Swing and Song of the Highest Order !” – (Encore Magazine). Performing the original DYNAMIC SOUND of the SWING ERA – Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald plus the latest Jazz and Blues “Jools Holland Style.”
They Swing Like CRAZY !” – (Sheila Tracy, BBC).Experience the LIVE IMPACT of Big Band Jazz, Swing & Blues as performed by the unique FIVE STAR SWING combination of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists.  

Sheer Versatility… They swept us along from the start !” – (The Daily Echo).

Five Star Swing have performed on BBC TV’s “Children in Need”, Dame Vera Lynn’s War Veteran’s Charity Balls, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, plus three National Theatre Tours, private events throughout the country and released their latest album “Swing ‘n’ Sinatra“.

A Celebration of Vintage Swing!” – (The Telegraph)

Listen or dance to Five Star Swing’s rare “feel-good” effect of a true Vintage Swing Band – songs from Benny Goodman, Basie, Ellington to Sammy Davies Jnr’s “Mr Bojangles” plus foot stomping Traditional Jazz through to the super cool sounds of Miles Davies.   All sizes of bands are available - from the soothing sound of the jazz trio to the powerful impact of the authentic  Five Star BIG BAND sound !  
Chris Smith (Jnr) – Band Leader.Chris’s compositions and arrangements are frequently played by Jazz FM, Capital Radio, B.B.C Radio
Big Band, Royal Variety Performance and of course Five Star Swing! As a Piano/Trumpet player, Chris has appeared on B.B.C breakfast T.V, Top Of The Pops, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and The Royal Variety Show. He has toured extensively with the Herb Miller Orchestra (Glenn’s Brother), as well as Jazz festivals throughout the world. Experienced in all types of functions and Stage Shows, under Chris’ direction five Star Swing’s excellent vocalists and musicians create the vibrant sound of the Big Band era. Style is added to every performance from an exciting repertoire, featuring songs from Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Glenn Miller and Jazz favourites, through to modern day artistes – Robbie Williams, Jamie Cullum and Jools Holland.
Simone – Vocalist / Saxophonist Simone has performed on the TV Film Lace 2, recorded with Paul Weller and was featured alto saxophone solo on the Paul Merton Show. She was also lead alto saxophone for the New Squadroniares and latter days of the Ivy Benson show band, including a performance on the Russell Harty TV Show.
Trombone player, Mike Innes, has recorded with Shirley Bassey, Jools Holland, Gary Barlow, Elaine Paige, Roy Castle, Harry Secombe, ‘Darius’ and The Pet Shop Boys. He was the musical director for the English entry for the “Song for Europe” and with the Ronnie Scott’s big band. Mike’s television appearances include – Top of the Pops, TFI Friday, Jools Holland, Steve Coogan, A Song for Europe, Noel’s House Party and MTV.

Previous Clients include:-

Blenhiem Palace

Tony Blair

Phill Collins

Kensington Palace

Dame Vera Lynn

Chelsea Flower Show

The Savoy Hotel, Grosvenor Hotel

H.M The Treasury

Westminster Cabinet War Rooms

BBC Children In Need

British Airways

Wembley Conference Centre

Kew Gardens

TV & Film Verterans Association

Lords Cricket Ground

Granada TV

Watford Football Club

Rod Stewart

Bob Monkhouse

Imperial War Museum

Terry Wogan

John Prescott

Café Royal

Five Star Productions THEATRE SHOWS have sold out at many UK theatres, the full list includes

Queens Theatre, Hornchurch.
Brentwood Centre Brentwood
Pavilion Theatre Worthing
Theatre Royal St. Helens
Winter Gardens Theatre Ventnor
Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage
Theatre Royal Margate
The Castle Wellingborough
Talk of the Town Milton Keynes
Hove Centre Hove
Campus West Theatre Welywn
The Radlett Centre Radlett
Customs House South Shields

Mowlem Theatre Swanage
Angel Theatre Woodbridge
Eric Morecambe Hall Harpenden
Castle Hall Hertford
The Elgiva Chesham
The Harlequin Redhill
Ben Hall Rugby
Pavilion Exmouth
Thameside Theatre Grays
Camberley Theatre Camberley
Hazlitt Theatre Maidstone
library Theatre Leighton Buzzard
Capitol Theatre Horsham
Cromer Theatre Cromer
Barking Theatre Barking
Colne Theatre Colne
Kenneth More Theatre Ilford
Gravesend Gravesend
Swan theatre High Wycombe
Beck Theatre Hayes
Town Hall Theatre Hartlepool
Rosehill Theatre Whitehaven
Alban Arena St Albans

Empire Theatre Blackburn
Roses Theatre Tewesbury
Medina Theatre Isle of White
Winter Gardens Margate
Lowther Pavilion Lytham St Annes
Pavilion Theatre Weymouth
The Playhouse Weston-super-Mare
Queens Hall Dunoon
Corran Hall Oban
Phoenix Theatre Blyth
Warners Holiday Centres
Spa Pavilion Felixstowe
West Cliff Theatre Clacton
Claire Hall Heywards Heath
Princess theatre Hunstanton
Medina Theatre` Isle of Wight
Kings Hall Hern Bay
Chequer Mead Com’ Arts East Grinstead
Manor Pavilion Theatre Sidmouth
Queen Mother Theatre Hitchin
Plinston Hall Letchworth
Rufus Centre Flitwick
Wyvern theatre Swindon
Civic Theatre Aylesbury
Stantonbury Theatre Milton Keynes
Norden Arts centre Maidenhead
Parkway Theatre Cleethorpes
The Sands Gainsborough
Thwaites Theatre Blackburn
Priory Centre St. Neots
Wyllyotts Theatre Potters Bar
Millfield Theatre Edmonton
Corn Exchange Stamford
Theatre Royal Wakefield
Regis Centre Bognor
Playhouse Norwich
Guildhall Theatre Derby
Civic Theatre Oswaldtwistle
The Hub Theatre Verwood
Conquest Theatre Bromyard
Huntingdon Hall Worcester

REWIEW by Sheila Tracy (BBC)

They Swing like CRAZY!”

Saxophones, a rhythm section and vocals, swinging like crazy – that’s the aptly named FIVE STAR SWING ! As saxophone section in any band, they would take some beating. Beautifully tones and well rehearsed by their leader, Chris Smith (Jnr), who has the singular talent of playing the trumpet with his right hand and the piano with his left at one and the same time ! He also happens to be a very experienced music writer having learnt his trade with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Add to the fact that he can also well handle a vocal, as can his wife, lead alto Simone Smith and tenor man Stephen Davies, who’s clarinet playing on “Sing, Sing, Sing” was superb – and it will give you some idea of the breadth of talent in this line-up. This is a band crying out to be danced to and it wasn’t long before the jivers took to the dance floor. Five Star Swing –a “must” for every dance club in the country.

Right in the swing !

By Ray O’Luby (Daily Echo)

Swing ‘n’ Sinatra, Regent Centre, Christchurch

“Swing-master” Smith strikes up the bands…

Fully living up to their five-star name, this London-based outfit under the direction of veteran Chris Smith (jnr) swept us along from the start with their excellent repertoire from Big Band’s golden era.

And even if they’re not that “big” – there are only five of them – they make up for that with sheer versatility.

The “brass” section alternate saxophones with flute, clarinet and even viola, while sharing vocals with the leader who plays piano and trumpet – sometimes both at once.

The highlights came mainly from Sinatra’s inexhaustible songbook, with Chris Smith (jnr) extolling the delights of Chicago and duetting with the band’s female singer Simone Smith (who also happens to be his wife) on Something Stupid, while Stephen Davies made for a splendidly mean Mac the Knife.

The instrumentalists took in all the musical genre’s shades, from Tommy Dorsey’s stomping Opus One to Dizzy Gillespie’s blasting Be Bop and Glenn Miller’s super-smoothly polished swing. There was some great instrumental work too, including Simone Smith’s sax on Erol Garner’s Misty and Stephen Davies’ clarinet on Benny Goodman’s Sing Sing Sing.

“A musical treat”Jim Kennedy (Encore Magazine)

JIM KENNEDY (Encore Magazine April ’07)

SWING ‘n’ SINATRA…

HARLEQUIN THEATRE,

REDHTLL (16/02/07)

Musical Director: Chris Smith (jnr)

MUSICAL TREAT.

Take a sixteen piece big band, remove the four trumpets, withdraw the four trombones, lose the rhythm guitar and what are you left with? The answer is the seven handed ‘FIVE STAR SWING’ – four saxes, bass, piano & drums – and although the line-up is as unlikely as you will find anywhere, it really does work a treat. The reasons are twofold. First is that each member of the band is a master of his/her instrument and second, the superb arrangements provided by musical director CHRIS SMITH (jnr). His imaginative scoring complements the unusual line up to perfection. Whatever drive is lacking from the missing brass sections, the ‘swing’ – is more than replaced by the dynamic keyboard, synthesiser and excellent trumpet, all contributed by the multi-talented front man and the fact that he also sings well, comes as no surprise.

The sax section – SIMONE SMITH, VICKY COWLES, STEPHEN DAVIES and DAVID WIGRAM – all play the full range of reed instruments, with the latter playing some fine solos on Viola. The main vocals also come from the brass set up, with the sultry Simone Smith and the swinging Stephen Davies in fine form. If the title of the show is somewhat of a misnomer – the programme is much less of a tribute to ‘Old Blue Eyes’ than a journey through the great swing ballads of a former era – fans of this style of music will, nevertheless, revel in what is on offer. Some of the highlights which thrilled the onlookers, were the superb arrangement of the Glenn Miller classic ‘In the Mood’, coupled with ‘Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree’ which included a great three-part vocal set, the atmospheric ‘Misty’, the driving ‘Bebop’, which really showed off the tight brilliance of the sax section and ‘You Again’ a composition beautifully written and scored by leader Chris Smith (jnr)……. and the big finish – ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’, featuring superb solos from the full ensemble including bassist NIGEL EMERTON and, particularly, drummer RICK PHILPOTT’. At the finish cheers rang out continuously until, finally, the house lights came up, announcing that the musical treat really had finally come to an end.

JIM KENNEDY (Encore Magazine)


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