Thursday, December 08, 2011

Happy Holidays from the Jive Aces and Satin Dollz - YouTube

A special holiday song from Ian and the Satin Dollz!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

The Jive Aces Skiffle Combo presents: "Mama Don't Allow" - YouTube

The new music video for "Mama Don't Allow" from the forthcoming skiffle EP ""It's Skiffle Time!"

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The Jive Aces present: "Mama Don't Allow" Ukulele Tutorial - YouTube

Check out the latest ukulele tutorial from Ian with the Satin Dollz!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Jive Aces present: "Pirates of the Generic Beach Scene"

Check out our mini epic pirate movie (and my even more mini epic death scene! - Alex)

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Bring Me Sunshine Single OUT NOW!

Over half a million views of the video later and the single of "Bring Me Sunshine" is now finally available! Click on the iTunes link below and download the track for just 79p (or 99¢ in the US store) or the whole three track single for just £1.79 (or $2.97).

It's also available in other MP3 download stores such as 7Digital, HMV, Amazon etc so just search in your favourite one if you prefer.

We also have a three track CD single which includes both the video version of the song as well as the extended album version featuring Toni Elizabeth Prima as well as a brand new Jive Aces original tune called "King of Jive" which is a tribute to Louis Prima and the Bring Me Sunshine music video as an enhanced CD (to play in your computer) all for just £3. To buy a copy of the CD email NOW!

If you haven't seen the video yet or just need an extra shot of sunshine click here to see it now

If any of you have friends that liked the video and want to take some sunshine with them, please pass on the iTunes store link to them!

All the best and keep spreading the sunshine,
The Jive Aces

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Half A Million, Royal Wedding, Upcoming Gigs n stuff...

So the big news is that our "Bring Me Sunshine" video is now over half a million views and still climbing. At this rate we'll probably be at over a million three weeks so please keep spreading the sunshine. We have had so much great feedback and people are thanking us for brightening up their day. Not only that but just look at the weather, at least in the UK, it's like August in May and it all started when we released the video. The power of SUNSHINE! Please keep passing on the link to your friends. The single will be released on May 2nd and I'll send out the iTunes link as soon as it's available.

Next weekend we have the Royal Wedding to celebrate. We'll be at the Derry Jazz Festival but you can still celebrate with us by getting our version of "Get Me To The Church On Time" recorded especially for the occasion. Click on the link below to open the iTunes Store.


USA store Get Me to the Church On Time - Single - The Jive Aces

UK Store Get Me to the Church On Time - Single - The Jive Aces

We are also appearing on the "Come Dine With Me Royal Wedding Special on the 29th on Channel 4 as part of Samantha's 1940's street party. Finger crossed her fabby pie n mash with jellied eels (yes very authentic!) with sticky toffy pudding and custard wins!

Coming up tonight we are in East Grinstead for a charity concert in the Parish Hall and tomorrow night we are at the 100 Club in London where we are also doing some filming for Mike Sherman's "On The Mike" Red Carpet TV show in Miami. So come down in your best duds! Right after that we travel to Derry, Northern IReland for our favourite festival of the year. See you there, or somewhere, or online soon!

Alex - Jive Aces

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Saturday, April 16, 2011


Just did a great show at the Thameside Theatre in Grays, Essex (Ken's home town!) with the fab Rebecca Grant doing a lot of Louis and Keely material. Next up this weekend is tomorrow night (Saturday16th) at the Boogaloo Weekender (which is sold out) on Hayling Island via Portsmouth for a quick "Say No To Drugs" event at Gunwharf Quays. Then on Sunday (17th) it's our first gig at Pizza Express at the Pheasantry on the King's Road, London. All details are on our gig guide. Oh, and I just found out via Twitter that next Friday's gig at Trading Boundaries in Sussex is SOLD OUT too but there's a few standing places left.

Sooooo, what's the big "Bring Me Sunshine" music video news??? Well I'll tell you! Our views have now past the 1/3 of a million mark and are at 335,097. It is not the 15th most viewed video in the music category in the UK this month AND the 113th most viewed video in all categories in the UK this month on the YouTube charts. The Jive Aces YouTube Channel is also the 11th most viewed music channel in the UK this month! That's pretty gorram AWESOME if you ask me!

Now the #1 spot has only 625k views in a month and I think we could beat that and really get the sunshine out there. Please help us spread it by reposting the link to FaceBook, Twitter or emailing it to friends to bring smiles all around. Even if you've posted it once, chances are that not all your friends would have caught it on the news stream. There's no limit to the sunshine!

Goodnight and see you all tomorrow for more sunshine! (I used the word sunshine a lot in this blog post, didn't I? Oh there's another one!)

Alex - Jive Aces

P.S. the single will be out on May 2nd, watch this space!


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Jive Aces News and Gigs April '11

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Hello there,
We're almost a third of the way through the year already and the sun is starting to shine. Of course we all know the real reason for that, keep reading...

Bring Me Sunshine Video Goes Viral

CDThe Jive Aces new music video for the forthcoming single "Bring Me Sunshine" (is.good/sunshine) in now online. It's already received over 250,000 views on YouTube in just three weeks.

We've been getting rave reviews from everyone who's seen it so if you haven't seen it yet then you're in for a smile!

Please help us spread the sunshine and repost the link to FaceBook and Twitter, send to friends and family by email or any other way! The single will be released both as a download from iTunes and other stores as well as a CD single on the 1st May!

"Get Me To The Church On Time" Single Release

ChurchTo celebrate the Royal Wedding, just for fun we recorded a swingin' version of the classic tune "Get Me To The Church On Time". Official release date is the 25th April, in time to work up the festivities before the wedding (and our appearance on "Come Dine With Me" - see below article).

Just click on the link iTunes link below.

Get Me to the Church On Time - Single - The Jive Aces

Back From The USA

PBDAThe Jive Aces just had their most successful American tour yet. In just under two weeks the band did eight shows (visiting both coasts), recorded six songs and shot a new music video and two ukulele tutorials (subscribe to our youtube channel for updates)! The shows themselves included two of California's most prestigious theatres - Cerritos Performing Arts Centre with Keely Smith and The McCallum Centre with Ed Ames (of the Ames Brothers, "Ragg Mopp" fame), both to over 1200 people; breaking our own house record with over 900 dancers coming to the Spanish Ballroom in DC; two shows with the fabulous Satin Dollz in Pasadena and LA; And at one of New York's top cabaret spots with the Manhattan Dolls, which got a rave review which you can see by clicking HERE.

Swinging in the City

Albert HallThe Jive Aces will be appearing at a number of the London's top venues and events over the next few months including: Ronnie Scott's (; Vintage Dance Club at Canary Wharf (; The 100 Club (; a special 30th Anniversary appearance at Dover Street (, a regular spot in the band's early days; Pizza Express @ The Pheasantry ( and a headline appearance at The Vintage Festival on the Southbank ( Full details are on the Gig Guide.

Summertime Swing

Special early bird tickets are now available for Summertime Swing 2011 which will be held on the Sunday 7th August, 3:00pm at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4JY. As usual we'll have some very special guests (to be announced) and BBQs, classic vehicles, vintage stalls and all proceeds go to charity. Hurry because the special offer of £15 is limited and ends on 31st May. Available from or call 01342 300 075.

In The Media

We've had a host of media appearances in the past few weeks including appearances on Channel 4 for 4Thought TV, Sky One for on Louie Spence's Show Business, a mention in Hello Magazine for the Berkeley Square Ball and coming up soon on 29th April we'll be on the Royal Wedding Special edition of "Come Dine With Me" on Channel 4.

Gig Guide

Can be found at

Copyright 2011. The Jive Aces


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Saturday, April 09, 2011


It's Friday night and we've just finished the latest Jazz Meets Jive show in Bedworth. Tomorrow we're off to Leeds in the afternoon to play at an event for the "Truth About Drugs" campaign and then in the evening we'll be back at the Ritz Ballroom in Brighouse, Yorkshire, one of the very few remaining sprung dance floor ballrooms left int he country. Sunday see us return to Walmer Bridge Village Hall with Farmer Tom and his meat pies (included in the ticket price of course, what a bargain!).

The "Bring Me Sunshine" is now over 211k views in three weeks which is astounding! It's also the 35th most watched video in the music category in the UK this month. Not half bad I'd say!

The single of "Bring Me Sunshine" will be the first release of our new record label "Golden Age Recordings" which we have just set up with Guy Fletcher OBE. Guy is the only British lyricist to have been commissioned to write songs for Elvis.


Here we are with Guy working out the details of "Golden Age Recordings"

Right, to bed and I'll see if I wake to see thousands more people have been hit by sunshine…




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Thursday, March 31, 2011


We've just made the headline news on Check out the full story about filming and producing the video for "Bring Me Sunshine" which, incidentally has been views over 91,000 times and been shared on FaceBook on 11,000.

Keep spreading the sunshine!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bringing Sunshine...

Hello there, ok the blogs been quiet because we've been inundated with great feedback for our new music video for "Bring Me Sunshine". Were at 18,000 views in just 4 days of being online which is fantastic.

So many people are telling us it made their day, brought sunshine to their day and even in many cases the REAL sun came out and stayed out since we released the video!

If you haven't seen it yet it is GUARANTEED to put a big smile on your face so go to:

Please help us spread the sunshine and bring smiles to more people and share the link by email, text, Facebook, twitter and any other form of electronic communication and social networking.

Cheers and keep enjoying the sunshine!

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Friday, March 18, 2011

The Jive Aces present: Bring Me Sunshine

Ladies and gentlemen,
Presenting our new music video….
"Bring Me Sunshine"
Enjoy and please spread the sunshine!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011


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Burbank, CA… The Jive Aces are the UK’s top Jive & Swing band. Together for over a decade, this extremely popular six piece group has performed at thousands of festivals, theaters, and events throughout the UK, Europe, and the USA, as well as Japan, Israel, and the Caribbean. During March and the latter part of 2010 (in-between, they toured), the band could be found at LA’s venerable Mad Hatter Studios recording King of the Swingers, their latest album effort on the Golden Age Recordings label. There’s some amazing instrumental performances captured as part of this endeavor and they wouldn’t have happened had it not been for the engineering talents of Brian Vibberts and his collection of Royer Labs ribbon microphones.

Working with a pair each of Royer Labs R-121 and R-122 ribbon microphones as well as the company’s highly acclaimed SF-24V stereo vacuum tube ribbon mic, Vibberts and his second engineers Buck Snow and Ryan Cota have created an impressive recording with a gorgeous sound that captures all the live energy jazz musician Louie Prima had. All tracks on King of the Swingers are written by Louie Prima.

Vibberts was the ideal choice to engineer and co-produce (with producer Vince Hurley) the new Jive Aces album. He’s a multiple Grammy® Award winner, capturing top honors in the Jazz Album of the Year category for his efforts on The New Crystal Silence with Chick Corea and Gary Burton as well as John McLaughlin’s and Chick Corea’s Five Peace Band. Perhaps even more notable is his work on Michael Jackson’s History.

Vibberts discussed his reason for using Royer ribbons, “I’ve always been a fan of ribbon mics, and so I frequently used several of the old RCA ribbon mics in the past. When I first learned of Royer Labs’ ribbon mics, I was very interested, especially because of the active electronics used in their models. When I tried the Royers, I immediately heard the warmth and the realistic sound the mics captured. I was also very impressed with their extremely low noise floor.”

“We used the R-121 and R-122 on the saxophone, trombone, and trumpet,” he continued. “For us, ribbon microphones are a necessity when recording brass instruments, and Royers deliver top notch sound quality. They truly capture the full body and warmth of brass instruments, but have the presence and clarity to convey the energy and excitement which is a major part of The Jive Aces.”

“The Royers were clearly the best mic choice for this project,” Vibberts said. “Part of this is because of the mics’ ability to handle high SPL’s (these horns were loud) and the other part is because of the microphones’ figure 8 polar pattern. By having the trumpet and sax standing side by side, I could use the nulls to isolate the two players from one another—giving me excellent separation.”

“I actually positioned these two players in the room exactly where I wanted them in the mix,” he explained. “By working this way, I could put up the SF-24V for room ambience and have that microphone’s signal reinforce the imaging of the R-121 and R-122. The stereo imaging matched up perfectly and, together, it created a really big sound. I also used the Royers for a lot of Blumlein miking technique on this project (two matched microphones, positioned 90° from each other). The Royers are perfect for this application and, as a result, I captured a really broad stereo image.”

In addition to room ambience, Vibberts’ SF-24V was also used for a not so conventional application, as he discussed. “I used the SF-24V where one capsule was facing the body of the acoustic guitar and the mic’s second capsule was parallel with the instrument’s neck,” he said. “By working this way, I was able to capture the full breadth of the instrument. The sound was so realistic, it was incredible. It was as though the guitarist was positioned directly between the left and right monitors. Just beautiful!”

Vibberts summarized his experience with the Jive Aces project, “We also did some additional recording for some bonus tracks where we recorded a clarinet. I feel as though this is the best clarinet recording I’ve ever heard and, for this, we used a combination of the Royer R-122 and the MA-200 from Royer’s sister company Mojave Audio. It was unreal— absolutely amazing. I’m so proud of that recording; I can’t wait for people to hear it. I’m thrilled with the way the entire album turned out and one principal reason for that sound is the fact that we used the Royer ribbons.”

For more information about Brian Vibberts, visit him online at To learn more about the Jive Aces, go to

About Royer Labs

Located in Burbank, California, Royer Labs’ microphones are a staple of leading recording and broadcast facilities. Additional information on the entire line of Royer Labs microphones and other aspects of the company can be found at


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Here's a little story about recording our new album, "King of the Swingers" a tribute to Louis Prima. It's a bit technical (lots of microphone names) but interesting!

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Back Home

So we played Bolton Albert Halls on Saturday night, lovely venue!

Then it was several hours in the van back down South to East Grinstead in time to set up for the L. Ron Hubbard Centenary Charity Concert. This was packed with dancers and non dancers alike and was a great show. Thanks to the very many special guests who took part including Kenny Ball, Motown legend Louvain Demps, Heidi Vogel, Robin Banerjee, Cody "Boogie Boy" Lee, Rebecca Grant, Tony Socci, Dominic Pizinat, Martin Smith and Peter Huszar.

By the way, we aired on channel 4's "4 Thought" series last night too. You can see it online here:

Check out the next gigs at the gig guide at


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Saturday, March 12, 2011


What Alex neglected to mention about the B & B is that as well as being one of the nicest and quietest in England it also does a very nice breakfast. Which is important in a Bed & Breakfast, it being half of the title.
I'm eating a very nice, top quality English breakfast and Al is tucking into scrambled eggs and salmon (because he remembered to order it yesterday).
Anyway, we're not gonna fill up our blog with banal subjects like what we're having for breakfast, not that English breakfast is banal or bland - which is the point, this one isn't at all bland - but many travellers are interested in where to get a good one. Well this is Capernwray House in Hornby and it's jolly nice:-)

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Model Railways and Mint Cake

So we are going to attempt to make the Jive Aces "On The Road…" Blog a real "On The Road" Blog. Let us know if there's anything you want to know or would like to hear from us about. 

So you may be wondering about that post title! Well the last two nights we played in Hornby (hence the model railway) and Kendal (hence the mint cake). For both shows we were booked by comedian Jim Bowen of Bullseye fame who we worked with at the last two Edinburgh Fringe Festivals (one of which I beat Barry Cryer at the Bullseye darts game at, oh yes!). A beautiful pat of the country and the shows were both great. No model railways or mint cake in site though, how disappointing,

The B&B (it's far too nice to even be called a B&B) is gorgeous too, if you're ever in the Lake District, check it out (

Right, off to Bolton tomorrow at the Albert Halls and then down to East Grinstead for the charity concert at St Hill Manor in Sussex (Tickets and info HERE).

Don't forget to look out for the Bring Me Sunshine music video coming VERY SOOOON (but you'll get plenty of posts ont hat when it's up!).

Cheers, Alex - JIve Aces


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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ian's Ukulele Tutorial for "Bring Me Sunshine"

Hi everybody,
please repost this video around. We are encouraging people to learn "Bring Me Sunshine" on their ukuleles so that music and happiness may spread!

Pos yourself as a video response to this video on YouTube and we'll announce the winners on our FaceBook page!

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Ian's Ukulele Tutorial for "Bring Me Sunshine"

Hi everybody,
please repost this video around. We are encouraging people to learn "Bring Me Sunshine" on their ukuleles so that music and happiness may spread!

Pos yourself as a video response to this video on YouTube and we'll announce the winners on our FaceBook page!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Its Wed again and that mean BBC Radio...

Its Wed again and that mean BBC Radio London at 10pm on 94.9fm or . You'll laugh, you'll cry... then you might tune in!

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