This year's performers line up: The Jive Aces, Kenny Ball, his son, Keith Ball, the 1958 Grammy Award Winner and former wife of Louis Prima, Keely Smith, and their daughter Toni Elizabeth Prima, Mary Jean Lewis, the niece of Jerry Lee Lewis, The Flirtinis composed of up-coming actresses Charlotte Riley, Fiona Sheehan and Kristina Mitchell and dance displays by the "Hollywood Hoppers".
On Sunday 2nd August, the UK’s No. 1 Jive and Swing band, The Jive Aces, held their 6th charity event ‘Summertime Swing 2009’ in the beautiful grounds of Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, West Sussex.
More than 1100 jive, jazz and swing lovers attended. This year saw people traveling all the way from Holland, France, Germany, Hungary and Spain as well as the usual fans from all over the South East of England who enjoyed the great weather and an afternoon of excellent music, dancing, good food, classic cars, jeeps and very special guests.
This year’s performers line up was nothing but stunning featuring the legendary Kenny Ball, whose new album is at number 6 in the charts, his son Keith Ball, the 1958 Grammy Award Winner and former wife of Louis Prima, Keely Smith, and their daughter Toni Elizabeth Prima, Mary Jean Lewis, the niece of Jerry Lee Lewis, The Flirtinis composed of up-coming actresses Charlotte Riley, Fiona Sheehan and Kristina Mitchell and dance displays by the “Hollywood Hoppers”.
The event opened with Kas, “the new Forces’ Sweetheart” entering on a WWII jeep and singing a Marilyn Monroe song. This was followed by the hosts, the Jive Aces, taking to stage stage for the first of their shows, introducing their special guests as the beautiful day proceeded.
Highlights included Kenny Ball taking to the stage accompanied by The Jive Aces and his son Keith for an inspired version of “Swinging on a Star”.
The feedback from all who attended was fantastic and plans are already underway for next years’ Summertime Swing - don’t miss it!
Proceeds from ticket sales were donated to The Bluebell Railway (Registered Charity No. 292497), this year’s selected charity, and Guest of Honour was Dame Vera Lynn.
"It was fabulous to see such a wonderful star as Keely Smith performing with The Jive Aces at the concert to benefit our progress into East Grinstead. This donation is much appreciated by The Bluebell Railway. All contributions are greatly received if we are to make it through the tip during the Bluebell's 50th anniversary year," says Avril Gaynor, press officer for The Bluebell Railway.
The event had as its Grand Finale an amazingly spectacular 15 min long fireworks display by Frontier Fireworks.
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Grazia Clarkson - Jive Aces Publicist
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