Kevin Fitzsimmons is a London born jazz singer/songwriter and wedding/party/corporate event specialist known for his unforgettable live vocal performances. He’s sung everywhere from tiny well-worn jazz clubs to glittering occasions worldwide. His wonderful, distinctive vocals have long been sought-after by luxe brands & global corporations for marketing/media and he's a favourite of celebrities-&-the-like for their private celebrations. His adaptability and flexibility as a singer & bandleader providing wow-factor Frank Sinatra performances to the events/ weddings industry has lead to demand for Kevin & his band at a hugely diverse number of weddings & events - everywhere from the band’s local Golf Club to glittering ceremonies in European palazzos & chateaux and beyond.
The booking options can be tailored to your requirements:
Solo with playback – either a show performance, for dancing or something a little more discreet (perfect for a drinks reception or over dinner). The backing tracks used are all live recorded original big band arrangements, giving you the feel of having a real band. An hour set or 2 x 40 minute set is usually performed.
With live Band – larger bands or even just a pianist are among the options available, if you were looking for a smaller band you would get a great sound with just a piano, drums, bass and saxophone. An hour, a 2 x 40 minute or 2 x 1 hour set is usually performed.
The Band’s Musicians:
The musicians you’re guaranteed when you hire Kevin’s Band are in the main high profile and award winning session musicians in their own right, all members are chosen from cream of London’s jazz players. They’ve performed with some of the biggest music legends of our time including Tom Jones, Tony Bennett, Liza Minnelli, Shirley Bassey, Elton John, Barbara Streisand and too many other stars to list here. The main band members for weddings & events are:
Simon Colam – Piano: Head of Jazz at The Purcell School for Young Musicians & teacher at The Royal Academy of Music, ‘diverse’ Simon is also the current pianist on ‘The X Factor’
Steve Fishwick – Trumpet: With a Batchelor of Music degree from the Royal Academy of Music & the 2002 British Jazz Awards ‘Rising Star’ prize
Gareth Lockrane – Flute (& Piano): Gareth was a finalist in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2000 and with ‘Grooveyard’ won Best European Jazz Group in 2003 in the Granada Jazz Festival
Derek Nash – Saxophone: A swing band saxophonist at the cutting edge of the British Jazz Movement,
Alex Garnett – Saxophone: Currently the semi-resident saxophonist at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Alex is without question one of the most in-demand UK session musicians
Mike Smith – Drums: Sought after drummer on countless TV/Radio adverts and commercial recordings. Since the mid 90’s Mike has been the regular drummer to Dame Shirley Bassey, and for the BBC Big Band, BBC Radio Orchestra and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra
Dominic Howles – Upright Bass: Studied Jazz & Studio Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Dominic has also works extensively on the British Jazz circuit, including Ronnie Scott’s & Jazz Festivals in Germany & Dubai
Dave Warren – Jazz Guitar: Currently an examiner and visiting tutor at The Guildhall School of Music, examiner and accompanist at Trinity College of Music, and in demand session musician
Adrian Fry – Trombonist: Recorded and toured as a member of Incognito and has played in the Big Band of most West End shows inc. The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas
What they say...
"Wow he can really swing a song" - Birdland Jazz Club, New York
"We had the privilege of hearing him rehearse earlier and he's absolutely marvellous"- Sir Trevor Macdonald
"Wow!" - Peter Jones, BBC Dragons Den star
“Truly outstanding. What a voice! “- Mike Wedderburn, Sky Sports TV presenter & ex-Harlequins/Wasps Rugby star
“You & the band were fantastic” – NBC Universal
“I just thought Kevin & band were amazing and created a great atmosphere last night.” - Mosimann’s Party Services, Caterers By Royal Appointment