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••• February 2011 •••

In this issue...
Prestigious Events Bring Me Sunshine USA TripBig Jive All Da er Charity Gala Concert Gig Guide

Hello and welcome to the first newsletter of the new year!

AthensThe last couple of months have been somewhat frantic, with the Jive Aces already busy schedule supplemented by some high-profile last-minute bookings the most notable of which were Christmas Eve and Day at the famous Gazarte club, in Athens - one of Greece's top live music venues (pictured left with special guests Rebecca Grant and Toni Socci).

It was our first appearance in Athens for some years and the shows were a big hit. Walking around the Acropolis and the birthplace of Western Civilisation on Christmas day was quite novel. Discussions are already happening for a return trip...

Brian MayPrestigious events

A recent highlight was the Grand Order of Water Rats (GOWR) Annual Ball where the Jive Aces entertained hundreds of celebrities and industry people as part of a star-studded evening's cabaret alongside Tony Christie and Joe Pasquale.

Equally prestigious was the Society Of Distinguished Songwriters (SODS) Ladies Night. The Jive Aces were booked by multi-platinum songwriter Guy Chambers, co-writer of Robbie Williams' biggest hits. They performed for the cream of British songwriters, including Brian May (pictured right), Tony Hatch, Martin Kemp and Don Black. And the legendary Rolf Harris joined the boys for a couple of songs and brought the house down.

Bring Me Sunshine

The Jive Aces new video for the Morcambe and Wise classic, "Bring Me Sunshine", will be released on 26th Feb at the Big Jive All Dayer (see below). The single will be released shortly after and is taken from the forthcoming album.

In the meantime though, grab your ukulele and follow along as Ian teaches The Satin Dollz, and YOU how to play the song, just CLICK HERE. Our tutorial was recently featured on the popular Ukulele Hunt newsletter!


As a note, I used a great site called Tubemogul to simultaneously upload this video to several video hosting sites. Very useful, check it out!

USA Trip

In under 2 weeks we'll be heading back to the good ol' U S of A to squeeze in a very special recording project (yes we know we have two albums waiting to be release, "Amazing Adventures" and the as yet untitled Louis Prima tribute album featuring the forthcoming "Bring Me Sunshine" single but this is different. Very different. But you'll like it!). While there we'll be doing some great shows including a return to the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert on 11th Feb and then, speaking of Louis Prima, opening for the legendary Keely Smith in Cerritos on the 13th Feb. We also have performances at the PBDA and Rusty's Rhythm Club, the latter being our "Jives and Dollz" show featuring the fabulous Satin Dollz. Then we head over to the East Coast for a return to the Spanish Ballroom and Dulles Hilton venues in DC and then lastly a long awaited return to New York City for a first time appearance at the Metropolitan Room with very special guests the amazing Manhattan Dolls! All details in the GIG GUIDE below.

LakesideBig Jive All-Dayer No.3

The Jive Aces third Big Jive all-dayer, at the famous Lakeside Country Club in Surrey, is coming up soon on Sat 26th February.

The event, starring the Jive Aces, goes from 1pm – 1am and features 4 great bands, 3 DJ’s plus special guests, retro stalls, huge dance floor, revolving stage, on-site restaurants and hotels and free parking.

Lakeside has long been England's top Cabaret club and has featured such legends as Sammy Davis Jnr and is also famous as the home of the World Darts Championship.

For tickets and info go to bigjivealldayer.eventbrite.com. There is a special advance price and also a group discount available.

March 13Charity Gala Concert

We have a special charity concert coming up on the 13th March at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead.

To celebrate humanitarian L. Ron Hubbards', 100th birthday we are performing at a concert to raise money for local charities.

The exciting lineup includes special guests including jazz legend Kenny Ball, Rebecca Grant and Woody Woodmansey's 3D.

Doors open at 7:00pm and tickets and info can be found at http://lrhcentenary.eventbrite.com or call Kathleen on 07963 104 352.

There's even a champagne reception beforehand for VIP ticket holders so snap 'em up!

Gig Guide

Updates, corrections and further ahead dates at www.jiveaces.com/gig_guide.

Date/Time Country/Town Details
Fri Feb 4th,
England, Worthing Jazz Meet Jive, Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 3PX “Jazz Meets Jive” – Kenny Ball and The Jive Aces (two full bands) plus special guest Keith Ball (tickets from 01903 206 206)
Sat Feb 5th,
England, Theydon Bois Charity dance, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, Essex, CM16 7ER (tickets only available if not sold out within charity) SOLD OUT
Sun Feb 6th,
England, London Whiteleys Shopping Centre, 144 Queensway, London W2 6LY (FREE SHOW)
Fri Feb 11th USA, Palm Desert “Swing, Swing, Swing”, McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA, 92260 (tickets and info from (760) 340-ARTS (2787) or Toll-Free: (866) 889-ARTS (2787)
Sat Feb 12th,
USA, Pasadena PBDA, Grace Hall, 73 N. Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91106, (tickets $20 from www.pasadenaballroomdance.com)
Sun Feb 13th USA, Cerritos Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos, CA 90703 Opening for the legendary Keely Smith with Full Orchestra, Special guest Toni Elizabeth Prima (tickets and info from www.cerritoscenter.com)
Fri Feb 18th,
USA, Washington DC Gottaswing, Dulles Hilton, 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon, VA (tickets $15 from www.gottaswing.com)
Sat Feb 19th USA, Washington DC

GottaSwing, Glen Echo Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo, MD 20812, USA (tickets and info from www.gottaswing.com)

Sun Feb 20th USA, New York City Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St Betw. 5th & 6th Ave. New York, NY 10010 (tickets $20 from 212 206 0440 or www.metropolitanroom.com) With the Manhattan Dolls!

Sat Feb 26th,

Englnd, Frimley Green The Big Jive All Dayer No.3, Lakeside Complex, Frimley Green, Surrey (tickets and info from bigjivealldayer.eventbrite.com) 4 bands, 3 DJs and lots more!
Sun Feb 27th,
England, Bristol BAWA Club Rock 'n' Roll night, 589 Southmead Rd, Filton, Bristol, Avon, BS3 7RG (tickets £6 on the door)
Mon Mar 11th England, London Berkeley Dress Show - Private Event
Thurs Mar 10th England, Hornby Hornby Institute, Main Street, Hornby, Lancaster, Lancs, LA2 8JR (tickets £12 from 01524 222 227. www.hornbycrc.co.uk) with Jim "Bullseye" Bowen
Fri Mar 11th,
England, Kendall Brewery Arts Centre, 122A Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4HE (tickets £12 from 01539 725 133 or 01539 795 090) with Jim "Bullseye" Bowen
Sat Mar 12th,
England, Bolton The Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU (tickets £12.50/£11.50 concs. from www.alberthalls-bolton.co.uk) Including dance floor!
Sun Mar 13th,
England, East Grinstead L. Ron Hubbard Centenary charity concert, The Great Hall, Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, W. Sussex, RH19 4JY, (tickets £15/£30/£40/£50 from 07963 104 352 or lrhcenteary.eventbrite.com) With special guests Kenny Ball, Rebecc Grant and Cody "Boogie Boy" Lee, Woody Woodmansey's 3D and more
Sun Mar 20th,
England, London Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre, Highgate Village, London, N6 4BD. In aid of Kith and Kids charity
Fri Mar 25th,
England, Over Get in the Swing Dance, Community Centre, The Doles, Over, Cambs, CB24 5NW (tickets £13 fromt 01763 242949 or info@getintheswing.com - cheques payable to P.JacksonS, AE to P.O. Box 187, Royston, SG8 9WW)
Fri Apr 1st,
England, Bournemouth The Big Jive Bournemouth, The Hub, Brock Way, Verwood, BH31 6WW (tickets £12 adv from 01202 828 740 or £14 on the door) With the Regular Joes and dance lesson
Sat Apr 2nd,
England, London

Dame Vera Lynn Trust 10th Anniversary Ball, Lancaster Hotel, Nine Kings Suite, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY (following Hayley Westenra) (tickets £100 from 01403 780444 or email trustoffice@dvltrust.org.uk)

Sun Apr 3rd,
England, Broadstairs Sarah Thorne Theatre, Memorial Theatre, Hilderstone, St.Peters Road, Broadstairs, CT10 2JW (tickets £12.50/£10.50 (members) from 0845 262 6263 or www.sarahthorne-theatreclub.co.uk)
Fri Apr 8th,
England, Bedworth “Jazz Meets Jive”, The Civic Hall, High Street, Bedworth, CV12 8NF - “Jazz Meets Jive” – Kenny Ball and The Jive Aces (two full bands) plus special guest Keith Ball (tickets and info from www.civichallinbedworth.co.uk or 024 7637 6707)
Sat Apr 9th,
England, Brighouse Ritz Ballroom, 73 Bradford Road, Brighouse, Yorks, HD6 4AD (tickets and info from www.ritzballroombrighouse.co.uk or 01484 720 058)
Sun Apr 10th,
Walmer Bridge
Walmer Bridge Village Hall, Gill Lane, Walmer Bridge, Preston, Lancs, PR4 5GN (tickets £10 inc pie supper from 01772 613 460, info from www.walmerbridgevillagehall.co.uk)
Fri Apr 15th,
England, Grays

Thameside Theatre, When You're Smiling show, Thameside Complex, Grays RM17 5DX (tickets £18/£12 concs from 0845 300 5264 or www.thurrock.co.uk/theatre) With guest Rebecca Grant - CLICK HERE for show details

Sat Apr 16th England, Sinah Warren Jump, Jive & Boogie weekend, Sinah Warren, Ferry Road, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 0BZ (bookings and info from www.boogaloopromotions.com or 01252 793 430)
Sun Apr 17th,
England, London

Pizza Express at the Pheasantry, 152 King's Road, London, SW3 4UT (tickets £15 from www.pizzaexpresslive.com or 0845 6027 017)

Fri Apr 22nd, England,
Sheffield Green

Elephant Cafe, Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, Nr Fletching, East Sussex, TN22 3RB (tickets and info www.tradingboundaries.com or 01825 790200)

Sat Apr 23rd,
England, Sand Bay Easter Big Band Festival weekend, Sand Bay Leisure Resort, Beach Road, Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS22 9UR (tickets and info from 01934 428200 or www.martynleisurebreaks.co.uk)
Wed Apr 27th N. Ireland, Derry Derry Jazz Festival (tickets and info from www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com)
Thurs Apr 28th N. Ireland, Derry Derry Jazz Festival (tickets and info from www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com)
Fri Apr 29th N. Ireland, Derry Derry Jazz Festival (tickets and info from www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com)
Sat Apr 29th N. Ireland, Derry Derry Jazz Festival (tickets and info from www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com)


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