The Jive Aces set to get The Apex rockin’ later this month

Britain’s Got Talent stars The Jive Aces are the UK’s number one Jive and Swing band.

Renowned for their high energy show, they put Simon Cowell “in a really good mood” and were the first live band to reach the BGT semi-finals back in 2012.

And they are due to appear at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, next week.

The six-piece ensemble get your toes tapping with a blend of Swing, R&B, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Boogie Woogie and Jump Blues; combining fresh arrangements of songs made famous by the likes of Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr, with superb swinging originals from their studio albums.

They’ve headlined the Royal Albert Hall, played 30 countries, worked with John Travolta, Status Quo, Van Morrison, Priscilla Presley, Buddy Greco, Kenny Ball, Chuck Berry, Tony Christie and Lee Evans, and played for The Queen. And their viral video “Bring Me Sunshine” has over 3 million views on YouTube!

On Thursday, February 20, The Jive Aces will explode onto The Apex stage in their trademark yellow suits for their “Big Beat Revue” show.

The show includes special guests; the songstress from Down Under with the golden tonsils and furious tap dancing, Miss Kara Lane; the blonde bombshell with the low down baritone sax, Lottie B; the hot licks of jazz trumpeter Antonio Socci and the smooth accordion of Grazia Bevilacqua. The “Big Beat Review” is an exciting mix of hot jive, swinging’ rhythm and blues and classic rock ’n’ roll.

The band was founded in 1989 by vocalist Ian Clarkson, drummer Peter Howell (who went to school together in Billericay), bassist Ken Smith and saxophonist “Big” John Fordham. The four met in East London jive and jazz clubs. They cut their teeth street entertaining and soon were being offered shows in UK and Europe.

In March 2011 the band’s YouTube video for their cover of the Morecambe and Wise theme song “Bring Me Sunshine” went on to win several awards at film festivals and a Silver Telly Award. The video is noted for its uplifting quality and has even been prescribed by a US doctor for depression, as noted in national media. As of May 2019, the video has been viewed over 3.3 million times on Youtube.

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