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 are a local San Diego Band playing swing music in the style of late 1930s jazz. The group’s sound is been influenced by greats like Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Clarence Williams, Slim Gaillard and Benny Goodman. They have performed at The Firehouse Swing Dance, The Hep Spot, Tio Leo’s, and other local venues and made their first appearance at the San Diego Jazz Festival in 2016. The group is currently working toward crowd-funding for recording an album later in 2017.
Morgan Day – bandleader, washboard, vocals
Anthony Marca – rhythm guitar
Lindy Edwards – tenor sax, vocals
Nightshade Navarro – clarinet, soprano sax
Bob Andersen – trombone
Michael Till – electric guitar
Jeremy Eikam – bass