A group of lads from London, England were drawn together by their love for a style and music that outclassed anything else around. The music was hot jive that had the beat, energy and enthusiasm of rock 'n' roll and the fun and rhythm of big band swing all rolled into one.
Their musical journey took them from Elvis Presley to Bill Haley and from Louis Prima to Frank Sinatra. This was the sound that excited the guys so much that they quickly started dancing and would often be seen tearing up the floor when hot bands came to town. The dancing became a musical learning ground with one common theme: foot tapping, swinging, spirit-rising fun. the lads loved dancing but it was difficult finding bands that they could really swing to, so they turned their talents to making hot music themselves.
The began as the "Aces of Rhythm", a guitar-based rhythm band which was later added to by horns, becoming the "Emperors of Rhythm". Soon they had a good following in London and changed their name again to the "Blues Busters". This latest name change didn't last long, however, as there was already a band of the same name. By popular request, they recorded their first vinyl single and the record company wanted to know what to call the band as they had the disc on the press and no name. "The something Aces" said Ian hastily, "but what?" "Jive! The Jive Aces" shouted Ken down on the phone to the record company. And so the Jive Aces were born. After the release of their first CD, "Jumpin' with the Aces", in 1992, the group's popularity spread like wildfire throughout Europe and the UK and since that time they have continued to tour every year.
From their first concert on the 14th of January, 1989 in Paris, the Jive Aces were a hit. Their wild, high-energy floorshow soon became their trademark and people of all ages came to see the lively band give them what they wanted - pure entertainment.
The Jive Aces are:
Ian Clarkson - Lead vocals and trumpet
Ken Smith - Double bass
John Fordham - Tenor & baritone sax and clarinet
Peter Howell - Drums
Vince Hurley - Piano
Alex Douglas - Trombone
The Jive Aces' 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.
The Jive Aces first hit America in 1996 when they were invited to perform at the Olympic Games celebrations in Atlanta, Georgia. Since then they have returned to America many times and performed all over the States, including Hollywood where they record their albums in the famous Mad Hatter Studios.
Infectious rhythm, screaming horns, and slapping bass all add up to being the favourite band of dancers across the globe. Consequently, the Jive Aces have performed with many of the top dancers and dance troupes around including: The Jive Lindy Hoppers (UK), DC Swing Dance Society (USA), Norma Miller (USA), Frankie Manning (USA), Hop,Swing,and a Jump (USA), The Rhythm Hotshots (Sweden), Zoots and Spangles (UK), Christian Perry (USA).
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.
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