1920s Bands


The 1920s Theme Band Skidoo are an unlikely collection of misfits and outlaws performing Harlem Swing, a music born out of the 1920’s stride piano style made famous by James P. Johnson and Fats Waller.

1920s theme band Skidoo specialise in performing at Vintage, Cabaret, Burlesque and Prohibition nights as well as Swing Dance, Lindy Hop and Balboa events. They perform in theatres, music venues, jazz clubs and festivals throughout the UK as well as private bookings and house concerts. Have a glance through their 1920s theme show option:


– the classic three piece line up of Tommy Valentine on vocals and guitar, Howard ‘Dancing Bear’ Jacobs on percussion and clarinet with Henry ‘JJ’ Botham on stride piano.

Skidoo with the Skidoo Horns

– add any or all from trumpet, trombone, sax and souzaphone to ‘brass up’ the Skidoo sound.

Cotton Club Burlesque featuring Skidoo and The Bombshells

– Skidoo play whilst the very talented Bombshells display jaw dropping aerial burlesque.

The Joint Is Jumpin’

– Harlem Rent Party themed theatre show incorporating stories, characters and comedy as well as some of the finest hot jazz this side of the Hudson.

Stride Piano Party

– piano and percussion performing pure authentic Harlem Stride and Piano Shouts from greats such as Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Luckey Roberts, Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith and Eubie Blake.

Solo Stride Piano

– you get the idea, ‘JJ’ tickling the keys all on his own.


“Here’s a band that really do swing like they did in the good ol’ days – with attention to detail and authenticity, Skidoo put on a storming performance that gets the joint well and truly jumping. Until we manage to bring Fats Waller back in a time machine, we’d have these guys back any time!”
– Bobbi Charleston, The Swung Eight

Song List
I’m crazy bout my baby
Ain’t Misbehavin
The Joint is Jumpin’
Your Feets Too Big
Darktown Strutters Ball
Squeeze Me
Baby Brown
Two Sleepy People
This is so nice it must be illegal
Honeysuckle Rose
I Ain’t Got Nobody
Jeepers Creepers
Tango Til They’re Sore
The charleston
Bill Bailey
St Louis Blues
My Buckets Got a Hole in it
I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
When you’re smiling
Just a closer walk with thee
When the saints go marching in
Down by the riverside
Amazing grace
I wanna be like you
African ripples
Handful of keys
Vipers Drag
Hold tight (I want some seafood mama)
This is so nice it must be illegal
Sweet georgia brown
The sheik of araby
Carolina shout
Spring cleaning
Bach up to me
The mule walk
Them there eyes
Keeping out of mischief now
Pork and Beans
12th st rag
shy & sly
Sing Sing Sing
Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen
24 Robbers
Knock Me a Kiss
Jeeves and Wooster Theme
Didn’t He Ramble
You Rascal You
Christopher Columbus
St James Infirmary


Society is a four piece band specialising in Jazz, Dixieland and hot 20’s music.

Society will enhance any event. They are available acoustically or with full amplification and are presented in several different dress styles. As light background music they will set a happy tone. If playing during a meal, they have proved to be an excellent aid to digestion. Weddings are another popular engagement, they would go as far to say that any wedding which hires them can almost guarantee a more than successful day, reception and honeymoon!

They can adapt to almost any event, from shopping centres, garden fetes, piers and grand openings to entertaining celebrities of stage and screen at The National Theatre, their blend of cheerful rhythmic tunes and expert professionalism never go unnoticed.

They also have a Cabaret element. With a mixture of lively music, audience participation and devastating humour, they take you on a musical meander down memory lane with tributes to such stars as Al Jolson, Noël Coward and even George Formby!

In short, Society is every band you will ever need (in our unbiased opinion!)

• Foggy Day In London Town
• A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
• After You’ve Gone
• Ain’t Misbehavin
• Ain’t She Sweet
• Alexander’s Ragtime Band
• All Of Me
• All The Things You Are
• April Showers
• As Long As I Live
• As Time Goes By
• At Sundown
• Avalon
• Baby Face
• Baby Wont You Please Come Home
• Basin Street Blues
• Big Butter & Egg Man
• Black and Blue
• Black Bottom
• Blue & Broken Hearted
• Blue Moon
• Blue Skies
• Blue Turning Grey Over You
• Blues My Naughty Sweetie
• Blue Room
• But Not For Me
• Button Up Your Overcoat
• Charleston
• Cheek To Cheek
• Cherokee
• China Boy
• Crazy Rhythm
• Crazy About My Baby
• Darktown Strutters Ball
• Deed I Do
• Dinah
• Doctor Jazz
• Dream A Little Dream
• Everybody Loves My Baby
• Exactly Like You
• Fascinatin’ Rhythm
• Fidgety Feet
• Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue
• Fly Me To The Moon
• From Monday On
• Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good For You
• Georgia On My Mind
• Get Busy
• Get Happy
• Girl Of My Dreams