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This year's SLX is really an Extravaganza of incredible bands and musicians! With a total of 6 events with live music, there's something for every taste and style. Check out the line-up and bios below!

Live Band Schedule

  • Friday Night - The Dueling Tenors: Alva meets Zimmerman
    Featuring Albert Alva, Jacob Zimmerman, Jen Hodge, Josh Roberts and Stefan Schatz

  • Saturday Afternoon - Pro-am Jam
    Featuring Albert Alva, local Seattle jammers and more

  • Saturday Night - Midsummer Ball with Josh Collazo and the Four on the Floor
    Featuring Josh Collazo, Albert Alva, Jen Hodge, Ray Skjelbred and Mike Van Bebber

  • Saturday Late Night - Greg Ruby's Krazy Kats
    Featuring Greg Ruby, Jen Hodge, Alex Guilbert and Jonathan Ng

  • Sunday Afternoon - Jonathan Ng and the Rain City Swing
    Featuring Jonathan Ng, Josh Collazo, Greg Ruby, Michael Van Bebber and Ryan Donnelly

  • Sunday Night - Jim Ziegler and the Swing All Stars
    Featuring Jim Ziegler, Josh Collazo, Jen Hodge, Greg Ruby and Jacob Zimmerman

For more details on each event please check the full event schedule.


Albert Alva

Albert AlvaAlbert is best known for his long association with Jonathan Stout’s Campus Five, as well as Josh Collazo’s Candy Jacket Jazz Band. His musical journey has also included touring with Ben Vereen, Jerry Lewis, Michael Feinstein, and Ken Peplowski, as well as backing such artists as Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, The Captain & Tennile, and Barbara Morrison.

Recording credit include Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Matt Catingub, and Rosemary Clooney’s last last studio session for Concord Records called “Sentimental Journey”. It was nominated for a Grammy Award. Other proud moments include hand copying lead sheets for Benny Carter, and a long association with with jazz drummer, Louie Bellson, serving as librarian, copyist, and arranger.


Josh Collazo

Josh CollazoJosh Collazo is a Los Angeles based drummer who specializes in playing 1930's/40's jazz and swing. In addition to drumming, Josh has been writing and arranging original jazz compositions for his own group - the Candy Jacket Jazz Band.

Outside of his jazz drumming career, Josh has also been a member of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros since 2007. The group accepted their first Grammy in 2013 for the long-form video documentary- Big Easy Express - winning alongside their friends, Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros' 2009 hit single, "Home", is certified platinum, selling over 1 million copies, and the debut album, "Up From Below", was recently certified gold.

Josh's newest project, The Candy Jacket Jazz Band, released a new album of traditional jazz & swing music on 4/4/17. You can also hear his original compositions in the Eddie Murphy film, Mr. Church, as well as the short film, Three Women, directed by Alex Beh.

In addition to touring the world extensively over the last 17 years, he has also performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Yo Gabba Gabba, and Austin City Limits. Josh proudly endorses Taye Drums, Paiste Cymbals, and Vic Firth drumsticks.


Jim Ziegler

Jim ZieglerJim Ziegler has been playing trumpet and singing for over 25 years in Southern California. He is the leader of The Swingsations, a group which specializes in 1920’s- 40’s classic jazz, swing and novelty tunes. The group has three recordings available – Swing That Music (1999), Swingers And Novelties (2005), and their brand new recording Still Swingin’!

His influences are the jazz trumpet greats of the 1920’s and 1930’s – Louis Armstrong, Red Allen, Bobby Hackett, and Buck Clayton, to name but a few. On vocals he is influenced by Red Allen, Louis Armstrong, and Jack Teagarden.

Jim was a founding member of Mora’s Modern Rhythmists, led by Dean Mora, and recorded five albums with the group and was a featured trumpet soloist and vocalist.

He is the trumpet player and featured singer with Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five, and is also a member of the Jonathan Stout Orchestra.

In addition, he is a top call performer at Disneyland, performing often in New Orleans Square with The Royal Street Bachelors and the Jambalaya Jazz Band, and on Main Street U.S.A. with the Main Street Straw Hatters.

Jim also devotes time to teaching as a private trumpet instructor and elementary band director.


Jen Hodge

"One of Canada's greatest natural resources." - Casey MacGill, swing legend, Seattle, WA

“...swinging so hard, with such taste, and individuality.” - Michael Steinman, JAZZ LIVES, New York, NY

Vancouver bass player, vocalist, bandleader, and arranger Jen Hodge is a versatile musician who can be found playing with a wide variety of artists allover the world. Jen's playing is characterized by hard swinging grooves, an expressive and energetic playing style, and an evident, infectious love for making music. Her steadfast bass playing and consummate professionalism have taken her to stages all over Canada, the USA, China, India, Spain, France, the UK, Sweden, and the Caribbean.

Increasingly in demand in the global swing dance community, Jen has appeared at such notable events as Herräng, Lindy Focus, Fog City Stomp, and Camp Jitterbug. Jen's 2018 album, All's Fair in Love and Jazz, spent 8 weeks in the top 30 North American College & Community Radio jazz charts, during which time it was one of the highest charting self-released titles; peaked at #2 in the !earshot Canadian jazz charts; and broke the top 100 in the commercial JazzWeek charts.


Jacob Zimmerman

Jacob ZimmermanSeattle-based saxophonist and clarinetist Jacob Zimmerman is an extremely versatile and integral part of the local creative-music community. Jacob studied music at the internationally renowned Garfield High School, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and Mills College in Oakland. His teachers have included Roscoe Mitchell, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Morris, and Anthony Coleman. Jacob was recognized as the “2013 Emerging Artist of Year” by Earshot Jazz.

As a bandleader, Jacob Zimmerman and His Pals can be seen performing jazz and improvised music from the early to mid 20th century at a variety of venues in the greater Seattle area. Zimmerman leads a trio every Tuesday at IL Bistro and also plays every Wednesday at The Pink Door. Zimmerman can frequently be seen playing traditional jazz for swing dancers in a variety of bands all over the world. His playing channels the spontaneous melodic spirit of his heroes: Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young and Lee Konitz above all.

As an educator Jacob maintains a private studio for studies in jazz improvisation, saxophone, and clarinet, and works as an ensemble director for Garfield High School.


Greg Ruby

Greg RubyGreg Ruby is a guitarist, composer, author, bandleader and music educator living in Seattle, WA. His most recent record, Syncopated Classic, was named Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year by Earshot Jazz Magazine.

Greg tours and performs at swing dances, concert halls and festivals that have included: Lindy Focus, the French Quarter Festival, DjangoFest and the NW Balboa Festival. Greg’s most recent band, the Greg Ruby 6 performs the compositions and arrangements of swing guitar legend Oscar Alemán. Greg also leads The Greg Ruby Quartet, a Hot Club jazz group dedicated to all-original compositions; collaborates with New York and New Orleans musicians in The Rhythm Runners, a Prohibition-era dance band; and plays Valse musette and European café jazz with the Bric-a-brac Trio. During his tenure with the venerable Hot Club ensemble Pearl Django, he performed at the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-seine, France.

Greg’s compositions have been heard on radio, television and documentaries including NBC’s Parks and Recreation and the podcast Freakanomics. His 2010 CD, Look Both Ways, features all original compositions and reached #1 on the Roots Music Review jazz chart. Greg has authored the Pearl Django Play-Along Book, Frank D. Waldron: Seattle’s Syncopated Classicand the Oscar Alemán Play-Along Book. As a sought-after music instructor, Greg shares his love of vintage jazz guitar at schools, clinics and camps and he is the Swannanoa Gathering Guitar Week coordinator at Warren Wilson College.


Jonathan Ng

Jazz violinist, vocalist, and bandleader Jonathan Ng has spent the majority of his life making music that moves people. He specializes in the traditions of swing and gypsy jazz, combining musical virtuosity with emotional expression. Jonathan also possesses a unique knowledge of swing dance bandleading founded on his expertise as a lindy hop, balboa, and blues dancer. Whether playing for a seated audience or a crowded floor of dancers, Jonathan seeks to share the spark which made him first fall in love with the recordings of Django Reinhardt and Count Basie.

Jonathan has performed with many of the foremost musicians of both the swing and gypsy jazz scenes, including Gordon Webster, Greg Ruby, Casey MacGill, Christiaan Van Hemert, and Katherine Whalen (of the Squirrel Nut Zippers). He has also performed as a part of festivals from Djangofest Northwest to IBMA World of Bluegrass. Jonathan is currently based in Seattle, Washington.


Ray Skjelbred

Ray Skjelbred

Ray Skjelbred plays hot swing piano in the style of legendary pianists Earl Hines and Jess Stacy. The recent film "Piano Jazz-Chicago Style" featuring Ray Skjelbred at the piano and narrating the story of his influences and the development of his playing as a ":Chicago Style" pianist was recently accepted as an official selection of the 2018 New York Jazz Film Festival and was the award winning film as documentary/history.






Stefan Schatz

Stefan Schatz

Stefan Schatz was born in New York City and recently moved to Seattle. After training early on as a classical percussionist, Stefan went on to study jazz at the New School in New York. Stefan has worked with jazz greats Dakota Staton, Jon Hendricks, Arnie Lawrence, Herman Foster, Teddy Charles, and Freddie Redd, and has toured internationally with the Chris Byars/Ari Roland Quartet, Manhattan Tap, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. He has played on television and film soundtracks, commercials, numerous albums, and most recently in the Broadway show “After Midnight. ”

Stefan was a three-time recipient of the prestigious “Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad” program, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the US State Department, which sends musicians all over the world to represent the US by playing jazz. Stefan participated in the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album for his work on the album "High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project," by Loudon Wainwright III.


Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts

Josh is a jazz guitarist, banjo player, band leader and arranger based in Vancouver. He has performed across North America, in Europe and the Caribbean.

Originally from Chilliwack, BC, Josh began playing jazz in the New Orleans and swing traditions in high school and went on to attend Capilano University, where he received a BMus in jazz studies.

As a leader, his projects have focused on the dynamic, swinging jazz of the 1930s and ‘40s. He leads his own guitar-driven quartet, a sextet in the style of the Benny Goodman small groups, and a big band playing the music of Lunceford, Basie, Webb, and Ellington, among others.

For fifteen years Josh has been performing for the Lindy Hop and swing dance community. His bands have been featured at numerous Lindy Hop and swing dance events including Camp Jitterbug, the Northwest Balboa Festival, Balhalla, Big Sky Weekend, the Summer Solstice Swing Dance Festival, and as the house big band for Vancouver’s Lindy Bout.


Michael Van Bebber

Michael Van Bebber

Michael Van Bebber is a trumpeter, teacher and composer based in Seattle. He has performed with many notable jazz artists including: Lee Konitz, Branford Marsalis, Walt Weiskopf Octet, John Pizzarelli, the Woody Herman Band, Chuck Mangione, Jeff Beal, Walter White, John Fedchock, Pat LaBarbara, Marvin Stamm, Bill Dobbins, and many others.

Van Bebber directs two Jazz bands at Roosevelt High School and is currently a regular member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, The Jay Thomas/Michael Van Bebber Quintet, the Careless Lovers and the 5th Avenue Theatre pit orchestra, among other ensembles.