Monthly Archives: July 2009

August 08 2009: The Slammers

Slammers of LondonEarlier in the month than usual, August 8th sees the return of The Slammers Maximum Jive Band to the Jive Party stage at The Rivoli Ballroom, and we can’t wait – fortunately we won’t have to wait long! Here’s what others have said about this brilliant band:

“… The band produce a big beefy sound, fashioned by a brass section featuring Andy Burns and Mike Doris on tenor sax and trombone respectively, in addition to James Gray’s baritone sax and occasional harmonica. James took the lead vocal role throughout the two sets, ably assisted by enthusiastic backing vocals from the rest of the band, particularly during “Oh, Marie” and “Just A Gigolo”. “Stagger Lee” raised the tempo nicely, as did the Louise Jordan selections “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” and “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie”, necessitating the production of a couple of industrial fans to prevent the dancers overheating! The finale featured a swinging “All Of Me”, included on the band’s recently released CD Jive Time, plus a storming “Jump Jive And Wail” for the demanded encore to end the live entertainment in fine style.”

– Darrell Parsons (Swamp Rock Gig Review 12.01.08)

“These guys put on a great show, they had the dance floor filled from the start and left everybody with huge smiles on their faces”
– Simon Selmon, London Swing Dance Society. Continue reading


Photos from July 18 2009

July 18 2009: The Cadillac Kings

The Cadillac Kings

The Cadillac Kings

Our  Jive Party on July 18 2009 heralds a long overdue return to the Rivoli stage by The Cadillac Kings. Featuring six of the UK’s top blues & roots musicians, The Cadillac Kings play music inspired by the sounds & styles of the ‘40s & ‘50s. A mix of mostly original songs with a few well-chosen covers from the likes of T-Bone Walker, Roy Brown & Champion Jack Dupree have made the band firm favourites on both the blues & jump-jive scenes. With their stunning musicianship & exciting stage act, this is a band that knows how to entertain audiences across the board, from arts centres to dance-halls, from intimate clubs to major festivals. Continue reading

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