Swing Cafe Band

Swing Cafe is an acoustic swing, jazz, and rockabilly band that plays around New England at parties, clubs and concerts. Combining lead and harmony vocals, archtop guitar, mandolin, bass and drums, Swing Cafe blends well in all types of functions. Whether the event is a wedding celebration, a Bar Mitzvah, retirement party or mellow soiree, Swing Cafe plays music to fit the occasion. The band’s love of the material, drawn largely from pop standards of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, is obvious from the first downbeat. First rate musicians all, Swing Cafe’s fun, classy stage presence and easy repartee are sure to delight audiences of all ages. In addition, one of Swing Cafe’s members is a Grammy-nominated sound engineer, so one can be assured that Swing Cafe’s sound is always of the highest quality and the right volume for the event.

A slightly different form of Swing Cafe is SunSwing, North America’s first solar-powered swing band! Using state-of-the-art solar panels and deep cyle battery technology, SunSwing can perform outdoors, indoors, or anywhere without needing electrical hookups. Having your wedding reception on a deserted island? Need a band to entertain at an environmental conference or music festival? For more information contact us here or at SunSwingband.com ( website under construction)

SONG LIST ( partial listing):

* All of Me – Frank Sinatra

* Ain’t She Sweet – Frank Sinatra

* Georgia on My Mind – Ray Charles

* The Nearness of You – Hoagy Carmichael

* Crazy – Patsy Cline

* Pennies From Heaven – Bing Crosby

* Swingin’ on a Star – Big Crosby

* Route 66 – Nat King Cole

* Straighten Up and Fly Right – Nat King Cole

*Just Because- Elvis Presley

* It Don’t Mean A Thing – Duke Ellington

* Up The Lazy River – Mills Brothers

* 5 Guys Named Moe – Louis Jordan

* Ding Dong Daddy – Louis Armstrong

* Shine – Louis Armstrong

* Choo Choo Ch’Boogie – Louis Jordan

* The Glory of Love – Benny Goodman

* Get Rhythm – Johnny Cash

* Ain’t Mishbehavin’ – Fats Waller

* Honeysuckle Rose – Fats Waller

* Your Feets Too Big – Fats Waller

* I Get A Kick Out of You – Frank Sinatra

* Until The Real Thing Comes Along – Frank Sinatra

* In a Mellow Tone – Duke Ellington

* Walkin’ After Midnight – Patsy Cline

* Jack You Dead – Louis Jordan

* That’s Alright Mama – Elvis Presley

* Summertime – Ella Fitzgerald

* Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me – Ella Fitzgerald

* Sweet Georgia Brown – Louis Armstrong

* Nice Work if you Can Get It – Fred Astaire

* Cheek to Cheek – Fred Astaire

* They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Fred Astaire

* Mack The Knife – Bobby Darin

* Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin

* Autumn Leaves – Roger Williams * Devil and the Deep Blue Sea- Sinatra

*Fever-Peggy Lee

*It Ain’t the Meat (It’s the Motion)

*Meditation – Carlos Jobim

*Fly Me to the Moon- Sinatra

* Settin’ The Woods On Fire- Hank Williams

*Is You Is or Is You Ain’t- Louis Jordan

*Minor Swing- Grapelli/Reinhardt

*Swing ’42- Grapelli/ Reinhardt

*Bright Side of the Road- Van Morrison< br />* Don’t Get Around Much Anymore-Fred Astaire

* And I Love Her- Beatles

* All My Lovin’- Beatles

* I’ve Just Seen a Face- Beatles

*Frim Fram Sauce-Nat King Cole

*Blue Moon-Rogers and Hart

*Hallelujah I Just Love Her So- Ray Charles

*Don’t Blame Me-Nat King Cole

*Besame Mucho-Beatles,others

*I’ll See You In My Dreams-Louis Armstrong

*King Of the Road-Roger Miller


Swing Cafe features the smooth vocals and guitar of Ted Powers, the mandolin and vocals of Eric Kilburn, Peter Tillotson on acoustic bass and Steve Rose on drums.

Swing Cafe’s two founding members, Ted Powers and Eric Kilburn, played in bands together in high school. After graduation, Ted played for several years in The Games, a popular rock band that toured relentlessly around New England and the east coast. After The Games, Ted pursued a solo career and developed his skills as a tap dancer. Eric performed for many years at colleges, folk clubs, and festivals, and released 4 albums of original songs, one of which was covered by Arlo Guthrie. Eric developed a parallel career as a recording studio owner/engineer/musician, and has produced over 400 albums since 1986 at Wellspring Sound.

After a 20 year hiatus, Eric and Ted reconnected in the late 90’s when Eric engineered a demo CD of Ted’s at Wellspring. Discovering a mutual love of classic American Songbook material and early rockabilly, Swing Cafe was born. Peter Tillotson , one of Boston’s hardest -working bass players, and drummer Steve Rose, a 25 year veteran of the US Air Force Jazz Band round out Swing Cafe’s lineupas a quartet.

Swing Cafe often performs as a quintet with Billy Novick, one of the country’s most esteemed clarinet and sax players. In a career spanning four decades, Billy has previously toured with David Bromberg, the New Black Eagle Jazz band, Guy Van Duser, and many others, and has performed in many of John Sayles’ film scores. Billy also is fluent in klezmer styles, and Swing Cafe can play a romping klezmer set with Billy leading the way.

For bookings involving Billy, please try to give us as much notice as possible.

Here’s what some of our clients and fans have to say.

Manager, Putney Inn, Putney,Vermont

Tue, Sep. 2 2008
“We’ve seen a lot of bands come and go over the years, and you guys are the best band we’ve ever had! Many of the Inn’s guests who weren’t part of the wedding party were inquiring about you. Make sure you leave us some cards.”
Keith Ferguson, groom
Sun, May. 25 2008
Swing Cafe sounded and acted like professionals. Not only was the sound and energy out-of-sight, but all of our guests loved them, young and old. I’d never get married without Swing Cafe!
Joe Solomon, Jenn Doyle, Wedding Couple
Sat, May. 17 2008
You knocked everybody out! All of our friends have told us what a great choice we made in picking you guys for our reception! Thanks again!
Lia Yang and Steve Hartov, Wedding Couple
Mon, Oct. 8 2007
You guys are incredible ! Your show totally made our party! Thank you so much!
Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, Concord, MA
Wed, Sep. 13 2006
“Swing Cafe get the audience’s toes tapping right away and brought smiles all around. The harmonies are great and the grooves were infectious. You guys did a great job !
Scupper Jack’s, Acton MA
Sun, May. 21 2006
” Swing Cafe has been our most popular band. We always get lots of positive comments from the audience”
F.O. proud mother, Stowe, MA
Wed, Mar. 29 2006
“We took a risk having a swing band play at our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, but the kids really liked you, and the grown-ups loved dancing to those great old songs”
CJ’s Steakloft, Northboro, MA
Fri, Jun. 10 2005
“You guys are fantastic! People have been asking me when you’ll be back.”
J. Geils
Sun, Feb. 15 2004
“I loved the album! Love those sweet old tunes! Great playing on that mando..”


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