Tim Jumpin' Jive's club celebrated its birthday in style with The Extraordinaires.
There were fireworks aplenty both inside and outside Cecil Sharp House in North London on November 6, as Tim's Jumpin' Jive celebrated 10 years of Hellzapoppin' at the venue, while at nearby Primrose Hill, Guy Fawkes Night celebrations lit up the sky.
The live act for the evening was The Extraordinaires, and they don't come much more live than this crew. Backed by a four-piece band, the three vocalists were barely halfway into their opening number, "Do You Wanna Rock, Children?" when they launched into the acrobatic dance routines with which they had launched their careers as The New Berry Brothers. Splits, flips and turns on the dance floor delighted the audience, before they returned to the stage to finish the song. Somehow managing to remain ice-cool in cream suits, the trio featured all the favourites in their set, including Sixty Minute Man. Ruby Baby and Brand New Fool. Two of the team are now off to perform abroad, but let's hope it's not too long before they are once again on a London stage.
The DJs met with mixed success. Tim played his usual mix of Saturday night jive mixed with a bit of swing, while Rohan Thee Man and guest Mark Lamarr both managed to clear the floor occasionally with rare-but-undanceable tracks. Another disappointing feature was the pa system, which made many of the tunes sound like they were coming out of tin cans full of filings. Riding in to save the day was the ever-dependable Terry Elliott, who got the evening back on track with non-stop swing and boogie-woogie, played at a lower volume which seemed to be within the range of the speakers.
Overall, the evening was a huge success, with Annie Ross supplying an incredible cake to celebrate the event. The upstairs hall is infinitely preferable as a venue to the basement, and Tim intends to use it annually for his anniversary nights from now on.
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