One Jump Ahead play swing, jump jive jazz – an irresistible blend of jazz, blues and fun for weddings and parties.
The band generates a highly charged atmosphere that really lets the good times roll. Led by singer, saxophonist and songwriter Kit Packham, the band consists of: piano, guitar, bass, drums, trumpet and another saxophone. 40’s jump/jive star Louis Jordan used an identical format and the swinging tempos, sizzling sax solos and humour of his songs are equally abundant in Kit’s own critically acclaimed material. The rest of the repertoire stretches from Fats Waller to Fats Domino taking in Duke Ellington, T-Bone Walker and Jon Hendricks among others.
Although the band take their inspiration from the 1940s, they are playing for the sophisticated jazz audiences of today. Among the energetic Jitterbugs and Lindy-hops, you’ll find contemporary instrumentals full of atmosphere. For a change of pace, there are Latin numbers and the funky ‘second-line’ rhythms of New Orleans. But swinging tempos aimed at the feet are their speciality.
The band have appeared at venues such as The Barbican, The Royal Festival Hall, The 100 Club and The Vortex. They perform at festivals all over Europe and have featured on Radio 2 for Paul Jones’ Rhythm & Blues programme, G.L.R. and Jazz FM. One Jump Ahead also play for Corporate events,private parties and wedding receptions etc.
"Class exponents of the Jump Jive ouevre" Time Out
"Absolutely brilliant!" Mary Costello - GLR