Kai’s Cats – Swing, Jive & Rock & Roll Band – Resident at Ronnie Scott’s since 2008

A favourite jive band with discerning lindy hoppers and swing jazz connoisseurs, Kai’s Cats have opened for celebs from Joss Stone to the cast of Red Dwarf with diplomats and royalty in between. Fronted by American singer “Queen of Swing” Kai Hoffman, with arrangements by ‘Fat Cat’ Simon Whiteside, Kai’s Cats have been resident performers at Ronnie Scott’s for nearly six years with their own club night, Live and Let Jive – called “London’s coolest hepcat hangout” by The Stage, and awarded Critic’s Choice by Time Out London. Kai’s Cats have been featured on BBC radio and Jazz FM, and have played at venues and festivals all over the UK and abroad. With nearly ten years of jivin’ under their belts, Kai’s Cats are a fabulously vintage style, swingin’ band, sponsored by fashion brand Vivien of Holloway.

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Kai Hoffman is a versatile, vivacious performer, equally at home in a vast variety of venues ranging from the Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall to the Rome Rockabilly Festival, the Blue Note Milano to the Sheraton Hotel in Bangladesh.  Award-winning singer Ray Gelato sums up Kai Hoffman brilliantly: “[Kai has] a great ability to sell whatever song she is singing, and put it across with bags of personality… using the richness of her voice to great effect, and also displaying fine pitch and great phrasing… One of the finest vocalists and performers around on the scene today.”

Where can I hear Kai’s Cats? At “London’s coolest hepcat hangout,” according to The Stage.

Our Time Out Critic’s Choice Event Vintage Club Night LIVE & LET JIVE is EVERY FIRST THURSDAY at the UK’s finest jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s – in the bar for dancing. Check the gigs page to see where else y’all can hear us!

Kai’s Cats are one of the best swing & jive bands in the UK.  Have a listen.

Based in London, Kai’s Cats are fronted by ‘Queen of the Vintage Vocals’ American jazz singer Miss Kai Hoffman.


What do Kai’s Cats do? And will I dig it? 

Kai’s Cats SWING! Our jazzy jive & rock ‘n’ roll from the 1940s & 50s is guaranteed to get toes TAPPIN’ and those dancers OUT ON THE FLOOR! Here’s our very own theme song on youtube. And here’s us PLAYING on BBC London LIVE!.

And can I book Kai’s Cats for private events, too? Yes, we are happy to chat about playing at YOUR event! Contact us here.