The Down for the Count Swing Orchestra

Welcome to the home of the Down for the Count Swing Orchestra - London’s hottest mini big band and vintage dance orchestra.

The Down for the Count Swing Orchestra bring the sounds of the Swing Era back to life, performing tailor-made arrangements of big band classics that remain faithful to the original recordings and showcase the talented instrumentalists and vocalists in the band.

Drawing on inspiration from the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman amongst others, the huge repertoire list is varied, authentic and full of joy from the first song to the last.

With their energetic performance packed with swing and joie de vivre, it’s no surprise that the band is a hit with dancers. The band has performed for Lindy hoppers and ballroom dancers up and down the country, with performance credits including Twinwood Festival, The London Swing Festival and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

The band is led by pianist, arranger and social dancer Mike Paul-Smith, who founded Down for the Count in 2005. The musicians are friends off-stage and on, and this unique bond comes across in each and every performance. Many of the musicians in the band also love social dancing, and this understanding of the needs of dancers helps the band choose music that keeps dancers on the floor all night.

Down for the Count are a hit in dance halls, concert halls, theatres and festivals, and their joyful performance and infectious rhythm never fail to get toes tapping and audiences dancing.

Rhythm Junction London - Sat 9th April

Rhythm Junction London - a festival of live vintage music and dance bought to you by Down for the Count Festivals in April 2016.

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Previous performances

EFG London Jazz Festival

Hideaway Streatham
2015, 2016

Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho

Twinwood Festival
2013, 2014, 2016

London Swing Festival

Ronnie Scott's (Live and Let Jive)
2013 & 2014


Southbank Centre

Harvey Nichols New Year's Eve Party
2012/13 & 2013/14

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"The Down For The Count Swing Orchestra first appeared at The Twinwood Festival in 2013, and immediately after their performance I went straight onto the stage and booked them again, which as a promoter was something I had never done before! I was so impressed with their performance. This young, accomplished and enthusiastic band is a breath of fresh air on the Swing Scene today. Their repertoire and style is great for theatres, dances, weddings and corporate functions. In fact they will go down well anywhere!"

David Wooding
Promoter, Twinwood Festival

"We often get these guys to play for our events and love their energy, and the joy they put into their music. The set lists are great for lindy hoppers with the right mix of different tempos, and the performance is always top-notch with fantastic vocals and brilliant solos. Always a delight to hear this tight band swinging!"

Scott Cupit
Director, Swing Patrol

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