The Red Hot Rags - Energetic Swing & Vintage Jazz Band

London, Greater London
From: £350
Verified bookings: 9
Reviews: 13
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The Red Hot Rags offer a sophisticated selection of Swing; Jazz and Pop numbers to entertain your guests and create the perfect atmosphere throughout your event!

From wedding receptions to corporate dinners The Red Hot Rags are the best choice for moments requiring impeccable and elegant music.

With years of experience behind them, this group of adaptable, fun-loving musicians deliveres the popular songs of the 1920/40s by the likes of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to name a few together with modern-day chart-toppers such as “All About The Bass”, “Valerie” and more.

Adapting seamlessly from 'Background Music’ to ‘Music for Dancing’ RHR are the best choice for weddings, private parties and corporate events.

Just drop them a line and Jess, vocalist and manager of the band, will be happy to tailor the perfect set for you!

13 Reviews

Johnny Whitton (The Dukes Head, Billericay)

Oct. 26, 2018

Good afternoon, I was just wanted to drop you an email to tell what a pleasure it was to have you and the band here on Friday, I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from the team and the guests, from much a step in right direction in regards to music and theme nights at the Dukes. You guys were wonderful :) Thank you again and we look forward to having you back again in December. All the best Johnny xx


Alex Riches

May 27, 2019

Jess, thank you so much for yesterday. You have a stunning voice, beautiful musicality and the band were fantastic. Everyone really enjoyed it (although no one more than me!) Please pass my sincere thanks onto the band. Let me know if there's anything else I can do to help your business (recommendations etc). Thanks, Alex xx


Ann Taylor - Manager of Annies' Jazz

May 14, 2019

Fabulous night with The Red Hot Rags on Tuesday. Non stop & up-tempo swing from across the ages. Singer Jessica De Guidicci went from strength to strength and Giulio Romano was a delight on guitar. Three Italians & two Brits made for a really entertaining evening. They will be back.

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Peter Richards

April 27, 2019

Jess and the band were fantastic. The music was exactly what we were looking for and really made the party. Lots of great feedback from all our guests. Jess was also very responsive and flexible in designing the right tone and set lists to match what we were looking for. I'd recommend highly.

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Alison Parry

April 6, 2019

Jess and the band were amazing, the perfect group for my party. They played two sets of vintage classics which fit the 40s theme perfectly. My children and I loved dancing to their sets and the older guests had just a much fun listening while sitting down.

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Luke Gregory

March 3, 2019

I can't speak highly enough of this band, they are professional, talented & sound amazing. Before the wedding Jess worked very hard with the venue to ensure we could have the best possible line up for our reception and set up a surprise happy birthday for the mother of the bride with no problems. Thank you for helping to make our special day fun & memorable. Luke & Noriko

  • Please, describe your act or business in on sentence:
    London Based Jazz & Swing Band inspired by the Golden Age of jazz, performing a wide selection of Jazz; Swing; Latin numbers; Italian and French songs and more.
  • What are the highlights of your career?
    Italian Tour Februrary 2019 :)
  • What is your competitive advantage (special features)?
    We are availble in different line-ups to fit every venue, event and budget. We also have a vast repertoire.
  • What kind of events do you usually serve?
    Theaters, Clubs, Jazz Venues and also private events such as Wedding; Galas; Corporate Events and Parties
  • Who are your previous clients?
    St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel (London) Sheraton Grand London Park Lane (London) The Bloomsbury Club - Soho (London) Gordon Ramsey Restaurant - Chelsea, (London) Primobar - Westminster, (London) The Courtyard Theather (London) HMS Belfast (London) Hoxley & Porter - Islington, (London) Top 1 Forever Restaurant - ExCel Marina, London London Science Museum (London) The Peasant Clerkenwell (London) Chealsea Football Club - (London) London Cat Village - Shoreditch, (London) Beagle Restaurant - Hoxton (London) Le Plateau - Canary Warf (London) Royal College of Physicians - Westminster (London) The Bitter Sling - Mayfair (London) The Blind Bee - Bank, (London) Peyote Restaurant - Mayfair (London) The M Restaurant - Bank (London) Barbican (London) The Hospital Club - Covent Garden (London) Trafalgar Tavern - Greenwhich (London) BuenosAires Cafè - Greenwich (London) PizzaExpress (London) Cafe Rouge - Maidstone Scrumptious Tearooms - Great Dunmow, Essex The Pheasant - Buckland, Surrey Pendley Manor - Tring, Hertfordshire Yew Lodge - East Grinstead, Surrey Volti Noti Italian Restaurant - Romford, (London) The Anchor - (London) 170 Queen's Gate - South Kensington, (London) Horse & Groom - (London) The Red Lion - Redhill N°64 at the Joiners - West Malling Royal British Legion - Virginia Water Kettering Park Hotel & Spa - Kettering Hotel Romazzino 5* - Porto Cervo, Italy Hotel Cervo 5* - Porto Cervo, Italy Hotel Pitrizza 5* - Porto Cervo, Italy Hotel Cala di Volpe 5* - Porto Cervo, Italy Sorsi & Morsi Italian Restaurant - East Dulwich, London The Jazz Department - Stoke Newington, London The George Tavern - Shoreditch, London Rattlesnake - Angel, London Alleycat - Tottenham Court Road, London Sun in the Sands - Blackheat, London The George Tavern - Shoreditch, London InSpiral - Camden, London Veranda - Brixton, London Vinyl - Camden, London Cafè Crema - New Cross, London Spice of Life - Soho, London and many more :)
  • How can event planners pay for your services?
    BACs is the preferred method of payment, however also cash and cheques are accepted
  • How long do you play for?
    Our most requested format is 2 x 45 mins sets. We can also perform for: 1 x 60 mins set 3 x 30 mins sets 3 x 45 mins sets.
  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?
    We have our own PA system, fully PAT Tested.
  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
    We are covered with Public Liability Insurance up to the value of £10,000,000 through Musicians' Union. PA equipment is fully PAT tested and we can provide PLI certificate and PAT test report if required.
  • My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
    If you do not find your favourite song on our list, we will be happy to learn it for you, providing that it suits the vocal range of our vocalist, the style of the band, and that we have given enough notice.
  • How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
    We usually need a break after every 45 or 60 minutes of set. Breaks usually last between 15 to 30 minutes. We are happy to accomodate for longer breaks however an additional surcharge is to be applied (from £40 per hour per musician, to be confirmed on a case by case basis)
  • How long before do you arrive at the venue to set up?
    We usually arrive between 1 hour and 45 mins to the venue in order to set up. In early setup can be arranged for an additional fee.

Set List/Services

After You've Gone - Layton & Creamer
Ain’t Misbehavin’ - Fats Waller
Blue Skies - Irving Berlin
Bye Bye Blackbird - Julie London
But Not for Me - George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin.
Embraceable You - George & Ira Gershwin
It Had to Be You - Jones & Kahn
Mack the Knife - Weill & Brecht
Makin’ Whoopee - Ella Fitzgerald
Mean to Me - Fred E. Ahlert - Roy Turk
St. James Infirmary Blues - Louis Armstrong
’S Wonderful - Ella Fitzgerald

A Foggy Day - George Gershwin
All of Me - Billie Holiday
As Time Goes By - Herman Hupfeld
A-Tisket, A-Tasket - Ella Fitzgerald
But Not for Me - George & Ira Gershwin
Cheek To Cheek - Ella Fitzgerald
Dinah - Fats Waller
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Georgia on My Mind - Hoagy Carmichael. Stuart Gorrell
I Got Rhythm - George Gershwin
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
It's Only a Paper Moon
Love for Sale - Cole Porter
Mad About the Boy - Dinah Washington
Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway
Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
My Funny Valentine - Chet Baker
Night and Day - Cole Porter
On the Sunny Side of the Street - McHugh & Fields
Over the Rainbow - July Garland
Pennies from Heaven - Johnston & Burke
Puttin’ on the Ritz - Ella Fitzgerald
Sophisticated Lady - Duke Ellington
Summertime – Gershwin
Sweet Home Chicago
The Man I Love - Billie Holiday
The Lady is A Tramp – Rodgers/Hart
The Very Thought of You
The Way You Look Tonight
These Foolish Things - Billie Holiday
They Can't Take That Away from Me - George Gershwin
What a Difference a Day Makes
Why Don’t You Do Right? - Peggy Lee
You go to my Head - Ella Fitzgerald

Bei Mir Bist Du Shon -The Andrews Sisters
Besame Mucho - Consuelo Velasquez
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Baciami Piccina – Alberto Rabagliati
C’est Si Bon - Yves Montand
Every Time We Say Goodbye - Cole Porter
Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby - Louis Jordan
La Vie En Rose - Edit Piaf
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
Sing Sing Sing - The Andrews Sisters
Tico Tico - The Andrews Sisters

Autumn Leaves - Edith Piaf
Blue Moon - Ella Fitzgerald
Buona Sera Signorina
Blues Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
Bye Bye Love - Everly Brothers
Cry Me a River - July London
Fever - Peggy Lee
Fly Me to The Moon - Bart Howard
I Got A Woman - Ray Charles
I Just Want to Make Love to You – Etta James
Love Me or Leave Me - Nina Simone
Lulluby of Birdland
Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
Misty - Errol Garner - Knight Gladys
My Baby Just Cares for Me - Nina Simone
Smile - Nat King Cole
Sway - Dean Martin
Tu Vuò fa' l'Americano – Renato Carosone
Volare – Domenico Modugno

Água de Beber
At Last - Etta James
Bad Moon Rising
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Come Together - The Beatles
Feelin’ Good - Nina Simone
Georgia - Ray Charles
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
I Feel Good - James Brown
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
I’m a Believer - The Monkees
I Would Rather Go Blind - Etta James
L. O. V. E. - Nat King Cole
Let’s Face the Music and Dance - Nat King Cole
Mambo Italiano - Rosemary Clooney
Moon River - Andy Williams
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
My Girl - The Temptations
Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Samba de uma Nota Só - Antônio Carlos Jobim
Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Sitting On the Dock Of the Bay - Otis Redding
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
So Nice (Summer Samba) - Marcos Valle
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
The Girl from Ipanema
These Boots - Nancy Sinatra
Wave - Antônio Carlos Jobim
What A Difference A Day Makes - Bobby Darin

Ain't No Sunshine – Billy Withers
Use Me - Bill Withers
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Just the Two of Us – Bill Withers

Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Dance Me to The End of Love - Madeleine Peyroux
Don’t Know Why - Norah Jones
Our Day Will Come - Amy Winehouse
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Valerie - Amy Winehouse

2010 - Today
All About That Bass – Postmodern Jukebox
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Happy - Pharrell William
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

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