The Jive Aces – Route to Success!

Route to Success!

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The Jive Aces with, from left, Michael Siggers, Aimi Macdonald and Lottie Beattie

Kingswood Village Hall was rocking on its foundations last Sunday night as the Jives Aces wowed a packed hall with their unique programme of jazz and swing music. The Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists made a welcome visit to Kingswood, at the end of a UK tour and just before flying off to the USA. They came to support The Friends of The Children’s Trust at Tadworth Court, helping to raise over £2000 for the life-changing work done for children there with brain injury.


Ian Clarkson on vocals, trumpet and ukulele led the yellow-clad, high-action, band through their repertoire of classic swing numbers, punctuated by their own songs and some well-received guest appearances. Standout performance was their version of ‘Route 66’ featuring an amazing solo by guest bass saxophonist Lottie Beattie. Also memorable were the skiffle classic ‘Mama Don’t Allow’, and ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ featuring Peter Howell’s drum solo. But all the band members had their turn in the spotlight, from John Fordham on tenor sax and Alex Douglas on Trombone to Ken Smith’s driving double bass and Vince Hurley’s gymnastics at and on the piano, especially with his original number ‘Fish Fingers’.

friendsthejiveacesphoto22016Local fans also appreciated the two numbers when the band was joined by entertainment legend Aimi Macdonald to give her interpretations of ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ and ‘Accentuate the Positive’.

And that, as MC Michael Siggers, Chairman of The Friends, said is what the whole evening was all about, accentuating the positive – a really uplifting evening of entertainment for the guests while also supporting a tremendously worthwhile cause. The question from most of those leaving was” When will they be back?”


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