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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

Wedding Reception Live Swing Music from the Debonaires Tommy Dorsey Boogie Woogie Matt Monro My Kind of Girl

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 !

Wedding Reception Live Swing Music from the Debonaires Manchester Swing Band

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

Wedding Reception Live Swing Music from the Debonaires Classic Cars, Vintage Festival, Backstep Boogie, Oulton Park

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 .

Wedding Reception Live Swing Music from the Debonaires Manchester Swing Band

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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New Debonaires promotional video

promotional video Max Debon & the Debonaires. undiscovered brass.co.uk. Mark Leigh, Princess Dianna. Frank Sinatra. Tommy Dorsey. I

Finally it's happened. I have removed the 'apology' from the title of our Music Clips page.
Very pleased to have a new and our 1st proper promotional video from our last performance at the Phoenix Jazz Club.
Good work band and some great vocals from Sarah.
Even on a whole website its very hard to say what kind of music we play, it is so varied and will vary depending on the client and the occasion. This new video solves this problem, in 3.5mins you get some Glenn Miller, Gastby, Fred & Ginger, Ellington/Ella swing, a some Latin, Nina Simone, Marilyn Monroe, some 50's Basie groove and some Dixie Jazz.
All thanks to Mark Leigh of Undiscovered Brass who asked if he could record his Tommy Dorsey tribute with the Debs.
See our new video on our Music Clips Page and hear Mark's exquisite performance of Tommy's I'm Getting Sentimental over You, here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umzXSL4rG8o

All I can say is I hope you enjoy the videos and look out for the live album !
Max.

Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow

Imperial War Museum Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow

Wow what a weekend !
Lets start appropriately with the flying. What a fantastic excuse for some superb pilots to go thrashing about the place in some iconic yes, but still breath-taking 70 year old aircraft. A squadron of 14 Spitfires in the air together, Hurricanes doing amazing aerobatics, plus a glorious Lancaster. There were some marvellous US planes too, Thunderbolts, Mustangs and Dakotas. Dakotas always make me think of From Here To Eternity.
Appropriately we had 3 members of the band flying in to the gig. Ok 2 were on commercial aircraft into Stanstead but our intrepid lead sax man Rick managed to pilot his own aircraft into Duxford. From the saga I get the impression it is harder to avoid the red tape than it is to avoid the ground when undertaking a flight !
Each morning before the show there was 40's entertainment from the Debonaires of course, brilliantly supported by Jitterbug Jive dance troupe from Bournemouth and the dulcet Andrews Sisters style renderings from the Blue Bird Belles from the West Midlands. We certainly made new friends with the artistes and visitors alike and thanks to all you swing fans who tracked us down on Facebook and our website and sent us such encouraging messages.

Absinthe & Lace Champagne Supper Club

burlesque Florian Brooks Oliver Tabor Scarlet Butterfly Talulah Blue

Wow, what a night we had !
I really must put on record, the fabulous show presented at the Opera House Arts Theatre Buxon on Saturday by Lady Absinthe. Such a fabulous thing to be part of. Fine dining whilst being entertained by internationally renown talent such as Florian Brooks, Oliver Tabor and Scarlet Butterfly in a professional show that hit just the right tone. Such a promoter of live entertainment and for me in particular - Live Music ! Thank you Lady A xx
See the 2 pictures here and then jump to our Gallery page to see more.

Nothing like a bit of networking !

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Washed out Bandstand - Yikes!

Brooklands, Goodwood, Oulton Park, Donnington Part, Brands Hatch, Silverstone

Things not looking good upon arrival at the MSV Vintage Festival at Oulton Park Racing Circuit. However the organisers (Phil's Team) swiftly rescued the situation and found us and the Backstep Boogie Club a lovely dry corner of the Café and a captive audience !
It was fab to be working with Trina and the Backstep Boogie Club once again. How do you keep dancing all day ?!

But the weather did cheer up to allow this splendid band shot with this magnificent iconic aeroplane

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I think Sarah was enjoying herself with all that military hardware !

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Standing ovation for our debut at Stafford Jazz Society - Oh my !

John Barber, Andy Scott, Mike Lovatt, Matt Ford, Claire Teal, Vintage Dance Orchestra

What a lovely Sunday lunchtime concert at Stafford Jazz Society, and such a warm welcome from Nick Balmforth and the rather large audience and a standing ovation no less.
Thanks to ace trombonist John Barber for standing in and bravo to all my lovely regular musicians who clearly had a ball. On particular form I think was the delightful Sarah Eastwood on Vocals and Clarinet who was clearly loving performing in her home town.
I must also give a big thank you to Mr Paul Milgate-Scarrott, top photographer, for some excellent shots of the band, look out for a new gallery later in the week. I fear Sarah may well have a gallery to herself !

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Oh no, not another one been and gone. Its bad enough any year, but when band members start having significant birthdays along the way, it just highlights how quickly they fly by.
I hope you all like my ‘Lady’ in this years picture? A reason to be cheerful for sure, and a very good excuse to be looking back at nostalgic things whilst the uncertainty of 2017 unfolds before us.
Once again the previous year has been fabulous for the band. As our regulars will know, we don’t currently put on our own events, we quite literally wait for the telephone call or an Email and where they come from is quite unpredictable. We have performed once again for some lovely couples getting married in vintage style, made some new friends in the MOD, played some Jazz Club dates, debuted at the Stockport Plaza, and even put out a Debonaries Dixie Band for a New Orleans evening. However I would say the recurring theme last year was Private Parties. Suddenly a year of significant birthdays not only for band members hee hee. Our clients and their guests are just so lovely, appreciative and supportive of our efforts to keep offering genuinely live quality music.
Some of you will have noticed that in addition to our regular fabulous ‘swing’ repertoire our ‘Latin Quarter’ is growing. All still vintage of course but really exciting for ‘non dancers’ at say weddings and parties to dance to and let their hair down to. More in the pipeline.
Thank you and a happy 2017 to you All, and don’t forget, “keep dancing !”
Kind regards, Max.

Stockport Plaza - Winter Cafe

Art Deco Manchester Swing Band Swing and Latin Band

We had a superb debut at the Plaza Winter Cafe' on the 9th December. It was a lovely opportunity to meet some new friends and to catch up with some of our regular fans who await our not too frequent public performances. Great to have so many diners. I'm told that there was only one spare seat in the whole Cafe' unsold.
Due to the size of the venue and the intimate dining nature of the event I took just a 5 piece combo along: Our regular rhythm section boys and the lovely Sarah Eastwood on Vocals, Clarinet and Sax.
If you have not been to the Plaza or indeed the Cafe' both are wonderfully restored Art Deco treasures. Tours are available.
I am happy to say that the Plaza have already re-booked us for next Xmas, the 8th December to be precise. Hopefully see you there, best wishes Max.

Congratulations to Ore and Joanne

Strictly Come Dancing Dave Arch Tess Daley Claudia Winkleman Len Goodman

Can't believe it has come around again. The 2016 Strictly season has been and gone and its time to say Congratulations to Ore and Joanne, winners this year. The standard was so high this year that the judges were were moved on occasion to remark that sometimes the 'celebs' were almost indistinguishable from the professionals, and that makes it all incredibly frustrating to the runners up, bravo to Danny and Louise it was sooo close.
We shouldn't take anything away from the winners, but for Debonaires fans, the departure of Len Goodman is a big deal. The last link from the original 'Come Dancing' days and someone who danced and taught Ballroom, perhaps not in the heyday (Len is not that old) but certainly was one of those that pulled it through the 60's and 70's and beyond and is still delivering it to us superbly today.
Who will be the next head judge? Oooogh. Bring back Arlene Phillips !
Thanks to all involved in giving us yet another annual festival of brilliant LIVE music and dancing. I think Strictly is becoming like the Proms, do you think It will going in 50/100 years time ? All the best Max.

Agrupació Musical Cultural de Teulada

Modern Jive Salsa Ceroc Swing Band

Just back from Valencia Spain, a lovely break but icing on the cake was getting the chance to play with Spanish Band Agrupació Musical Cultural de Teulada. Thanks to Director Rafa Pascual Alfonso for letting me sit in. Special thanks also to Principal Trumpet Miguel for letting me sit alongside him and for translating !

Vintage Wedding - Claire and Gary

North Wales Chesterfield Winding Wheel

My world has changed ! For the first time in over 2 years I don't have Claire and Gary's wedding in the Debonaires band diary, suddenly its all over. I think Claire holds the record for early booking the Debonaires, bless you Claire !
You really did think of everything. You and Gary looked splendid in your wonderful vintage turnout as did your lovely guests.
Claire and Gary had dance lessons to prepare to dance to their choice of 1st dance which was Benny Goodman's Sing Sing Sing. And the guests were not getting away with it either. Yes jive lessons from 2 dance teachers on hand so that even the most uninitiated guests could throw themselves into the spirit of the evening.
Thanks to Claire also for pointing out a brilliant wedding song with such good words.Claire asked me to make a special musical arrangement of Bring Me Sunshine as a surprise for Gary. We kept the secret to such an extent that I entitled the song BMS just so Gary wouldn't spot it on our music stands and catch on.
Lovely evening, lovely couple, lovely cake !
Best wishes for your future Claire and Gary.

Battle of Britain Dinner

SPITFIRE HURRICANE LANCASTER WELLINGTON MOSQUITO BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Fabulous debut night at MOD Stafford performing for mess Battle of Britain Dinner. Good food, good music, and a SPITFIRE, ok a jeep and a NAAFI tent too but a SPITFIRE !

Batte of Britain Dinner

Heroes remembered battle of britain MOD Royal Signals Regiment RAF March Past Winston Churchill

Well, actually the Officers and Sergeants did rather dignify the authentic NAAFI tent, and it was a splendid evening with the right proportion of fun and seriousness as the occasion deserved. Heroes remembered.

Armed Forces Day - RAF Cosford

Battle of Britain Flight. RAF.Music from the Debonaires. Swing Nostalgia Glann Miller, Benny Goodman

Fabulous musical day at RAF Cosford commemorating Armed Forces Day.
Great to be involved in this again.
This year we had a Hurricane fly-by, Wow wee!!!

Debut - Debonaires Dixie Band !

"trad Jazz"  "New Orleans" New Orleans Trad Jazz

"Would you be able to provide a band to play New Orleans style music?"
Yes Madam! And so the Debonaires Dixie Band made its debut. I mean, which Bandleader doesn't have Sousaphone and Banjo players in their address book!
It was certainly fun to put together a scratch band for Redhouse Inn Grand Re-opening and it went down so well we hope to be going back.
The nice thing about a New Orleans/Trad Jazz/Dixie Band is that its just an acoustic set up ideal for pubs and smaller venues.
So yes the Dixie Band is taking bookings. The best things are never planned. :-)

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Borriello !

wedding Edgbaston Birmingham "My Baby Just Cares for Me"

The great thing about Brides, is that they are so efficient when it comes to organising the wedding, usually booking the band nice and early as Izzie did 13 months ago. I feel I have become Izzie's pen pal as we have emailed each other over the months, sorting out dates, timings, favourite tunes, the first dance, oh and a buffet for the band hee hee! Absolutely the best part of my job and to be so well received by all ages as are found at a wedding is so gratifying. I was very pleased to pen a new musical arrangement for the couple's first dance, "My Baby Just Cares For Me" and that means we now have a new number in the repertoire. Have a good honeymoon Izzie and Adam.

Strictly Come Dancing Charity Valentine I just couldn't let last night's event go by without comment. The Debonaires first time at Dukinfield Town Hall, very nice, and what seemed to us to be a very successful evening.
We particularly enjoyed the Strictly Come Dancing style dance demonstration by the Mayor, Councilor Vincent Ricci, as he demonstrated his medal wining dance skills.
A bravo too to Joanne Green who seemed to have a complete handle on the organisation of this fine event.

BBC Northern Dance Orchestra - Bob Turner

BBC Northern Dance Orchestra One Show

Have just learned that the Debonaires have a genetic line to musical swing royalty in their ranks. What's he on about you may ask?
Our superb drummer Mr Robert Turner, is seems, has an even more famous Dad. Bob Turner was quote "top drummer in the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra". I know that many of our older fans remember the NDO with great admiration and affection.
Apparently the photograph was from the 1968/69 Premier Drum Catalogue taken at the BBC Playhouse Theatre Manchester. Cool !
If anyone remembers Bob Turner or would like to share any other memories or tidbits about the NDO send me an Email. Rgds, Max.

Happy New Year from Max Debon & the Debonaires

Happy New Year 2016

A very happy new year from Max Debon & the Debonaires to all our Clients and our ever growing number of fans. Can't believe I'm sitting here blogging about 2015 and the new year to come once more. Where has the year gone ?

Our thanks go to those organisations that book us year after year and contrastingly, those that have had the 'courage' to book us for the first time. Thanks also to all our lovely Brides, such a privilege to be part of your very special and individual big days.
Special thanks once again to our fans that are regularly shaking the tree for us and spreading the word to ensure they get a few more evenings in the year dancing to the Debonaires.

LAST YEAR
Well I predicted that we would be busy due to the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V.E.Day) but the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain suddenly appeared on the radar (get it?) as the year progressed and swept us along. Thank you so much to all those organisations not just for booking the Debonaires for their special event, but for actually putting on these events in the first place and keeping this important social memory alive. Didn't we have a ball ! I confess I particularly enjoyed playing at events for serving regular military not only due to the fabulous reception and hospitality but also the excuse to dust off the Regimental Marches. I think we have found a niche following the cut backs to the military bands.

THE YEAR AHEAD
Biggest challenge now after this fabulous year is to make sure we don't get completely cast as the 'War Band', might put our Brides off a bit !
Impossible to say this early but I know for certain that we are looking forward to nice mixture of jazz club dates, cabaret spots, lindy hops, fundraising events and of course sending some lovely brides into battle, er I mean into married bliss. Hee Hee.

Best wishes for the new year,
Max.

Congratulations Jay McGuiness !

Jay and Aliona

Congratulations Jay, Strictly Come Dancing champion 2015 !
I must admit I can't wait until all the 'filler celebs' get eliminated and the serious contenders remain and we had about six seriously good contender's this time. Yes lots of hoo haa about who should have won, everyone in the final deserved to be there and it was too close to call for my money. But lets face it, even the 'celebs' are paid entertainers and if they draw us in, then they are doing their 'real' job superbly and giving the Beeb an excuse to showcase professional dancers and live musicians week after week, fabulous !
Hooray !

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Denovan !

Debonaires play live music for beautiful dream weddings

Had a great time on Saturday. Lovely wedding, lovely people, lovely Bride!
I was very pleased to make a new musical arrangement for the band to play for the couples first dance' - Michael Buble's 'Have I Told You Lately That I love You'. I stuck quite faithfully to Michael's recording. Just as well! Rebecca and Trent launched into a beautifully choreographed dance routine precisely as per the recording. Phew! Just as well I didn't get creative with it. Bravo both it was a beautiful routine.
Professional accolades to Emma Tuckley of High Times Weddings & Entertainment http://www.high-times.co.uk/

Jazz at the Mill Presenter - The Debonaires very own Sarah Eastwood

Stafford Radio Windmill Radio Jazz at the Mill.

How exciting ! The Debonaires very own Sarah Eastwood is now presenting her very own show on Stafford Radio.
http://www.staffordradio.com/
Listen in to good jazz old and new. Contact her with your favorite 3 tracks from your Divas or Kings of Jazz and get them aired.
Well done Sarah ! (cute ears).

Spitfire. Lincoln bomber, Lancaster Bomber, RAF Cosford. Great to be playing at RAF Cosford today AND a spitfire fly by to boot. They are the most beautiful and exciting machines ever made !

I have had a marvelous commemorative 12 months starting with our Great War centenary event in Middlewich last October, a legion (get the pun?) of VE and VJ type of events, my own trip to the Normandy Beaches this summer and this week a couple of musical outings commemorating 75 years since the Battle of Britain.

One of the moments that sticks in my mind was at one of our largest V.E. Day events. I overheard the caretaker of the building explaining to the skateboarding youths outside why there were so many old people descending on the venue. "Something about the war"

Vintage By The Sea

Hemingway Design midland hotel morecame

Thought I should spread the word about this brilliant vintage event. Not that I think I need to as in excess of 40,000 people are expected. Looking forward to some excellent live music. See you there !
http://midlandvintage.co.uk/

Midland Hotel - Morecambe

GI Jive  Midland Hotel Vintasge By The Sea Hemingway Design

Very excited to be performing last night at the Midland Hotel Morecambe. This beautifully restored art deco 'palace' did not disappoint. The glamour, the views, the location, and the staff ! All superb, A great vintage night had by all I think. Bravo to our lovely and charming hostess and birthday girl, Jean Avery.

How do you get an authentic 8 piece swing band into the Weighing Room at Uttoxetter Racecourse?

JCB UTTOXETTER SPONSOR DEBONAIRES

In the bucket of a vintage JCB of course!

Bravo to organiser Gemma at Vintage Suitcase, great weekend !

Selfie with Debonaires - Absinthe & Lace Buxton

debut cabaret band

And did everyone get into the spirit of the evening at the Absinthe & Lace Champagne Supper Club last Saturday? I think they did !
We were performing with some fabulous acts and the whole evening was a very classy affair and the guests left us in no doubt they had a good time.
Bravo once again to Lady Absinthe and her team !

Normandy Landings

Normandy Landings

Well I'm a year late for the 70th anniversary but I finally made it to Normandy to pay homage to this great event. I think one needs to go there, look up at the fortified positions from the beach to fully appreciate the bravery. And if you think you appreciate the scale of this invasion, wait until you have been to one of the may exhibitions. Impressed and amazed in equal measure. And what about Pegasus Bridge ! What an audacious feat of flying in pitch darkness by those glider pilots.
We all play at 'vintage' these days for fun but I will never trivialise any of the commemorative events we perform at.

I love my job !

Talulah Blue Burlesque Cabaret live band Debonaires

Always stimulating to be performing with the stunning Talulah Blue at the Absinthe & Lace Champagne Supper Club.
http://www.talulahblue.com/

All smiles at Mill Row VE Celebrations last night

Official VE Day comemorations celebrations featuring Max Debon & the Debonaires

No not another picture of the band on stage, just some smiling faces from last night's VE Day knees up at Mill Brow. Check out our Gallery Page for more pictures.
When we drove into the village it was like walking onto the set of 'Home Fires', what a great war effort from everyone.
Fabulous people, lovely pub, great swing music and Bravo! to the village dance troupe.
Lots of new friends made.
Look out for other VE Day performances from the Debonaires later in the year.

British Legion Cheshire East. Max Debon playing bugle for Last Post I am very proud to be playing the bugle for the British Legion commemoration at Tatton Park tomorrow. The Mayor of Cheshire East Council will be in attendance and lets keep our fingers crossed for good weather !

Wigan Jazz Club

VE CELEBRATIONS BRITISH LEGION

We had a lovely afternoon at the Wigan Jazz Club on Sunday. The Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra Kicked off the session in fine style under the direction of Debonaires own Richard (Rick) Halliwell.
The Debonaires provided a programme of jazz 'Dance Music' from its roots in 1917 through to Benny Goodman with a little bit of Vegas style kitsch thrown in.
What a lovely crowd and many thanks again to Diane Hammond for stepping in on clarinet at less than 24hours notice. Brill !

70th Anniversary - Victory in Europe (VE Day) 2015

BAND FOR VE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Friday the 8th May 2015 is the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day). It's hard to imagine the joy and relief experienced by everyone at home and serving abroad after 6 years of threat, hardship, break up of families and of course, never actually knowing how and when it was going to end. We all know it ended in victory in1945. They couldn't know. What times they must have been when an 'entire nation' become heroes.

Swing Band Manchester Just had to acknowledge the passing of one jazz's greats: The wonderful Clark Terry on the 21st Feb.
Playing with both Basie and Ellington in his early years, a great trumpet/flugel player and jazz man, he became his own show producing a signature jazz sound from his own horn and from his band, that in my opinion, left you loving jazz but never in a worthy academic way. Just a joy.

wigan international jazz festival Whoops! Sorry Folks, have had the wrong date on the website for our return to the Wigan Jazz Club. It is Sunday the 26th April. Please spread the word !

ALEX GORDON ORCHESTRA

Friends of the Forties

Have been looking for this little photographic gem for some time. Going back to the 90's I used to play trumpet and vocals with East Anglia's premier dance orchestra, the AGO. What a fine body of men, and who's that girl?
We really did have colour photography then, but pre Instagram this was retro!
Great band, great times, great memories. Would be pleased to hear if anyone remembers dancing to or playing with the band.

Garry Barlow, Robie Williams, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Ratpack, Vegas, Sands I'm very pleased to give a little clue to the future here, following discussions and our very first joint rehearsal yesterday evening, it looks like the DEBONAIRES will be teaming up with fab vocalist and entertainer Dave Perkins http://daveperkinsmusic.com
The DEBONAIRES will continue to do what we do, but we are looking forward to providing a live backing band for Dave as part of a new show that we are putting together for later in the year. Watch this space, our facebook page and the musical press for details as they immerge .
To prove the collaboration, I have been busy making transcriptions of 6 Ratpack style numbers for Dave to sing with us. The result at the rehearsal was electric. "It's such a big sound and such a connection with the music" said Dave.
Enthusiasts in Derbyshire might want to keep an eye open for the debut !

Happy New Year !

Debonaires New Years Eve Party 2014

A very happy new year from Max Debon & the Debonaires to all our Clients and our ever growing number of fans.
In particular our thanks go to those organisations that book us year after year and contrastingly, those that have had the 'courage' to book us for the first time. Special thanks also to fans that are regularly shaking the tree for us and spreading the word to ensure they get a few more evenings in the year dancing to the Debonaires.

LAST YEAR
Despite 2014 starting so badly we had a great year. The low point was in February when our original member trombonist and friend Glyn, collapsed on stage at the Wigan Jazz Club due to a massive aneurism in his brain. Glyn has been battling all year but we now have to accept that his now diminished self will sadly never be back in our ranks. Thanks go to Chris, Ed, Mark, Suzzanne & Fergus for stepping in so brilliantly between you.
Whilst every performance is special for me, If I had to name a performance that stood out, I would have to say the Great War evening in Middlewich Cheshire, in October. As you enthusiasts know, the Dance Band era did not start until after World War 1. So an evening was conceived where the Debonaires would play a chronology of music from Ragtime to the Music Halls, through the WW1 songs and into the 1920's, 1930's, 1940's and 1950's, having a right old knees up along the way. The Music Hall numbers and the WW1 Singalong material (including a beautiful musical setting of the Last Post) had to be specially arranged for the evening with a quick rehearsal at tea time. With another 3 years to go before the centenary of the Armistice, perhaps these special arrangements may get another airing at a suitable event ?

THE YEAR AHEAD
This year is the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe or V.E. Day, In addition to the serious business of the end of war which we will be commemorating all over the country, these events are of course the perfect opportunity for retro dance enthusiasts to get out there, dress up and party like its 1945 ! We look forward to seeing you all throughout the year.
Best Regards,
Max.

Congratulations Caroline Flack

Caroline

Well what a wonderful way to start Max's news blog, with the coincidence of the Strictly Come Dancing final 2014.
For a live music and dance fanatic like myself, this is superior show business, and all done with such wholesome good taste !
Well done to ALL contestants especially the finalists of course. A particular Bravo must go to the professional dancers who were consummate and of course to Dave Arch and his brilliant musicians keeping music live !

 

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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.

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With sincere thanks and good wishes.
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Garry Poole

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

“ 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

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

“ 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

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

“ 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

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

“ 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

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

“ 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

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

“ 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

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

“ 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

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

“ 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

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

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

Lavender Ribbon Cancer Charity

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

“ 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

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

“ 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

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

“ 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

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

“ 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

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires

“ 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

Vintage Weddings Live Music from the Debonaires
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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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