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The Slammers, they kept us dancing til midnight with some of the best
live swing music I've heard in years, and their lead singer must be
among the greatest emerging talents around. They finished the evening
off with a surprising but incredible version of "O Sole Mio"
that had the throngs in attendance open mouthed in awe. A truly
inspirational evening from start to finish, and the best possible way to
open the festival!
comment posted on The
Guardian's review of the Meltdown Festival 2011.
Slammers...showed why they are guaranteed crowd pleasers, and with their kicking
horn section there wasn't a still foot in the place."
Review of Derry Jazz Festival 2010, Belfast Telegraph.
guys put on a great show, they had the dance floor filled from the start and
left everybody with huge smiles on their faces”
Simon Selmon, London Swing Dance Society.
tremendous band......the joint was well and truly jumping."
Steven Foster, BBC Radio Suffolk.
one of the finest jive outfits in decades. There just aren’t enough
superlatives in the English language to properly describe the immense cool of
this group and this disc. A simple “wow” is way too little. A simple “holy
mother of pearl this band is so good it’s criminal” doesn’t even do
the job. read
Michael Macomber, Retro Music Review (U.S.)
only have to hear the first number to realise that you are in for a great, no
fantastic, night of fast jumpin' jive. At London's Rivoli Ballroom and the 100
Club in Oxford Street, the joints are still jumpin' from their performances. I
can't wait to see and hear them again."
Peter Stechman, London. (Independent Reader Review posted on the Evening
Standard's "thisislondon.co.uk" website.)
it may sound cliché, a fact is a fact: It don’t get no better than The
Slammers. Ultra cool, white hot, and fun as all get out, this is the band to
make your holidays sparkle. read
Music Review, USA.
my last show I featured The Slammers' newest CD (Jive Time). My
listeners like it a lot so I keep playing it!"
"The live recording.. it’s fantastic. The energy level is quite amazing
and you guys are having as much fun as the audience, I like that so much.
Together with top notch playing and very good sound quality.. I’m just having
a ball with it!"
- Przemek Draheim, Radio
can't really thank you guys enough as you really helped make it such a fantastic
night ...can we just say again though how brilliant you were! Everyone who we
have talked to since said how much they enjoyed dancing to the band. You
helped create exactly the atmosphere we wanted and you just sounded fantastic
and looked stunning in your white suits. Really we were so happy - you are such
a great band and we love your sounds!! "
and Katherine Cranshaw (who booked the band for their wedding)
The band produce a big beefy sound, fashioned by a brass section featuring Andy
Burns and Mike Doris on tenor sax and trombone respectively, in addition to
James Gray’s baritone sax and occasional harmonica. James took the lead vocal
role throughout the two sets, ably assisted by enthusiastic backing vocals from
the rest of the band, particularly during “Oh, Marie” and “Just A Gigolo”.
“Stagger Lee” raised the tempo nicely, as did the Louise Jordan selections
“Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” and “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie”,
necessitating the production of a couple of industrial fans to prevent the
dancers overheating! The finale featured a swinging “All Of Me”, included on
the band’s recently released CD Jive
Time, plus a storming “Jump Jive And Wail” for the demanded
encore to end the live entertainment in fine style."
Darrell Parsons (Swamp Rock Gig Review 12.01.08)
Slammers Maximum Jive Band, one of the most popular bands on the fast-growing
swing scene, have become as well known for their packed audiences and wild
dancing as for their musicianship."
The Scotsman (Co. Cork Travel Feature)
sharp suited Slammers Maximum Jive Band, who lived up to their name by
serving up a succulent selection of tunes that had the room swinging
immediately. The essential rhythm was evident from the start, with Gary’s
tight percussion and Neale’s double bass driving the dancers into a
frenzy, supplemented superbly by Claire’s keyboards and “Smokin’”
Bob’s guitar, all topped off by a the big fat brass sound from Andy
and James on twin sax attack, the latter leading the vocals throughout.
Classic tracks by the likes of Wynonie Harris, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry,
Louis Jordan and Louis Prima, including “Good Morning Judge”, “What
I’d Say” and “Just A Gigolo”, featured great vocal harmonies and
culminated in a stomping encore of “Caledonia” to a packed dance
floor. Lovely stuff!"
Parsons (Boogaloo Gig Review 31.03.06)
was easy to sense the teamwork that bonds the Slammers together. They are
so together, and you can tell they enjoy what they do...."
Gene Robertson, DJ and Collector.
danger of me becoming a 40+ groupie to a big beat band :-) "
Geordie Tony, Gloucester.
band varied the pace effectively throughout their two sets, stirring gently at
times, such as during “Just A Gigolo” and “The Wanderer”, to the delight
of the assembled strollers. On other occasions, they brought the mix to boiling
point, particularly during up-tempo versions of “Stagger Lee” and Wynonie
Harris’ “Good Morning Judge”, so much so that the promoters had to open
the fire exits to avoid punters overheating!"
Darrell Parsons (Swamp Rock Gig Review 25.03.06)
can I say?..other than wow!.. the band just blew me away...these guys sure do
entertain!...What a night!"
Mike Cookson, (Nifty Fifties Gig Review 11.06.05)