Sunshine Kings

Jazz inspired by the music of New Orleans, the singing and dancing of the 1920's, the dixieland and trad revivals in America and the UK since then, and by the musicians we work with here and now from all over the world.

The Sunshine Kings brings it all together into a band that makes people of all ages dance, clap, tap toes, and go home with a smile. Great for dancing, great for listening, great for anyone wanting to have a good time. 

The band’s repertoire is drawn largely from the small group Jazz of the 20’s and 30’s with a few other interesting numbers from other eras thrown in to spice things up. 

Run by Graham Hughes, a Jazz musician with a name in his own right, The Sunshine Kings are very popular at Jazz clubs around London and the South East, and have toured the length of England appearing at clubs and festivals. They also perform for parties, weddings, events, swing dances, tea dances, dinners...

The Sunshine Kings band comes in a few shapes and sizes, according to the occasion. They are a group of top class professional musicians who are all very versatile, know the repertoire and work together as a team.

If you are planning a Wedding, Mardi Gras event, Jazz concert, Swing dance, Tea dance, Party, Celebration, Riverboat trip, New Orleans party, Vintage jazz events, Dixieland, 20's night, Strolling trad bands or parades, inside or out, acoustic or amplified... The Sunshine Kings will be there with a smile!


The Sunshine Kings where SO SO fantastic the other night – what stars and true professionals

I could not have done it without their fantastic enthusiasm and calm performance – what an amazing and lovely group of performers

I wanted to say a big thank you for connecting me to Graham and the Sunshine Kings. They did such a great job playing at our wedding on the 20th June. Truly OUTSTANDING. They were so upbeat, everyone loved the music and Graham and the band bent over backwards to make it a special night for us all. They really could not have been better. I would recommend them to anyone and give them a 5* Plus.

Just a very quick note to thank you for the absolutely fabulous music played at our wedding, the day could not have been more perfect and you guys played a major part of that brilliant atmosphere  - Paul Hurren (Wedding on a riverboat)

You guys have been great! Definitely been a hit - Josh Finesilver, Events Producer (Hampton Court Festival)

Many thanks to you and your colleagues for the superb performance at my party yesterday. It could not have been done better. Thank you - Richard Collins (Birthday party, Pall Mall)

We were so pleased and impressed with the band. Thank you for playing so brilliantly and for your relaxed and accommodating attitude. You made our day very special especially playing the requested songs so well. I know my Dad, Sue and Becks really enjoyed singing with the band and you made it so easy for them. Particularly enjoyed our first dance! Thanks ever so much - Steph, John and Lilibet

THANK YOU for your wonderful playing! You and the band were absolutely perfect - exactly what Mary and I had envisioned, and your playing and the music you performed was just great. Thank you all very much indeed for entering into the spirit of it all, and I'm really glad you enjoyed it - Georgina (Birthday Party)

Thank you too for a fabulous evening! It really wouldn't have been the same without you guys - everyone was blown away by your music! - Khin and Jonathan (Wedding)

We can look back on a wedding celebration that exceeded all our (high) expectations – not least in the superb jazz your band and special guests provided. I really am so grateful to you for giving us exactly what we had wanted for the occasion, in presentation, in the programme selection, and in the brilliant jazz you played. We had many, many favourable comments, including from guests who had gone outside for some of the time to talk in the sunshine, but who could hear and appreciate all the music from the patio. It was altogether a gloriously memorable day – Ray (Wedding)

  • After You’ve Gone
  • Aint Misbehaving
  • Alexander’s Ragtime Band
  • All Of Me
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight
  • At The Jazz Band Ball
  • Avalon
  • Baby Face
  • Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
  • Basin Street Blues
  • Beale Street Blues
  • Big Butter and Egg Man
  • Bill Bailey
  • Black and Blue
  • Blue Moon
  • Blue Skies
  • Blues My Naughty Sweetie
  • Body and Soul
  • Bourbon Street Parade
  • Bring Me Sunshine
  • Buona Sera
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Canal St Blues
  • Caravan
  • Careless Love
  • Charleston
  • Darktown Strutters Ball
  • Deed I Do
  • Dinah
  • Do You Know What It Means to miss New Orleans
  • Doctor Jazz
  • Don’t Get Around Much any More
  • Down By The Riverside
  • Everybody Love’s My Baby
  • Exactly Like You
  • Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue
  • Gee Baby Aint I Good to You
  • Georgia
  • Honeysuckle Rose
  • I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love
  • I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
  • I Found A New Baby
  • I Got Rhythm
  • I Wish I Could Shimmy
  • I’m Beginning to See The Light
  • I’m Confessin that I Love You
  • I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and write..
  • I’ve Found A New Baby
  • I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Falling
  • I’ll See You In My Dreams
  • If I Had You
  • In A Mellow Tone
  • Indiana
  • Is It True What They Say about Dixie
  • It Don’t Mean A Thing
  • It Had To Be You
  • Ja Da
  • Jazz Me Blues
  • Jeepers Creepers
  • Just A Gigolo
  • Keepin Out of Mischief
  • Lady Be Good
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Long Way to Tipparari
  • Lulu’s Back In Town
  • Mack The Knife
  • Mamma’s Gone Goodbye
  • Mood Indigo
  • Moonglow
  • My Blue Heaven
  • New Orleans
  • Nobody’s Sweetheart
  • Oh Baby
  • Oh When The Saints
  • Out of Nowhere
  • Paper Moon
  • Pennies From Heaven
  • Perdido
  • Putting on the Ritz
  • Rose Room
  • Rosetta
  • Running Wild
  • S’Wonderful
  • Satin Doll
  • Sentimental Journey
  • Sheik of Araby
  • Shine
  • Some of these Days
  • Someday Sweetheart
  • Someday You’ll Be Sorry
  • South
  • St James’ Infirmary
  • St Louis Blues
  • Stardust
  • Stars Fell On Alabama
  • Struttin With Some Bbq
  • Sugar
  • Sunday
  • Sunny Side of the Street
  • Sweet Georgia Brown
  • Sweet Lorraine
  • Sweet Sue
  • Take The A Train
  • There’ll Be Some Changes Made
  • Tishomingo Blues
  • Undecided
  • Up A Lazy River
  • Wabash Blues
  • Way Down Yonder In N.O.
  • When You’re Smiling
  • Wrap Your Troubles
  • Yes Sir That’s My Baby
  • You Are My Sunshine
  • Up a Lazy River
  • Washington and Lee Swing
  • Who’s Sorry Now