Dec 22 2014

January 17th 2015: Ding Dong Daddios

We kick off the New Year at The Rivoli on January 17th with the weclome return of the Ding Dong Daddios. This talented bunch of jumpin’ n jivin’ musicians bring you the most danceable tunes from the swing heydays of the ’40s and ’50s.

Get ready to take a Choo Choo Ch’Boogie runaway train ride from Five Guys Named Mo all the way to Mac the Knife, passing through Istanbul (not Constantinople) on the way. Check them out for yourselves at
www.dingdongdaddios.com

As usual there will be a Jive lesson for beginners to kick off the evening, then you can practice your dance skills on one of the best sprung maple dance floors in the country at one of the most iconic and atmospheric venues in Britain.

IMPORTANT: CONSENT TO BEING FILMED

The BBC will be filming at the Jive Party at the Rivoli Ballroom on January the 17th as part of a brand new BBC ONE series for Comic Relief which will be broadcast in 2015. Should you decide to attend this event, you give consent to be filmed for this show.

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Sep 30 2014

December 20th 2014: OoBopSh’Bam!

NOTE: ADVANCE TICKET SALES ARE NOW SOLD OUT. We have a very few tickets left that we shall sell on the door tonight. These cannot be reserved. We will not be selling these before doors open at 8pm. If you do not have a ticket then to avoid disappointment do have a plan B for your evening in case you cannot get a ticket. Please do not contact the Rivoli for tickets, they cannot sell or reseve them.

Oo-Bop-Sh’Bam!, without a doubt one of the most exciting and energetic RnB, Boogie, Jump Blues Bands in Europe, return to make it a merry rockin’ Christmas at The Rivoli. We’ll be reliving the good time spirit of ‘rent party’ rhythm n blues and reviving the days of honkin’ hollerin’ good ol’ rock and roll from the 50′s.

The band have become Festival Favourites headlining at many of the top Jive, Blues, Rock and Roll and Jazz festivals in Europe with their unique blend of Jive, Blues, Rock and Roll and Jazz.

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.

Our December Jive Party will feature a beginners’ jive class and DJs to kick off the evening, followed by two sets from the band.

 

 

 



Sep 8 2014

November 15th 2014: Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra

 

After a successful Jive Party debut in June this year it’s a big fat welcome back to Jive Party for Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra.

Check them out for yourselves at Benoit’s website but here are a few quotes for you to be getting on with:

“Effortlessly sweep you away on sonic gossamer wings to the happy, happy place of your choice.” — Vintage Rock Magazine

“Superb! Every one of the dancers that I asked said that you were the perfect band to dance Lindy Hop to.” — Oxford Lindy Exchange

“This is music with a big smile on its face that communicates directly to the audience; the resulting chemistry is something extraordinary.” — Blues in Britain

Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra are the leading vintage dance ensemble to have emerged from the UK in recent years, taking the British scene by storm. Among the finest entertainers of his generation, Benoit directs an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians in a manner reminiscent of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Charles Trenet at the very height of their popularity.

The Orchestra are the hottest live outfit for all those who revel in the nostalgia and elegance of a bygone era, with a repertoire consisting of the most beautiful and uplifting songs from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s and originals in the same classic style. The wailing clarinet and scorching trumpet of Benoit’s brass section create that gloriously authentic style, together with one of Europe’s finest accordion players, a thumping double bass, Harlem-style stride piano, an old-school drum set, and gypsy jazz guitars.

And yes, all in the fabulous surroundings of the Rivoli Ballroom! With a jive class at 8.30pm to get you in the mood.

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Sep 8 2014

October 18th 2014: The Metrotones

A first for Jive Party, we’re thrilled to bring you The Metrotones to perform for us at The Rivoli. This band is as visually exciting as they are vocally talented. If you haven’t seen their live stage show, you’re in for a treat.

The Metrotones have been making great Doo-Wop sounds since 1990 and they know how to put on a polished note-perfect performance. The vocalists are backed by a great line up of musicians including bass, sax, piano, guitar and drums. If you like your Doo-Wop you’re certainly gonna have a ball.

Check them out for yourself at www.themetrotones.co.uk

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Sep 8 2014

Sept 20th 2014: Laura B & The Moonlighters

Laura B & The Moonlighters
After their fantastic January Rivoli appearance, it’s great to welcome back Laura B & The Moonlighters, one of our favourite bands of all time. This eight-piece good time, Rhythm and Blues/Swing band features the extraordinarily talented 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 comprised 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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Jul 21 2014

August 16th 2014: The Cadillac Kings

The UK’s number one swing-blues outfit
Norrie Burnett, Blues Matters Magazine

We welcome back The Cadillac Kings – featuring six of the UK’s top blues & roots musicians, The Cadillac Kings play music inspired by the sounds and 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. They are tailor made for the Rivoli Ballroom.

“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.”

And of course the night gets into swing with our Jive class aimed at beginners – plus music from DJs, right through until 1am.

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Jun 12 2014

July 19th 2014: Ding Dong Daddios

Ding Dong Daddios at Jive Party, The Rivoli Ballroom London

5-piece band Ding Dong Daddios return to The Rivoli to help us relive the swing heydays of the ’40s and ’50s. Five Guys Named Mo, Mac The Knike, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie … you get the picture. Superb vocals make this band stand out from other bands who attempt this kind of material. Ding Dong Daddios pull it off one hundred percent.

Here’s a little taster (you need to be logged into facebook to view)

As usual there will be a Jive lesson for beginners to kick off the evening, then you can practice your dance skills on one of the best sprung maple dance floors in the country.

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May 16 2014

June 21st 2014: Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra

 

Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra

Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra are the leading vintage dance ensemble to have emerged from the UK in recent years, taking the British scene by storm. Among the finest entertainers of his generation, Benoit directs an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians in a manner reminiscent of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Charles Trenet at the very height of their popularity.

Benoit and the orchestra are consistently the first choice for all the most fashionable vintage festivals and events across Europe and are the UK’s finest exponents of vintage dance music. Benoit’s authentic vocal renditions of French chanson, swing, jive, Russian folk, charleston, Latin American and Cuban dance music have captivated festival audiences across the UK and all over Europe, America and the Far East. Benoit’s successful tours in Italy, France, Belgium, Croatia, Russia and Japan are testament to the orchestra’s dazzling mix of high-energy multi-instrumental virtuosity and effortless melody, guaranteed to have audiences on their feet and in each others’ arms.

The Orchestra are the hottest live outfit for all those who revel in the nostalgia and elegance of a bygone era, with a repertoire consisting of the most beautiful and uplifting songs from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s and originals in the same classic style. The wailing clarinet and scorching trumpet of Benoit’s brass section create that gloriously authentic style, together with one of Europe’s finest accordion players, a thumping double bass, Harlem-style stride piano, an old-school drum set, and gypsy jazz guitars.

And yes, all in the fabulous surroundings of the Rivoli Ballroom! With a jive class at 8.30pm to get you in the mood.

TICKETS: BOOK ONLINE HERE


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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