feel they were great value for money! Thanks for your help in booking them.

    Mrs P-S, Private Party, West Midlands
  • Universally good – Steve got everyone up dancing – great atmosphere. We normally have shows for children and this was our first show for adults and older children. It was such a success that we want to have more.

    Promoter, Festival, Warwickshire
  • By the end of the evening they had most of the crowd squeezed onto the dance floor enraptured by the performance. We couldn’t get them to stop… or the crowd to leave!

    Real Ale and Jazz Festival, Reading, 2008
  • Top quality, fabulous! Really enjoyed the performance and voices! The atmosphere the band created was brilliant and the music they provided - rhythm and blues and jazz - was sizzlingly executed. Keep up the good work!

    Anon, Private Party

Repertoire Help

  • Jazz
  • All Of Me
  • Alright Ok You Win
  • Be Bop A Lula
  • Brick House
  • Caldona

  • Chantilly Lace
  • Cheek to cheek
  • Chicken Payback
  • Choo Choo Ch Boogie
  • Dodozapzapzo
  • Don’t Get Around Much
  • Dr Jump
  • Dr Teeth
  • Fever
  • Greenbacks
  • Hard To Handle
  • Hey Ba Ba Re Bop

  • Hoots Mon
  • House Is Rockin'
  • Ill be there
  • Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
  • It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing!

  • Jive At Five
  • Jump Take The Train

  • Jump, Jive And Wail
  • Jumpin' In The Morning
  • Jungle Boogie
  • King Of The Swingers
  • Kiss

  • Lady Is A Tramp
  • Let It Rain
  • Let The Good Times Roll
  • Lets stay together
  • Life Is Sweet
  • Low Rider
  • Mack The Knife
  • Minnie The Moocher
  • Mr. Big
  • Mustang Sally
  • Naked Gun Intro
  • Never can tell
  • Night Train

  • Old Intro
  • One Woman Man
  • Outskirts Of Town
  • Pick Up The Pieces
  • Red House
  • Rip It Up

  • Rock The Joint
  • Rockin robin
  • Satin Doll
  • Saturday Night Fish Fry

  • Scotch and Soda
  • Shake A Talifeather
  • Shake Your Hips
  • Shoes 2 Big
  • Show Show
  • Signed, sealed, delivered
  • Smack Dab In The Middle
  • Soulfinger
  • Spare Some Jive
  • Spread A Little Love
  • St James Infirmary
  • Stary Cat Strut
  • Stormy Monday
  • Sweet Home Chicago
  • Take 5
  • Tequila
  • The Fat Man
  • The Money Shot
  • The Pink Panther Theme
  • The Show Show
  • Thunder Road
  • Too Rude To Swing
  • Tuxedo Junction

  • Unchain My Heart
  • Under My Skin
  • Walkin' The Dog
  • We Are The Teeth
  • When The Lights Go Out

  • Wooly Bully
  • You And Me And The Bottle
  • You Never Can Tell
  • Zoot Suit Riot
  • Suggested first dances
  • Fever
  • I'll Be There
  • Lets Stay Together
  • Me And Mrs. Jones
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • Volare
  • Irish & Jewish
  • Hava Negila
  • Whiskey In The Jar
  • Rock & Pop
  • Coldplay – The Scientist
  • REM – The One I Love
  • The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses


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