Down for the Count

Wednesday 2nd February 2022
Date: Wednesday 2nd February Ticket Prices: £20.00 - £35.00
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Wednesday 2nd February 2022

Doors open time

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Ticket Prices:

£20.00 - £35.00


Down for the Count

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Line-up: MIKE PAUL-SMITH piano/band leader; HANNAH CASTLEMAN, KATIE BIRTILL  vocals; CALLUM GILLIES vocals; JAMES SMITH drums; CHARLIE PYNE bass; TIM RABBITT, SIMON JOYNER trumpet; LUKE PINKSTONE alto sax; ALEX WESTERN-KING tenor sax/clarinet; DAMON OLIVER bari and tenor sax

Down for the Count are a mini big band who bring the sounds of the Swing Era back to life, with an electrifying show full of incredible energy and musicianship.


Since bursting onto the scene at Twinwood Festival in 2013, Down for the Count have quickly earned themselves a reputation as one of the hardest swinging bands in the UK. They are constantly in demand, regularly selling out shows at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Hideaway Streatham, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, Le Caveau de la Huchette (Paris) and The London Jazz Festival.

The band have released three albums to positive reviews, receiving airplay on Clare Teal's BBC Radio 2 show. During the 2020 COVID-19 crisis the band released a lockdown EP Lockdown for the Count, recorded entirely in isolation, in aid of the mental health charity Mind. The first single from the EP was described as "awesome!!!" by Michael Bublé and was streamed online as part of the International Jazz Day celebrations.

The band recreate classic tunes from the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Glenn Miller. But this is no mere nostalgia trip – Down for the Count perform each song in their own unmistakeable style, breathing new life into the best vintage music.

Combine that with the band’s top class instrumental solos, sublime vocal performances, and irresistible humour and joie de vivre, and you get a show that will leave you feeling uplifted and wanting more.

"This is awesome!!!"
Michael Buble on our lockdown video

"One hellova celebration of vintage music."
TimeOut London

"Love this! Just lovely."
Clare Teal on our lockdown video

"A breath of fresh air on the swing scene."
Twinwood Festival

“Wow! That was fantastic! You guys are so good.” 
David Grant (Vocal coach – Fame Academy, Pop Idol etc)

"Classic set-pieces well played with exuberance and care… a sure-fire winner. Look out for them."
Jazz Rag 


Date: Wednesday 2nd February Ticket Prices: £20.00 - £35.00
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