The Mississippi Swamp Dogs Jazz Band

jazz band hire with a New Orleans twist.

Cruise Ship Party Band

020 8761 8932   07747 801471

The Mississippi Swamp Dogs are an incredible Cruise Ship Party Band. With an extensive repertoire of Party songs from across the ages, they have entertained passengers on cruises over a number of years with some fabulous music, whilst cruising the high seas. Here are the guys in recent promo videos demonstrating the quality and variety of the music they offer. Drop down to the bottom of this page for an extensive list of repertoire.

Cruise Ship Party Band play Swing and Rat Pack

Cruise Ship Party Band Testimonial

Minerva Ship Cruise Director: Jeff’s cruise band, with a line-up of drums, keyboards, saxophone and trombone, have had the passengers up and dancing pretty much throughout the cruise. The Orpheus Lounge has been busier in the evenings and on our two deck dances, the passengers were throwing themselves around the deck in a frenzy! It was great to see. The final night’s Jam Session was a great success with the musicians contributing to what was a very jolly evening. At sea at Massawa, The Jeff Williams Band played out on deck. This was a super evening and many passengers came out on deck and contributed to an extremely good ‘deck dance’. This band is seriously good!

A further testimonial

I hired the Mississippi Swamp Dogs to perform at the Belgravia Classic Car Show. It was the first time we’d run the event, so I wanted a band who understood the brief. Not only did they understand the brief, but they exceeded everybody’s expectations. They performed all over the gardens, and also did a set in the marquee. With an event like this, flexibility is key, and nothing was too much trouble. I would have no hesitation in recommending them, and look forward to welcoming them back next year.

Mark Fellowes, Fellowes Productions, June 2017. More information here

Cruise Ship Party Band

This is what we can offer:

  • Full Deck Dance Party  
  • New Orleans Night Cabaret  
  • Late Night Dinner Jazz
  • Rat Pack/Vegas Cabaret
  • Strict Tempo Dancing  
  • Dixieland Jazz Cabaret (It’s Trad Dad!) 
  • 100’s of songs from the Great American Songbook 
  • Latin Lounge Nights.

Cruise Ship Party Band

Cruise Ship Party Band

Cruise Ship Party Band

Stamina can play an important part in the proceedings too. Working between 8pm and midnight with very short breaks is all very well. Do it on the Equator, out on deck and it becomes an endurance test! All the while you and the band need to be keeping the energy of the Party Band up, with a smile on everyones face and, at the same time making sure you are picking the right songs for the crowd in front of you.

We offer, as well as party music, the following: A one hour tribute to the great Vegas Singers. A one hour presentation of Trad Jazz, It’s Trad Dad! A set of Strict Tempo Dance. An hour presentation “A Night in the Deep South” New Orleans Blues and Boogie.

Cruise Ship Party Band

Cruise Ship Party Band

Cruise Ship Party Band

Stylistically a Cruise Ship Party Band has to be able to adapt. Some nights great demands are made on the band to play for dancing. Some nights people may want to relax, especially if the cruise specialises in interesting visits and passengers are exhausted after a long day trudging around an ancient site! On such nights may be a chill out set of Dinner Jazz is more appropriate.

Repertoire wise the band covers everything from old style jazz (think Speakeasy Jazz Band, Great Gatsby Jazz Band, 1920s Jazz Band, Dixieland Jazz Band, ) through to Swing and Rat Pack favourites, Latin music, Rock and Roll, The Swinging Sixties (plenty of people from this era on cruises at the moment) and seventies, eighties, nineties music. Also we have New Orleans repertoire,  Strictly Come Dancing repertoire……the list goes on! See a more comprehensive repertoire below…

Another point worth making about the Cruise Ship Party Band scenario, you are always seen by the passengers. This is why a band like the Swamp Dogs work so well in this environment. They are delightful company, good conversationalists, good listeners, constantly patient and able to behave in an appropriate manner when “on show”

Cruise Ship Party Band

We invite you to get in touch if you are interested in our services. Contact us here or go to our home page and access more information. There are testimonials from clients on our wedding band hire page and on our info page. Alternatively you are welcome to see the band play live if you are in the London area. View our public performance page to see where and when this talented New Orleans Jazz Flavoured Party band is appearing next.

Cruise Ship Party Band

Repertoire list. This is by no means comprehensive. 

40 Pop/Party/Dance Repertoire songs

I’m A Believer                                                                          Dancing Queen
Day Dream Believer                                                                Could it Be Magic
Brown Eyed Girl                                                                      Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Celebration                                                                               Three Little Birds
In The Midnight Hour                                                            Everything
Kiss                                                                                             Have I Told You Lately that I Love You
Superstition                                                                              My Girl
Sweet Home Alabama                                                            Everybody Needs Somebody
December 63                                                                            Hot Hot Hot
Sweet Caroline                                                                         Walking On Sunshine
Suspicious Minds                                                                    I Will Survive
Hound Dog                                                                               I’m In the Mood for Love (ska)
I Feel Good                                                                               Blue Moon (ska)
Let the Good Times Roll                                                       Just The Way You Are
Route Sixty Six                                                                        La Bamba/Twist and Shout
It’s Not Unusual                                                                      Lovely Day
Just the Two Of Us                                                                 Baker Street
Mercy                                                                                         Play that Funky Music
Reet Petite                                                                                 Stand By Me
Sunny                                                                                         You Are the Sunshine of My Life

40 Swing/Rat Pack Repertoire songs

Lady Is a Tramp                                                                       Mr Bojangles
That’s Amore                                                                            Fly Me To The Moon
New York New York                                                                Girl Talk
Come Fly With Me                                                                   I’ve Got You Under My Skin
L.O.V.E                                                                                       My Baby Just Cares for Me
It’s Almost Like being in Love                                               Mack the Knife
One For My Baby                                                                     Angel Eyes
Let there Be Love                                                                    What A Wonderful World
When You’re Smiling                                                             Cheek To Cheek
Nightingale Sang in Barclay Square                                   The Way You Look Tonight
Moondance                                                                              Sweet Lorraine
Sway                                                                                          My Blue Heaven
Satin Doll                                                                                 Making Whoopee
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore                                     Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing
It Had To Be You                                                                   Pennies From Heaven
Sunny Side of the Street                                                       Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
Tuxedo Junction                                                                    Moonlight Serenade
I’m Coming Home Baby                                                       Sweet Georgia Brown
All Of Me                                                                                  Ain’t Misbehavin
It’s Only a Paper Moon                                                          Honeysuckle Rose

34 Latin/Lounge Songs Repertoire

The Look of Love                                                                     Close to You
This Guys In Love With You                                                 Call Me
Beseme Mucho                                                                         Mas Que Nada
Agua De Bebe                                                                            Girl from Ipanema
Desifinado                                                                                  Corcovado
Brazil                                                                                           Oye Como Va
Hernados Hideaway                                                                Jealousy
Blue Skies                                                                                  For Once in my Life
I’ll Never Fall in Love Again                                                  How Insensitive
One Note Samba                                                                      Wave
Just A Little Loving                                                                 The Nearness of You
Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head                                  Alfie
The More I See You                                                                Meditation
Summer Samba                                                                      Georgia On My Mind
Affirmation                                                                              Late In The Evening
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You                                 When I Fall In Love
Volare                                                                                        Cha Cha Cha D’Amour
Lovely Day

40 Dixieland Repertoire Songs

After You’ve Gone                                                                  Ain’t She Sweet
Alexanders Ragtime Band                                                   At Sundown
Basin Street Blues                                                                 Bill Bailey
Bye Bye Blues                                                                         Careless Love
China Boy                                                                                Crazy Rhythm
The Darktown Strutters Ball                                               Deed I Do
Doctor Jazz                                                                             King of the Swingers
Exactly Like You                                                                    Charleston
Five Foot Two                                                                         I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
I Found A New Baby                                                             Indiana
Up the Lazy River                                                                  Lime House Blues
Mean To Me                                                                            New Orleans
Helly Dolly                                                                              Petite Fleur
Poor Butterfly                                                                         Putting On the Ritz
Rosetta                                                                                     Runnin’ Wild
St Louis Blues                                                                         Shine
Some Day you’ll Be Sorry                                                      Strutting With Some Barbecue
S’wonderful                                                                              Squeeze Me
Sweet Sue                                                                                 Taint No Bodies Business If I Do
Thou Swell                                                                               Tiger Rag

26 New Orleans Repertoire Songs

Tipitina                                                                                    Going Back To New Orleans
Do You Know What it Means to Miss                                Such A Night
New Orleans
When It All Comes Down                                                     Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Don’t Do It                                                                               Iko Iko
Memphis Soul Stew                                                               Try A Little Tenderness
Don’t Step On My Toot Toot                                                Stagger Lee
Big Chief                                                                                   Blueberry Hill
West End Blues                                                                       Congo Square
Move On Up                                                                            Saint James Infirmary
I Need It                                                                                   Bourbon Street Parade
Buddy Boldens Blues                                                             Louisiana 1927
Cissy Strutt                                                                              Lets All Sing the Song of Love
Pass the Peas                                                                           We’re Going To Have a Funky Good Time