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.

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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.


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.