What makes One Jump Ahead stand out from the other Swing and Jive bands around? Firstly, they've been playing together for a good many years more than most similar bands and that experience really shows! Secondly, they have a much wider-ranging repertoire than most similar acts. The other significant difference is their own material, paying homage to the best of the hits from the Golden Age of songwriting but with their own 21st century identity. Audiences invariably want to DANCE when they hear this outfit swing.
Their huge repertoire (300+ numbers) includes the best of the "Great American Songbook", 1940s & 50s jump/jive rhythm & blues, classic rock’n’roll songs, 1960s Soul/Motown hits and Rat Pack material. Some carefully selected vintage pop classics, comic novelties and their own critically acclaimed compositions might get included too, depending on the type of event. They have wowed audiences from Islington to Israel, Clerkenwell to County Cork and from Docklands to Deutschland!
One Jump Ahead are led by KIT PACKHAM on VOCALS & SAXOPHONE, accompanied by PIANO, GUITAR, BASS, DRUMS, TRUMPET and another SAXOPHONE. Several of the band also contribute backing vocals - and an excellent female singer can be added to the line-up on request.
If you don't have the space or the budget for a 7 or 8-piece band they can still play a highly entertaining set with a smaller line-up - right down to Kit alone with pre-recorded backing tracks! However, we would suggest that you hire the largest line-up that the premises and your budget allow, since this gives the most dynamic and flexible results.
The band's huge repertoire covers Swing, Jive, the Great American Songbook, Rock’n’Roll, Rat Pack, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Vintage 30s, 40s, 50s & 60s Pop & Rock, Jazz, Latin and Comic Novelties. The songs listed below show just some of the most popular material they play. A more complete list of around 300 is available on request.
Jump/Jive, Rock’n’Roll, Rhythm & Blues, etc. You Never Can Tell – Reet Petite – Choo Choo Ch’Boogie – Flip Flop & Fly – Route 66 – Jailhouse Rock – See You Later Alligator – Shake, Rattle & Roll – My Babe – Blue Monday – Saturday Night Fish Fry – Caldonia – Rock Around the Clock – Hi Heel Sneakers – Hit That Jive, Jack – No Particular Place to Go
Rat Pack, Smooth Jazz, Crooners, etc. Let There Be Love – Mack the Knife – Fly Me to the Moon – That’s Amore – New York New York – Let’s Face the Music & Dance – Sway – L-O-V-E – I’ve Got You Under My Skin – It Had to Be You – Feelin’ Good – Moon River – What a Wonderful World – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – One For My Baby
Soul, Motown, Funk, R&B, etc. Soul Limbo – Knock on Wood – Stand By Me – Midnight Hour – My Girl – Dancing in the Street – Mustang Sally – Barefootin’ – Try a Little Tenderness – Jackie Wilson Said – Under the Boardwalk – How Sweet It Is – Let’s Stay Together – Everybody Needs Somebody to Love – I Got You (I Feel Good)
Vintage Rock & Pop, etc. Honky Tonk Women – Need Your Love So Bad – Brown Eyed Girl – Dance the Night Away – I Saw Her Standing There – Moondance – Twistin’ the Night Away – Brown Sugar – It’s Not Unusual – Rehab – Black Magic Woman – Hi Ho Silver Lining – The Bright Side of the Road – Wonderful Tonight – Hey Jude
Swing, Trad, Latin & Mainstream Jazz, etc. In the Mood – Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby? – Minnie the Moocher – Makin’ Whoopee – Don’t Get Around Much Any More – Take the “A” Train – Fever – I Wanna Be Like You – Buona Sera – Brother Can You Spare a Dime? – Bad Bad LeRoy Brown – My Baby Just Cares For Me – Blueberry Hill.