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...