The Jive Aces, winners of BBC TV's Opportunity Knocks,were formed in 1989. They were also Britain's Got Talent semi finalists in 2012. They would have appeared to have got the talent shows covered from both ends.
They are a six-piece UK based, high energy, jive and swing band, who have many albums and singles to their name,and have performed at many music festivals. They received an award from the Variety Club of Great Britain for their charity work, and the City of Derry International Music Award in 2006.
The band performs both cover versions and original material. With their amazing talent and unbounding enthusiasm I don't think they really need talent shows, but on the other hand the TV networks are not exactly the first to welcome talent. Unless you are a "bona fide" pop star with a number one hit on your hands, or a gazillion Beeber style fans then the only way you can make it on TV is via the talent shows.
Enough of the anti-corporate rant, let's get back to the talent.
The Jive Aces certainly have talent in spades.
In 2012 a Doctor in Seattle in the US prescribed the Jive Aces' Bring Me Sunshine music video as a cure for the blues and this was covered in the UK media in December. By this time the music video had 2.1 million views. [Wikipedia]
The Jive Aces are: Ian Clarkson, "Big" John Fordham, Ken Smith, Peter Howell, Alex Douglas, Vince Hurley
Check out that video here, for a quick dose of cheer up.
Bring Me Sunshine
This is the music of my youth, is there anybody who could listen to this and still keep their feet still?
I think not.
Check out this video from a couple of years back.
London Rhythm Music video for The Jive Aces "London Rhythm" from the album "Recipe For Rhythm featuring a cameo from Lionel Blair.
Let's go back a few more years and check out this gem.
GI Jive (Janitor Caretaker) Some pretty cool jiving going on there, just like my parents, NOT.
Let's check out their take on another classic.
Fever Music video for the track "Fever" from the album, "Recipe for Rhythm" featuring dancers Darren Bailey and Lana Williams (from Strictly Dance Fever) and choreography by Ryan Francois. The Jive Aces' version of the classic Elvis and Peggy Lee track
And finally today a complete gig from downtown LA at the world renowned Cicada Club. I'll let the locals introduce it.
The Cicada Club proudly presents The Jive Aces, Great Britain's top Jive and Swing band. These dashing lads have performed at thousands of festivals, theatres and dance halls throughout the UK, Europe and USA as well as Japan, Israel and the Caribbean. Renowned for high energy music and spectacular stage show, their repertoire stretches from the timeless tunes of the swing era, to the glitz and glitter of the Rat Pack along with a mixture of fresh arrangements of swing, jive and rhythm 'n' blues classics - songs made famous by such greats as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Big Joe Turner and Sammy Davis Jr. -- along with a selection of superb swinging originals. Special guest vocalist Toni Elizabeth Prima (the daughter of Louis Prima and Keely Smith).