“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 Roaring 20’s Gatsby/Peaky Blinders sounds, Classic Broadway & Hollywood of the 30’&40’s and the Big Bands, 50’s Rock’n’Roll and now our new offering: The Swinging 60’s.
Q: 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 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. We have recently added a Swinging Sixties set to our offering. We are not a guitar band so expect something more from Austin Powers rather than the Rolling Stones. How about Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Bobby Vee, Bobby Darin, Burt Bacharach etc. You will love it !
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:
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|
|Apple Blossom Time||Nat King Cole|
|As Time Goes By||Casablanca|
|At Last||Glenn Miller|
|Begin The Beguine||Artie Shaw|
|Beyond the Sea (La Mer)||Bobby Darin|
|Big John's Special||Benny Goodman|
|The Black Bottom||Gatsby|
|Blues In The Night||Jimmie Lunceford|
|Boogie Blues||Anita O'Day/Gene Krupa|
|Bring Me Sunshine||Wedding Song|
|Chattanooga Choo Choo||Glenn Miller|
|Cheek To Cheek||Fred Astaire|
|Close To You||Carpenters|
|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|
|Do You Know The Way to San Jose?||Dionne Warwick|
|Fly Me To The Moon||Frank Sinatra|
|Flying Home||Ted Heath|
|Girl from Ipanema||Getz/Gilberto|
|Have I Told You Lately That I love You||Jim Reeves/Buble|
|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|
|I Only Want to Be With You||Dusty Springfield|
|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 Wish I Know How It Would Feel To Be Free||Nina Simone|
|I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo||Glenn Miller|
|I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm||Kay Starr|
|I've Heard That Song Before||Harry James|
|Juke Box Saturday Night||Glenn Miller|
|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|
|Let’s Face the Music and Dance||Fred Astaire|
|Little Brown Jug||Glenn Miller|
|Lipstick on Your Collar||Connie Francis|
|Look of Love||Dusty Springfield|
|Luck Be A Lady||Frank Sinatra|
|Mack The Knife||Armstrong/Darrin|
|Maigret Theme||Joe Loss|
|Making Whoopee||Dinah Washington|
|Mambo Italiano||Rosemary Clooney|
|Midnight In Moscow||Kenny Ball|
|Moonlight Serenade||Glenn Miller|
|My Baby Just Cares For Me||Nina Somone|
|My Blue Heaven||Lena Horne|
|My Heart Belongs To Daddy||Marilyn Monroe|
|Nice Work If You Can Get It||Billie Holiday|
|Night And Day||Cole Porter|
|Night Has a Thousand Eyes||Bobby Vee|
|Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square||Vera Lynn|
|One Fine Day||Carole King|
|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|
|Rainy Days and Mondays||Carpenters|
|Rockin' In Rhythm||Duke Ellington|
|Roll Out the Barrel/Beer Barrel Polka||Andrews Sisters|
|Rum & Coca Cola||Andrews Sisters|
|Sentimental Journey||Doris Day/Les Brown|
|Sing Sing Sing||Benny Goodman|
|Son of a Preacher Man||Dusty Springfield|
|Soul Bossa Nova||Quincey Jones/Austin Powers|
|Straighten Up And Fly Right||Nat King Cole|
|String Of Pearls||Glenn Miller|
|Stuff Like That There||Betty Hutton/Bette Midler|
|Stupid Cupid||Connie Francis|
|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|
|This Guy’s In Love||Sammy Davis|
|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|
|Woodchoppers Ball||Woody Herman|
|Varsity Drag||Dorothy McNulty|
|Yeah Yeah||Georgie Fame|
|You Do Something To Me||Cole Porter|
|You'll Never Know||Rosemary Clooney|
|You’re Driving Me Crazy||Rudy Vallee|
|You've Got To See Mamma Ev'ry Night||Gatsby|
1940's DANCE - LYTHAM ST. ANNES - 20th AUGUST 2022
Hello Folks, thrilled to announce we will be performing at the Lowther Pavillion Theatre once again in 2022, this time for the 1940's Dance.
It is a wonderful professional venue, with a great dance floor so come and dance to Messrs Miller, Goodman, Ellington and Dorsey on the Lanchashire Riviera !
More details to follow, stand by. Max.
WARTIME IN THE VALE - ASHDOWN WWII CAMP - EVESHAM- 25th JUNE 2022
I am very excited that the Debonaires have been asked to perform at the Wartime in the Vale weekend (25th-26th June 2022). This will be our first appearance I and it is looking like it is going to be a fabulous weekend of WWII hardware and fun. We will be playing for the Saturday night Ball, so keep an eye out on the WWV website and I will update you all here as details are finalised.
Keep the date !
STAFFORD JAZZ SOCIETY
Delighted as always to be back at the White Eagle Club to play for the lovely members of Stafford Jazz Society, but especially so after two years due to this blinking pandemic. Still, organisers and musicians alike have been really responsible but lets keep our fingers crossed for May.
By the way it is NOT members only, the band and Nick and the members welcome Debs fans who have been missing us !
It is a Sunday lunchtime concert at 12:30 at the Polish Club, Stafford.
FESTIVAL OF VINTAGE - YORK RACECOURSE 30th APRIL 2022
Hello Folks, get the festival season off to fabulous start with the Festival of Vintage 30th April to 1st May for a weekend of nostalgia. As Keely says, "there is no time like the past".
The Debs will be performing at the evening ball on the 30th April, so it will great to see lots of our fans old and new and have a party with us.
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DANCE SPECTACULAR ! Whitby Ballroom Dance Section. October 16th 2021. PUBLIC EVENT - ELLESMERE PORT
A spectacular opportunity to socialise and dance to Max Debon & the Debonaires in full Ballroom and Latin American mode !
Looking forward to your flicks and kicks as we endeavor to be strictly on tempo with some great Big Band inspired 'proper' dance music. You know us, we are old school and proud of it.
Tickets from Cilla 0151 339 6085 or Diane 07904 30194.
See you there ! Max.
DUXFORD BATTLE OF BRITAIN AIRSHOW - 18th & 19th September 2021 CHOCKS AWAY !
YES It's chocks away for the BOB Airshow this September.
The Debonaires will be merely ground crew at this amazing airshow but we promise to put on a fabulous 40's show for you, and we will be joined by some other great acts and dancers. But: it's all about the planes. Having been up in a Spitfire a couple of years ago. There is nothing pedestrian about WWII warbirds !
VE75 CELEBRATIONS - HELPING TO FUNDRAISE - 8th MAY 2020 CANCELLED TO COMBAT CORONA VIRUS
We are delighted to be supporting the MACS Charity this year. MACS support children who are born with unformed eyes and their families.
We will be having a proper authentic VE Day knees up in Chorley Lancs, to an invited audience, so sorry there are no public tickets for sale. Very much a first come first served situation this year for VE75. The band have had so much interest, sorry to everyone who I have had to turn down. Happy VE Day, hope you are able to Roll Out the Barrel where you are !
VE75 Celebration Concert - 7th May 2020 CANCELLED TO COMBAT CORONA VIRUS
In aid of SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity, we are thrilled to be participating in this "Shared Moment of Celebration" at the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford.
We have it all: Winston, Vera Lynn, George Formby, Glenn Miller, well not quite. But we do have the original and authentic Colin Thackeray, BGT winner, topping the bill. Ably bringing up the rear will be the George Formby Experience, the Charming Jayne Darling, and Sarah Eastwood with the Debonaires !
Bring your good singing voices and lets celebrate Victory in Europe 75 years !
Tickets from the Box Office 01785 619080 or Email email@example.com)
DISCOVER VINTAGE - VICTORY BALL - York Racecourse - 25th April 2020 CANCELLED TO COMBAT CORONA VIRUS
Looking forward to this massive event celebrating the 1930's to the 60's, Keeley is a huge supporter of live music and this year she is excelling once again.
You can book your tickets Here
We are appearing on the Saturday evening as a separate ticketed event but why not make a weekend of it, its going to be fab !
LUNCHTIME CONCERT - STAFFORD JAZZ SOCIETY - 8th March 2020
How lovely to have been invited back to Stafford. 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.
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“ Thanks again for a great afternoon, and I’ve got to say, you guys have had some of the best feedback we have ever had – the entire room thought you were excellent ! ”
RH - Corporate Client
Thank you and the band for an excellent set it was absolutely fantastic. Everyone this morning as we are packing away has not stopped talking about the band.
Thank you again and see you next year I hope. ”
Flight Sergeant KW - MOD
“ Hi Max
Thanks for a great performance the feedback to us was 100% positive. We don't really have much choice about next year as we have (already) had requests for tickets for next years dance ! ”
GD Morecambe 1940's Revival
“ Thank you SO much to you all for playing the reception music at our wedding on Saturday. You were absolutely fantastic! You created the most warm, festive atmosphere to accompany the mulled wine and went completely out of your way to include Christmas songs we'd asked for. It was exactly what we wanted! Thank you, Scarlett xxx ”
“ If there was a prize for best dressed band this weekend's contestants would win hands down.
The band opened with a brief snatch of the theme tune to Strictly Come Dancing to herald Nick Balmforth in his role as compere onto the stage. This led on to songs from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s played in style by Leader and trumpet player - Max Debon, Austin Ralphson on the trombone, Rick Halliwell on the alto sax, Sarah Eastwood on clarinet and vocals, Peter 'Pedro' Robinson on double bass, Rob Turner on drums, Peter Wilson on keyboard and Anne Holder on saxophone.
We had it all - Mambo Italiano, The Folks who Live on the Hill, Stardust, American Patrol, Tiger Rag, My Baby Just Cares for Me and much much more, ending with an appropriate swing version of The Addams Family. In line with Strictly's favourite straight-talking Craig Revel Horwood it was Fab-u-lous ! ”
Stafford Jazz Society
“ 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.
“ 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
“ 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
“ 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
“ 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
“ 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
“ 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
“ 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
“ 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
“ Thanks Max, you did us proud. Fabulous band! ”
Lavender Ribbon Cancer Charity
“ 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 ,
Lady Absinthe x ”
Lady Absinthe / Buxton
“ 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
“ 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
“ 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
“ 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
The Debonaires are based around Manchester, Birmingham, Cheshire, Staffordshire, essentially the Midlands and North West but are happy to perform at venues nationwide.