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Generally an 11 piece stonking, stomping big band with a massive 6 horns up the front, the driving force of a phenomenal rhythm section behind and superb vocals from Perrier prize winning vocalist Jonathan Cairney out front. The band is also available as the 6 piece “Baby Buzzard Boogie Band”.

Formerly the renowned Honkin’ Hep Cats this eclectic malisma of maniacs plays every style under the sun, in their own inimitable style. They played Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee Celebrations and the Royal Festival Hall Foyer to record crowds and 300 jive dancers!

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The full Big Buzzard Boogie Band consists of a front line of 2 trumpets, trombone and 3 saxes, backed up by guitar, keyboards, bass and drums plus vocals.
However, a slightly more restrained version of the band, known as the Baby Buzzard Boogie Band is also available, performing some of the same material, plus various swing favourites, which consists of piano, bass, drums, guitar and two horns (trumpet and sax).

The Big Buzzard Boogie Band...the music comes first and a jolly proficient and wide sweeping brand of boogie it is too, taking in Basie-style big band swing, some hard-driving, guitar-based Rhythm & Blues, spring-heeled jump jive and when Dumfermline's Young Jazz Singer of the Year Jonathan Cairney joins in, a touch of butt-bumpin' funk that, given a night-time slot, sounds like a dancefloor filler. The less energetic can just sit and enjoy some mighty, genial, and often humorous blowing and much friendly banter."
- The Herald, Scotland

The Big Buzzard make a huge, richly textured sound. Their repertoire is varied enough to cover trad tunes, jump-jive, swing, Latin jazz and even funky numbers which sound like songs the Average White Band should have recorded. Hot and precise even at fast tempi, they resist the temptation to stray into noodling solos and are joined for a few songs by this year's Perrier Young Jazz Singer, Jonathan Cairney from Dumfernline, whose vocal stylings sound just as authentic as the Buzzard's own... they like a bit of a cavort too, striding round the venue in their matching t-shirts, strutting with children on the dancefloor and, at the end, performing the final round of solos from tabletops around the room. It is riotous fun, and even those who might not count a big jazz band as their idea of a great night out could well be swept up in their mischievous musicianship"
- A.Mabbott, The Scotsman

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The band has been together in one form or another for over 20 years now and works like a well-oiled machine. The individual members of the band are, of course, renowned musicians in their own right, from bandleader Andy Williamson who has played with jazz, pop and soul luminaries such as Al Casey, Tom Robinson, Suggs and most recently Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, to singer Jonathan Cairney, winner of the Perrier Young Jazz Singer award. You may also have heard of the band in their previous incarnation as the Honkin' Hep Cats.

Playing mostly jive with a sprinkling of other styles, the Buzzards excel at creating special musical moments for your events. Past triumphs have included creating a jazz service, creating new music or arrangements for the service or first dance and getting family and friends to sing ‘Lean on Me’ during a service with no celebrant. For one Indian-Jewish-English wedding they created a whole day of music combining tabla maestro Kuljit Bhamra, Bangra-style percussion accompanying the Band and singing the traditional Simcha Jewish wedding songs while the bride and groom were carried around the room in a frenzy.  To give you a rough idea of what they play the rest of the time, here are some of the tunes in their extensive pad:

Beardly experiments
Cubano chant
Fat Sam from Birmingham
Feet do your stuff
I got plenty of nothin’

Jump, jive and wail
Jumpin’ at the woodside
Libation blues
Mambo number 5,367
One O’clock jump

Psychedelic Sally
Somewhere over the rainbow
Swing low, sweet chariot
Ya gotta hit the bottom before you hit the top
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