Monday, December 29, 2008

/"If I was to rate the Jive Aces album, firstly I would say FANTASTIC
and if I was on Dancing With the Stars or Strictly Come Dancing, I would
give it ELEVEN!

If you want to dance jive, if you want to dance lindy hop, if you want
to do swing, the Jive Aces music is prefect."/

*- Len Goodman*
Head Judge on Strictly Come Dancing
and Dancing With The Stars

/"The Jive Aces are the best show since Louis Prima."/

*- Keely Smith*
Singing legend

/"The best small band to come out of Britain in decades."/

*- Kenny Ball*
Jazz legend

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Jive Aces live on BBC Radio London on Christmas morning!

Hi everybody,
a very merry Christmas to everybody. The Jive Aces will be live on BBC radio London at 11am (GMT) tomorrow (25th!) morning so you fancy joining in the festive silliness then tune in to 94.9FM if you are in the Greater London area or on the internet at and click on the "listen live" button.
All the best and see you soon.
The Jive Aces

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

We did a great radio show last night in Cardif which went out live on BBC Wales. Toni Prima guested on a couple of songs and they even had Keely Smith join in the interview. You can hear it for the next seven days on the BBC iPlayer, just click on the link below.

Friday, December 05, 2008

The Jive Aces were top of the bill at the Grand Order of Water Rats Christmas Ball last Sunday performing to a veritable who's who of British talent and members of the entertainment industry.

The Waters Rats are a charitable association of top UK entertainers that started 120 years ago. Last year the Jive Aces played an early spot before Tony Christie and it was so successful that this year they were
asked back to headline.

Before and after the show they got to rub shoulders with the stars and listened to the speeches and stories they told during the dinner.

Amoungst the guests were Carry On star Barbara Windsor, Fawlty Tower's Andrew Sachs, magic man Paul Daniels and Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain.

One particular star that drew their attention was British rock n roll singer Jess Conrad who as you probably know was one of the British stars, along with Marty Wilde, Billy Fury and Joe Brown, who toured with Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent on their famous UK tour. He was voted UK's favourite singer in 1961.

"Jess Conrad gave a great speech as he proposed the toast to the lady guests at the ball. He still looks great and has a great sense of humour", said lead singer Ian Clarkson. "The whole night was fun and the
atmosphere was amazing, despite being famous the guests were all really down to earth and friendly".

With King Rat Kaplan Kaye

With Paul Daniels and the lovely Debbie Mcgee

One half of the Chuckle Brothers with his recently won BAFTA Award

With Barbara Windsor

With the devilishly handsome Jess Conrad

With Nicko McBrain, Drummer for Iron Maiden

With June Whitfield

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

is happy the new album is finally coming out! (check

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bournemouth 14/11/08 - "Tonight the where at the Landmarc in Bournemouth. What a fantastic night of music and dancing. Tomorrow we're off to Croydon town centre to switch on the Christmas lights with Brian Blessed. Then it's down to Hove town hall for the Horror Ball, or horrible on of the two. Anyway see you here"

Friday, November 14, 2008

Next stop is the Croydon Xmas lights switch on with Brian Blessed and then tomorrow night (Sat) the Horror Ball at Hove Town Hall.

Last Week On Tour 6/11 - 9/11...

Wow, what a week! Firstly last Thursday we appeared in a huge charity show to over 1400 people in Barnsley alongside the Bachelors and a whole host of comedy legends including Cannon and Ball, Jimmy Cricket, Billy Pierce and the Grumbleweeds. Hanging out backstage was none other than Paul Shane (AKA Ted Bovis) of "Hi Di Hi" fame.

Saturday saw our first appearance at the Middleton Civic Centre. It was also our last as they are knocking it down in January. However all is well because they have built a bigger and better replacement already and I'm sure we'll be back there in the new year. Big thanks to Ian and Sheilagh Harltey for not only their help on the night but also 3 nights of great tea and crumpets!

Sunday saw us on a loooong drive down to the 10th anniversary Party Weekender in Warmwell. Great fun as always to see so many people on the dance-floor. Some of them were even dancing!

Check the gig guide for loads of updated gigs at

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Hi everybody,
It's been a looooong time coming but the Jive Aces brand new album,
"Recipe For Rhythm " is finally here on 8th December! It will be available from all good music outlets
such as HMV, iTunes, Amazon amongst many others. You can also directly pre-order the CD from the Jive Aces, contact for info.

The new album was produced by three-time Grammy award winning producer Emanule Ruffinengo and features a whole host of guests including legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea; Oscar nominated composer and jazz trumpeter Mark Isham; British trad-jazz legend Acker Bilk; daughter of two of the Jive Aces' heroes, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Toni Elizabeth Prima; Steve Lucky and Carmen Getit from the Rhumba Bums; Long time guitarist with John Barry and the man who created the James Bond
theme guitar sound, Vic Flick; Steel guitar wizard from California's Lucky Stars Jeremy Wakefield and more!

The songs featured are a combination of classic favourites and brand new original tunes, several of which have become live favourites.

Check out our 8-minute "Making Of" video, photos from the studio, the music video for the song "Fever" featuring dancers Darren and Lana from Strictly Dance Fever with choreography by Ryan Francois, audio samples from several tracks and even a free MP3 download of the first track on the album, "Aces Shuffle" at
New album, "Recipe For Rhythm" out on Dec 8th! for more info.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

flying home from the USA tomorrow!
Flying home from the USA tomorrow!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Next gig;
Red Devil Lounge
Sunday September 21st, 8:00pm
1695 Polk St (at Clay), San Francisco, CA, 94109
(tickets $12 in advance from or $15 on door)
Great gig in Sacramento, next off to San Francisco for the first time in many years. See you at the Red Devil Lounge on Sunday!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Brand new single, "Stories From The Golden Age" on iTunes!

Hi everybody,The Jive Aces have a new single out on iTunes called "Stories From The Golden Age" inspired by 30's and 40's pulp fiction. The "B" side is a pirate inspired chantey called "Under The Black Ensign".

Go to for more info.

Stories from the Golden Age

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Summer Jamboree, Senigalia, Italy

We just got back from our first ever appearance at the nine day long Summer Jamboree in Senigalia. Wow, what a festival, set in the beautiful town of Senigalia in the shadow of an immaculate Roman castle, great weather and thousands of people from all over Europe and further, it was quite an experience (albeit a short one!).

There were even a few familiar faces in the crowd, Natasha (of Paul and Natasha fame), Nick and Gina (boyo!), Marcus (of Marcus and Barby fame) amongst others. We also bumped into Andy Widder and apart form ourselves, the UK was represented by both Claire Austin (Voodoo Doll) and Terry Elliott who were both DJing at the festival.

Big thanks to Angelo for having us. Check out some of the photos below.
Sound Check

Relaxing on the beach after the gig!

Sildajazz '08, Haugesund, Norway

Another year, another Sildajazz and this year was the busiest and most successful so far. With a record number of performances with record attendanc that took us from the usual nightly "Byscenen" (which means "City Stage" in Norwegian) gig to the half-time show at Haugesund FC stadium to the late-night jam sessions with the great fish soup to the live national and regional radio and TV broadcasts, it was quite exhausting for 4 days work!

Toni Elizabeth Prima and Keely Smith were along for the ride too. Tony Socci, winner of "The Youngest Looking Trumpet Player Of The Year Award" from Birmingham even flew over on a days notice to jam along.

It was great to see Jackson Sloane and the lads fro Oo Bop Sh'Bam over for the first time and we also got a chance to catch up with George and the Roaring 40s as well as Harry Connolly and his Jazz Friends.

Herbie Hancock and Curtis Stigers headlined the festival this year. Check out the photos below and see you all next year.

The Jive Aces on Twitter!

Just a quick note to let you know that the Jive Aces are now on Twitter so you can also follow the band's exploits in small, managable, bite-size chunks if you like!

Just go to to "Follow" our "Tweets".

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Summertime Swing '08

Summertime Swing was an absolute howling success! We had a record 1250 (approx) people which is almost double last year! Looks like we have raised a good couple of grand for charity too (The Bluebell Railway and Sightsavers International).

Thanks to everyone who helped including all the ticket sellers, anyone that put out flyers and sent emails, Facebook or Myspace messages etc and a huge thanks to the staff at Saint Hill Manor.

Check out these pics...