Swing Speak


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About The Band

After years of backing a legion of top local and national performers, four of Washington’s finest sidemen have come together to form Swing Speak. In this era of techno pop and hype, they make music the old fashioned way: with a strong melodic content and a serious groove. Not content to be typecast, this revivalist group specializes in everything from American swing and Latin jazz standards to rhythm & blues and gospel flavored funk.

Swing Speak has released a jazz CD that is getting great reviews. It has been awarded a WAMMIE by the Washington Area Music Association.

Although Swing Speak is known primarily for it's exciting jazz concert and club performances, the band's performance schedule also includes a large number of weddings, private parties and corporate events. The Swing Speak repertoire includes hundreds of song titles, and song selection can easily be tailored to suit any occasion. From big band and jazz standards to the classic rock of the 50s' and 60s', every important facet of American music is included. A typical performance may consist of a mix of musical styles or draw entirely from one category. The band is at home playing everything from quiet background jazz to upbeat dance music. Clients may also choose to customize the music for their event by making selections from the Swing Speak song list, or let the band make appropriate selections.

Swing Speak is experienced in working with event planners and caterers to coordinate performance times with other event activities. The band can provide all necessary musical equipment for most functions. A cassette player is also provided for special presentations and background music during band intermissions. Microphones can be used by the client for toasts or speeches.

Swing Speak is a four piece unit which includes piano/vocal, bass, drums and sax, but a guitar or extra horns may be added for special events to provide an even bigger sound. The band also frequently performs as a trio (piano/vocal, bass and drums). The members of Swing Speak are all dedicated, full time professional musicians of the highest calibre, and all have backed some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. The band has established a solid reputation for quality and professionalism. Past clients include The TRW Corporation, UPS, Genetics and IVF and a host of other clients and companies. Letters of recommendation are gladly provided upon request. Let Swing Speak help to make your event a big success.

"The participation of 'Swing Speak' in the party was a significant contribution to it's success--the combo really made the party." James Larson, Program Manager, TRW Systems Integration Group

"I can't thank you enough nor praise you enough for the enjoyable music and the wonderfull wedding ambience you created all afternoon. Do feel free to use my name as a happy user of your services." Mrs. Elizabeth Levin, wedding client

"I give Swing Speak my strongest endorsement." Gloria Cambell, Director, Administrative Services, Genetics & IVF Institute

"Wow! All of you performed fantastically. We received many compliments. You're well recommended." Camilla Stall, wedding client

"How terrific the music was. Since Sunday, I've had nothing but compliments and suggestions that we have you play at least twice a year." Shirley J. Henschel, President, Temple Sinai Sisterhood

"Without Swing Speak in charge, I doubt I would have been so worry free. We just can't rave enough about you guys." Eileen Marable, wedding client

"Thank all of you for making the night a special one. We will highly recommend you to all of our family and friends." Martin and Kerri Donnelly, wedding clients

"For both pure listening and dancing, it was exactly what we'd hoped for." Dorrie Fuchs, wedding client.

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Swing Speak Songlist
(For Private/Dance Events)

Contemporary
(50's - 90's)

The Way You Do The Things You Do (The Temptations) Them There Eyes
Ain't That A Shame (Fats Domino) This Masquerade (George Benson) They Can't Take That Away From Me
Ain't Too Proud To Beg (Temptations) Try A Little Tenderness (Otis Redding) The Way You Look Tonight
And I Love Her So (Beatles) Twist & Shout (Beatles) Undecided
Another Star (Stevie Wonder) Under The Boardwalk (Temptations) What A Wonderful World
A Song For You (Leon Russell) Whole Lotta Shakin' (Jerry Lee Lewis) What Is This Thing Called Love
All My Lovin' (Beatles) Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton) When The Saints Go Marching In
Baby I Need Your Lovin' (Four Tops) You Are The Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder) You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Back In The USSR (Beatles) You Really Got Me (The Kinks)  
Blueberry Hill (Fats Domino) You Send Me (Sam Cooke)

Country

Boogie On Reggae Woman (Stevie Wonder)   Crazy
Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke)

Swing & Jazz Standards

For The Good Times

Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)

A Foggy Day

Please Release Me

Bye Bye Love (Buddy Holly)

Ain't Misbehavin'

Help Me Make It Through The Night
Can't Turn You Loose (Otis Redding) All of Me Hey Good Lookin'
Caldonia (Louie Jordon) Anything Goes Tennessee Waltz
Celebration (Kool & The Gang) Back Home In Indiana  
Crazy Love (Van Morrison) Blue Skies

Latin

Dancin' In The Streets (Marha & The Vandellas) Bye Bye Blackbird Corcovado
Good Golly Miss Molly (Little Richard) Cheek To Cheek Girl From Ipanema
Good Lovin' (Young Rascals) Days Of Wine And Roses  Meditation
Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis) Deep Purple

One Note Samba

Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison) Don't Be That Way Triste
Heard It Through The Grapevine (Gladys Knight & The Pips) Don't Get Around Much Anymore Watch What Happens
Heat Wave (Matha & The Vandellas) Embraceable You Wave
Hound Dog (Elvis Presley) Gone With The Wind Tea For Two
How Sweet It Is (Jr. Walker) Honeysuckle Rose Never On A Sunday
I Can't Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt) How High The Moon La Compasita
I Feel Good (James Brown) I Can't Give You Anything But Love Spanish Eyes
I'm Walkin' (Fats Domino) I Found A New Baby Brazil
Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder) I'm Beginning To See The Light  
I Thank You (Bonnie Raitt) In A Mellow Tone

Ballads

Jumpin' Jack Flash (Rolling Stones) In A Sentimental Mood As Time Goes By
Just The Two Of Us (Grover Washington) I Only Have Eyes For You Blue Moon
Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel) It Had To Be You Body & Soul
Knock On Wood (Wilson Pickett) Just In Time  I Can't Get Started
Land of 1000 Dances (Wilson Pickett) Lady Be Good

Laura

Love The One Your With (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) Love For Sale Lover Man
Lucille (Little Richard) Lullaby of Birdland Misty
Moon Dance (Van Morrison) Makin' Whoopee Moon Glow
Mustang Sally (Otis Redding) On The Sunny Side Of The Street Moonlight In Vermont
My Girl (Temptations) Opus One Moonlight Serenade
On Broadway (George Benson) Our Love Is Here To Stay Sentimental Journey
Old Time Rock & Roll (Bob Seger) Paper Moon September Song
Same Old Song (Four Tops) Pennies From Heaven Stormy Weather
Stand By Me (Ben E. King) Satin Doll  
Sugarpie Honeybunch (Four Tops) Stompin' At The Savoy  
Tell Me What I Say (Ray Charles) Summertime  
That'll Be The Day (Buddy Holly) Take The A Train  
The Twist (Chubby Checker) Tea For Two