In July 1987, well before the Commitments had learnt how to spell the word “soul”, Junior Jump & the Bottom Line played their debut gig at the Grand Hotel in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex.

The universally acclaimed, deliciously melodius, enduringly danceable, effortlessly beautiful, enchantingly alluring, wonderfully effervescent, aurally delightful, threateningly powerful, suitably refreshed, permanently powered up, much imitated, never bettered  and overwhelmingly modest  Junior Jump and the Bottom Line first appeared to the world on July 4th 1987 with their auspicious debut gig held in the old music bar on the first floor of the Grand Hotel, Leigh on Sea.

2017 is going to mark the 30th year of existence for this exceptional 11 piece ensemble. This really is a big achievement for a big band with a big heart who make a big, beautiful noise!

They’re still going strong, still enjoying the music, giving it some wellie, having it large and kicking the proverbial butt.  Their backline still pump the rythmical iron, the horns are even more outrageously rampant, the gorgeous Babettes  are very much Schwinging and Mr Jump has more powerful helium coursing through his lungs than ever!

Lets all dance back in time
The wind section, really sound good
Got us movin the best we could
Army and Navy reunion gig
Motown magic all for five quid 

"Livin in the city", Nowhere to run
You keep me hangin on
Motown and soul, rock and roll
We keep moving fast and slow 

Party Party all night long
"Crazy Horses" an Osmonds song
Helped us bogie all night long
Gimme shelter prance along
Twist and dance and sing that song 

Ain't no mountain higher
Ain't no ceiling lower
play that funky music
Chelmsford really grooved it 

"Get Ready" cos you "keep me hangin on"
this band will please you song by song
I said Shotgun Put on your high heels shoes
see me dancing even to the blues 

Don't spill alcohol that's a sin
Sweet soul music that will make you spin
What a night was had by all
Hope we can all, have some more 

Maurice Hyde June 2017