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Stockport Plaza - Winter Cafe - 8th December 2017

Following our debut last year, we are delighted to be bringing back the Debonaires 5 piece 'Cabaret' band once more to the Plaza to play for diners. We had a lovely evening last year with a great atmosphere.
It was sold out except for one ticket last year so get a wriggle on if you would like tickets !

www.stockportplaza.co.uk

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Stafford Jazz Society - Sunday 29th October 2017

Having made our debut at Stafford Jazz Society back in April we are very pleased to have been invited back this Autumn. A lovely venue and a lovely bunch of jazz club members, why not join us all for a nice relaxing Sunday lunch time for some hot orchestrated vintage jazz music. Venue is the White Eagle Club Stafford (12:30 till 14:30hrs). Host Nick Balmforth will give Debonaires fans his usual warm welcome. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Max Debon & the Debonaires in concert. We will be playing your favourites and slipping in some new material.

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Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show - 23rd/24th September 2017

Very excited to have been invited to perform at the Imperial War Museum Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show this year. The Debonaires will be performing between 9:00 & 13:00hrs each morning before the show starts. Apparently 15,000 visitors per day are expected and I understand why. The line up of aircraft is amazing and some categories of tickets are already sold out.
Tickets in advance only. Website is HERE
We will be doing our best to get that Battle of Britain feeling going with the great swinging hits of the 30's & 40's. Come and join us !

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Phoenix Jazz Club - 23rd August 2017 - Stoke on Trent

Delighted once again to be invited back to 'Pedro's' Club for our 5th appearance and one of our comparatively rare public appearances. Such a welcoming and 'discerning' clientele, we are looking forward to it very much.
This year we have a special treat for Tommy Dorsey fans !
The Pheonix Jazz Club is hosted at the Longton Rugby Club, Phoenix Suite, Stoke-on-Trent. 19:00 hrs See you there!
www.phoenixsuite.co.uk

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Absinthe & Lace Champagne Supper Club - 5th August 2017 - Buxton Pavilion Arts Theatre

She's done it again !
Lady Absinthe is once again hosting this superlative event at the Buxton Pavilion Arts Theatre. The Debs will be providing a 5 piece cabaret style band for the event which will feature many national and internationally renown artistes to entertain you while you dine lavishly.
Full details on Buxton Opera House website HERE

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Vintage Festival - featuring Formula Vintage Oulton Park (International) Saturday 10 June 2017

Very pleased to be part of this fantastic event this year, the Debonaires will be providing some top vintage sounds and to get everyone dancing we will have Trina from the Backstep Boogie Club showing us the moves.
The Vintage Sports-Car Club, under its new guise Formula Vintage, makes its annual visit to Oulton Park for the club's second round of the season. This event is always one of the venue's most eagerly-awaited of the season.
Further information about the day can be found here . This event will feature plenty of off-track attractions too, including period car displays, themed food and drink, and shopping and of course the Debonaires to create a real garden party atmosphere.

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Stafford Jazz Society - Sunday 9th April 2017

Very excited to be making our debut at Stafford Jazz Society. Venue is the White Eagle Club (12:30 till 14:30hrs). Host Nick Balmforth will give Debonaires fans his usual warm welcome. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Max Debon & the Debonaires in concert .

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Mayor of Tameside - Annual Charity Valentine's Ball - Friday 10th February 2017

We are very pleased to have been invited back by the new Mayor, Councillor Philip Fitzpatrick, to perform at this prestigious event. Its a sumptuous dinner dance and fund raiser. Photo from last year !
Details are on the : Council website, hope to see you there !

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Stockport Plaza - Winter Cafe - 9th December 2016

Looking forward to being back at the Stockport Plaza, this time performing as a 5 piece Jazz Combo for diners. This will be a lovely evening and of course we will have the superb Miss Sarah Eastwood vocalising with us.

www.stockportplaza.co.uk

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Phoenix Jazz Club - 31st August 2016 - Stoke on Trent

The DEBONAIRES will be returning to the club for their 4th appearance. We really do get a marvellous reception and we are looking forward to it very much. The Pheonix Jazz Club is hosted at the Longton Rugby Club, Phoenix Suite, Stoke-on-Trent. 19:00 hrs See you there !
www.phoenixsuite.co.uk

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WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE OF THE DEBONAIRES, THE NORTH WEST AND MIDLANDS MOST AUTHENTIC LIVE SWING SENSATION

“IT DON’T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN’T GOT THAT SWING”    Duke Ellington 1931

Our passion is the popular music of the jazz era including Gatsby, classic Broadway & Hollywood and the Big Bands, from the energy of the roaring 20’s, the determination of the 30’s, the defiance of the 40’s and the glamour of the 50’s.

Frequently Asked Questions

Swing Band Leader Max DebonQ: Is it necessary to have dance lessons to be able to dance to the Debonaires?

A: No. For example, for weddings and other more general public functions we play lively jump jive sets that anyone can party to.

Q: How do the Debonaires get such a Big Band Sound from just 8 members?

A: The Debonaires play music which has been specially arranged by Max, to suit the very flexible and rich sounding line up of our 8 member band. The band size is optimal to give an authentic musical performance emulating period ensembles from dixie jazz to the big band sound, whilst being affordable to hire and economic in terms of the space required at venues.

Q: Is your music suitable for the American style 40’s jump, jive, lindy hop scene?

A: You bet Buddy! Our programmes are well researched and designed to keep the joint jumping!

Q: If required, are the Debonaires able to perform an evening for Ballroom dancing or a mixture?

A: We have an extensive music library and are able to offer you Modern Ballroom, Latin American, Old Tyme and Modern Sequence dancing at your request.

Q: Do the Debonaires perform concerts?

A: We love performing concerts! Concerts give us time to talk with and get to know our audience and are a great opportunity to show off other great classics from our repertoire.

Q: What does it cost to hire the DEBONAIRES ?

A: Please see our Price Guide.

The Debonaires play Live Swing Music

More about the Debonaires

The concept of the Debonaires Swing Band came from a desire to perform and bring to the public the great jazz and swing based music of the Dance Band days when music was made by Composers, Musicians and Bandleaders rather than Producers and Technicians. The Debonaires play completely live and do not use backing tracks or any other performance enhancing contrivance.

Location wise we are based around Manchester, Cheshire and Staffordshire and this consequently makes Lancashire, Shropshire, Flintshire, Derbyshire and of course Birmingham our local patch. We do however perform nationwide and are very keen to make new friends wherever you may live.

The Debonaires' line up consists of:

  • The Debonaires Live Band VocalistMale and Female Vocals
  • Clarinet
  • Alto Sax
  • Tenor Sax
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Piano
  • String Bass
  • Drums.

Repertoire

Here is just a sample of our repertoire:

Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens Louis Jordan
All That Jazz Liza Minnelli
Amado Mio  Pink Martini
American Patrol  Glenn Miller
As Time Goes By  Casablanca
At Last  Glenn Miller
Begin The Beguine  Artie Shaw
Big John's Special  Benny Goodman
The Black Bottom Gatsby
Blues In The Night Jimmie Lunceford
Boogie Blues Anita O'Day/Gene Krupa
Brazil Pink Martini
Bring Me Sunshine Wedding Song
Cabaret Louis Armstong
Charleston Gatsby
Chattanooga Choo Choo Glenn Miller
Cheek To Cheek Fred Astaire
Cherokee Charlie Barnet
Come Fly With Me  Frank  Sinatra
Cry Me A River Julie London
Darktown Strutter's Ball Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Diamonds Are A Girl'S Best Friend Marilyn Monroe
Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree Glenn Miller
Fly Me To The Moon Frank  Sinatra
Flying Home  Ted Heath
Foggy Day Gershwin
Heatwave Marilyn Monroe
Hit That Jive Jack Nat King Cole
How About You Judy Garland
I'll Be Seeing You Bing Crosby
I'm Begining To See The Light Ella Fitzgerald
In The Mood  Glenn Miller
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby Louis Jordan
It Don't Mean A Thing Ella Fitzgerald
It's A Sin To Tell A Lie Billie Holiday
It's Been A Long Long Time Harry James
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm Kay Starr
I've Heard That Song Before Harry James
Jump Jive An' Wail Louis Prima
Jumpin' At The Woodside Count Basie
Lambeth Walk Billy Cotton
Leaning On A Lamp Post George Formby
Leroy Brown Frank  Sinatra
Let There Be Love Nat King Cole
Little Brown Jug Glenn Miller
Luck Be A Lady Frank  Sinatra
Mack The Knife Armstrong/Darrin
Mambo Italiano Rosemary Clooney
Midnight In Moscow Kenny Ball
Moonlight Serenade Glenn Miller
My Baby Just Cares For Me Nina Somone
My Heart Belongs To Daddy Marilyn Monroe
Nice Work If You Can Get It Billie Holiday
Night And Day Cole Porter
Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square Vera Lynn
One For My Baby Frank  Sinatra
One O'Clock Jump  Count Basie
Opus One  Tommy Dorsey
Papa Loves Mambo Perry Como
Pennsylvania 6-5000 Glenn Miller
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps  Doris Day
Put The Blame On Mame Rita Hayworth
Puttin On The Ritz Fred Astaire
RAF March Past Royal Air Force
Rockin' In Rhythm Duke Ellington
Sentimental Journey Doris Day/Les Brown
Sing Sing Sing Benny Goodman
Skyliner Charlie Barnet
Straighten Up And Fly Right Nat King Cole
String Of Pearls Glenn Miller
Stuff Like That There Betty Hutton/Bette Midler
Sway Dean Martin
Sweet Georgia Brown   Ethel Waters
Tea For Two Edmundo Ros
That Certain Party Gatsby
That Old Devil Called Love Billie Holiday
The Black Bottom Gatsby
The Continental Harry Roy
The Folks That Live On The Hill Jerome Kern
The Man I Love Peggy Lee
Things   Bobby Darin
Things Ain't What They Used To Be Woody Herman
Tiger Rag Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Tisket A Tasket Ella Fitzgerald
Tuxedo Junction Erskine Hawkins
Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare Art Deco
Ukulele Lady George Formby
Watch The Birdie Gene Krupa
We'll Meet Again Vera Lynn
When I Fall In Love  Ambrose
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Glenn Miller
Why Don't You Do Right? Peggy Lee
Witchcraft Sarah Vaughan
Woodchoppers Ball Woody Herman
You Do Something To Me Cole Porter
You'll Never Know Rosemary Clooney
You've Got To See Mamma Ev'ry Night Gatsby

Max doesn't bite! Just pick up the phone and call Max Debon on 01270 526360 or 07979 501101.

If you prefer, please use our contact form or send him an email to

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Swing Band Testimonials

“ Hi Max
I just want to place on record my sincere thanks to you all for your superb performance on Saturday night at my 50th Birthday Party.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the music and didn't want it to end. The dance floor was full throughout the night and with dancers of all ages. - a real tribute to your artistry.

Many of us woke up on Sunday morning quite bleary eyed but with so many of your wonderful tunes going around in our heads. You have created many many happy memories.

I will not hesitate to recommend you to other people.

Please convey my appreciation to the other band members.

With sincere thanks and good wishes.
Gary ”

Garry Poole

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“ Thanks you for providing excellent music and I look forward to doing business with you again as you made my job a lot easier. ”

CM Flight Sergeant MOD Stafford

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“ We would like to thank Max and The Debonaires for their fantastic music at our wedding on Saturday.
They were so accommodating and even added a new song to their repertoire as I requested Gary Smiths favourite song of Bring Me Sunshine, he was over the moon when he heard it.
So many of our guests were mesmerized by Max and the music, we had lots commenting on how fantastic they were and how lovely it was to have a proper band playing!
Everything was perfect from the initial e-mail to the very end, I can't recommend them highly enough. Thank you so very much x ”

Claire and Gary

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“ Thank you Deboniares for the most amazing night. You were just superb and made our 1940s party such fun and got everyone on the dance floor! We're trying to think of future parties just so that we can book you again! Thankyou thank you thank you! ”

Nancy and Tom

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“ Hi Max, thank you for the fantastic music on our opening night. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We will be in touch soon to arrange a repeat booking. ”

Ruth Newman - Redhouse Inn

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“ Thank you for sounding so amazing last night, from start to finish we loved every minute of it. Adam Borriello (groom).

You guys were amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed your sets -Couldn't stop dancing and singing! Thank you for helping to make their evening special.Cazz Prior (Bridesmaid). ”

Wedding of Izzy & Adam

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“ Hi Max,

On behalf of the Civic Mayor of Tameside (Councillor Vincent Ricci) and all his guests, please accept our sincere thanks for a fantastic evening.

The event was a huge success and we are all so grateful to the Debonaires for helping to make the occasion so memorable.

Thank you once again, it was a pleasure working with you.

Best wishes. ”

JG - Tameside Mayor's Office

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“ Hello Max great to hear from you
I`d like nothing better than to book the Debonaires for a show next year- easily the best dance band I`ve booked EVER!! ”

DT / Middlewich Town Council

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“ On behalf of the Commanding Officer of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, I would like to thank you so much for playing at our Battle of Britain Dining-In Night. Your contribution was greatly appreciated and I have received numerous positive comments following your performance last night.
The Debonaires captured the mood of the evening perfectly; the selection of music was ideal and, on a personal note, the RAF March as the Top Table left was the icing on the cake.
Please pass on my thanks to all members of The Debonaires - you all helped make the event a great success. ”

Project Officer - Battle of Britain Dining-In Night

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“ Thanks Max, you did us proud. Fabulous band! ”

Lavender Ribbon Cancer Charity

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“ Morning Max
Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and your team .
Excellent , very professional, and also lovely people to work with . Your dedication and passion for your art is outstanding , and you took the evening to a different level with your music - amazing !
I would love to have you back to another supper club and hope you had a wonderful night yourselves .
Please pass on my thanks and appreciation again to your team , they were all excellent .
Hope to speak soon ,
Warmest Regards
Lady Absinthe x ”

Lady Absinthe / Buxton

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“ I wanted to follow up on your wedding performance on the 24th November. Your band's performance was excellent and everyone had a wonderful time; I can't tell you how many people came up to me to ask where we found you and how good they said you all were. As a 'small' band you put out a 'big band sound', witness the crowded dance floor. ”

PM / Macclesfield

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“ We all had a brilliant night at the Swingaroo christmas party - what a great party atmosphere - Awesome band, absolutely blew us all away at Swingaroo on Friday. Hopefully we're getting 'em back next year! ”

AD / Preston

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“ Thanks again for playing at our wedding. The music was perfect for giving the drinks reception that 'vintage' feel and definitely added a touch of class! We have had so many lovely comments from guests. We really appreciated your professionalism on the day and beforehand in fitting round our ever changing plans and song preferences for the day. We will definitely be recommending the Debonaires to our friends for future events. ”

HB / Nantwich

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“ We gave a great reception to the Debonaires. - as this 'small big band' reminded us of Duke, Glenn, Woody and others, and singer Sarah did the same for such as Ella, Peggy and Marilyn. Absolutely everything went with such a swing. ”

Brookdale Club / Stockport

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The Debonaires are based around Manchester, Birmingham, Cheshire, Staffordshire, essentially the Midlands and North West but are happy to perform at venues nationwide.
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