Jonathan Stout – Spreadin’ Rhythm Around

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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 Gramercy Five, Count Basie’s Kansas City Six, and the Harlem-based small groups of Illinois Jacquet, Cootie Williams, Coleman Hawkins, and Hot Lips Page.

Released June 20, 2017
Credits:

Jonathan Stout, guitar
Hilary Alexander, vocals
Albert Alva, tenor sax and clarinet
Jim Ziegler, trumpet and vocals
Christopher Dawson, piano
Wally Hersom, bass
Josh Collazo, drums

Special guests:
Bryan Shaw, trumpet on “Tunis In”, “You’ve Got Me Voodoo’d”, and “Dance of the Lindy Blossoms”
Marquis Howell II, bass on “Tunis In”, and “You’ve Got Me Voodoo’d”

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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 Gramercy 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 albums 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.

The Campus Five has been featured on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” (2016), and on Warner Brothers TV’s “Ellen” (2004).

Here’s a partial list of the swing dance events the Campus Five have been featured at around the world:

Lindy Focus (Asheville, NC)
Camp Hollywood / National Jitterbug Championship (Los Angeles)
International Lindy Hop Championships (Washington, DC)
California Balboa Classic (Los Angeles)
Lindy Shock (Budapest, Hungary)
All Balboa Weekend (Cleveland)
Frankie 95 (NYC)
Lindy Blossom Weekend (Seoul, S. Korea)
Chase Festival (Heidelberg, Germany)
Bordeaux Swing Festival (Bordeaux, France)
Great Southwest Lindyfest (Houston)
DCLX (Washington, DC)
Stompology (Rochester, NY)
Beantown Swing Camp (Boston)
Camp Jitterbug (Seattle)
Inspiration Weekend (Orange, CA)
London Balboa Festival (London, UK)

Credits: Released June 20, 2017

Jonathan Stout, guitar
Hilary Alexander, vocals
Albert Alva, tenor sax and clarinet
Jim Ziegler, trumpet and vocals
Christopher Dawson, piano
Wally Hersom, bass
Josh Collazo, drums

Special guests:
Bryan Shaw, trumpet on “Tunis In”, “You’ve Got Me Voodoo’d”, and “Dance of the Lindy Blossoms”
Marquis Howell II, bass on “Tunis In”, and “You’ve Got Me Voodoo’d”

Tracks 1, 5, 8-9, and 12-15 recorded and mixed by Wally Hersom at Wallyphonic, Pasadena, CA
Tracks 2-4, 6-7, and 10-11 recorded and mixed by Bryan Shaw at Digital Brothers, Costa Mesa, CA

Final mastering by Bryan Shaw

Produced by Jonathan Stout and Hilary Alexander

Production Assistance by Jason Swihart

Album Design: Chris Wilkinson

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