Music

What would iLindy (or life for that matter) be without music?

We’d rather not know – instead we want to thank the bands that generously gave their music for iLindy.com. Below we have provided info and links to the artists.

JONATHAN STOUT AND HIS CAMPUS FIVE, FEAT. HILARY ALEXANDER

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Songs used in iLindy:

“Beginning to see the light”
“Boog it”
“Goody Goody”
“Got to do some war work”
“Half Tight Boogie”
“I cant believe you are in love with Me”
“Illinios gos to Chicago”
“It Don’t Mean A Thing”
“Jacquet in the box”
“Massechussets”
“Minor Swing”
“Mr 5 x 5”
“Oomph fa fa”
“Rhythm Itch”
“Royal Family”
“S´Wonderful”
“Savoy Blip”
“Shoe Fly Pie”
“Six Appeal”
“Squatty Roo”
“Swing Brother Swing”
“Swinging on Nothing”

Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander is a septet dedicated to preserving the classic and often overlooked small group swing from the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. Founded by two dedicated swing dancers, the Campus Five was a way to expose many dancers and listeners alike to some of the more interesting and under appreciated tunes from the swing era, while still being the most danceable band playing swing today. The Campus Five picks tunes from the books of notable small groups as the Benny Goodman Sextet, Count Basie’s Kansas City Six/Seven, Artie Shaw and his Gramercy Five, as well as the small groups of Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Cootie Williams, Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, and Coleman Hawkins, and features vocal numbers from Ella Mae Morse, Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee and the young Ella Fitzgerald.

The Campus Five have released two albums, 2003’s “Jammin’ the Blues” and 2004’s “Crazy Rhythm.” Both records sold out of their initial runs, but are now in stock again. Both records feature 21 tunes, over 70 minutes of music, all of which is danceable – in fact, swing dance teachers all over the world use our CD’s in their dance lessons. Due to popular demand, our third record, “Moppin’ and Boppin'” was released in 2007 and available now.

The Campus Five has traveled the world to play to eager swing dancers. We have played at the London Balboa Festival (UK), Hawaii Lindy Exchange (Honolulu), the San Francisco Balboa Festival, DCLX (Washington, DC), and two years running at the All Balboa Festival (Cleveland). The Campus Five has played at jazz festivals, such as the Sweet and Hot Jazz Festival and the OC Classic Jazz Festival, and many municipal festivals, such as the Culver City Music Festival, the Ventura Music Festival, the Ventura Lemon Festival, and the Lake Gregory Summer Concert Series. The Campus Five was featured on an episode of the Ellen Degeneres Show, which aired 2/14.05.

MICHAEL GAMBLE & HIS RHYTHM SERENADERS

Asheville, NC, USA

Songs used in iLindy:

“A Mellow bit of Rhythm”
“Bug in a Rug”
“Crazy About Lester”
“Fine & Mellow”
“He Aint got Rhythm”
“Rose Room”
“Scottie”
“Seven Come Eleven”
“Slidin’ & Glidin'”
“Sweets”
“There’ll Be Some Changes Made”
“Woke Up Clipped”

The Rhythm Serenaders is classic small-group swing at it’s finest. The six piece combo is a hard-swinging dedication to the style and arrangements of the mid-to-late 1940′s, paying homage to the small groups of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Roy Eldridge, Illinois Jacquet, Chu Berry, and other artists that mastered the small group sound, just as Big Band swing was waning in popularity, but before the full-on emergence of Bebop and modern jazz.

Bandleader Michael Gamble’s 10+ years of work in every aspect of the global swing dance community informs the band’s repertoire and taste. The music will carry a dance floor all night long, but is just as comfortable in bars, clubs, and setting a classy tone for a private event. Michael Gamble and his Rhythm Serenaders embody the joy and infectious energy of mid-20th century American Jazz!

GENTLEMEN & GANGSTERS

Gothenburg, Sweden

Songs used in iLindy:

“Aint Gonna Give Nobody None of my Jelly Roll”
“All of Me”
“Bugsy”
“Cakewalking Babies from Home”
“Canal Street Blues”
“Darktown Strutters Ball”
“Hy’a Sue Blues”
“Jazz Me Blues”
“Last Call”
“Riverboat Shuffle”
“Shine”
“Sister Kate”
“Sugar Foot Stomp”

Gentlemen & Gangsters play hot jazz with all the flair and sophistication of true gentlemen, coupled with the ruthless brutality of hardened gangsters. Like a devious conspiracy from a bygone era, this shady syndicate of jazz kingpins plot for world domination from their secret location in a run down part of Gothenburg. Armed with drumsticks instead of knuckle dusters and trombones instead of tommy guns these deranged masterminds spread mayhem, joy, and decadence wherever they go.

You might have heard about them, you might even recognize some of the members from their more legitimate enterprises, and maybe you thought it was all just a rumor; after all – could such a band really exist? How could society allow it? How could they possibly have escaped the vice squad? Or even disease control, given the infectious jazz music that they are spreading? Well folks, all you need is a speedy getaway vehicle and a secret lair and the contraband jazz business is as easy as pie!

DIZZY BIRDS

Berlin, Germany 

Songs used in iLindy:

“At the Jazz Band Ball”
“Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me”
“I Can’t Dance”
“New Orleans Bump”
“Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia”
“Washboard Wiggles”
“Way Down Yonder in New Orleans”

Dizzy Birds are a traditional jazz band formed by six young international musicians based in Berlin. Although each member comes from a different background, they all share the same passion for the oldest jazz in the world which was born in New Orleans at the beginning of last century. Having quickly gained recognition in the swing dancing community and club scene of Berlin the band moved on from the streets and undergrounds to jazz festivals and international dance events in Europe becoming one of the best hot jazz bands in the scene, often collaborating with some of the finest musicians from New Orleans. (Meschiya Lake, Russell Welch, Joseph Faison…) The style of the band resurrects the original rough and powerful sound of early jazz where music was meant to be hot, entertaining and danceable. Inspired by the greatest composers such as Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong’s hot five, Sidney Bechet, the band delivers fresh interpretations and thrilling arrangements, exciting all kinds of audiences from dancers, jazz connoisseurs to party crowds.

SOLOMON DOUGLAS SWINGTET

Seattle, WA, USA

Song used in iLindy:

“Big Apple Contest”

Solomon Douglas is a jazz pianist and bandleader, whose various bands have played at more than fifty exchanges, camps, workshops, and other events in North America, Asia, and Australia in the past ten years. His experience as a swing dancer and dance instructor gives him an understanding unique among musicians of the music that swing dancers and blues dancers like to dance to!

The Solomon Douglas Swingtet is a ten-piece dance band whose repertoire is rooted in that of the Basie band (One O’Clock Jump, Jive at Five, Splanky, Shorty George, Shiny Stockings) and that of the Ellington band (Cottontail, “C” Jam Blues, Mood Indigo, Take The “A” Train), 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.