Queen Esther & The Royal Quartet
Queen Esther & Her Royal Quartet — featuring John Dokes
Charles Goold, drums
Hilliard Greene, double bass
Patience Higgins, tenor sax
Sharp Radway, piano
From 1935 – 1939, as the rest of the world waltzed their way through The Great Depression or lindy hopped to big bands, Miss Holiday recorded over 120 sides with some of the best soloists of the decade, including Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Cozy Cole, Jo Jones, Artie Shaw, Benny Morton and many, many more.
It was John Hammond – record producer, civil rights activist, music critic and aristocrat – who co-organized the very first “sing-swing” session in July 1935 with Teddy Wilson as bandleader when Miss Holiday was merely 20 years old. Armed with her new recording contract for Brunswick Records, their task was to record pop tunes in the new “swing” style for the burgeoning jukebox market. With Miss Holiday as instrumentalist on equal footing with the legendary musicians that accompanied her, what they created set the template for jazz vocalists, small combos and swing music, and created an immutable body of work. Queen Esther and Her Royal Quartet will present a few of these timeless classics for your listening and dancing pleasure.
Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles
Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band is a Denver-based vintage jazz band devoted to revitalizing swing music and dance. This small group style swing band packs a punch of power, personality, and wit into each show, intriguing generations new and old with the beloved charm of big band swing from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. The Pickles bring it all – high energy, quality musicianship, and an authentic big band sound and look that celebrates the unique American spirit of swing. The band fuses musical influences from the sounds of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw with the showmanship of Louis Armstrong, Lucky Millinder, and Jimmy Lunceford. With a smart respect for the preservation of vintage jazz music and entertainment, the Pickles are constantly adding new and original tunes to their repertoire. They bring a unique visual flair to each performance with gimmicks, tricks, horn movements, and hat work inspired to captivate audiences all night long.
Trumpet player and vocalist, Joe Smith, started the band in January of 2013 to give dancers something to swing out to. Since the bands’ inception, the Pickles have held a special place in their heart for the swing dance community. The band travels from coast to coast playing their spicy tunes at swing dance events both large and small, inspiring dancers to fall in love with jazz over and over again. The group is notorious for their spot on arrangements and electrifying energy during competitions. The band is known to regularly keep dancers on their feet truckin’ until 4 in the morning.
Eyal Vilner Big Band
The Eyal Vilner Big Band
Born in Tel Aviv, saxophonist/clarinetist/flutist-arranger/composer/conductor, Eyal Vilner moved to New York in 2007 and started his big band the following year. Since its inception in 2008, The Eyal Vilner Big Band has performed at many of New York’s great jazz landmarks such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Smalls, Iridium, Minton’s Playhouse and Central Park’s SummerStage. The big band’s first three albums, Introducing the Eyal Vilner Big Band, Almost Sunrise and Hanukkah, received rave reviews and stand strong at the Top Jazz Radio Charts of the US and Canada.
Eyal Vilner is steadfastly becoming one of the leading voices in the NYC jazz big band scene and because he loves to swing dance, you will find elements in his music that are only found in the great dance bands of the 1930s and 40s.
George Gee Swing Orchestra
George Gee is a Chinese American swing big band leader. Born in New york City, he grew up with a fascination in the big band music of the 1930s and 1940s. In 1980, he founded the Retro 17-piece George Gee Swing Orchestra (formerly known as the Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra). He performed with this orchestra at the 1995 Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival in New York City.
In 1998, he formed the ten-piece Jump, Jive & Wailers, named after the Louis Prima song “Jump, Jive an’ Wail.” Gee is popular with Lindy Hoppers worldwide, including legendary Savoy Ballroom dancers Frankie Manning and Dawn Hampton.
“……George returned to his NYC hometown in 2000 just in time to continue his Big Band aspirations. As faith would have it, swing Big Band jazz unexpectedly (to everyone except Gee) became a cultural phenomena sweeping across the country and world! Swing Dancing and Music became the rage among a younger audience and a generation nostalgic for it. With a wink and a nod, bandleader GG held court weekly at New York City (Times Square) swing jazz nightspot SWING46, where two decades later they still dominate the Big Apple Big Band swing scene!” from GeorgeGee.com
Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists
Danny Jonokuchi has been called a world class performer and “a sound of this era” (Nextbop). Few artists are as diversely involved in their craft. You can hear his original compositions and arrangements in renowned jazz clubs, listen to albums he has arranged and produced, and see him perform on Broadway in the Tony-nominated musical Be More Chill.
Danny has performed on award-winning studio albums, as well as on PBS, NPR, HBO, Good Morning America, and Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games). He’s also been heard on many distinguished stages including:
- The Village Vanguard with the legendary Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
- Birdland, NYC
- Jazz @ Lincoln Center, NYC
- Radio City Music Hall, NYC
- The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Netherlands
- The Bimhaus, The Netherlands
- The Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles
- The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Writing has always been Danny’s passion and his arrangements have been performed by an incredible cast of acclaimed artists including Lady Gaga, Grammy-nominated vocalist Nicole Zuraitis, Post Modern Jukebox singer Hannah Gill, The Duke Ellington Legacy, The Terell Stafford Quintet, Brian Newman, Charles Turner & Uptown Swing, Ulysses Owens Jr.’s New Century Big Band, The Birdland Big Band, The South Philly Big Band, Peter Bernstein, The Gordon Webster Band, and The Dick Oatts Sextet.
Danny has produced several studio albums including Hannah Gill’s “Lost in Words” (2018) and “After Hours Jazz Band”, Ricky Alexander’s “Strike Up the Band” (2019), The Revisionists “Let Me Off Uptown” (2019), Dillon Garrett’s “Change of Plans” (2018), Danny Jonokuchi Experiment “Reboot” (2013), and the Danny Jonokuchi Big Band “All I Want” (2017). Danny also produced four singles for the New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra to be released on Outside in Music.
The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra featuring Laura Windley
The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra featuring Laura Windley – This is the 7th appearance by bandleader Glenn Crytzer and his musicians. Over the years he has presented many of his groups from Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven to Glenn Crytzer & His Syncopators.
Blurb: “Glenn Crytzer & His Syncopators are a jazz band dedicated to the popular music of the 1920s, 1930s and early 1940s. Founded in 2007 by Glenn Crytzer, the group has become a favorite among dancers and jazz fans across the US. Their musical influences include jazz greats such as Benny Goodman, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, John Kirby, Jelly Roll Morton, and more. In addition to performing classic songs, the Syncopators, perform new songs composed in the vintage style by bandleader Glenn Crytzer.”
Many jazz musicans present themselves not only as players but as composers, with varying results. Seattle-based Glenn Crytzer — guitarist, banjoist, singer — is one of those rare creative beings who beautifully fills both roles. The evidence is on YouTube, and most recently on a new small-band CD, HARLEM MAD, which presents twenty (count ’em) originals by Glenn, with star turns by Meschiya Lake, Solomon Douglas, and Ray Skjelbred. See Full Review at JazzLives
Jason Prover & The Sneak Thievery Orchestra
A driven perfectionist in his work, Prover received a full scholarship to the University of Florida for classical music, and after receiving a degree with honors, went on to earn a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from NYU. Upon arriving in New York City, he served as the Graduate Assistant to the Director of NYU Jazz Studies, teaching trumpet to undergraduate students, and more…
In 2010, Jason founded a traditional jazz ensemble, The Sneak Thievery Orchestra, to provide an outlet for his compositions and love of early-American-style jazz. STO celebrated their recent album release at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola – Jazz At Lincoln Center during a week-long residency. He has also been a long standing member of the internationally renowned ensemble, The Hot Sardines.
Jason loves to surprise audiences with unexpected moments that arrest the senses. Lucky audiences have seen him forgo his trumpet to play an antique tea kettle and use everything from a crystal wine glass to a kitchen funnel as a mute. With the desire to share his music the world over, Jason Prover will remain an active contributor to the life of music of today and tomorrow.
Jason Prover last appeared with us Saturday May 9, 2015
Sweet Megg and The Wayfarers
Sweet Megg and her wayfaring musicians will transport you, not to the past but to a new world of their own making. The band is lead by the charmingly enigmatic Sweet Megg, who imbues each song with her own concoction of melancholy and euphoria that will delight you, surprise you, and break your heart all at once. The band seamlessly incorporates elements of Dixieland, Harlem swing, Parisian cabaret, and gut bucket blues into one charming musical performance…
Professor Cunningham and his Old School
Adrian Cunningham is one of Australia’s finest jazz musicians and multi-instrumentalists, with countless club and festival appearances plus a number of highly acclaimed albums. Based in NYC since 2008, Adrian has been playing regularly in the Big Apple, throughout USA and Europe. In 3 short years he has appeared some of NYC’s finest clubs- Smalls, Birdland, 55 Bar, Fat Cat, the Apollo Theater, Dizzy’s (Lincoln Centre) and even a private event at the hallowed Village Vanguard; with such luminaries as Lew Soloff, Wycliffe Gordon, George Coleman Jr and Bucky Pizzarelli. Adrian has been performing regularly in NYC and internationally with world class trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, which included a performance at the London Jazz festival and a recording in Abbey Road Studios alongside Wess Anderson, Reginald Veal and Herlin Riley.
His “Old School” group has been together since late 2012 and has performed at Boston Swing Central, Club Helsinki, Swingeasy (NYC), BABBLE, and its monthly residency at Radegast in Brooklyn. It’s focus is on the swinging tradition of New Orleans. The Professor’s syllabus is taken from the finest New Orleans repertoire, from Sidney Bechet to Fats Domino, catered to the lindy hop dancers..the Professor and his group focuses on music that makes you wanna move!
Gunhild Carling & the Swingadelic Big Band
Gunhild Carling is a Swedish musical sensation with international acclaim. She’s an artist of the old breed, combining extraordinary skills on trumpet and trombone with vaudeville stunts. Ms. Carling is an artist of the old breed, combining extraordinary skills on trumpet and trombone with vaudeville stunts. In her playing, she shows heavy influences from Bix and Louie Armstrong as well as Billie Holiday.
Gunhild Carling is featured with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox version of ‘Never Going to Give You Up‘ sampling multiple instruments.
Gordon Au and The GRAND STREET STOMPERS
SATURDAY DECEMBER 17, 2016
The Grand Street Stompers are a good old-fashioned New Orleans kind of swinging hot jazz band, led by fresh-from-New-Orleans trumpeter Gordon Au. They delight swing dancers and music lovers with everything from Louis Armstrong hits and ragtime numbers to Disney themes and showtunes.
See GordonAuMusic.com for sound clips and more.
Gordon Webster & Friends
Saturday, Oct 15th, 2016
Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the lindy hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide. Drawing on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, Webster serves up a smorgasbord of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible danceability.
Born in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Webster began playing the piano at age 4. He moved to Toronto in 1993 to study jazz piano at University of Toronto. In 2001, while still living in Toronto, he became obsessed with the lindy hop and began traveling to exchanges and camps as both a musician and a dancer……
One of the most active and versatile musicians on the scene, Webster maintains ongoing collaborative relationships with a diverse array of jazz/blues and lindy hop luminaries, and is an associate member of one of the most popular traditional jazz bands on the U.S. lindy hop scene, the Cangelosi Cards.
excerpts from gordonwebsterswings.com
Ron Sunshine and his Hot Rhythm Orchestra
Imagine how the jump-swing bands of the ’30s and ’40s would sound filtered through the sensibilities of a generation raised on rock and roll. Take a healthy dose of Rhythm & Blues, New Orleans funk, and downhome harmonica stomps; mix with the classics from the era of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Louis Jordan, Nat King Cole, and Fats Waller; stir in an ever-growing portion of strong original material, and you come up with FULL SWING. Audience members of all ages are getting hip to this timely tip…..putting a new twist on the old standards, serving up some fresh ones, and having, in general, too much fun. So come on down and have a whirl on the dance floor, sing along with the cats, or just relax and enjoy.
Ian Hutchison Swing Band
Ian Hutchison has performed over 2,000 times in his career. He’s played bluegrass in Russia, with an orchestra in Argentina, and swing music all over the world. One of the top bass players in vintage swing music, Ian has performed with Glenn Crytzer, Michael Faltesek, Gordon Webster, Jonathan Stout, and Naomi Uyama. His own swing band performs regularly throughout New York City.
Solomon Douglas Swingtet
Saturday June 18th, 2016
The Solomon Douglas Swingtet is a dance band whose repertoire is rooted in that of the Basie band and that of the Ellington band, with other big-band standards and classic jazz tunes thrown in as well. They can cater to a crowd that prefers up-tempo classic swing, to a crowd that prefers slower groovier jazz, or to anything in between. Past dance events that featured the Solomon Douglas Swingtet include the Century Masters of Lindy and Tap (Seattle), Aug. 2007 and Aug. 2008; Lindy on the Rocks (Denver), Aug. 2007 and Aug. 2008; Philadelphia Lindy Love, June 2006 and June 2008; Camp Jitterbug (Seattle), May 2006 and May 2007 and May 2008; Bal Rendezvous (San Diego), April 2008; the Connecticut Lindy Exchange, Aug. 2007; the Seattle Lindy Exchange, Aug. 2005 and Aug. 2007; the Emerald City Blues Festival (Seattle), Oct. 2005; Swing Out Northwest (near Seattle), Dec. 2002, Dec. 2004, and Dec. 2006; the All-Balboa Weekend (Cleveland), May 2003; and the Toronto Lindy Exchange, Oct. 2002.
Saturday, June 18th, 2016
A bold adventurer, this trans-Atlantic lover of words in song has traveled the US with her impeccable vocals and rich musicality…With two musician parents, she developed a love for both Swedish and American roots music and jazz. The musical richness of the US beckoned, and she set roots in the thriving music community of Philadelphia PA…Anna Cecilia’s versatility and technical prowess speak of a maturity beyond her years. She’s a true entertainer with an energetic stage presence.
Anna Cecilia has performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Bethlehem MusikFest, Ardmore Music Hall, World Cafe Live, the Tin Angel, Paris Bistro Jazz Cafe, Media Arts Fest and more.
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
The Blue Vipers from Brooklyn are an acoustic Dixieland, early swing, gospel and blues band, composed of homemade washboard percussion, upright bass, resonator guitar, trumpet with the occasional addition of violin/fiddle & tenor saxophone. Their repertoire of witty songs with moving yet often bawdy lyrics and catchy 4 part vocal harmony always draw large crowds.
Billy Nemec-guitar/lead vocals, Christopher Pistorino-Bass, David Langlois-Drums, Sam Hoyt-Trumpet, Sean Condron-guitar.
Billy Nemec-guitar/lead vocals was born in Howells, Nebraska in 1977. Around the age of eighteen he joined up with a traveling carnival “Culpepper Concessions,” which eventually dropped him off in New Orleans. It was under the mentorship of clowns, jugglers, mimes, acrobats and legendary street performers like Anthony “Tuba Fatts” Lacen and The New Orleans Jazz Vipers that Billy honed his musical and performing ability. He spent four years playing for crowds on the streets of New Orleans and traveling with another carnival “Circus Ridikkulous.” In October 2001 Billy moved to New York City and brought with him a vast repertoire of early swing, Dixieland, gospel, country and blues music…
Previous engagements with us – Saturday Dec 7th, Saturday May 14 2011, Friday April 9 2010, Sunday June 24 2007
5,000 Jazz Assassins
Saturday, April 16th, 2016
The Five Thousand Jazz Assassins have looked into the past and found something new. Riverboat Pop is a contemporary album set in the modern world that pays homage to the music of another time. This motley group of Brooklyn musicians have brought to life a batch of songs that were written almost a century ago. They’ve found a way to relate the music of the Twenties to the world around them. They make these beautiful old tunes not just faithful to their sources, but relevant. Alex Harvey plays the tenor guitar, Jono Waldman sings and plays the Banjulele and Lorenzo Wolff is on the upright bass. Sitting in on every show and recording with with Alex, Jono and Lorenzo are a host of the city’s top flight swing and traditional jazz players. More a music collective than a band, 5000 Jazz Assassins has become a staple of the current Tin Pan Alley revival.
Jan Marie & The Mean Reds
Saturday January 9, 2016
The sound of The Mean Reds is unique, and combines Jan Marie’s Billie Holiday-esque lag-vocal technique with a growling trumpet and oscillates between tinkling ivories and pounding keys on a Hammond B3 organ. Mixing genres with plentiful ease is their specialty, and their grooves run so deep they can get even the most left-footed of characters tapping their toes on the dancefloor. But don’t take our word for it–see us play out live or play our videos – we’re sure you’ll understand what all the fuss is about…
Jan premiered at Swing Remix on Sat Dec 13, 2014
Dan Levinson & His Swing Wing
The Mississippi Rag calls Dan Levinson the “in-demand reedman.” A specialist in traditional jazz and swing, Dan is indeed one of the most prolific musicians on the scene today, equally at home as both a leader and sideman. During a twenty-year career, he has appeared alongside such prominent artists as Dick Hyman, Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis, Ed Polcer, Howard Alden, Joe Ascione, Dan Barrett, Jon-Erik Kellso, Randy Reinhart, Mark Shane, Kevin Dorn, Dick Sudhalter, Frank Vignola, Randy Sandke, and John Cocuzzi.
Though based in New York City, Dan’s busy schedule often takes him across the country and around the world. He has performed in Brazil with the Bunk Project, a band organized by Woody Allen and banjoist Eddy Davis, in Italy with the Manhattan Rhythm Kings, in Scotland with David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Centennial Band, in Germany with the Barrelhouse Jazz Band, in Paris at the Bilboquet Jazz Club, in Japan with the New York Ragtime Orchestra, and in Los Angeles at the Playboy Mansion…
Dan previously appeared with us as a featured musician on Saturday December 13, 2014
Johnny Boyd and his Sensational Swing Lover Band
Time passed quietly until he formed Indigo Swing in the early 90s and hit the dance-band circuit, bringing boogie-woogie and jump-blues music back from the recesses of memory to a nation crazed with jitterbugging and two-toned shoes. This is when and how he learned the textured arrangements and evocative compositions that were pure jittersauce. That instinct for packing the dance floor remains, but no longer dominates.
By 2000 though, the swing revival was all dried up, and all those hepcats had some tough choices to make. The pretenders were the first to bail out, taking studio gigs or straight jobs to make their nut. It was the true believers, the old souls, who struck out on their own, taking their classic pop influences with them. Boyd was one of them….
Sweet music to our ears. – American Generations Magazine:
[He] touches on so many musical styles. But he does it with amazing talent and sincerity, again setting himself apart from his peers. Boyd has a wonderful voice-a high plaintive tenor, excellent phrasing, and a warm tremolo that he only uses when needed. His lyrics are inventive and funny, and he utilized top-notch musicians on this recording [Last Word In] who helped him achieve what he had floating around in his head. Johnny Boyd is a talent to be reckoned with.
Perfect. – Atomic Magazine
Boyd sounds dead-on as he sings to you straight from his own soul…a versatile songwriter of genius proportions. – InMusicWeTrust.com
Johnny Appeared with us previously on Saturday March 1st 2014
Fleur Seule featuring Allyson Briggs
Fleur Seule plays Swing Era hits and Jazz standards that will transport you to the 1930s and 1940s: The times of hep cats and swingin’ tunes. Led by vocalist Allyson Briggs, this dynamic band of old souls will have you humming and tapping your feet along to classics, and enjoying songs from the vault that you’ve never heard before.
With a repertoire that includes beloved songs of France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and the United States, and more, there is a song for everyone to enjoy.
Our sets are filled with vintage flair and songs that keep our dancers happy.
We cover hits by Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., The Andrews Sisters, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, and many more artists who contributed to the Big Band sound…
Bringing to mind the golden age of jazz vocalists and supper club-era sophistication, New York-based jazz and blues chanteuse Vanessa Raci captivates audiences of all ages with her
truly remarkable voice and style (Mike Bennett, WHUD Radio). A versatile and engaging entertainer, her performances range from intimate vocal-piano sets to swinging with a full jazz band. Whether interpreting a classic standard or a contemporary power ballad,
She’s a sensual stylist who pours herself into the song (Bruce Apar, North County News)…
After college, Vanessa’s muse shifted to the great standards of Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Billie Holiday. Growing up in an Italian-American household, Vanessa was raised on Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Louis Prima, and Connie Francis. While only in her twenties, she is on a mission to keep the legacy of these timeless vocalists alive for a new generation—while adding her own unmistakable style, sass, and soul.
Saturday October 5, 2013
In 1998, several members of the Illinois Jacquet band, past and present, began jamming on their own to create a smaller group. Tapes were sent out, and the Yalloppin’ Hounds were born….
The Yalloppin Hounds have since possessed the distinction of being the first band in the world to combine the elements of traditional Swing with Hip-Hop stylings, creating a unique and excitingly fresh hybrid….
Considered by many to be the finest and busiest band to arrive on the New York Swing scene, The Yalloppin’ Hounds derive their name from a running gag among the musicians of the Illinois Jacquet Big Band. One day at a French concert, Jacquet poked fun at another well-known Swing band from New York by referring to them as a bunch of “yallopping hounds”, so when the founding members, all Jacquet alumnus, got together to think up a name for their new swing band, the choice was obvious.
We knew enough about each other already to hear a sound in our heads…and the sound was that of a bunch of barking dogs… explains bandleader and saxophonist Joey “G-Clef” Cavaseno.
About Great Recession
With this new album, The Great Recession, bandleader/songwriter/arranger G-Clef da Mad Komposa decided it was time to unleash a brand new classic for the times, entitled, “The Great Recession”. “I wanted to invoke the mood of the Great Depression days but update it to what people around the world are feeling now, re-examining the deeply rooted connection between Swing Music and Hip-Hop,” explains G-Clef. Featured on this excursion again are G-Clef (Wu-Tang), Lord Sledge (The Toasters) and Peter Hartmann, as well as new female vocalist/discovery Leigh Vaiano, who will make listeners swear they are listening to a living Ella Fitzgerald once again.
Easily the most fully produced Hounds album yet, Great Recession will disintegrate all previously existant boundaries between listener, dancer, and the music itself.
The City Rhythm Orchestra
The City Rhythm Orchestra has be dazzling audiences for many years with their distinctive style and sound – stellar horns, a rockin’ rhythm section, innovative arrangements and versatile vocalists create and extraordinary experience. Their wide range of music awards proves the point, having been repeatedly honored in both Pop/Rock and Jazz/Swing categories….
The Philadelphia Inquirer calls them
Philly’s premier swing outfit
Their thousand-tune playlist is filled with swingin’ jazz arrangements, rockin’ blues tunes, unique original material, and vintage big band charts.
In addition to being acclaimed in the native Philadelphia, the band has established a reputation in Atlantic City, New York, Boston, Providence, Washington, Tampa, San Francisco and many other locales.
Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s
Mitch Woods is flying in from California for this very special dance party at the JCC. Since this event will be a premium door price, we are OFFERING an UNBELIEVABLE Early Bird SPECIAL on admission. Early Bird Special Tickets discount available thru OCT 31st.
Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88’s are the torch bearers of a great American musical heritage. Taking their inspiration from the great jump n’ boogie outfits and swingin’ little big bands of the 40’s, they breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock n’ roll. Mitch takes his cue from his jumpin’, n, jivin’, shoutin’ n’ honkin’, pumpin’ n’ poundin’ predecessors, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Joe and Jimmie Liggins, Louis Prima, just to name a few. Mitch’s pile drivin’ piano licks and energetic stage persona combine with the Rocket 88’s swingin’ horns, thumpin’ bass, rockin’ guitar, and jungle drums to send a crowd into dancing delight.
They are one of the first bands on the West Coast to reach back to an earlier time in American music using humor, style, musicianship, and showmanship to forge their own swinging brand of music, which they coined rock-a-boogie. Mitch & the 88’s have distilled the essence of jump, swing , boogie woogie, made it their own, and deliver it to the present.
Mitch Woods was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1971 and began performing as Mitch Woods & His Red Hot Mama, featuring his boogie woogie piano and the sultry voice of the Red Hot Mama (Susan Savoy) on tunes by Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, and Fats Waller. The band broke up as Mitch moved to Hawaii to embark on a solo career in the late 70’s. He returned in 1981 to form the first incarnation of the Rocket 88’s with former members of the David Bromberg Band….
Mitch Woods is easily one of the finest boogie pianists on the planet, and I would argue that he also incorporates wing-dingling swing, jumping blues, and gut-rocking rhythm & blues fury at it’s best.
Rock Coleman, author of Blue Monday Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock n’ Roll
Josh Fialkoff has been lending his smoky voice and soulful instrumentals to dance floors since 2006, both as a solo artist and with ensembles like his J-Street band, and the Fried Bananas. A dancer himself, Josh knows how to pick out those blues elements that make people want to move and combine them with modern musical elements to produce interesting arrangements that are killer to listen to—whether you’re sitting, standing, or dancing around.
Josh’s music has been featured at dance events along other such headlining artists as Ernestine Anderson, Gordon Webster, and Barbara Morrison. Dancers at events like BluesSHOUT, Boston Independence Exchange, Beantown Camp, the Virginia Beach Exchange, Blues Blaze, Montreal Bagel and Blues, and more have swooned and swayed to his unique musical mixture of the modern and the traditional. Once you hear Josh play, you’ll revel in his refreshingly genuine sound, too.
The Cab Calloway Orchestra
The whole audience bouncing and swaying to the irresistible rhythm. Everybody singing HI-DE-HO! They’re echoing the King himself, Cab Calloway, as he thrusts his baton into the air, and in his Zoot Suit, jumps, twirls and signals to the band to begin another joyous chorus. Who could forget the incredible sounds and imagery of Cab Calloway and his hot Jazz Orchestra!
The Cab Calloway Orchestra continues to delight audiences nationally from the historic jazz club Birdland in New York City to jazz and other venues all over the country under the baton of Cab’s grandson C. Calloway Brooks. The Calloway family has been dazzling audiences since the 1920s and this year is no exception. Calloway Brooks, along with the Cab Calloway Orchestra deliver both the authentic sound of a hot Jazz Orchestra and a snazzy stage style-bringing out a Jump, Blues, and Boogie experience of
Swing that is king and Jive that’s alive. Using the Calloway bands original vintage orchestrations as a starting point, coupled with the awesome musicians who have played with this big band for decades, The Cab Calloway Orchestra creates the authentic unforgettable sensation of a Modern Jazz Orchestra in full flight.
See cabcalloway.cc for sound clips and more.
Tin Pan Band
Tin Pan connotes a world from the past – the most dominant and enlightened strains of American music of the early part of the 20th century – jazz, blues and American popular song. But it would be a mistake to say that Tin Pan is fixed in that past. Rather, it is music created to be enjoyed profoundly and joyously in the present. The band has created a rabid following by playing music that resonates powerfully because its intention is pure – to make people dance, smile and conjure with the spirit of music itself. On their new album, Hound’s Tooth, the band has perfected their sonic vision – effortless, wondrous and festive, feeling much like, as the band describes themselves, Ray Charles and Tom Waits at a Bourbon Street Parade.
Comprised of Jesse Selengut on trumpet, lead vocals and compositions, Clifton Hyde on guitar and hollerin’, Stefan Zeniuk on reeds and boy soprano vocals, and Peter “Baby Hands” Maness on bass and some singin’, Tin Pan evokes everything from Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong to Irving Berlin and Hoagy Carmichael. Founded in 2006 by Selengut, a long time New York based musician, and the curator of the Williamsburg Jazz Festival, the band sprung from what he calls,
a need for this kind of music. He elaborates,
As soon as I started playing this music, it just felt so easy and natural. Its simplicity demands that you be totally committed to it – there’s no hiding behind theory or pose.
Swingadelic began in 1998 as the neo-swing movement was cresting. Upright bassist Dave Post gathered his jazz & blues playing friends together to play engagements at New York City’s Supper Club, Swing 46 and Windows On The World, the former restaurant atop of the World Trade Center…. Since then, the band has performed at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, NJPAC, and at many festivals, including Bele Chere (Ashville NC), MusikFest (Allentown PA) the CD 109 Jazz & Blues Festival (Red Bank, NJ) and the sanofi-aventis JazzFest (Madison NJ)….
They have 4 marvelous CDs available, the most recent 2007, consisting of all original material composed by bandmembers. These CDs have gathered world-wide radio play and reviews in jazz and blues publications such as Jazz Times and All About Jazz.
Digging deep into the roots of American music, The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Second Line New Orleans Jazz, and early R&B. With stellar performances of traditional material as well as their own innovative music, The California Honeydrops get people out of their seats and onto the floor, dancing, sweating, and singing along.
Since their formation 4 years ago in the subway stations of Oakland, CA, The California Honeydrops have completed 6 European tours, spread honey on crowds throughout the US, and recorded 2 full length albums of original music, all without the help of a record label or major booking agency. Their secret? An irresistible sound that blends the energy and intimacy of a street performance, undeniable talent and musicianship, and the soul and fervor of a spiritual street parade.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, band leader and front man Lech Wierzynski began playing blues and jazz as a teenager at after-hours jam sessions in Washington D.C. After studying trumpet with Marcus Belgrave (Ray Charles), Lech continued his career after moving to Oakland, honing his craft with some of the biggest names in American music, such as Maria Muldaur, Dan Hicks, and Jackie Payne, allowing Lech to grow equally as a trumpeter, singer, and guitarist.
Champian Fulton and her Quartet
The daughter of jazz trumpeter Stephen Fulton, Champian Fulton had plenty of early exposure to the music through her father’s playing with his friends, among them Clark Terry and the late Major Holley. […]
Champian Fulton is a refreshing change from many of the singing jazz pianists of the past two decades, as she excels in both areas while never resorting to simply doing the minimum to get by in her interpretation of standards. […]
While Fulton’s voice is youthful, her vocals often incorporate the touches of a veteran, including a defiant interpretation of When Your Lover Has Gone that has a sassiness reminiscent of Carmen McRae (who too infrequently accompanied herself on piano, though she was a fine pianist), along with her superb vocal inflections and bebop chops in her driving setting September in the Rain. Fulton also masters slow ballads, such as Duke Ellington’s powerful All Too Soon, in which she communicates the sorrow of lost love desiring a reunion as if she has lived the lyrics….
Champian Fulton is a gifted musician who is deserving of wider recognition.
Ken Dryden for All About Jazz New York, August 2009
Following in the tradition of excellent singer-pianists like Diana Krall and Shirley Horn, Fulton celebrates the release of her new CD, Champian Sings and Swings. Village Voice
read more at champian.net
The Hot Sardines
The Hot Sardines sound – wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around – is steeped in hot jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Fats Waller used to make: Straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. (Literally – the band includes a tap dancer whose feet count as two members of the rhythm section). They manage to invoke the sounds of a near-century ago and stay resolutely in step with the current age.
The band was born when a stride piano player (Evan Palazzo) and a singer (Miz Elizabeth) met at an open vintage-jazz jam session advertised on Craigslist. Above a noodle shop on 49th Street, they discovered a mutual love for songs from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s that no-one really plays anymore.
Members of the Sardines collective have worked with a genre-hopping roster that includes Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Lauren Ambrose, Madeleine Peyroux, Sondre Lerche, Vetiver, Of Montreal, Nicholas Payton, Kurt Elling, Branford Marsalis, the New York and Jerusalem Philharmonics, Slavic Soul Party and the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra.
Summer 2011 has the Hot Sardines headlining Lincoln Center’s Bastille Day festivities at Midsummer Night Swing – the band gets their French influence two ways, via the early jazz sound of New Orleans and the jazz manouche and French chanson their Paris-born vocalist listened to growing up.
The Anderson Twins
Identical twin brothers Peter and Will Anderson are natives of Bethesda, MD. These musical prodigies began studying clarinet at the early age of 9 and by 13 they were touring the United Kingdom….
Following high School, Peter & Will both earned their BM & MM degrees at the prestigious Juilliard School’s Jazz Program in New York City while taking part in several Juilliard community service and teaching fellowships. They have studied with Barry Harris, Frank Wess, James Moody, Kenny Washington and Chris Byars among others. They have performed at top jazz venues such as New York’s Blue Note, Birdland, Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, London’s 100 Club, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and in Scotland, Japan, and Costa Rica.
Peter and William play their own original compositions as well, which have been performed at venues such as IAJE’s 2006 international convention, and Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Leading their own quintet, they have performed at such venues as NY’s Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club, Smalls Jazz Club, The Iridium, DC’s Blues Alley and Twins Jazz Club, as well as internationally.
Recently in 2009, Peter and Will were both selected for the “Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program” and the “Young Artists at Ravinia” Jazz Residencies, giving them the opportunity to perform their original compositions at the Kennedy Center and the Ravinia Jazz Festival….
Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys
Since 1978 Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys have rocked the capitals of the world from Albany, New York, to St. Petersburg, Russia, with an exciting blend of Big Band Swing and Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues. They have performed with B.B. King, Asleep at the Wheel and the late Woody Herman, and their repertoire contains works by Louis Jordan, Glenn Miller, Nat King Cole, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles.
Their signature sound is based on the horn section of Riff Baxter’s trumpet and Bruce Berky’s tenor and alto sax, backed by the rhythms supplied by Don Young on guitar, Gene Garone on drums and Reggie “Doc” Scanlon on bass. All the band members share lead and and harmony vocals.
In 1994 the band made their second trip to Russia where they performed as part of the festivities surrounding the Goodwill Games held in St. Petersburg; the same year they were also in Finland to perform at the famous Pori Jazz Festival.
In 1995 they were chosen by the new Governor of New York State to help headline his Inaugural Gala and on New Year’s Eve 95-96, an album, “Live at Albany’s First Night,” released the following New Year’s Eve. In 1999 the Mayor of Albany, New York, designated a day in the Rhythm Boy’s honor to celebrate 20 years of performances.
They were also chosen to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. youtube links.
Saturday November 6th 2010
Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. is the little New York City rockabilly trio with the big name.
The band has matching suits, period set pieces with graphics and typefaces straight out of the early 50s and what sounds like cleverly scripted, faux-corny between-song banter. These guys put on a show and, mercy, they’re pretty darned good. Their originals sound like country standards from fifty years ago and the upright bass player swings like hell. He doesn’t push the beat like so many bluegrass and oldtimey cats do. lucid culture 10.04.2007
See sitanddieco.com for sound clips and more.
Saturday June 5, 2010
Born in Boise, Idaho, Paul has made New York City his home since 1989. The last of six kids, Paul started playing the piano at age ten. His first gig was playing juice harp with his mother on guitar in church. He returns to Idaho every winter to play for four months, with his trio, at the famous Sun Valley Lodge.
Over the years, Tillotson has been celebrated for many successes – from his early self produced recordings to his live shows. He’s played across America with such renowned performers as Gene Harris, Lynn Seaton, Vernel Fournier, Mike Merritt (Conan O’Brien Show), James Wormworth, Lew Soloff, Chris Minh Doky, Luther Hughes, Paul Kreibich, Matt Wilson, Aton Fig (David Letterman Show), Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live Band), Mark Pender, Jerry Vivino, Red Hollaway, Jimmy Norman (The Coasters), Ernie Watts, Chris Botti (Sting) and Diana Krall. Tillotson has performed his music in “The Montreux Jazz Festival,” “The Den Haag Jazz Festival,” “The Jazz in the Canyon Festival,” “The Gene Harris Jazz Festival” and ”Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble.”
Gene Harris spent the last twenty years of his life in Boise, Idaho.
I have witnessed so much great music beginning with my mentor and close friend Gene Harris, Paul recalls.
We used to hang out after hours in the bar after Gene’s gig…. We talked about everything from philosophy, relationships, politics, adventure, life, love, to music. He instilled the master’s love of perfection and love of life onto me and helped me understand the path to great music is peaceful and rewarding.
Sunday April 25, 2010
with the Josh Fialkoff Trio
The vocal reference of Aisha Hosley is somewhere between jazz great Ella Fitzgerald, soul giant Aretha Franklin, and classical mezzo-soprano Denisee Graves. This dynamic range comes from her lifetime passion for music, her classical training, and a number of projects throughout New York City. Aisha is a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she studied classical and jazz singing with instructors Dominique Eade, Cecil McBee, Carol Sloane, Allan Chase, and Patricia Craig….
Aisha appreciates her longtime relationship with the Swing Doctors, and has expanded her projects by putting together her own band. As the bandleader, she is thrilled to perform and record her own original music of R&B, jazz, and blues. Though her vocal performances evoke singers of the past, the combination of her classical training, songwriting, and versatility make Aisha an original talent in a city of wannabes.
Josh Fialkoff originally hit the lindy music scene as the bass player for Solomon Douglas…. With a strong desire to beat his own path he returned back to his first love – the piano. Josh now sings and plays throughout the US…with his bands J-Street and The Fried Bananas at major events in the area including BIX, Beantown, CTLX, Montreal Bagel and Blues, The Albany Exchange and a host of others. With strong influence from Ray Charles, Gene Harris, Lou Rawls and others he strives to create soul and blues inspired music that leaves one no choice but to move.
Baby Soda is on the forefront of a new movement loosely known as street jazz; with an eclectic set of influences ranging from 30?s era swing, New Orleans jazz, and southern gospel. The ensemble doesn’t desire to recreate the past, rather they bring the concept and joy of the music to the present.
Baby Soda is an adaptable and ever changing group made up of New York’s finest musicians; featuring trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo and the unique one string box bass.
The band has performed at some of New York’s finest venues such as The Village Vanguard, Barbes, The Knitting Factory and the Jalopy Theater.
In addition to their busy schedule of club dates, Baby Soda loves performing on the street and in the subway. This allows them to hone their skills and bring the music directly to the people. Both Pediatrics and Geriatrics agree, Baby Soda is the sure cure for the aches and pains of the modern world!
Sly Blue is a New York based band formed in early 2009. The band organized a bi-weekly dance at a Speak Easy joint in the village over the summer and now runs a swing dance every Tuesday night at Session 73. Dancers enjoy Sly Blue’s fun and easy feel along with their warm and welcoming charm. Marko Gazic, guitar player and formerly of the Cangelosi Cards, leads the band and holds down the rhythm with bass player Peter Maness. The face of the band is Chris Norton as he is front and center with his unrivaled charisma while playing trumpet and singing. Matt Mussellman and Adrian Cunningham beef up the horn section with the trombone and clarinet, respectively.
Sly Blue’s repetoire includes many standards and lesser known pieces from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Beginners find their arrangements easy to dance to, but BE READY! The band is also known for crazy tempo and time signature changes challenging even the most experienced dancers. Most importantly, Sly Blue excels at this crucial element, and that’s having fun.
The Cangelosi Cards
The Cangelosi Cards are a seven-piece jazz band based in New York City. The group performs regularly downtown and in Brooklyn and has traveled throughout the United States and Europe playing for dancers and listening audiences alike. Recently the group has performed at the Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden and the Arctic Lindy Exchange in Iceland. When traveling to play for dancers the Cards play dance music tailored for lindy hop, charleston, and balboa. They play popular songs, standards, and blues as well.
The Cangelosi Cards are one of the best bands I’ve seen anywhere. They have a great live show, perfect for dancing! I envy any one who has not yet seen them because you now have the chance to see them for the first time! They keep it strictly real, playing traditional New Orleans style jazz, but continue to see at as a living tradition – and as such bring in influences from outside the cannon, such as country, blues, and early popular music. The level of musicianship is brilliant, bring your dancing shoes.
Eli Smith, Down Home Radio
Wycliffe Gordon enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. Gordon tours the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz for audiences ranging from heads of state to elementary school students. Gordon received the Jazz Journalists Association 2008, 2007, 2006, 2002 and 2001 Award for Trombonist of the Year, and the Jazz Journalists Association 2000 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Trombone.
In addition to a thriving solo career, he tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues throughout the world. Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center Series….
read more at wycliffegordon.com
Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born with an enviable musical pedigree. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was born in Panama and moved to New Orleans and then New York City, becoming a pioneering pianist/bandleader, and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, is an outstanding bassist and vocalist and holder of advanced degrees from Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music….
Not surprisingly, considering her roots, Catherine russell is a one of a kind vocalist. She has toured the world, performing and recording with a wide array of trend setting artists, including Paul Simon, David Bowie, Steely Danc, Cyndy Lauper, Jackson Browne….
She is a fresh and original voice. The most exciting debut album I’ve heard in a long time. writes New York Sun critic and Sinatra biographer, Will Friedwald, who picked Cat among his top 10 CDs of the year.
For her appearance at Swing Remix on May 16th, Catherine will be joined with her touring band plus others to create her Hounds Swing Band.
The Boilermaker Jazz Band is an ecstatically fun band performing authentic hot jazz, ragtime, and swing. From concert halls to dances, festivals to family parties, listeners and dancers agree – with their infectious beat and enthusiasm this band can make any crowd move! Leading the Boilermaker Jazz Band on clarinet and vocals is Paul Cosentino, a full time bandleader/performer who founded the band in 1988 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is constantly searching for new and original tunes to add to the band’s classic jazz repertoire — you’ll hear something different every time! Paul plays an antique Albert system clarinet giving him a wonderfully distinctive sound.
At their February 7th 2009 appearance, band leader Paul Consentino featured singer Dawn Lambeth from California who brought her lilting effervescent style to this authentic hot jazz, ragtime and swing ensemble. The October 21st 2008 appearance featured fabulous female singer Jennie Luvv who thrills with her smooth and sultry vocal stylings. From bar room ballads and not-so-standard standards to hot and bubblin’ swing, Jennie’s performances add a touch of sophistication to the Boilermaker ensemble. The Boilermaker’s April 21st appearance featured the Fabulous Ruth Brisbane. Ruth Brisbane began her singing in the clubs of New York City which brought her to Europe and the Caribbean. Ruth has since performed on the stages of Broadway musicals including One Mo’ Time, Grind, The Wiz, and Raisin.
featuring Queen Esther
JC Hopkins, Piano, Songwriter, and Vocalist formed the JC Hopkins Biggish Band in 2000. Since then his band has backed great singers from Norah Jones to Madeleine Peyroux. Madeleine fronted the band in those earlier days and composed with JC some of the songs that made up the Biggish Band’s audio debut “Underneath a Brooklyn Moon”. The fabulous chanteuse, Queen Esther, has also sang lead with the JC Hopkins Biggish Band and to widespread critical acclaim she is returning for our event.
Andromeda has performed with Dianne Reeves, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Ray Charles and a host of other greats. She also wrote and directed the vocal arrangements for the Ray Charles Tribute Tour.
dangerously attractive… soulful voice – New York Times
talented…glamorous…gorgeous – British Theater Guide
tantalizing femme fatale – The New Yorker
Sunday July 22, 2007
Stompy Jones is a San Francisco based sextet, renowned for their jumpin’ rhythm, wailing improvisations, hip charm and explosive stage show. Whether appearing at a posh supper club, concert hall, festival or down the road a piece, the solid sounds of these journeymen of jump are delivered in the romping, joyous, overwhelming style of jazz that came to be known as Rock and Roll!
History of Stompy Jones
The origin of the band known today as Stompy Jones can be traced back to the spring of 1998. The place…a small club named the Hiball Lounge, in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach district. “Little David” and Bowen Brown (Bowen is no longer with the band, Leor shuffles the skins…) were looking to put together a new act. The idea was to book a string of Tuesdays, and essentially invite players to come audition in front of an audience. The Tuesdays were billed as “Swing Session with Little David.” They began by enlisting Scott Lawrence, a piano player whom David had recently met. Scott brought on board an old cohort, vocalist and notorious cut-up “Pops” Walsh (Due to health problems, Pops is no longer with the band, Chris Binnings is the front man). Settling on the right horn players wasn’t quite that easy. After a procession of players, the first keeper emerged, trumpeter “Happy” Hyland. (Tim Hyland is no longer with the band, Rob Dehlinger blows trumpet…) The following week when “Erv” showed up, the chemistry was undeniable. In just over a month of Tuesdays, David found himself on that cramped little stage, in front of a packed house, flanked by the swingin’est little jump blues band around.