Velvet Tones
Big Band

Oxford’s premier big band, available to book for concerts, parties, events, and festivals

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About Us

About Us

The Velvet Tones is an Oxford-based Jazz Big Band playing in the Glenn Miller and Count Basie traditions.

The format of the band is the classic Basie line-up of five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, and a four-piece rhythm section of keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums.

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Forthcoming Events

The Big Band Double Header is our regular gig, held at the Oxford Golf Club on the Third Thursday of alternate months.

We welcome a guest band  and dancers at each gig.

The gig is free and we raise money for local charities.

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Players, singers and musical director

Players, singers and musical director

We were originally formed in the 1970s; sadly there are no original members left, but a few of our members have as much as 30 years’ experience with the band!

Our musical director is the young and energetic Danny Riley.  Previous musical directors include Martin Pickett, Mike Wilkins, Richard Balding and Frank Wolff.

We have two very strong singers who also perform the Master of Ceremonies function at gigs. All our players have long experience in jazz, and many are professional music teachers.  We also have an extremely good PA and sound engineer at our disposal.

We welcome new players at all times. The band is striving to be as diverse as possible; we are an extremely friendly bunch of people and will welcome anyone keen to play. Get in touch with a view to playing with us.

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We have a diverse repertoire that includes Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Buble, Woody Herman, Don Ellis and many more, as well as original compositions.


Booking Information

We are available for bookings for any kind of event: weddings, large parties, corporate events, festivals, jazz dances, both outdoors and indoors.

Contact us using the form below if you are interested in booking the band.

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We rehearse at the Silver Band Hall, Sher Afzal Close, Oxford OX4 2FA

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