Apr 21 2014

May 17th 2014: Goosebumps

Goosebumps bill themselves as ‘the best looking swingers in the UK’ and while that remains to be seen, we’re confident you’ll be blown away by a night of high energy, highly entertaining vintage Swing, Jive and Rock n Roll music from these seasoned performers who have kept audiences on their dancing toes as far-flung as the Seychelles, as lofty as the Shard and as highbrow as the Royal Albert Hall.

Preview and purchase the band’s second album ‘Ride Daddy Ride’ in iTunes by following this link.

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The night kicks off with a jive dance class aimed fairly and squarely at beginners. There is a licensed bar and DJs filling in around the band’s two sets of live music.

Apr 1 2014

April 19th 2014: Jackson Sloan & The Rhythmtones

Jackson Sloan makes a welcome return to The Rivoli Ballroom on April 19th. Over the years, Jackson has built up a reputation as an exceptionally talented and gifted frontman. Jackson’s love of the music evolved from his parents record collection which led to Jackson attending live gigs both in his own home town of Southend-on-Sea, all over Essex, London and Europe.
“The 100 Club, London was my spiritual home, where I could get up close to my heros, the great blues shouters, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Jay Mcshann, Memphis Slim, Champion Jack Dupree, Big Joe Williams. Along with becoming a record collector, this became my passion to try to emulate these great musicians and voices, I got to meet the musicians and talk to them personally – I felt very priveleged”
In 1982 Jackson formed ‘Rent Party’, a jump jive rhythm blues band playing the sounds of Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Liggins and Wynonie Harris, along with the Chevalier Brothers they helped pioneer the jump sounds both in the UK and in Europe. Rent Party held a weekly residency at the railway hotel and the queens hotel in Southend-on-Sea, packing out these two iconic venues led to an agency deal in London. Rent Party then became one of the best live acts around. Numerous tours led to the band being invited by George Wein to play the Kool Festival in New York and three nights at top Roots music venue, the Lone Star in Greenwich village. Rent Party released four singles and one live album on waterfront records culminating in working with top blues producer Mike Vernon.

“Working with Mike Vernon was a real pleasure, we recorded four tracks live an an old church hall using a fostex 16 track – Mike did a terrific job, that really helped promote the band.” After Rent Party folded and went separate ways in the roots music word Jackson teamed up with ex-Rent Party musicians and formed seven piece rhythmn blues band Oobopshbam playing and touring all over the Uk and Europe recording a studio and live album.

Jackson had a conversation with good friend Ray Gelato which led to recording a solo album. “Ray encouraged me to write original songs and record in a way that the classic records of Atlantic, Federal, Imperial and speciality had a great live feel. After getting together in London with Ray Gelato and his great pianist Gunter Kurmeyer, they started putting together the songs. They brought in a top doublebass player Peter Pritchard who’s worked with Scotty Moore, Eric Clapton and Alvin Lee. Guitar duties fell to Richard Studholme whos played with Hubert Sumlin Big Jay McNeely Lowell Fulson, Carey Bell, Eric Bibb and many more. On drums Mike Thorne one of the best Rhythmn blues drummers in the Uk who also produced the recording at his vintage studios Rimshot.

Jackson Sloan’s new CD – ‘The Shack Sessions’ on Shellac records has put together Jackson’s love of jump blues, RNB, Rock n Roll, Boogie Woogie and Jive.

As usual the night kicks off with a jive class aimed at beginners. The evening continues with two sets from the band and DJs filling in. Music to 1am.

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Jan 29 2014

March 15th 2014: Kit Packham’s ‘One Jump Ahead’

High octane swinging jazz and blues from this six piece band led by vocalist and saxophonist Kit Packham.

Buy ticketsOne Jump Ahead keep the dance floor busy from start to finish, with a repertoire of great swing standards, “Rat Pack” numbers and jump/jive rhythm & blues to classic rock’n’roll songs. Their irresistible blend of jazz, blues and fun generates a highly charged atmosphere that really lets the good times roll. They have wowed audiences from Islington to Israel, Clerkenwell to County Cork and from Docklands to Deutschland!

One Jump Ahead are led by singer, saxophonist and songwriter, Kit Packham, accompanied by piano, guitar, bass, drums, trumpet and tenor saxophone. The swinging tempos, sizzling sax solos and humour of 40s jump/jive star Louis Jordan have inspired Kit to compose his own, critically acclaimed material – with some fabulously wry and witty lyrics to match!

As usual the night kicks off with a jive class aimed at beginners. The evening continues with two sets from the band and DJs filling in. Music to 1am.

Jan 29 2014

February 22 2014: Juke Joint Jump


Blow away those February blues with a dose of  top quality, pumped-up, rootin’ tootin’ and hootin’ jive, swing and old-fashioned rhythm n blues. Ian Aitken, band leader of Juke Joint Jump quotes Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris, Louis Jordan, Roy Brown, Bullmoose Jackson and Amos Milburn as the band’s main musical influences, but they also draw on a variety of musical styles to add tons of variety to their sizzling show.

At Jive Party, tracks from their album are regular favourites, including the title track ‘Woman Stop Flappin’ Yer Gums’! Ian Aitken and the band are all seasoned perfomers in the genre and we expect it to be a popular night, which is why booking is recommended.

And as usual, the night at The Rivoli Ballroom gets into swing with our Jive class aimed at beginners – plus music from DJs, right through until 1am.


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Jan 10 2014

January 18th 2014: Laura B & The Moonlighters

Laura B & The Moonlighters

To kick off the new year in the very best way, it’s great to welcome back Laura B & The Moonlighters, one of our favourite band of all time. This eight-piece good time, Rhythm and Blues/Swing band features the ridiculously excellent Laura B on vocals. Look forward to a night of brilliant rockin’ and honkin’ rhythm and blues from Laura B and her superb septet, in the upbeat style of Ruth Brown, Big Maybelle and Lavern Baker.

The Moonlighters are a collection of the best authentic sounding rhythm and blues players in Europe whose credentials speak for themselves. Comprised of members from many bands who have played the circuit across the UK, Europe, USA and even Japan. Laura’s all-star band comprises members of Ocean’s Seven, Juke Joint Jump, Sugar Ray’s Flying Fortress, The Big Six, Alabama Slammers, The Mike Sanchez Band and Jools Holland’s R’n’B Orchestra, to name but a few. Also featuring the exceptional Henri Herbert at the boogie-woogie 88, Lady Laura and the guys guarantee a big beat sound and performance to match many of the great R’n’B artistes of the fifties, so why not check them out at www.laurabandthemoonlighters.co.uk

As usual the night kicks off with a jive class aimed at beginners followed by two sets from the band and DJs filling in. Booking recommended.

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Sep 29 2013

December 21st 2013: Si Cranstoun

Si Cranstoun at The Rivoli Ballroom


Hotfoot from Las Vegas where he shared the stage with Little Richard, and following on from a spectacular night in September at The Rivoli, we were obviously very keen to rebook Si Cranstoun and his band -  and delighted to be able to confirm he has agreed to come back for our Christmas Jive Party on December 21st 2013. Truly awesome news!

So here’s another chance to catch Si doing his thing.

‘timless classic voice’
John Kennedy, XFM Radio

‘ top drawer vocalist’
JD Mcpherson, Pro Musician

‘the best voice of all the singers presently on the retro scene’
Ray Gelato, Pro Musician/Entertainer

‘the greatest performer we’ve had here and the finest voice I’ve heard in 30 years’
Gaz Mayall, Gaz Rockin Blues – Promoter

Over the last few years Si Cranstoun & his band have steadily climbed the retro scene ladder onto becoming one of the top names on the market. He continues to sell out all the club venues he plays with fans queuing round the block hours before the doors open.

Formerly half of the dynamic duo ‘The Dualers’ ( two UK Top 30 hits ‘ Kiss On The Lips’,Truly Madly Deeply’) Si was trained to the level of ‘Grand Master’ in art of songwriting by Grammy Award winning Graham Lyle ( who penned hits for Michael Jackson, Tina Turner). As with so many acts songwriting is the key and we at ‘Si Cranstoun HQ” feel that there’s no better showcase of Si’s songwriting talents than the collection found on his forthcoming new album ‘ Dancehalls & Supper Clubs’

Si’s unique blend of spiritually soulful vocals & upfront rockin rhythms provide the ideal foundation from which his punchy horn section blazes. But the main reason every major vintage event & dance club around the world has booked Si Cranstoun is because he makes you want to dance and once you’ve taken to the dance floor – he’ll keep you there ..ALL NIGHT !!

As usual the evening starts with a jive dance class for beginners. DJs and two licenced bars.

Tickets will be going fast so reserve yours now for £15 + £1.50 booking fee. DOOR PRICE EXPECTED TO BE HIGHER.


Sep 12 2013

November 16th 2013: OoBopSh’Bam!

Once again we welcome back Oo-Bop-Sh’Bam! – this exciting hi-energy blast from the past of a band, one of the most exciting and energetic RnB, Boogie, Jump Blues Bands in Europe – reliving the ‘rent party’ rhythm n blues and honkin’ hollerin’ good ol’ rock and roll from the 50′s.

The band is unique in that they can play Jive, Blues, Rock and Roll and Jazz and have become Festival Favourites headlining at many of the top Jive, Blues, Rock and Roll and Jazz festivals in Europe.

The Musicians, all top professionals, have worked with Freddy Mercury / Joe Jackson / Allison Moyet / Hubert Sumlin / Eric Clapton / Robert Plant / Scotty Moore / Alvin Lee / Tony Bennet / Tom Jones and many more.

Following the normal format, our November Jive Party will feature a beginners’ jive class and DJs to kick off the evening, followed by two sets from the band.


Sep 12 2013

October 19th 2013: the Vince Dunn Orchestra

Vince Dunn at The Rivoli Ballroom

We’re delighted to welcome back the Vince Dunn Orchestra for a return gig at The Rivoli. The orchestra, led by one of the country’s finest drummers, is heavy on the swing, playing classic selections from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich and many more. Vince always surprises with guest singers of extraordinary calibre – with no less than three at the orchestra’s last Jive Party appearance.

So, if you like the sound of an immensely professional big band swinging hell for leather in one of the finest venues in the country, get down to The Rivoli on October 19th. Tickets will be on sale very shortly via WeGotTickets.com – just search for Jive Party.

As usual, the night features a jive dance class for beginners at the start of the evening, and DJs filling in around the band’s two sets.

Here’s a behind-the-scene clip of Vince.



Aug 11 2013

September 21st: Si Cranstoun

Si Cranstoun will be performing at The Rivoli Ballroom on September 21st 2013

To mark his recent signing to Warner Music, the amazing Si Cranstoun and his band will be performing at The Rivoli Ballroom!

Thanks to rock ‘n roll legend Little Richard, South London busker Si Cranstoun can pick up his hat and look forward to a glittering new career. Major label Warner Music have truly gone back to the future by signing the ‘Sam Cooke of Croydon’ (as described by BBC 6Music’s Craig Charles) who now joins platinum sellers Michael Buble & The Overtones on the roster. While the label knew of Si and his popular vintage vocal style (a blend of Jackie Wilson, Louis Jordan and Sam Cooke), it was when he was picked to headline with Little Richard on his Las Vegas comeback show that Warner’s jumped on the opportunity and a multi album contract was signed.

As label President Conrad Withey explains; “Si is a unique talent! His incredible voice and classic rock ‘n’ roll sound have already captured the hearts of many people of the streets of London – but to be plucked from relative obscurity to perform on the bill in Las Vegas with Little Richard is astonishing! We’re very excited at Warner Music Entertainment to be working with him on the next stage of his recorded music career – once he comes back down to earth!”

As usual the evening starts with a jive dance class for beginners. DJs and two licenced bars.

Tickets will be going fast so reserve yours now for £15 + £1.50 booking fee.


Jul 29 2013

August 10th: Blue Harlem

Blue Harlem is widely regarded as one of the top Swing/Jump Blues bands on the London scene. The band is a regular favourite at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, The 100 Club, Jools Holland’s Boisdale Canary Wharf and The Blues Kitchen and has appeared several times at Highgrove House, Buckingham Palace, Annabel’s and many others. They were invited by Baz Luhrmann to help launch his film ‘Australia’ and have an enviable reputation both at home and abroad.

“Blue Harlem – the group I’m currently raving about. It’s happy music that makes you want to dance – highly recommended!” – Michael Parkinson
“This experienced outfit bring an intelligence and sophistication to the art of combining jazz and rhythm and blues.” – Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
“Solid Swing and great arrangements – they kept the dance floor packed and we will definitely want them back.” – London Swing Dance Society
“Arch stylists and the launch pad for Imelda May, Blue Harlem are a serious band of top flight players and also one hell of a good time.” – Blues Review Magazine
As usual the night kicks off with a jive class aimed at beginners followed by 2 sets from the band and DJs filling in. Booking recommended.
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