“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.
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.
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|
|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|
|Bring Me Sunshine||Wedding Song|
|Chattanooga Choo Choo||Glenn Miller|
|Cheek To Cheek||Fred Astaire|
|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|
|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|
|Straighten Up And Fly Right||Nat King Cole|
|String Of Pearls||Glenn Miller|
|Stuff Like That There||Betty Hutton/Bette Midler|
|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 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|
|You Do Something To Me||Cole Porter|
|You'll Never Know||Rosemary Clooney|
|You've Got To See Mamma Ev'ry Night||Gatsby|
YANKS ARE BACK IN SADDLEWORTH - 40th ANNIVERSARY - 10th August 2019
The 'Debs' are delighted to have been asked back to YANKS again this year to play at the Victory Swing Ball. We had a great time last year with a night of live swing music taking us all back to the day.
Box Office 07517 777837 or via website
LUNCHTIME CONCERT - STAFFORD JAZZ SOCIETY - 27th January 2019
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. We will be playing your favourites and slipping in some new material. Actually when I say new material the 1st 'new' one that comes to mind is W.C.Handy's Memphis Blues from 1914 so perhaps I should say, new to us !
NEW YEAR'S EVE - TARTAN BALL - LOWTHER PAVILION
Looking forward to making lots of new friends in Lytham St Annes on NYE and making our debut at the very nice Lowther Pavilion Theatre. Old friends too, do come and make a night of it with us, lots of lovely hotels in this charming little resort town just south of Blackpool.
A traditional dance evening, so something for everyone, featuring Swing Jive, Modern Ballroom, Sequence and Latin American dancing with a sprinkling from north of the border. Dig out that Tartan bow tie you never thought you would wear again !
DUXFORD BATTLE OF BRITAIN AIRSHOW 22nd/23rd SEPTEMBER 2018
Very excited to have been invited to perform at the Imperial War Museum Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show once again this year. This is the 100th anniversary of the RAF Air Show so expect something extra special. The line up of aircraft is always amazing.
Tickets in advance only. Website is HERE
Come and support the Debonaires as we get that Battle of Britain feeling going with the great swinging hits of the 30's & 40's. Come and join us and some other great vintage entertainers for a special show even Max doesn't know the details of yet !!
See our Videos page.
Live At The Phoenix Jazz Club - 5th September- Stoke on Trent
Here we go again !
Very happy to be returning to this fabulous set of people for our annual knees up at the Club, featuring a concert of jazz music from the 1920's to the 60's with our (almost) Big Band sound.
The Phoenix Jazz Club is hosted at the Longton Rugby Club, Phoenix Suite, Stoke-on-Trent. 19:00 hrs See you there!
Details of the Phoenix Suite Here
Yanks are back in Saddleworth !
Very pleased and (excited as usual) to have been asked to perform at the Yanks festival this year for the Victory Swing Ball on the 11th August 2018.
This is THE seminal 1940's event and we are really looking forward to bringing the big band sound back to Saddleworth. Come on all you Debs fans, get yourselves over there.
Tickets 07517 777837
Forties Night In Aid of Help For Heroes !
One night only, 9th June - a fabulous forties night in aid of Help for Heroes and the British Legion.
The Centre, Jackmans Estate, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 2NH.
INFO AND TICKETS 01462 642525
Prestwich Swinging Ball - 16th February 2018
Delighted that our first public event of 2018 will be a new event for us, sharing the stage with the fabulous Swing Commanders. As part of a regular series of Swinging Balls at Prestwich hosted by the Swing Commanders we are looking forward to making our debut. Sounds like a fabulous night, 2 bands playing swing in two very different but complimentary styles.
Venue is:Longfield Suite, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AY.
Further details HERE
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 !
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.
Please see all our other news & events
Max doesn't bite! Just pick up the phone and call Max Debon on 07979 501101.
If you prefer, please use our contact form or send him an email to
“ 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 week’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, Americal 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.