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Kit was once dubbed "the Louis Jordan de nos jours". Most at home with swinging jazz, R&B or rock'n'roll but also blues, rock or "other"!

Kit Packham is the leader of 7-piece jive and swing band One Jump Ahead which he started in 1984. He also performs solo with backing tracks and in a duo format with either piano/keyboard or guitar. He has a nice line in humorous re-written lyrics to jazz standards from the Great American Songbook and a good collection of his own material, much of which also has wry humour. Kit sang lead vocals and played harmonica with a rock'n'roll band in his teens, and with a similar outfit at college, taking up the sax soon afterwards and playing with a progressive rock band and a couple of rhythm & blues bands. He then spent several years with a doo-wop style rock'n'roll band, an AOR band and a New Wave band before playing in Baghdad, Iraq, with a showband for 3 months. He joined another rock'n'roll band for a year on his return and began playing with a big band around this time. In 1984 he formed his own band but continued to play with a big band and other "pick-up" gigs. He joined cult band "Wolfie Witcher's Brew" a couple of years later, staying with them until they split up after a decade or so, and continuing to gig with his own band alongside. Over the years Kit has also played with Frankie Ford, Screaming Lord Sutch, Ray Davies, Otis Grand, Ray Gelato, Barb Jungr, The Guvnors, Dr JJ’s blues Band, Doc Cox (aka Ivor Biggun), Wee Willie Harris, Heinz, Billie Davies and Johnny Legend amongst many others. He has also been an occasional music journalist, Musicians Union activist, community radio DJ and an enthusiastic jive dancer.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Latin jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Modern jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Americana, Motown, R&B, Vintage, Tribute, Soul, Rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Ska, Skiffle, 1920s era music, 1970s era music, Folk, Folk rock, Pop rock, Bossa nova, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Electro-Swing, Country, Gypsy jazz, Ragtime, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Top 40, Latin, Reggae, Salsa, Classic rock
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Producer, Actor, Dancer, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, MC, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

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I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel To Be Free (Film 2017 theme); Come Fly With Me; A Whiter Shade of Pale; Wake Up Little Susie; Thank Heaven For Little Girls; We Have All the Time in the World; Stranger on the Shore; As Time Goes By; Cry Me a River; Treat Me Nice; It's Now or Never; Twenty Flight Rock; Jailhouse Rock; You Never Can Tell; Stand By Me; True Love; When You Wish Upon a Star; Sunny Afternoon; Twistin' the Night Away; Hi Ho Silver Lining; A Nightingale Sang in Berkely Square.
After You've Gone; Java Jive; Out of Nowhere; St Thomas; Blue Bossa; Body & Soul; My Romance; There Will Never Be Another You; Girl Talk; Lullaby of Birdland; Tenor Madness; Jersey Bounce; Stompin' at the Savoy; Embraceable You; Dont Get Around Much Any More; Lover Man; Everything Happens to Me; In a Mellow Tone; Georgia On My Mind; Girl From Ipanema; Night & Day; I Can't Get Started; Watermelon Man; Misty; Green Dolphin Street; Tea For Two; My Little Suede Shoes; Have You Met Miss Jones; Don't Blame Me; When You Wish Upon a Star; Desafinado; Song For My Father; Flamingo; These Foolish Things; Button Up Your Overcoat; Pick Yourself Up; As Time Goes By; Jeepers Creepers; All of Me; On a Slow Boat to China; My Baby Just Cares For Me; When You're Smiling; The Lady Is a Tramp; Ain't Misbehavin'; Sweet Lorraine; Autumn Leaves; Put On a Happy Face; I Wanna Be Like You; I Can't Give You Anything But Love.
1960s POP/ROCK
Yeh Yeh; Sunny; Treat Me Nice; Memphis; Living Doll; Ain't That a Kick in the Head; Save the Last Dance for Me; Delilah; Red Red Wine; Brown Eyed Girl; Sweet Caroline; Return to Sender; Here Comes the Sun; A Message to You Rudy; Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini; Bring Me Sunshine; House of the Rising Sun; Glad All Over; Sunny Afternoon; Under the Boardwalk; Honky Tonk Women; Knock On Wood; Yellow Submarine; Shaking All Over; Something; My Old Man's a Dustman; I'm a Believer; What a Wonderful World; L-O-V-E; It's Now or Never; Teddy Bear; From Russia With Love; Moon River; Summer Holiday; Stand By Me; Hi Ho Silver Lining; Need Your Love So Bad
That'll Be the Day; Singin' the Blues; Twenty Flight Rock; See You Later Alligator; Teenager In Love; Chantilly Lace; Buona Sera; Your Cheatin' Heart; Beyond the Sea; Blue Moon; Smoke Gets In Your Eyes; Come Fly With Me;
New York New York; Chattanooga Choo Choo; Baby Face; The White Cliffs of Dover; We'll Meet Again; Bye Bye Blackbird; When You're Smiling; You Are My Sunshine; On a Slow Boat to China; These Foolish Things; They Can't Take That Away From Me; Run Rabbit Run; Underneath the Arches; True Love; Pennsylvania 6-5000; As Time Goes By; Sweet Lorraine; It's a Long Way to Tipperary; When I'm Cleaning Windows; Choo Choo Ch'Boogie; Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens; Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby; Java Jive; Moonlight Becomes You; Baker Street; I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside; Let's Do It;


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300


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Cj B, 2 years ago

Kit did a brilliant job. It was a reading gig on tenor and alto and his performance was flawless. His improvised solos were great too. Nice, friendly, flexible band member, and very well turned out. Thanks, Kit.

From other customers:

Caley H, 4 years ago

Thank you so much for making our NYE celebrations extra special. An absolute gem of a band and would highly recommend.

Sutton C, 3 years ago

Kit was excellent and captured the mood of the evening really well. He got all the ladies singing and dancing and was definitely a big hit with them! I would definitely recommend Kit for a such social event. A fabulous musician and singer.

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