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Powder Jazz

Powder Jazz has been together for 8 years and have played innumerable gigs around the country and abroad.

As well as covering songs from the pop and rock repertoire, Powder play the best songs from the classic period of American swing; Sinatra, King Cole, Fitzgerald, Armstrong are all influences. They are happy to provide mellow background music as a duo for a reception or dinner, and happy to swing with a full band at the party.
Although the band listed is the typical line-up, any number of musicians can be combined to cater for various tastes and requirements.
The band will typically play as a trio for small events or expand the line up to a four piece or five piece for bigger shows.
Powder have played events for many celebrity and corporate clients including Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, at a Wembley Stadium sporting event which was attended by most of the UK Olympic athletic team and many UK sporting legends , The Football Association annual dinner in Portugal, Mary Kay , Marks and Spencer's , The Trafford Centre and many more. In 2013 Powder were chosen to play at a Vogue catwalk show.

Powder have a selection of modern party tracks for dancing. They also have a set of pop songs played in a swing style.
Powder can be booked as Pop Up Musicians and as a Swingaoke Band.

In April 2014 Powder ( as The Big Button Boys )were booked for the FA cup semi final in the hospitality suite at Wembley Stadium. This was the Arsenal VS Wigan game. It went so well that they were booked for the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull at Wembley and that's despite them not being footie fans!

In March 2015 Powder were chosen by William Hill to represent them at the Cheltenham Gold Cup Races.

Act Information


Brian Acton - Guitar and vocals
Martin Davies - Drums
Bruce Reid - Double Bass
Duo: Double bass, guitar & vocals

Extra Line-up(s)

Available as duo, trio, quartet or quintet.

Also included

We have a crisp, clean and shiny new P.A.
We have crisp, clean and shiny new lights.


North West based and will travel to these areas: South East, South West, Midlands, North East, North West, Scotland, Wales, Ireland.

Previous Clients

Vogue, American Tobacco, Labour party, Conservative party, Marks & Spencer, Fresh Promotions.


The band were brilliant on Friday, the music was just what was requested and Brian and the crew played brilliantly. I will make sure to comment on the Social Media pages but thanks once again.

-Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

Yes thanks the band were great.

-Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup 2015

Powder Jazz played for my wife's birthday party on Saturday and were just superb. Their relaxed laid back manner belies their well-honed professionalism. They moved seamlessly from mellow jazz through dinner to some swing and pop music that had everyone on their feet. No mean achievement at our age.Thanks again guys.

-Peter Barnes

I suggested my pal book a band from Live Music Management when he was let down by a band he had booked direct for a Xmas show. LMM suggested Powder Jazz and I got they went down fantastically well at my mates corporate event. I DJ for LMM so know they only use quality acts but it was nice to know they could help out a friend with a top quality band at short notice.

-DJ Andi Mavis December 2014

Both acts were great last night so thank you.

-Trafford Centre Event September 2013

Amazing band - two great sets which really brought my 50th party to life with everyone up on their feet and dancing. Super bunch of guys who really know what they are doing!

-Andy from Notts

All good over the weekend, the songs they were performing were great, and the pressing of the button work fantastic.

Thanks again for all your help.

-Event Organiser July 2013

Just letting you know that the event on May 21 went very smoothly and the guys did a great job.

-Romanian Events Promoter May 2013

Powder Jazz were brilliant. I have already been in touch with Brian to tell him how thrilled we were. My Mum was dumbstruck. All the guests were very impressed.

Many thanks


-Alex Parks

Powder turned up early despite the bad traffic and were set and ready to perform on time.They performed a great set and were loved by the client.

-Indigo Blue

What a great band


Please pass on my thanks to Powder who made last night truly memorable for all the family.

-Josephine Small

Love your version of Fell In Love With A Girl...better than Joss Stone by far...great band.

-Peter Marshall

Powder have played my events several times and I have always found them accomodating and a brilliant act for the price.


Very good band...great jazz vocals (almost like Chet Baker) and wonderful playing.To top this Powder are a very nice set of people and couldnt have been more helpful at my event.

-James-Events Manchester

We had a Powder Jazz duo (Brian and bassist only) at our wedding in Ilkley, West Yorkshire in August 2011 and they were excellent. Sweet, happy swinging music perfect background to a drinks reception.


A very friendly and helpful bunch of guys. Communications were easy and fun and they really set the right mood for our wedding breakfast. Thanks guys!

-Emma Hartley

"Excellent as always! Hope they enjoyed it too."
Event Organiser June 2010

"Zoe and I first saw Brian and Soots performing at a friend's wedding. We were planning ours and knew we had to get them involved. From alternative Jazz in the afternoon, to a swing set in the early evening, right through to pop and heavy rock in the evening, these guys really have it all. Fantastic band, very personable and exceptionally professional in their approach. We wouldn't hesitate in recommending these guys and we will be definitely using them again."
James Cole (a merry old soul, married June '14)
"Hi Alex,
I had the function on Saturday, and Powder Jazz came to play for the evening. I just wondered if you could pass on a message for me? Just to say thanks really. We had a wonderful night and their music was really good. Everyone commented on how good they were and how it was just right. I didn't get a chance to tell them myself so if you got pass it on for me or give me their email that would be great. If we were to do anything similar again I would defiantly look into booking them!
Thanks for all your help,
Nicola Storey" June 2010

Dear Brian,

Many thanks to you and your band for a great night of entertainment at our wedding last Saturday. It was a great day/night overall and your music made it all the more special. Many of our friends and family commented on how much they enjoyed it. Let us know if you're ever playing in the Sheffield area and we will come listen again. All the best.

Thanks for learning 'The Way You Look Tonight'. My daughter has always loved that. We had a great time, and you sounded excellent.

"Wonderful performance boys. Really made the afternoon a cut above. Classy version of 'Tainted Love' too! Most unexpected!"

"Great gig Brian. Hope you can do it again next year."


Romanian Tour 2013
Labour Party party at Wembley Arena
Manchester Jazz Festival 2010



Powder Jazz play literally hundreds of songs and the list is somewhat bewildering, so I have listed examples of the repertoire below.
We would write specific sets for the venues once we have all the dates and relevant info.

Andy Williams Moonriver
Chet Baker My Funny Valentine
Frank Sinatra As Time Goes By
Ella FitzgeraldAngel Eyes
Frank SinatraAs Time Goes By
Frank SinatraBlue Moon
Billie HolidayBody And Soul
Louis Armstrong Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Frank SinatraEverything Happens To Me
Ella Fitzgerald Everytime We Say Goodbye
Ray CharlesGeorgia
Frank SinatraI Fall In Love Too Easily
Chet BakerIt Could Happen To You
Frank Sinatra It Had To Be You
Frank SinatraLike Someone In Love
Andy Williams Moonriver
Frank Sinatra My Funny Valentine
Thelonius MonkRound Midnight
Hoagy Carmicheal Skylark
Billie Holiday Solitude
Nat King ColeTenderly
Louis Armstrong We Have All The Time In The World
Nat King Cole When I Fall In Love
Daft Punk Get Lucky
Gnarls Barkley Crazy
The Undertones Teenage Kicks
Amy Winehouse Valerie
The Cure Lovecats
Blondie Denis
Electric Six Gay Bar
Eliza DoolittleRollerblades
Soft Cell Tainted Love
Stevie Wonder Superstition
Booker T. and the MGs Green Onions
Van Morrison Moondance
Joss Stone Fell In Love With A Boy
NirvanaSmells Like Teen Spirit
Ann Peebles I Can't Stand The Rain
Bill Withers Lean On Me
Al Green Love And Happiness
Van Morrison Moondance
Stevie Wonder Superstition
Kaiser ChiefsI Predict A Riot
Marvin Gaye Heard It Through The Grapevine
The BeatlesHere Comes the Sun
Classic Swing
Frank SinatraA Hundred Years From Today
Louis ArmstrongAin't Misbehavin'
Frank Sinatra All Of Me
Frank Sinatra All Of You
Ella FitzgeraldAll The Things You Are
Frank Sinatra Alone Together
Nat King Cole Autumn Leaves
Frank Sinatra Bewitched
Charlie Parker Billie's Bounce
Billie Holiday Blue Skies
Miles Davis Bye Bye Blackbird
George GershwinBut Not For Me
Frank Sinatra Come Fly With Me
Antonio Carlos Jobim Corcovado
Oscar Brown Jr. Dat Dere
Diana Krall 'Deed I Do
Nat King Cole Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me
Ella Fitzgerald Everything But You
Frank Sinatra Fly Me To The Moon
Billie Holiday Foolin' Myself
Diana Krall Frim Fram Sauce
Billie Holiday God Bless The Child
Ella Fitzgerald How High The Moon
Ella Fitzgerald I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Frank Sinatra I Get A Kick Out Of You
Louis Armstrong I'm Beginning To See The Light
Renee OlsteadIs You Is Or Is You Ain't (my baby)
Jamie Cullum It Ain't Necessarily So
Nat King Cole It's Only A Paper Moon
Ella FitzgeraldJersey Bounce
Frank Sinatra Just a Gigolo/ I Ain't Got Nobody
Gavin DeGrawJust Friends
Nat King Cole Just You Just Me
Irving Berlin Let's Face The Music (and dance)
Diana Krall Let's Fall In Love
Vaughn Monroe Let's Get Lost
Judy Garland Look For The Silver Lining
Cole Porter Love For Sale
Nina Simone Love Me Or Leave Me
Faithfull Marianne Mad About The Boy
Frank Sinatra Making Whoopee
Nina Simone My Baby Just Cares For Me
Frank Sinatra My Heart Stood Still
Jamie Cullum Nature Boy
Ella Fitzgerald Nice Work If You Can Get It
Tony Bennett Old Devil Moon
Louis Armstrong On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Ella Fitzgerald Out Of Nowhere
Clifford Brown Sandu
Jamie Cullum Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
John Pizzarelli The Song Is You
Billie Holiday Stormy Weather
George Gershwin Summertime
Frank Sinatra That Old Black Magic
Chet Baker That Old Feeling
Frank Sinatra That's Life
Antonio Carlos Jobim The Girl From Ipanema
Frank Sinatra The Lady Is A Tramp
Diana Krall Thou Swell
Billie Holiday Them There Eyes
Nat King Cole There Will Never Be Another You
Ella Fitzgerald They Can't Take That Away From Me
George Benson This Masquerade
Chet Baker Time After Time
Annie Ross Twisted
Thelonius Monk Well You Needn't
Washington Dinah What A Difference A Day Made
Louis ArmstrongWhat A Wonderful World
Ray Charles Willow Weep For Me
Benny Goodman You Turned The Tables On Me

Extra Costs

The price brackets above should be used as a guide only as all quotes are bespoke.

Performance times for most acts except Tributes and some other Unique performers are usually 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 40 min sets.

(If you require the act to perform longer than these times you may incur extra costs.)

Travel costs vary depending on the act and will be included to the quote given to you by our agents.

Our acts would usually expect to arrive around 6pm and to be finished around midnight.

(If you need the act to arrive earlier or finish later there may be extra costs but these can be negotiated.)