Swing & Jive band

One Jump Ahead

Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
(5.0)Read all 6 reviews
Booking protection
Secure online payments
Free 48hr cancellations
Support available Mon-Sun
Like One Jump Ahead?
Watch & Listen

About One Jump Ahead

Highly entertaining - vast repertoire of 1940s - 50s Swing/Jive, Rhythm & Blues, Great American Songbook, Rat Pack, etc. Dancers love 'em!
Swing & Jive band
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Verified profile

One Jump Ahead always attract dancers to get up and strut their stuff with their huge repertoire of 1940s - 50s Swing/Jive and Rhythm & Blues, plus Great American Songbook, Rat Pack, 1960s Soul, Rock'n'Roll and carefully selected vintage Pop plus a large number of their own critically acclaimed songs. Leader, singer, saxophonist and songwriter Kit Packham is accompanied by piano, guitar, bass, drums, trumpet and another saxophone. The swinging tempos, sizzling sax solos and humour of jump/jive star Louis Jordan have been the band's biggest influence and have inspired Kit to compose his own, critically acclaimed material. At private functions the band usually concentrate on well-known “covers”, but at clubs, festivals and dances audiences can expect more original compositions - or some of Kit's wry updated lyrics to jazz standards.

One Jump Ahead
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
5 out of 5
4 verified reviews
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star

One Jump Ahead's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Jacob C
1 year ago
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
5 out of 5

Great energy, got everyone dancing young and older. Thank you Kit and the group.

Reply from One Jump Ahead
1 year ago

Thanks Jacob. Lovely audience that we enjoyed entertaining. Interesting venue and very nice helpful caterers too!

Joanne D
1 year ago
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
5 out of 5

We were absolutely delighted with one jump ahead . Kit and his band were extremely professional and helpful from the very beginning . Our son and daughter in law had a wonderful day and I put that down to the uplifting and easy listening jazz that put a smile on everyone’s face. My sister in law commented that when the music started the whole mood of the wedding party was uplifted . We loved the music and the three sets pulled the whole afternoon seamlessly together. Wonderful! Thank you one jump ahead .

Kim M
1 year ago
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
5 out of 5

One Jump Ahead were everything we could possibly have wanted in a wedding band and more!! Communication before the day was great- Kit designed a bespoke set list for us and even took the time to edit things to suit how we wanted the night to play out. On the night they instantly lifted the mood, had everyone up dancing and really interacted with us- some band members even signed our guest book! We loved how every musician showcased their talents with solo sections, but mostly how they all came together to give us an unforgettable performance. Thank you so much to the entire band for making our wedding reception unforgettable- I don’t think I left the dance floor all night! :)

Christine H
4 years ago
Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
5 out of 5

Perfect! Their set-up was seamless and efficient. They stuck to their schedule, whilst being flexible. The music was superb. They guaged our clients and the music was entirely appropriate. Everyone wanted them to continue!!!

From other customers:

Private B
8 years ago

fantastic, great musicians and a great repertoire. Everybody loved them. They were also very nice people, the party was in the garden and we had to deal with intermittent rain but they just coped with everything with great good humour. They were really part of the party. We’d certainly engage them again and would strongly recommend them to anyone looking for their kind of music.

Caley H
8 years ago

an absolute pleasure to deal with and most importantly delivered an incredible evening of music and entertainment.

Encore badges
5 gigs
Experienced: 5 bookings through Encore
8th Anniversary
This act has been working with Encore for over 8 years
Member of the Encore community forum

One Jump Ahead's Song list

Jump/Jive, Rock’n’Roll, Rhythm & Blues, etc.
You Never Can Tell
Reet Petite
Choo Choo Ch’Boogie
Flip Flop & Fly
Route 66
Jailhouse Rock
See You Later Alligator
Shake, Rattle & Roll
My Babe
Blue Monday
Saturday Night Fish Fry
Rock Around the Clock
Hi Heel Sneakers
Hit That Jive, Jack
No Particular Place to Go
Rat Pack, Smooth Jazz, Crooners, etc.
Let There Be Love
Mack the Knife
Fly Me to the Moon
That’s Amore
New York New York
Let’s Face the Music & Dance
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
It Had to Be You
Feelin’ Good
Moon River
What a Wonderful World
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
One For My Baby
Soul, Motown, Funk, R&B, etc.
Soul Limbo
Knock on Wood
Stand By Me
Midnight Hour
My Girl
Dancing in the Street
Mustang Sally
Try a Little Tenderness
Jackie Wilson Said
Under the Boardwalk
How Sweet It Is
Let’s Stay Together
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
I Got You (I Feel Good)
Vintage Rock & Pop, etc.
Honky Tonk Women
Need Your Love So Bad
Brown Eyed Girl
Dance the Night Away
I Saw Her Standing There
Twistin’ the Night Away
Brown Sugar
It’s Not Unusual
Black Magic Woman
Hi Ho Silver Lining
The Bright Side of the Road
Wonderful Tonight
Hey Jude
Swing, Trad, Latin & Mainstream Jazz, etc.
In the Mood
Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?
Minnie the Moocher
Makin’ Whoopee
Don’t Get Around Much Any More
Take the “A” Train
I Wanna Be Like You
Buona Sera
Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
Bad Bad LeRoy Brown
My Baby Just Cares For Me
Blueberry Hill.

One Jump Ahead's Prices

Last updated: 2024

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1875
Up to 2 hours£1875
Up to 3 hours£1875
Customer questions

Will the singer be the same as who I see in the videos?

Absolutely! The singer is also the bandleader so he'll always be fronting the band (unless perhaps some alternative arrangement has been made by prior agreement with you). Other members of the band may be busy elsewhere at times so we do then use a trusted musician of the same high standard to deputise rather than disappoint a client by cancelling.

Do you have different line-up options?

Yes, while our default format is as a septet, we've performed in almost every conceivable variation from those 7 components! Right down to a duo (usually piano + vocal/sax) and various forms of trio, quartet, quintet and sextet. (Kit even performs solo with backing tracks!)

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We'll always be reasonably flexible both in the planning stage and on the night. Small changes are very unlikely to be a problem. Significant changes should always be checked with us but may well be accommodated without fuss, too.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

We're happy to provide recorded music between our sets (and often before or afterwards) which can be your own playlists or ours. However, we don't provide a full DJ service. We prefer to make our own music!

How much time do you need to set up?

In most cases about an hour, although we like to allow 90 minutes whenever possible. If we're performing in a smaller format than our full 7-piece it's usually quicker. If access and/or space is limited or difficult it will make it harder to set up quickly.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

We very much welcome your input to what we should include in our sets. Let us know any "must haves" and which of our songs are your favourites and we'll build our sets around them. It's better to allow us to plan the running order rather than to try and micro-manage it yourself, although we'll obviously open with your requested first dance at a wedding.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

We assume that you want us to bring our own PA and lights unless you tell us any different. For some events, these may be being provided by a third party. As long as we know in advance what's expected, we'll come prepared!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

We may already know it, even if it isn't on or repertoire list. Provided that it's not a last-minute booking we're usually happy to prepare a song or two that we've not played before free of charge.
1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Americana, Motown, R&B, Vintage, Tribute, Soul, Covers, Pop, Classic rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Bossa nova, Latin, Skiffle
See all genres
Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
See all event types