Jazz Meets Jive - 5-Star Review
The Jazz Meets Jive show, with Kenny Ball and The Jive Aces together, just got a great, five-star review in the Brighton Argus:
"Whatever the biting cold outside inflicted on the audience, the blistering heat generated by The Jive Aces’ opening number soon dissipated the effect.
The high-energy band, endlessly moving around in their yellow suits, provided non-stop performances of 1950s music – a case of Bill Haley meets Big Band Swing.
Highlights included a boogie-woogie number with the pianist emulating the antics of Jerry Lee Lewis and a sizzling version of “Sing! Sing! Sing!” which provided a glorious end to their set.
Topping the bill was jazz legend Kenny Ball – long past bus pass age and still blowing up a storm after more than 50 years of leading a band. He showed no fear in hitting the high notes.
Amongst jazz standards including 'That’s A Plenty' and 'Someday You’ll Be Sorry', past hits 'Sukiyaki' and 'Midnight In Moscow' came across with freshness. A swinging drum solo and a thrilling jazz version of Bach’s 'Toccata' proved highly popular, with both bands combining for the finale – a version of The Beatles’ All You Need Is Love.”Next Jazz Meets Jive shows are Bournemouth on the 1st April and Leicester on the 9th April, see gig guide below for full details.
On The Beeb
The Jive Aces are continuing their run as “house band” on BBC Radio London’s “Late Nights”.
The Aces are on the show, presented by old friend Joanne Good, every Wednesday from 10pm to 11pm. You can tune in to the show at 94.9FM in the London area from anywhere else, online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/radio.
The band’s song “London Rhythm” is also used for the trailer for the show throughout the weeks.
Lakeside to Stateside
The Big Jive All-Dayer at Lakeside Club in Surrey was a big success. The event, put on by the Jive Aces for the second year running, featured 4 bands, 4 DJ’s, dance performances, retro stalls, etc and ran from 1pm – 1am. Lakeside again proved a fabulous venue with its revolving stage and huge dance floor that was constantly packed with enthusiastic dancers.
The following morning it was straight to the airport as the Aces flew off to Hollywood for two weeks. The band has been recording with the legendary Keely Smith as well as Toni Elizabeth Prima, for a new release (more on that soon) as well as performing to capacity crowds at several of the top swing venues around Los Angeles, including the fabulous art deco Cicada Club. You can see the show online HERE.
Tickets are now on sale! There is even an early bird discount ticket for the first 100 people available until the end of April only so book now! Details and tickets from 01342 300 075 or go to summertimeswing.eventbrite.com.
Summertime Swing, Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4JY
Special guests include Kenny Ball, Chas McDevitt, Toni Elizabeth Prima, Keith Ball and special guest of honour Keely Smith plus DJ Terry Elliott, classic vehicle displays, BBQ, retro clothes stalls and lots more. All proceeds to charity!
To access the FaceBook event page for Summertime Swing, click HERE.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
So we have spent the past two and a half weeks in Hollywood and the surrounds in the studio recording a forthcoming EP as a tribute to Louis Prima and Keely Smith's music and featuring very special guestsKeely Smith herself (yes, THE Keely Smith!) and Louis and Keely's daughter, Toni Elizabeth. More details about this soon. We also squeezed some gigs at our fave dance venues including Rusty's for her Wester Birthday Bash (make sure you see the accompanying silent movie on youtube!), Memories, the gorgeous art deco Cicada Club and lastly the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Assoc's opening night at their new venue. We had some guests appear with us including Toni Elizabeth Prima, the recently displaced Kristina Flirtini for the first time without the rest of the gals, Victoria Summer and Marco Palos on sax from Fat Cat Swinger. Next up is BBC London as soon as we land on Thursday night at 10pm for a round of silliness on the Joanne Good show. 94.9fm or http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/radio. See you soon!
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