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The Jive Kats

Jive Kats

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  • Classic swing jazz and jive band
  • Handily based in Canterbury, Kent
  • Five-piece instrumental line-up
  • Guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, sax, vocals
  • Fully inclusive of PA and lighting system
  • Come dressed in vintage attire if required
  • Travel across the UK and the known world!
  • Extensive, varied playlist ideal for parties

Hailing from various locations in the Canterbury area of Kent, this specialist swing jazz and rock'n'roll party ensemble is the very epitome of youthful energy! The band has been entertaining appreciative audiences across the whole of Kent, London, the Home Counties and beyond for over ten years now; with The Jive Kats you know that your evening reception party is in safe, fun hands!

Coming suited and booted with authentic 1940s swing-style clothing or more modern smart-casual attire, the five-piece outfit is a spot-on choice for vintage and themed weddings, but also great for events of all types and sizes. The band is fully self-contained, able to provide its own PA system and stage lighting rigs which are generally adaptable to most venues; read on to find out more.


The Jive Kats have been playing together professionally for over ten years, and besides regularly performing at literally hundreds of wedding reception parties, have been lucky enough to play some rather quirky and unusual one-off gigs such as Kelly Brook's birthday celebrations, 'An Evening with Arnold Schwarzenegger' and interestingly 'An Experience with Jean-Claude Van Damme'.

The band comprises a fantastic lineup of instruments - and their musicians, of course! With guitar leading the way, plus tenor or baritone saxophone, trumpet, double-bass and drums, and vocals all round, this ensemble is rich in both visual and aural terms.


The Jive Kats' varied and eclectic repertoire (abridged version) is as follows:-

Swing Classics
  • Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller
  • Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens - Louis Jordan
  • At Last - Etta James
  • Big Ten Inch - Bull Moose Jackson
  • Blood-Shot Eyes - Wynonie Harris
  • Buona Sera/Marie Marie - Louis Prima
  • Caledonia - Louis Jordan
  • Choo-Choo-Ch' Boogie - Louis Jordan
  • Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
  • Earth Angel - The Penguins
  • Five Guys Named Moe - Louis Jordan
  • Flip Flop Fly - Joe Turner
  • Grandma Plays The Numbers - Wynonie Harris
  • How Long Must I Wait For You - Joe Jackson/Louis Jordan
  • I Wanna Be Like You (King Of The Swingers) - Louis Prima
  • In The Mood - Glenn Miller
  • It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Duke Ellington
  • Jack You're Dead - Louis Jordan
  • Jump Jive and Wail - Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan
  • Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway
  • Night And Day - Frank Sinatra
  • One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer - Amos Milburn
  • Paper Moon - Ella Fitzgerald
  • Pencil Full Of Lead - Paolo Nutini
  • Pennies From Heaven - Bing Crosby/Louis Armstrong
  • Reet Petite And Gone - Louis Jordan
  • Ride, Daddy, Ride - Fats Noel
  • Route #66 - Nat 'King' Cole
  • Saturday Night Fish Fry - Louis Jordan
  • Sleep Walk - Santo And Johnny
  • Smack Dab In The Middle - The Jacks
  • Stray Cat Strut (Pink Panther Theme) - Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • The Dirty Boogie - Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • This Boy - The Beatles
  • This Cat Is On A Hot Tin Roof - Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • This Ol' House - Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • Tuxedo Junction - Manhattan Transfer
  • Zoot Suit Riot - Cherry-Poppin' Daddies
Rock'n'Roll And Funk
  • Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
  • Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
  • Brickhouse - The Commodores
  • Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
  • Hard To Handle - Otis Redding
  • Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury And The Blockheads
  • I Feel Good - James Brown
  • Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
  • Long Train Running - The Doobie Brothers
  • Mess Around - Ray Charles
  • Night Train - James Brown
  • People Say - The Meters
  • Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band
  • Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley And The Comets
  • Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
  • Standing On Shaky Ground - Chris Farlowe
  • Twenty Flight Rock - Eddie Cochran
Festive Seasonal
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas
  • Jingle Bells
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Performance And Audio

The Jive Kats really come into their own for performing music at wedding celebration parties thanks to their varied repertoire and extensive playlist! Known as some of the best-looking swingers in the UK, these fantastic entertainers are every bit as exciting to watch as they are to listen to! Take a peek at the video below and have a listen to the audio, and see for yourself what we mean.

Ain't Misbehavin'

Boogie All Night

Buona Sera

Dirty Boogie

It Ain't Me, It's The Motion

Mess Around


This Cat


To find out more about booking the Jive Kats for your special day, use the contact details at the bottom of this listing.


  • Naomi & Oscar

    Just a quick message to say thank you so much for a fantastic evening on Saturday. You guys were brilliant, the music was spot on and everyone has commented on how great you were. We will definitely be recommending you to others in the future!

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