Friday Night: Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander
Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance band. Showcasing the small-group sound of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, the Campus Five is the most danceable swing band anywhere. The 7-piece Campus Five captures the true sound of the Swing-era, with all the energy and excitement that inspired millions to dance. Influences include the Benny Goodman Sextet, Artie Shaw's Grammercy Five, Count Basie's Kansas City Six, and the Harlem-based small groups of Illinois Jacquet, Cootie Williams, Coleman Hawkins, and Hot Lips Page.
Both founders (Hilary and Jonathan) have been dedicated Swing dancers for over 20 years, and the relationship between Swing music and Swing dance informs all aspects of the Campus Five. Song selection, tempo, song length and feel are all chosen with danceability in mind. The Campus Five’s three albums, “Jammin’ the Blues”, “Crazy Rhythm”, and “Moppin’ and Boppin’”, are favorites of Swing DJs and Swing Dance Instructors all over the globe. The Campus Five have been featured at many of the premier Swing dance events around the world, and are known for their unparalleled competition music, which inspires dancers to new heights.
Saturday Picnic: Pro-Am Picnic & Jam with the Jazz All Stars
A cast of all-star jazz musicians will jam with amateur jazz enthusiasts, while a picnic and dancing ensues! The jam will be hosted by one of Seattle's favorite local jazz musicians, Jacob Zimmerman. Come bring your instrument and song, and jam away with the All Stars! This will be a paid event and is included in the weekend pass. Food will be provided by Savoy Swing Club. Cash Bar.
Featured musicians include: Albert Alva, Casey MacGill, Jacob Zimmerman, Jonathan Doyle, and Hilary Alexander
Saturday Night: the Jonathan Stout Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander
with special Guest, Casey MacGill!
The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance big band. Like an upsized version of the Campus Five, the Orchestra showcases the big band sound of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, and is the most danceable big band anywhere. The 15-piece Orchestra captures the unmatched excitement and true rhythmic pulse of the Swing-era. The band follows the templates of Benny Goodman and Count Basie – orchestras that are aggressive and tight, and filled with all-star soloists that bring the fire on every song, regardless of tempo.
The Orchestra was founded because promoters demanded a full big band that was as danceable and exciting as the Campus Five. Jonathan and Hilary responded with a big band that was designed to be the ultimate swing dance orchestra. Like the Campus Five, the Orchestra has the true the sound and feel of the Swing-era, because that is what makes real Swing music so danceable in the first place.
The Orchestra has been featured at Swing dance events across the country: (partial list)
Camp Hollywood / National Jitterbug Championships (Los Angeles)
The International Lindy Hop Championships (Washington, D.C.)
Lindy Focus (Asheville, N.C.)
Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center in 2005, 2011, and 2015. (NYC)
Rhythmic Arts Festival (San Diego)
All Balboa Weekend (Cleveland)
Festival and municipal events have included: Sweet and Hot Jazz Festival, Culver City Music Festival, Downtown Anahamein Summer Music Festival. http://www.campusfive.com/jso/
Sunday Daytime: Washboard Cutups
Washboard Cutups is the band you would have heard in the back room of a speakeasy during Prohibition. Percussionist and singer Mike Daugherty (Yes Yes Boys, Blue 4 Trio, Gigantor, Black Crabs) has formed the hottest new band in the Northwest to play blues, stomps, rags, and early jazz for your listening and dancing pleasure. Mike is excited to feature these fine musicians: Bert Barr plays the hot cornet and has been the leader of the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band for over 45 years! Dave Loomis blows the slide trombone and has been playing Trad Jazz since he was a teenager. Banjoist Kevin Johnston started playing at the tender age of 5 in his family band. At 10, he opened for the legendary Eddie Peabody. Taylor Kent is the youngest band member, but plays the bass and tuba like an old pro. He recently left the Spokane Symphony to play Hot Jazz in Seattle!
Come to a Washboard Cutups show and you’ll see why fans are saying: “I don’t know what it is, but I love it!”
Sunday Night: Casey MacGill and Mood Indigo, Featuring Jonathan Doyle
Casey MacGill performs music that swings. Nat "King" Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. It is American music of many decades and no decade in particular, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. At the core of his sound are his band's sometimes sweet, sometimes rough-hewn three-part harmony vocals and a piano-ukulele-bass-and-drums rhythm section that swings in a variety of textures. www.CaseyMacGill.com