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The Jive Aces are the UK's top Jive & Swing band and are renowned for their high energy Jump Jive music, an exciting and very danceable blend of Swing, R&B, Rock 'n' Roll, Boogie & Jump Blues.
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The Jive Aces are one of the hardest-working bands in show business today, performing over 300 shows a year in so far over 25 different countries. They have appeared on literally hundreds of TV and radio shows all over the world.
They deliver an energetic yet highly polished performance and their unique sound comes from a combination of their own original tunes in true swing style as well as fresh arrangements of songs from the swing era. Classics made famous by such greats as Louis Prima (Just a Gigolo), Louis Jordan (Five Guys Named Mo), Cab Calloway (Minnie the Moocher), Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong.
Accentuate the Positive - Bing Crosby
Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller
Ain't Nobody Here but us Chickens - Louis Jordan
Airmail Special - Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton
All of Me - Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra
Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin
Big Noise from Winnetka - Bob Crosby
Blue Moon - Ella Fitzgerald, etc
Boogie Woogie Country Girl - Big Joe Turner
Buona Serra - Louis Prima, Dean Martin
Caldonia - Louis Jordan, Woody Herman
Chicken & the Hawk - Big Joe Turner
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie - Louis Jordan
Danny Boy - Various
Fever - Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley
Flyin' Home - Lionel Hampton
Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
Giddy Up a Ding Dong - Freddie Bell
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
I can't Give you Anything but Love - Louis Armstrong
I'm Confessin' - Louis Armstrong
In the Mood - Glenn Miller
It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that
Swing - Duke Ellington
It had to be You - Harry Connick Jnr
Jam Up - Tommy Ridgely
Jump, Jive and Wail - Louis Prima
Lazy River - Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin
Lester Leaps In - Count Basie
Love Me or Leave Me - Nina Simone, Sammy Davis Jnr.
Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin
Mambo Italiano - Dean Martin
Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
Oh, Babe! - Louis Prima, Wynonie Harris
Oh, Marie! - Louis Prima
Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
Pennies From Heaven - Bing Crosby, Louis Prima
Rag Mop - Lionel Hampton
Right now, Right now! - Alan Freed Orchestra
Rock & Roll Boogie - Alan Freed Orchestra
Route 66 - Nat King Cole
Saint Louis Blues - Louis Armstrong
Shake, Rattle & Roll - Big Joe Turner
Sheik of Araby - Louis Prima
Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman, Louis Prima
Singing in the Rain - Gene Kelly
Slow Boat to China - Bette Middler
Sweet Georgia Brown - The Harlem
Summertime - Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald
Sunny Side of the Street - Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra
Sway - Dean Martin
Swingin' All Day - Saunders King, Louis Armstrong
Tiger Rag - Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima
Volare - Dean Martin
We'll Meet Again - Vera Lynn
Well Alright, Okay, You Win - Joe Williams & Count Basie
When the Saints Go Marching In - Louis Armstrong
When You're Smilin' - Louis Armstrong
White Cliffs of Dover - Vera Lynn
Original songs regularly performed include:
Clear Body, Clear Mind
Fish Fingers (the Professor's Boogie)
I’ve Got Affinity For You
Jive Ace Boogie Woogie
Jive, Jive, Jive Aces
Long Distance Love Affair
Only Mugs take Drugs
Second Chance to Fly
Start, Change & Stop
Three Cats Called Louis
Christmas Songs Include:
I've got my love to keep me Warm
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
Santa Claus is Back in Town
White Hot Christmas
The Jive Aces are...
Ian Clarkson - Vocals and Trumpet
Ian was born in the Liverpool area and lived only a few doors away from Paul McCartney’s brother. He then moved to Essex and London, hence his current accent. Ian’s cool singing style, hot trumpet and hip showmanship put him centre stage as the front man and he pulls it off with ease in a style reminiscent of Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima and Dean Martin all rolled into one.
John Fordham - Saxophone
Big John is often asked if he is Spanish, Mexican, Brazilian, Colombian, Puerto Rican and many other nationalities. He is in fact a Maori, born in Auckland, New Zealand. Big John’s hot solos are an integral part of the Jive Aces sound.
Alex Douglas - Trombone
When the Jive Aces heard Louis Prima’s band they knew they had to have a trombone player and it was Alex Douglas who got the call. Alex is quite a showman and at concerts will jump on top of anyone’s table to blow a solo! He often challenges trumpeter Ian Clarkson to a duel of horns and then the sparks really fly!
Vince Hurley - Piano
Vince’s pumping piano style and wild showmanship have been compared to Jerry Lee Lewis and he puts so much energy into his performance that his feet frequently leave the ground!
Ken Smith - Double Bass
Ken is known for spinning the bass, throwing it above his head and even climbing on it while playing, much to the amazement of the audience.
Peter Howell - Drums
Pete learned the art of swing drumming playing along to the records of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. His all-time favourite musician and entertainer is Louis Armstrong who he will talk about for hours given the chance. His style of swing drumming is unique and drives the band along like a steam-powered locomotive.
Jazz, jive and swing band The Jive Aces have to be one of the most entertaining and multi-talented acts around. Sporting seriously baggy suits in a luminescent yellow that would make even a cat’s eye blink, this was the perfect musical and visual treat too. What you get with this act is brilliant musicianship combined with a madcap sense of fun on stage, and the definite impression that no two performances by The Jive Aces are ever likely to be the same. Watching a showreel or snippet on Youtube won’t do them justice, as it’s an act that bookers need to see live. Just make sure you take some sunglasses if sitting in the front rows!
The Stage - Online Music Reviews - 22 Oct 2013
Name: Jive Aces
Location: West Sussex
Main Category: Rock n Roll & Jive Bands
Other Categories: Bands, Live Music, Party Bands, Swing Bands, Wedding Bands, Wedding Music
6 Piece Band (default): Lead vocals/trumpet/ukulele, tenor sax/clarinet/fiddle, trombone/percussion/washboard, piano, double bass, drums
Standard Set Times: 1 x 60
or 2 x 45
Space Required (w x d):
6 Piece Band (default): 7.0m x 4.0m
Sound & Lighting:
Stage Lighting: No
Dance Floor Lighting: No
Free use of PA via iPod: No
DJ included: No
Hospitality/Artist Rider: 1.Hot evening meal for 10
2.(Unless local)hotel for 10 1 double; 3 twin rooms; 2 single w breakfast
3. Soft drinks (tea, filter coffee, orange juice, bottled water) in dressing room.
4. Lockable dressing room. Heated with clothes rail 10 seats, tables and plug sockets
Technical Requirement: Jive Aces technical specifications
2 straight mic stands
3 short boom mic stands
5 full height boom mic stands
3 small boom stand (for snare, Hi Hat etc)
1 bass drum mic stand
1 Shure SM58 Beta/ SM87 Beta wireless mic with receiver & spare batteries
4 Shure SM58 Beta mics
2 Shure SM57 mics
5 Shure SM81 condenser mic (for Over Head, Hi Hat...)
2 Sennheiser clip drums mic (if not available 2 SM57, with stand)
1 Shure Beta SM52 mic
2 Direct Boxes
All necessary XLR's, Jacks, Patching cords, insert cables and adaptors
Jack cables 2m (piano). Also need an XLR split cable to send lead vocal into 2 channels, one for FOH one for his monitor.
All Power cables needed, multi plug, extension cord for the piano...
All necessary speaker cables
Multicore cable 24/8, channels, 30 meters
Stage box 24/8 plus 8 channel stage box for the drums
Front-of-house PA system using:
-subs & hi/mid speakers with power amplifiers, with sufficient power and quality to suit size of venue and coverage adequate for the number of people attending.
6 Monitor speakers with adequate amps or powered.
4 Stereo Graphic Equalizers
-1 stereo for FOH
-6 mono for Monitors
Set of compressors
Mixing board, Soundcraft or above quality with with 24 mic channels and at least 6 aux.
CD Player (for music between sets etc)
Drums are back stage, centre ideally on a riser.
Looking at stage from audience position, going from left to right at front of stage, we have:
Typical channel list:
10 pno vox (boom stand)
11 lead vox (str stand, round base and use a long cable for mobility)
12 bone vox (str stand)
13 sax vox (str stand)
14 wireless vox
15 lead vox monitor split
17 bone wireless
18 sax wireless
Monitors from L to R (looking at stage from audience viewpoint)
Piano wedge has piano, piano vox. At a lower level kick, snare, sax, bone, bass, lead vox
Bass wedge has Bass. At lower level, Kick, snare, sax, bone, piano.
Lead vox monitor should be a pair. In which he has just the vocal. We need this monitor tuned up so it's extra loud yet sounding nice and full range.
Normally we don't require anything else in this monitor except when the stages are large then a bit of kick, snare and piano can be added.
Bone has bone and bone vox. A little kick, snare and piano.
Sax has sax and sax vox. A little kick, snare and piano.
(At the back)
Drums wedge has Kick, snare, lead vox, piano, bass, sax, bone.
1 x 60
or 2 x 45
Professional swing DJ, if you want to keep the theme swinging for the whole night.
Top grade swing dancers to do display to part of Jive Aces sets. Also possible to do dance lesson. Bookable as 2, 4, 6 dancers etc. Price is per couple
Guest Vocalist Rebecca Grant£600*
Singer and actress is famous for her 2 year stint on TVs Holby City as various well as west end productions. She is a glamorous, confident and powerful singer.
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