Dixiebird Records

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Price from: £475

Dixiebird Records is the brainchild of singer/songwriter and performing artist, Kerri Layton. The internationally renowned jazz vocalist was inspired to create a melting pot of stylish sounds and retro rhythms inspired by the performances from the Big Band era. The menu caters for all events in need of a band that will not only perform high-quality jazz music but will set the tone and atmosphere for your whole occasion.

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Martin

Jan. 12, 2020

Dixiebird Records did an excellent job on recording 2 songs/tracks for me Thank you all very much!

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Chanice Alcock

Dec. 31, 2019

Professional and friendly service from start to finish I would highly recommend! The sax player was amazing we’ve received so many compliments from guests at our NYE party. Can’t thank you enough Kerri and Madhu!

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Frank

Dec. 27, 2019

Absolutely Amazing night .Enjoyed by all our guests ,Will highly recommend .

Services From Dixiebird Records

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Sparkling Soul Singer - 2 X 45 Minutes

Hire our amazing, sophisticated and sassy, soul singer, for your wedding, party, event or corporate function. With a smooth and soulful voice, each performance is delivered with sleek sophistication, influenced by Diana Ross, Martha Reeves, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Corinne Bailey-Rae and many more. ​ 1960’s to the current which includes Motown Soul, Disco, Rnb, Jazz, Pop, Gospel, original music and Tributes to Motown Soul, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Disco, Whitney Houston and 90s Divas, check the repertoire! Performing with Soul II Soul, Jazzie B and Caron Wheeler, Paloma Faith and the Faithettes, James Arthur, Leona Lewis, Jools Holland, SEL Soul, X Factor Finalist Bupsi Brown and The Midnight Soul Sisters this is the perfect soul singer for your event, wedding or corporate party!
From: £625 per event
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Miss Mabel’s Grand Douglas Hotel - Jazz Function Band - 2 x 45 Minutes

1930's Harlem was a bustling, thriving hot mess of Jazz, Ragtime and Blues, attracting all the greats of the day, but in an age segregation not all who played this new sound of Jazz were allowed to share it together. However, there was one lady who went against the grain of society, The Marvellous Miss Mabel.. Opening her doors for all persons of class, colour and creed, when you stepped through the doors of the Douglas Hotel, the outside rules were no more and folks came together as one. Attracting the likes of Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald and many more of the day's Big Bands, segregation was not a part of the Douglas Hotel's remit, we applaud Miss Mabel for her forward thinking and the jazz that came out of her hotel as a result, shaping the music we know and love today. This live jazz band can be programmed as your main entertainment for your wedding function, Christmas party or can be tailored to fit the brief for a creative event. 2 X 45
From: £1450 per event
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Christmas Bands! - 1.5 Hours

Merry Sassmass to you, we help party planners just like you to bring a touch of class and a whole lot of sass to their Christmas Party! We created the 'Snowball Swing Band' to entertain your guests with all the songs from the good old days of Christmas - Rockin Robin, All I Want For Christmas and Santa Baby - plus a lot of jazz dance floor fillers, will keep your event rooted in popular culture but with a flashback to the good old days of yore. We can perform for 2 X 45 mins / 3 X 40 mins / 1 X 90 mins - depending on your event at hand! Line up consists of: Drums Saxophone Piano (can be a grand) Lead Singer/Percussionist Double Bass
From: £1350 per event
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Vintage Solo Jazz Singer! (2 X 45 or 3 X 30 mins)

'Kerri & her MP3 Big Band' is a sparking, charming journey through the 1920's gin soaked speakeasies of Paris to the 50's rock n rollin' milkshake parlours of Memphis. Bringin the best of the golden era of Hollywood. Summoning long lost voices like Etta James, Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, this jazz, swing, rnb, blues, soul solo show is a jukebox of all your favourite vintage songs! This atmospheric and entertaining vocal act can be tailored to your events needs, either as an uplifting background show or the main attraction for New Years Eve, you choose! Draped in satin and dressed in diamonds, Kerri has won audiences worldwide from The BBC, Swiss Royalty, The British Legion and more. Can be performed as 2 X 45 mins / 3 X 30 min or 1 X 60/90 mins - depending on the needs of your event. *Please note we have a range of 60's - present day songs also, Disco/Soul/Postmodern Jukebox style songs - we will draft you an appropriate set list on request.
From: £575 per event
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1920's Festive Jazz Trio ~ "Gold, Frankincense & Purr" - 2.5 Hours

MERRY SASSMASS!! Smooth and stylish 1920's inspired Festive Jazz trio, ‘Gold, Frankincense, and Purr’, playing a range of Prohibition-era songs, (or should that be ‘snowhibition’!) there really is 'no business like snow business'! The trio consist of a saxophonist who alternates between clarinet and tenor saxophone for that authentic jazz and ragtime feel, a pianist who will put Scott Joplin to shame and a smokey smooth jazz vocalist who will wander your event entertaining your cocktail sipping guests! Performing for either 2 X 45 mins / 1 X 90 mins or we can do 3 X 40 mins We have compiled a great selection of music for your event from the 1920's to present day and this show is perfect for events that require refined entertainment which will keep guests toes tapping, yet is designed to be more in the background to add to the atmosphere of your party. All equipment provided! ​
From: £1200 per event
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🎷🎙Sax & Singer (Duo) - Any combination of music (2 Hours)

Create all the Sass & sounds of the Big Band Era, with a 2 piece band! The Sweet-Spots Vintage Inspired, Pin-Up, Rock n; Roll, Blues, and Jazz Sax and Vocal show! Perfect for events, corporate events, in-store department stores and Christmas pop up parties, that require a slice of Old School, Nostalgic Hollywood Glamour. Founded by Kerri Layton and Lottie B, between them they have played with the Jive Aces, BBC Radio, ITV News, Alexandra Palace, Glastonbury Festival and have a range of corporate clients ranging from The Savoy, Collectif Clothing and more. Bringing together their love of old school music and fashion, they have matching outfits for any occasion, especially Christmas! The show is a walkabout, so perfect for adding Christmas vibes to in-store Libertys at Christmas during the day! We have costumes and setlists to suit any occasion. This act is perfect for events such as Birthdays, Corporate Events (we can be branded) In-Store Department Store events, Functions.
From: £725 per event
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Saxophonist - 2 x 45 Minutes

Thank you for requesting more information about our amazing Saxophonists! We have a range of playing styles, Jazz Standards, Blues, Rock n Roll, RnB, Swing right up to modern pop, dance, garage, and Ibiza style shows for you to choose from. Please see above a selection of our saxophonists, depending on your needs we can tailor who we send so they are perfect for the job. Shows are generally booked as 2 X 45 mins or 3 X 30 mins and in some cases the saxophonist can bolt onto the DJ at tour event for an extra fee, adding an extra dynamic show and easily transitioning from reception drinks, to full-blown party mode! Have a look at the setlist, if you don't see what you need, let us know, reach out to us and have a chat and we will get you exactly what you need for your special event! Our players are full time, well seasoned professional session musicians who between them have performed for prestigious venues like the HIdeaway Club, The Savoy, The BBC, The Royal Albert Hall
From: £325 per event
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Online Lessons In Jazz, Drama, Music, Theatre & Stagecraft

Online Lessons in Jazz, Drama, Music, Theatre and Stagecraft! 121 lessons in Drama, Saxophone, Singing, Bass, Guitar and Piano, we have just launched our online Academy - The Vintage Performing Arts Academy! This is for you if you are: A parent looking for new and innovative ways to entertain your kids on London, Summer hols that won't cost the earth, is easy for you to implement and will educate the kids all at the same time? A musician/performer (at any stage) looking to perfect your craft with industry-leading experts and session musicians? Then look no further! For an introductory rate of just £225 for a block of 6 lessons, get in touch today to book your genre and let us show you the tricks of the stage!
From: £225 per event
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FAQs

  • Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:

    Vaudeville Jazz for the Modern World, Fun, Classy and Well Polished.

  • What are the highlights of your career?

    Playing with Andy Mackay (Roxy Music), singing at The Savoy, touring the world at 5 star venues, performing live in BBC Radio, ITV, Glastonbury and headlining Alexandra Palace.

  • What is your competitive advantage (special features)?

    Effortless stagecraft, years on the stage makes us adapt to any audience large or small. Skilled events producers, as well as musicians, give us a unique edge which can add a lot of value to your event.

  • What kind of events do you usually serve?

    Corporates, fashion launches, private events, parties, weddings, art events, brand experiences, theatre experiences, live shows on tv, radio and more.

  • Who are your previous clients?

    Our previous and current clients consist of the following! Bollinger Champagne, BBC, The Savoy Hotel, The Andaz, The Royal British Legion, Hackney Empire, Alexandra Palace, Glastonbury Festival, Collectif Clothing, HB Health, and a large list of private events with A-List celebrities.

  • How can event planners pay for your services?

    We require 50% deposit upon receipt of a signed booking agreement to reserve your date and produce your event. The balance is required 40 business days prior to the event unless special circumstances apply.

  • How long do you play for?

    Any combination that maximizes the event at hand. Generally speaking any of the following depending on the act and the event: 2 X 15 mins / 3 x 30 mins / 2 x 45 mins / 1 x 90 mins / 1 x 60 mins / 3 x 45 mins (or 6 hours for the event packages)

  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?

    Yes, we have a small PA system that is suitable for gigs up to 100 and then after that we have a system that requires a team to set it up but can serve over 50 people, with lights too. As we need to hire our sound team to install and manage this larger system, the fee will reflect that price, so please be clear when you book with us so we can quote you effectively!

  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?

    Yes, we are insured up to 10M in a public space, are also IOSH certified and have all the relevant risk assessments in place.

  • How much space do you require?

    General rule of thumb - 3 X 4 metre space

  • My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?

    Send it over and we will work our magic! We offer one free song choice when you book (if it is not in the repertoire) and then after that it is £30 per song for the band to play.

  • How many breaks do you take? How long are they?

    Depends on your event and what your needs are, the musicians will need a minimum of 15mins between sets.

  • What style of music do you offer?

    Jazz, Blues, Swing, POP, RNB, Funk, Gospel, Soul, we have an extensive repertoire so please contact us for more information on your event as we tailor our setlists for the event at hand.

  • Is it possible to request something that's not in the repertoire?

    Yes it sure is! We offer one song choice free with a wedding booking, and after that special arrangements and requests are charged at £30 per song.

  • Do you do open-air acts?

    Yes we do, The Sweet-Spots, my Saxophone and Vocal duo is a great walkabout show for Summer also (see our menu!)

Set List/Services

Our A La Carte Music Menu is as follows, don’t see the arrangement you are after? Don’t worry! get in touch and we will see what we can create for you.

Light Bites
For intimate occasions and for smaller audiences that don’t require a full band

Dixiebird Duo (Acoustic)
Live and unplugged, book any combination to play a classy range of jazz standards. Can be purely instrumental or with a singer. Piano and Sax/Vocals and Guitar/Vocals and Guitar
(1 X 90 / 3 X 30 / 2 X 45 mins) £650 ex VAT

Kerri & Her MP3 Big Band
Kerri’s signature act which toured the world’s 5 star venues! Solo singer complete with stylish costumes and vinyl-inspired backing tracks. Conjuring voices of a long-lost era, this nostalgic show has toured the world and is our founder’s signature performance. This charismatic act works well as the main attraction or as an atmospheric backdrop for your event. Vocals & Tracks
(1 X 90 min / 2 X 45 min sets) £475 ex VAT

The Main Event
For deluxe occasions and events, our main courses provide stylish live music shows

Miss Mabel’s Grand Douglas Hotel
Stylish swing jazz band for all occasions, playing a range of jazz standards and modernised 80’s, 90’s and 00’s pop songs remixed into a swing style ala 'PostModern Jukebox’. A four-piece band consisting of drums, piano, double bass and vocals.
(2 X 45-min sets) £1900 ex VAT

Maw Baker & The Showboaters
RnB Voodoo Blues Orchestra! The party band for party people! Fun, Vaudevillian, New Orleans voodoo-style party band. Think pin-up, show girls, showboats, funky jazz, swing and pop numbers! Four-piece, including drums, piano, big jungle drums, dancers and vocals.
(2 x 45-min sets) £2300 ex VAT

Champagne Blues Band
Female voices of the juke joints, sirens of the silver screen, a laidback Blues journey through the sounds of the decadent early 30’s blues movement of America, with a bit of storytelling. Perfect for restaurants, bars and supper club experiences. Trio, including piano, vocals and double bass.
(2 x 45-min sets) £975 ex VAT

Gold, Frankincense & Purr
A 1920’s-style festive jazz act to give your celebrations a touch of class and all the ragtime party hits of the season. Trio, including piano, sax/clarinet and vocals.
(2 X 45-min sets) £1200 ex VAT

For Dessert

The Sweets-Spots
Female singer and sax duo playing all the sounds of the Big Band era for a fraction of the fee! Can also be performed as a wandering act throughout the event (requires a sound system). Costumes include beach party, pin-up or old Hollywood glamour. (3 X 30/ 2 X 45min sets) £975 ex VAT

Sides Orders
Chosen your music? Browse our selection of sides to compliment your act

Sound equipment
Delivered and installed, includes an engineer, all insured and PAT tested, can entertain up to 500 people. Price on quote
Red Carpet and poles
High end red carpet with polished brass/gold poles, up to 20M long, delivered installed and removed from your event £350 ex VAT

Dancers
Choose from our stunning range of trained contemporary and vintage dance acts, we can teach your guests how to dance The Charleston, Samba or we can simply add extra bounce to your event with a walkabout and dance act, choose from Gatsby Dancers in Hollywood Outfits, or our very own Rum Girls for some summer tiki action!
£250 per dancer ex VAT

Specials!
Our signature event and entertainment packages, ready to book!

The Aston-Martini
A full, immersive 1920’s Experience. Full event and entertainment package including Miss Mable’s Grand Douglas Hotel (5 piece), Gatsby Dancers (4 dancers!) includes 4 shows and a dance lesson, Dixiebird Duo, Red Carpet, Cabaret Singer plus sound system and an entertainment manager. £5000 ex VAT (net value £6,575)

Tropical Summer Dance Party
Ultimate Summer Party! The Rum Girls, Samba Dancers, Maw Baker and The Showboaters (7 piece), The Sweet-Spots, a tropical playlist to place between the sets, PA system/sound support for up to 200 people plus an entertainment manager. £3000 ex VAT (net value £4,7000)

Made to Order
Freshly prepared shows, exclusively for you or added extras, seasoned to order!

Event Consulting
Creative Event Design and Consultation; a fully bespoke party or experiential marketing event campaign, created with your end vision and results in mind. Perfect for brand launches, beauty product launches, company milestones, PR stunts or just a fabulous celebration for your VIP’s!
£750 per day ex VAT

The Birdcage Photography Studio
Make your event really stand out with our amazing giant birdcage photo booth! Can be booked with an aerialist inside, or with a box of props and a photo booth for seriously unique images for your event. Prices start at £950 ex VAT