Big J and the Piccolo Chickens


With a 6 piece line-up consisting of one of the best horn sections in the country, BIG J AND THE PICCOLO CHICKENS continue to gain acclaim as one of the best soul/disco/party bands in the business and the no.1 Wedding band in Leeds. Led in his own inimitable style by BIG J himself, the band plays a well polished, hard-hitting mix of soul, funk and disco anthems from artistes such as James Brown, Otis Redding, Rose Royce, Kool and The Gang, The Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder.Big J & The Piccolo Chickens live show has been described by many as one of the best there is,  combining excellent music, dance and most important of all a great sense of fun!

Previous gigs include

“This unique style has resulted in support slots with Edwin Starr and The James Taylor Quartet.  They have gigged at Ronnie Scotts, played with Mark Ronson in London and New York, performed a record 13 consecutive years at the Guinness Jazz Festival in Cork, many  tours of some of the most reputable venues in Ireland as well as many gigs on the corporate and university/college circuits. Our reputation is firmly established as a professional, reliable and entertaining band. Whatever the event, there’s one thing guaranteed… If it’s BIG J it’s PARTY TIME!!! .”

The Number 1 Wedding band in Leeds, York, Harrogate, Sheffield, Manchester and throughout Yorkshire.




  • ” What a fantastic band to have at my wedding, top class musicians and great show. “

  • ” Big J and the  Piccolo Chickens are the best Party band there is! I have booked them for all our big events for many years and they never fail to get everyone up dancing and having a brilliant time. “

    Guy and Carol Topping, Lancashire
  • ” Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. From the first note you played everyone was dancing and having fun. You made it so special for me and bridesmaids when you got us up to sing. We all loved it!  I will be happy to recommend you to anyone who is looking for a great wedding band. You were brilliant and really helped make our evening do a real success. Thank you! “

    Heather and Simon Wiffen, Leeds
  • ” We first saw Big J in Ireland at the Guinness Festival and have booked them for many of our corporate events in London. They played at London Zoo, The Old Brewery and The Intercontinental Hotel to name a few but  I also got them to play at my wedding. They are always great fun but are all talented musicians and can be relied upon to sort everything out and set up quickly and efficiently and then get the party going from the moment they start. Great band!”

    Lee Watts MD KFH estate agents, London
  • ” Big J and the Piccolo Chickens made our wedding night. They had everyone up and dancing. We even did the conga! All our guests had so much fun and we danced and partied the nightaway!”

    Luke and Lucy Brown, Leeds
  • ” Julian was such a help with organising our wedding. He talked us through everything we needed and helped us save money on our entertainment for the night do. He organised everything so we had nothing to worry about, which was a great help.The band were brilliant and had everyone dancing and having a fab time. It was lovely to seeall my friends up and dancing and joining in with the dance moves. Fab! Fab! Fab!”

    Rachael Roberts, York
  • ” Big J and the Piccolo Chickens played at my husband’s 50th birthday party and they were brilliant. Julian sorted everything out for us, which was one less thing to worry about and when they started playing everyone danced and had a brilliant time. What a band! I would be more than happy to recommend them for any event! “

    Mrs. T. Turner, Malton, North Yorkshire
  • ” What a truly fabulous time we had. You made our day. It was fantastic and I danced all night, Thank “

    Sara Hornsby -bride

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