The Jive Aces

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The Jive Aces
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The Jive Aces in concert
Background information
Origin Billericay, Essex, England
Genres Jive
Years active 1989—present
Labels Right Recordings
Members Ian Clarkson – vocals, trumpet, ukulele
Ken Smith – double bass
Vince Hurley – piano
Peter Howell – drums
John Fordham – saxophone
Alex Douglas – trombone, washboard, bongos, blues harp, kazoo, spoons, vuvuzela

The Jive Aces are a six-piece UK based, high energy,[1][2] jive and swing band, formed in 1989.[3] They were the winners of BBC TV's Opportunity Knocks,[4] and Britain's Got Talent semi-finalists in 2012. They have recorded singles and albums,[5] and have performed at numerous music festivals.[6][7]

They have received an award from Variety, the Children's Charity for their charity work,[8] and the City of Derry International Music Award in 2006.[9]


On 9 July 2010, the band headlined at the first ever swing dance at the Royal Albert Hall. They played to approximately 1,400 dancers on the 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) dance floor, alongside the Back To Basie Orchestra and Top Shelf Jazz.[10] In late August 2010, the Jive Aces performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in a show tributing one of their musical heroes, Louis Prima.[11] They played the Cork Jazz Festival in October 2010.[12][13]

In February 2011, after recording in Los Angeles, they toured the United States, including opening for Keely Smith, the former wife of Louis Prima.[14] In March 2011 the band produced a YouTube video for their cover of the Morecambe and Wise theme song Bring Me Sunshine in a Louis Prima, jive style. It went on to win several awards at film festivals,[15] and a Silver Telly Award.[16] The band played London's famous jazz venue Ronnie Scotts for the first time in July 2011.[17]

Britain's Got Talent 2012[edit]

In January 2012 The Jive Aces auditioned for Britain's Got Talent, with the audition airing on week 6 on Saturday 28 April 2012,[18] performing the band's version of the Jungle Book classic, I Wanna Be Like You.[19][20][21]

On 15 May 2012 the Jive Aces performed for HM the Queen on her visit to Bromley as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The band also performed as part of the Jubilee celebration in Hyde Park, featuring alongside other BGT acts.

Promotion of Scientology[edit]

The band have been known to perform up to 300 times a year,[22] often promoting Scientology[23] (sometimes controversially)[24] or presenting an anti-drugs message.[25] They have been noted for their energetic and confident performances, which they attribute to "workable solutions found in Scientology religious principles".[24] The Jive Aces have supported the Church of Scientology's Say No To Drugs campaign since 1996,[26] performing to shoppers in city centres throughout the UK,[27] to give a message to young people that it is "not cool to take drugs", and to collect signatures on a petition asking MPs for more effective drug education in UK schools.[28]

In April 2012, the band lent their support to the Multi-Marathon for a Drug-Free UK, a 130-mile run organised by the Church of Scientology [3] from London to Brighton and back to promote a drug-free lifestyle, as it passed through Crawley, West Sussex.[29]


  1. ^ ""BBC Children in Need – party the night away at Duxford", '''', 15 Nov, 2006". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  2. ^ ""Jazz greats hit the right notes", ''Belfast Telegraph'', Northern Ireland, 8 May 2003". 8 May 2003. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jive Aces returning to their homeland". Basildon Recorder. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Music men spell out the message, Cambridge Town Crier,, 17 February 1996. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  5. ^ " Directory". Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "2008: The Jive Aces". Fest Magazine. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "2007 festival review". BBC. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "Red cross thanks local people", Belfast Telegraph, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 24 May 2006, [1]
  9. ^ "The Jive Aces at the Royal Victoria Hall Theatre, Southborough",, 28 November 2008
  10. ^ "". Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "". 27 August 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Shanahan, Catherine (23 October 2010). "Weather fails to dampen jazz weekend festive spirits". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Sat, Oct 23, 2010 – Jazz festival hits right note with fans as it celebrates 32nd year". The Irish Times. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "Cabaret Scenes review NYC". 20 February 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "". 
  16. ^ ,, 1 April 2011, retrieved 15 May 2012  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  18. ^ "Oh, oobee doo! The Jive Aces wanna be like you-oo-oo". Britain's Got Talent ( 28 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "Britain's Got Talent show six: Jive Aces put Simon in good mood". Britain's Got Talent ( 28 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Jive Aces bring the sunshine to Simon Cowell & Britain's Got Talent 2012!". Britain's Got Talent ( 28 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  21. ^ "Jive Aces impress Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent". Britain's Got Talent ( 28 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  22. ^ "Jive Aces are the kings of the swingers", Morecambe Today, 25 March 2009
  23. ^ "Man about Derry", Belfast Telegraph, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 8 May 2003, [2],
    The first bunch of musicians I ran into were the brilliant Jive Aces, from London, who were rocking it up in Da Vinci's. One of the more interesting features of the band is their membership of the Church of Scientology...
  24. ^ a b "Jive Aces defend Scientology promo", Foyle News (sydicated at the Derry Journal site), 7 May 2008
  25. ^ Rutter, John: "Scientologists back anti-drugs festival", The Scotsman, 22 August 2002
  26. ^ photo caption, The Croydon Post,, 31 January 1996. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  27. ^ Group jives against drugs, The Tunbridge Wells & Crowborough Times,, 15 May 1996. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  28. ^ photo caption, Crawley News Extra,, 22 March 1996. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
  29. ^ "Band helps blast out an anti-drug message". thisissussex (Crawley Observer). 28 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 

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