The Jive Aces

Planet Jive landed on Portsmouth Bandstand on Sunday 20 August 2000

The Millennium Live At The Bandstand shows in Portsmouth continued in August with a large crowd turning out for The Boogie Band and The Jive Aces on Sunday 20. The bands entertained several hundred people on a warm afternoon by the sea. The Boogie Band were first up with their brand of blues and rock 'n' roll, much to the enjoyment of the Portsmouth Rock 'n' Roll Club, which was well-represented. The organisers had thoughtfully put down a very impressive temporary wooden dance floor, which was equally thoughtfully cleaned between dances by young children sliding across it on their knees.

The Jives at Portsmouth
The Jive Aces get pyramidical in Portsmouth

At 3.25pm, The Jive Aces took to the stage, and launched into Caldonia, with its precarious human pyramid of musicians. The dance floor was rarely empty, as the band ran through a selection of favourites. "If it's too fast, let us know. If it's too slow, let us know. Whatever you want - let us know" singer Ian Clarkson told the dancers. This particular group of onlookers was swelled by a bunch freshly-returned from the sold out Beach Boogie that took place just across the water on The Isle Of Wight. Some that had been dancing there at 4am got up at 8am in order to make the ferry for this gig!

The Jives at Portsmouth
Sun, sea, dance and The Jive Aces

The Aces had returned from The Edinburgh Fringe Festival the previous Thursday to play The Winning Post in Whitton on Friday, and left Portsmouth to drive to Amsterdam, where they were due on stage the following evening. Are these boys hard-working or what? They still found time to encore with an ever-lengthening version of Minnie The Moocher, including extracts from Zorba The Greek and a bit of tango somewhere down the line. You can keep up to date with their whereabouts on their web site at

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