Line up: 7 piece line-up: Kit Packham (singer, sax, songwriter) Kenrick Rowe (drums) Chris Rodel (bass) Perry White (piano) Tracey Mendham (sax) Simon Da Silva (trumpet) Steve Knight (guitar)
Highlights * Enormous repertoire * Lively and energetic performance * Experienced at high profile events * Remarkable career spanning 22 years * Fabulous value for money * Special requests learned WHAT'S GOT 14 LEGS 3 HORNS AND OVER 200 TEETH? The answer is the uniquely entertaining 7-piece band called One Jump Ahead. They've also got over 200 songs in their repertoire to get people dancing and enjoying themselves! 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 another saxophone. The repertoire includes great swing standards, “Rat Pack” numbers and a few forgotten gems. With some carefully selected rock’n’roll songs, 1960s soul hits and a few vintage pop classics, they keep the dance floor busy from start to finish. 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. While club audiences can expect up to 50% originals, at private functions the band concentrate on well-known numbers that make everyone want to get up and dance. Since they've been active for over 22 years now, they really understand what's required. If your personal favourite doesn't appear in their songlist, they can usually play it if you can provide a recording of it in good time!
Their albums reflect the band’s good-time approach, beginning with “On the Shady Side of the Street’ (released under their earlier name “Kit Packham & the Sudden Jump Band”). “One Jump Ahead”, “From Top to Toe” and “Jumpin’ On The Bandwagon” followed, drawing the phrases “quite superb”, “notable contributions to the genre”, “classic R&B”, “top-class playing” and “very impressive” (among many other compliments) from the critics.
“You guys have sure done your homework!”, were New Orleans singer/pianist Frankie Ford’s words after the band accompanied him during his 1992 European tour. Paul Jones also praised them after their session for his R&B programme on BBC Radio 2. When they broadcast live from GLR for Mary Costello her comment was “Absolutely brilliant!” Kit has been interviewed on Jazz FM, RTM, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Radio Kent, and Blues magazine Blueprint (now called Blues In Britain) featured One Jump Ahead in its “Best of British” series.
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Customer reviews for One Jump Ahead
1 to 10 of 20 customer reviews for One Jump Ahead in date order
12/03/2010 One Jump Ahead
"Very happy with One Jump Ahead. They lived up to our expectations and our guests enjoyed the entertainment. 10/10!"
Customer review by Tracey Miller
28/12/2009 One Jump Ahead
"Dear Kit & "One Jump Ahead"
What a performance you put in at our wedding on 28th December 2009! We wanted to say a big thanks because you guys managed to pack out the dance floor all night long.
Nearly all the guests remarked on how great the band was & everyone got up to boogy, including my 80 year old great aunt! Many felt that you "made" the wedding.
So thanks again, we will be absolutely recommending you to anyone looking for a band for any occasion.
All the best,
Caroline & Jonny Dean.
P.S: Your rendition of Robbie Williams' big band version of "Have You Met Miss Jones" was fantastic - we managed to get through the dance without a hitch (for the first time!)
Customer review by Caroline & Jonny
11/12/2009 One Jump Ahead
"What a fantastic evening! The food was scrumptious, the wine flowed and people boogied the night away to the fantastic sounds of 'The Kit Packham Band'. We almost didn't let him go home at the midnight hour!! No-one wanted the fun to end.
See full report at http://sidedoorafton.blogspot.com/"
Customer review by Sidedoor, Eastbourne
26/09/2009 One Jump Ahead
Just a note to say how much everyone enjoyed your efforts at our wedding.
It really helped make our day and we have had many compliments on our selection of music
Customer review by Gareth Karlsen
15/08/2009 One Jump Ahead
"Dear Kit & One Jump Ahead,
We just wanted to say a big thank you for putting on such a fantastic performance - it really made our evening go off with a bang! We had so many compliments about the music from our wedding guests. You were smart, professional, and are all brilliant musicians - thank you so much.
Lucy & Darren"
Customer review by Lucy & Darren
11/07/2009 One Jump Ahead
"To the amazing One Jump Ahead...
Thank you ever so much for entertaining us on our wedding day. We loved every second of your performance. We will recommend you to everyone,
David & Laura Rudge x"
Customer review by David & Laura Rudge
22/12/2008 One Jump Ahead
We would both like to thank you and your band for the great music you played at our wedding on the 22nd December.
We both thoroughly enjoyed the music and we've had some great feedback from everyone who was there. It was exactly what we wanted!
All the best,
Domininc & Sarah
PS - If you're playing any gigs in the Kent area, please let us know."
Customer review by Dominic & Sarah
28/08/2008 One Jump Ahead
But we had a glorious day and the band was wonderful. The dance floor was never empty and we could have gone on for a long time after the official end. I would recommend the band and your agency without hesitation
Many thanks for all your help,
Customer review by Deborah
09/07/2008 One Jump Ahead
"Thank you very much - One Jump Ahead were brilliant. They provided us with exactly the entertainment we required. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed them - they had everyone up dancing and were very nice people. Please pass our comment on to Kit and the rest of the band.
Customer review by Anna
26/06/2008 One Jump Ahead
Thank you for your email the evening was a great success & I am sure people will be talking about it for a while yet! The band went down a storm, especially after such disapointment that we had to cancel the marquee. We made good use of the clubhouse and you would never have known. The band were so friendly & polite & I think the only critisism was that they had to end! We hope they enjoyed coming here as much as we enjoyed having them. They had the dancefloor filled the whole night!
We are already thinking about next years' event & how to better it so I might be in touch for other idea's, many thanks for all your help
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