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6 Piece Band£4,200*

Lead vocals/trumpet/ukulele, tenor sax/clarinet/fiddle, trombone/percussion/washboard, piano, double bass, drums

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Set Options:

1 x 60
or 2 x 45

Optional Extras:

Swing DJ£300*

Professional swing DJ, if you want to keep the theme swinging for the whole night.

Swing Dancers£600*

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.

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.

TV & Radio

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.

Highly Polished

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.

Vocal Numbers

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:

Aces Swing

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

Once More

Only Mugs take Drugs

Planet Jive

Play On

Second Chance to Fly


Start, Change & Stop

Three Cats Called Louis

Christmas Songs Include:

I've got my love to keep me Warm

Jingle Bells

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Santa Claus is Back in Town

White Christmas

White Hot Christmas

Winter Wonderland

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.

General Information:

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

Other Requirements

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

Sound Equipment:

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
Reverb unit

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:

1 kick
2 sn
3 hat
4 rack
5 floor
6 OH
7 Bass
8 pno
9 pno
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
19 Bongos

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.