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Sydney’s swingingest band the JIVE BOMBERS are proud to announce their song “Jungle Jive” was named Most Performed Jazz Work at the 75th APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association) Awards on May 28. 

This award is based on how much airplay an Australian composition gets on community, local and national radio, which would make Jungle Jive the most popular Australian “trad” jazz composition in the last 20 years.   

Written by bass player Chris Stafford and trumpeter Pete Morand, Jungle Jive, with its throbbing tom-toms seems to have struck a chord (or two) with Australia’s most diverse radio audience: ABC listeners.

In fact, the song appears on the ABC’s annual Airplay CD – compiled from listener requests – alongside the works of such great artists as bluesman Taj Mahal and country siren Kasey Chambers.

As Angela Catterns said after playing Jungle Jive the other morning, “Love a drum solo for breakfast – don’t you?”

You gotta love the ABC.



Jive Bombers score again

Two weeks after their song Jungle Jive  was named Most Performed Jazz Work at the 2001 APRA Music Awards, AUSTRALIA’S SWINGINGEST BAND the Jive Bombers have won two more awards – this time for rock n roll!  At this year’s Wintersun Rock n Roll Festival in Coolangatta on Queensland’s Gold Coast, the Jive Bombers were named Best Performing Band. In addition, their original composition J.B. Boogie was voted the Best CD Track on Sun 6, the official Wintersun compilation album for 2000.  Both Jungle Jive and J.B. Boogie first appeared on the Jive Bombers Swing That Cat CD, together with three other originals and seven cover versions ranging in style from 40s swing to rockabilly, from 50s blues to contemporary jazz-funk and latin.  Thanks to the band’s solid live following and extensive airplay on ABC radio, both regional and national, Swing That Cat has already sold out four pressings — an impressive feat for an independently produced album. The Jive Bombers are currently preparing material for a third album and cementing their reputation as Australia’s hottest dance band. Jazz or rock n roll, whatever it is the Jive Bombers play, these rockers are on a roll! 

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