I love Gordon Webster’s Band!

I love Gordon Webster’s Band! There are many things in my life that I like. Waiting in long lines is not one of them. Sitting next to the restroom on an airplane also worth avoiding. Now receiving a text that my new Gordon Webster CD arrived from New York and is sitting on my table waiting for me when I return home is like Christmas. Swing dancing is something that I eat breathe and sleep.  It is one of the few desires other than food where I can keep craving it despite the physical limitations of my exhausted body after a swing event. About 2 years ago I had the rare opportunity to listen to Gordon Webster’s band in Denver Colorado.  I was in the height of my training as a professional Lindy Hop dancer, and anticipated the cool weather of Denver in October which contrasted the heat wave blanketing Oklahoma. The atmosphere at the event was electric, and the weekend had just started.  I remember vividly the sound this band produced with so few instruments,and for the first time, I fell in love for the second time in my life.  Gordon Webster’s band had such a fully dense sound, with a wave of pulsating rhythm grabbing a hold of everyone’s bodies in the room.  If you were tired, you endured. This is the first time I heard a band, who’s bandleader projected so much electrical passion for his craft that it made me instantly want to learn the piano.  I’ve seen different bands in varying genres, but I’ve never experienced such passion from a band determined to please it’s active...

Spicy Pickles Jazz Band

  The beat goes only because it transcends generations. It’s instinctual. We’re just built to swing, that’s all. This is not lost on Des Moines, Iowa’s Spicy Pickles. The Pickles know their musical history and they know their swing dance styles. They possess both natural and acquired musical tastes that compel them to push forward by reaching back to an old sound. Prewar Blues, Swing and Traditional Jazz, it’s all preserved in the tasty brine The Spicy Pickles bring when they set their musical table. The Spicy Pickles are led by trumpet player, Joe Smith, who started the band in January of 2013 to give dancers something to swing to. They’re much more than a dance band, The Pickles are preservationists who are helping keep the spirit of a uniquely American form of music alive. The quintet play a mix of cover tunes of Traditional New Orleans Jazz, Gutbucket Blues and Swing. Smith has been playing music since he was ten years old. He spent his summers marching in drum and bugle corps. At the University of Iowa, Smith helped run the Hawkeye Swing Festival where his interest in vintage Jazz and dance music grew into a passion. Guitarist, William Hatchet has been surrounding himself with jazz music since he was a teenager in Chicago, IL. Hatchet was also an attendee of summer music camps and was mentored by Jazz guitarist, Bobby Broom, as a part of the Ravinia Jazz Mentors program. Larry Mullica, the Man of Mystery, plays bass and tenor guitar. New Pickles in the jar include Kyle Einck on drums and Brian Hutzell on trombone and...

Miss Jubilee

St. Louis, MO Biography Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers were formed in 2007 when because of a lack of good bands to dance to, Valerie Kirchhoff expressed interest in putting together a swinging high energy Jump Blues band that was authentic in presentation of 1940’s & 50’s music and style! Dan Conner quickly found musicians interested and subsequently took on duties of Producer & Manager, rehearsing the band twice a week for almost six months before their first show at the legendary Casa Loma Ballroom! They were an instant hit with the audience and the few hundred dancers couldn’t get enough! The amazing guitar work of Rob Guth took the band into not only Rhythm & Blues but hard driving 50’d R’n’R and the driving horn arrangements of Kevin O’Conner just made it that much better!…..Many horn players later in late 2010 the band went thru a line-up change and started to delve back into the Hot Jazz & Blues of 1920’s & 30’s…..almost becoming two bands in one with two very distinctive styles of playing they eventually decided to do it all in the context of one band as most audiences seemed to like the mix. Thanks to the ability of Miss Jubilee to play a wide variety of genres while still remaining in the context of authentic Jazz & Blues, they have carved out a niche bigger then most. This is one of the main reasons they are fortunate enough to be the hardest working band in St. Louis (often doing two to three gigs a day!)…..and grateful! https://www.facebook.com/MissJubileeSwings http://www.miss-jubilee.com <iframe width=”1280″ height=”720″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/V01fWRsOXDY?list=PLHsktb5PniTeCJpQfqIYf2aRZ-ZRKCEy7″ frameborder=”0″...