They’ve played London, they’ve played France, and soon, they’ll be say they’ve played in Oro Valley as well.
The aforementioned band is The Jive Aces, who bring an award-winning swing act to the Gaslight Music Hall for two nights, next Monday and Tuesday (March 12 and March 13), highlighting a 10-stop American tour.
The band, founded in the eastern suburbs of London some 29 years ago, has taken its act around the globe, playing venues far and wide, including a performance for Queen Elizabeth at London’s Hyde Park as part of Her Majesty’s Jubilee.
The band is touring in support of its 2015 album, Spread a Little Happiness, and are winners of “Britain’s Got Talent,” reaching the show’s semifinal round in 2012.
Saxophonist John Fordham is thrilled to return to Arizona for a series of shows, in a state that loves its swing music.
“It's got quite a good swing scene actually,” Fordham said. “We've played for them before but not for a while so we're very much looking forward to the show.”
Fordham is also excited to meet the man that makes his instrument’s main component at their show, illustrating the power that music has in bringing people together.
“I'm particularly rewarded from the mouthpiece I play, on my saxophone, for the last 30 years,” Fordham said. “It is made by a company just outside of Phoenix and he's coming to the show and I'm really looking forward to meeting him.”
Gaslight Music Hall Founder Tony Terry, Jr. shares Fordham’s excitement, He said the venue is thrilled to have such a talented act grace its stage.
"What an exciting and dynamic group of musicians.” Terry said. “As soon as I saw their YouTube videos, I couldn't wait to book them at our venue…This group will knock your socks off."
Fordham and his five bandmates are sure to bring two nights of energy, enthusiasm and showmanship to the venue, with toe-tapping hits and unmatched on-stage comradery.
The saxophonist said the key to the band’s longevity has been a shared passion for music, and for entertaining audiences around the world.
“We got together really, it was for a love of the music,” Fordham said. “First of all we got into Rock 'n roll, rockabilly music and stuff. You know, Elvis, Fats Domino, Lionel Richie—all that sort of stuff.”
That love has taken The Jive Aces to more than 30 countries over three decades, allowing them to do what they love in a variety of exotic locations.
“We sort of got into jazz and swing music and it was such a happy, upbeat music,” Fordham said. “We originally used to go watch bands play and took our girlfriends and used to jive in front of the band. They really used to like that because it added a little showiness to their performance.”
Fordham and company will take the stage at the Gaslight Music Hall, located inside the Rancho Vistoso Center (13005 N. Oracle Road #165) at 6 p.m. on both Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13, and are sure to bring a night full of energy and fun for all involved. Doors are at 5:15 p.m. Prices vary, visit gaslightmusichall.com or call 529-1000 tickets and information.
“It's going to be a real lively show,” Fordham said. “It's very upbeat music, and whatever mood you're in when you come in, you'll leave feeling happy and that's a guarantee.”