One Jump Ahead play swing, jump jive jazz – an irresistible blend of jazz, blues and fun for parties, weddings & corporate events.

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.

Audio Samples

Performance options

Bands from 3 to 8pc available

Various sizes of band to suit your event

Set list / Repertoire

Ain’t Misbehavin’
All Of Me
As Time Goes By
Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home
Beyond The Sea
(The) Blues Is In My Blood
Don’t Get Around Much Any More
Harlem Nocturne
Hello Dolly
Honeysuckle Rose
I Can’t Get Started
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
It Don’t Mean A Thing
In The Mood
Java Jive
Jumpin’ At The Woodside
(A) Kiss To Build A Dream On
Last Time I Saw Jeanine
Lester Leaps In
Moonlight Serenade
My Baby Said Yes
(A) Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Nutella The Hun
On The Shady Side Of The Street
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Pennies From Heaven
Pennsylvania 6-5000
Red Top
Seven Come Eleven
Stompin’ At The Savoy
T’aint Nobody’s Bizness If I Do
Take The A Train
Tenor Madness
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Until The Real Thing Comes Along
We Are In Love
(A) Wink & A Smile

Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens
Ain’t That Just Like A Woman
Barnyard Boogie
Big Fat Mamas Are Back In Style
Big Ten Inch Record
Bitten By The Jitterbug
Bloodshot Eyes
Call The Police
(The) Chicken & The Hawk
Choo Choo Ch’boogie
Closer To The Bone
Couch Potato
Doctor Jump & Sister Jive
Everybody Eats When They Come To My House
Filthy Mcnasty
Five Guys Named Moe
Flip, Flop & Fly
From Top To Toe
Gimme That Wine
Good Mornin’ Judge
Hatchet Man
Hit That Jive Jack
Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance
How Come You Ain’t Rich?
I Don’t Want No Junk Mail
Is There A Doctor In The House
Is You Is Or Is You Aint My Baby
It Should Have Been Me
I Want You To Be My Baby
Jack You Dead
Jumpin’ On The Bandwagon
Jump Jive & Wail
Just A Gigolo/I Aint Got Nobody
Let The Good Times Roll
My Baby Just Cares For Me
One Jump Ahead
Reet Petite & Gone
Rhythm With My Blues
Romance Without Finance
Saturday Night Fish Fry
Straighten Up & Fly Right
Sure Had A Wonderful Time Last Night
Sneaky Pete
Tarmac Jack
Three Handed Woman
When I Was In France With Frances
You Oughta Steer Clear Of The Water

(The) Bright Side Of The Road
Bring Me Sunshine
Bring It On Home To Me
Brown Eyed Girl
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Dance The Night Away
Dixie Chicken
How Sweet It Is
I Saw Her Standing There
It’s Not Unusual
Just The Way You Are
On Broadway
‘Til There Was You
Twistin’ The Night Away
Under The Boardwalk

Blueberry Hill (Latin Arrangement)
Don’t Bother Me No More
Early In The Mornin’
Fried Bananas
Livin’ La Vida Loca
(The) Simple Things In Life
Soul Limbo
Why Keep A Dog & Bark Yourself?

Ain’t That A Kick In The Head
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
(The) Best Is Yet To Come
Come Fly With Me
Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes
Fly Me To The Moon
For Once In My Life
(The) Girl From Ipanema
Have You Met Miss Jones
I Love Paris
It Had To Be You
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
(The) Lady Is A Tramp
Let There Be Love
Let’s Face The Music & Dance
Love Is Here To Stay
Mack The Knife
Makin’ Whoopee
Mr. Bojangles
New York, New York
Night & Day
Satin Doll
Strangers In The Night

All Around The World (Grits Aint Grocery)
Black Magic Woman
Brown Sugar
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
Feelin’ Good
Green Onions
Honky Tonk Women
Hot Licks Cold Liquor & Warm Hearted Women
I Know Your Wig Has Gone
I Live The Life I Love
It Ain’t Broke
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
(The) Last Meal
Mary Ann
Messin’ With The Kid
My Babe
One Mint Julep
One Night Of Sin
Outskirts Of Town
Pink Champagne
Reet Petite
Route 66
Stray Cat Strut
Talk, Talk, Talk
Three Cool Cats
Trick Bag
Who Drank My Beer

Every Time We Say Goodbye
Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good To You
Georgia On My Mind
I Ain’t Got Nothin But The Blues
Moon River
My Funny Valentine
Round Midnight
Sad Times. Co. Uk
True Love
We Have All The Time In The World
What A Wonderful World

Bald Headed Blues
Dancing In The Street
I Got You (I Feel Good)
Knock On Wood
Midnight Hour
Mustang Sally
My Girl
Stand By Me
Try A Little Tenderness

Be My Guest
Blue Monday
Heartbreak Hotel
Hi Heel Sneakers
I’m Walkin’
Jailhouse Rock
Let The Four Winds Blow
My Girl Josephine
No Particular Place To Go
Rock Around The Clock
Shake Rattle & Roll
Treat Me Nice
Willie & The Hand Jive
You Never Can Tell

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
I Cant Help Falling In Love With You
I Missed My Turning
I Put A Spell On You
I Will Not Be Your Fool
Lets Stay Together
Need Your Love So Bad
Night Train
(A) Perfect Day