An experienced five piece Jazz Band for hire, passionately recreating the sounds of the 1940s.

Based in Oxford and operating throughout the Midlands and North London, we provide a sophisticated look and feel for your wedding, corporate entertainment, festival or vintage event.

Sample Tracks

With a set list and ambiance inspired by the classic jazz-swing bands of the 1940s, Hot Club '42 are ready, willing and able to get you in the party mood. Led by Nicky on vocals and backed up by a group of professional musicians well versed in the jazz, blues, and swing standards in the Great American song book; Hot Club '42 infuse an atmosphere of cool sophistication to any event.

Dressed in the style of the 1940s cabaret bands, white dinner jackets and evening dress, and with attention to detail such as vintage microphones and instruments from the swing era, this band really look - and sound - the part.

Here's some sample tracks off our latest album: (press the orange "Play" button to hear each track)

Swing 42 Instrumental
Harvest Ball Vocal
Bei Mir Bis Du Sheyn Vocal
Flying Home Instrumental

About the Band

If you are considering hiring Hot Club '42 for your wedding or corporate event, you would probably like to know a little more about us. Here is a little bit about each member of the band, our influences and our passions...


A guitarist versed in the blues and folk tradition, in recent years Davey has turned professional and developed an interest in jazz from the early swing era. Main influences: Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian.


A brilliantly versatile musician and professional music teacher, Ian is the main soloist in the band. On clarinet or sax, he can be relied upon to take the lead and deliver his own unique character to the sound of Hot Club '42. Main influences: Sidney Bechet, Hubert Rostaing, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Benny Goodman.


As well as fronting Hot Club '42, Nicky is an accomplished session singer supporting the many artists who have recorded at her local studios in Banbury. She's inspired and fascinated by the stories and the passion that drove the early Blues Women who stood up with the Jazz Bands of the 1930's. Main influences: Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Neil Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the harmonies of Supertramp.


Jonathan caught the Jazz bug at Cheltenham Jazz Festival and has played with many great artists since. As well as providing beautifully authentic Gypsy Jazz guitar for Hot Club '42, Jonathan has a wealth of experience as a solo performer. Main influences: Richard Thompson, Bert Jansch, Jeff Beck and Mark Knopfler.


Simon first played in a band on percussion and flute. Sliding down the scale, he took up the double bass late in life, playing mainly swing jazz and bluegrass. Bass heroes range widely, including: Paul Chambers, Todd Phillips, Dave O'Brien, David Piltch, Jake Irwin, Norman Watt-Roy, and James Jamerson.

Contact Us

Hot Club '42 are based in Oxfordshire, but they are more than happy to travel further afield and cover the whole of the UK for your special event.

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