Bands

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.


Jonathan Stout’s Grand Slam Sextet

Grand Slam Sextet was created in response response to promoters desire for an additional “flavor” of the Campus Five. Thus, we created a new band featuring the unique and magical combination of Clarinet, and Vibraphone. Inspired by the sound and spirit of the Benny Goodman Sextet, along with Benny’s Trios and Quartets. Thus the Grand Slam Sextet features the iconic front line of Clarinet, Vibraphone and Electric Guitar, backed by the rock solid Campus Five rhythm section.

Just like our other bands, the Grand Slam Sextet features arrangements made specifically for Balboa and Lindy Hop, because we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Echoes of Benny, Lionel Hampton and Charlie Christian will fill your ears, and rhythm with move your feet. https://www.campusfive.com/gs6/


THE MAD HAT HUCKSTERS

The Mad Hat Hucksters was founded by swing dancer Morgan Day in 2015. Originally starting out as a jam band that played traditional jazz tunes of the 1920s, the band evolved to find their sound in the musical style of small combo jazz bands of the 1930s swing era. They have performed at many local San Diego venues, including the Firehouse Swing Dance, Panama 66, The Lafayette Hotel, and Teo Leo’s, and have been featured at the SD Jazz Fest every year since 2016. The Hucksters have released two albums: “Swing and Jazz Music For Dancing” in 2017, and “Night of the Lindy Dead” in 2018, and their third album “Live at the Firehouse” will be available in June 2019.

Their line-up includes Morgan Day, leader/washboard/drums/vocals; Lindy Edwards, tenor sax/ vocals; Nightshade Navarro, clarinet/soprano and alto sax; ; Anthony Marca, rhythm guitar; Michael Till, guitar; and Jeremy Eikam, bass.
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Trio Gadjo

Trio Gadjo is a San Diego based swing trio that specializes in Django Reinhardt inspired gypsy jazz music. They will be joined by Claudia Gomez, who specializes in amazing tap rhythms and a swinging pulse for your dancing pleasure.