Our approach with the Summer Solstice Swing Dance Festival weekend is to hand pick exceptional jazz musicians who have years of experience playing 1930’s and 1940’s swing-era music. We then work hard to create a relationship between those musicians and lindy hoppers to create beautiful, rhythmic music for dancing. While not all musicians here are known in the Lindy Hop community, we can assure you that all of these guys are superb!
This year, we are incredibly happy to have a super tight West Coast rhythm section, combined with an East Coast front line of epic proportions!
*More musicians, djs, band TBA*
Rhythm Guitar, Band Leader
Meet Josh Roberts, who plays rhythm guitar. If you attended Lindybout then you have heard/loved him play. From his website:
Josh is a guitarist based in Vancouver, BC. His musical projects have focused on vintage jazz from the twenties to the forties, diverging occasionally into rock, R&B and blues. He has travelled to jazz festivals and swing dances across North America and in Europe as a member of various bands including Simon Stribling’s New Orleans Ale Stars and Hoppin’ Mad, The 51st Eight (Big Bang Jazz Band), and the Evergreen Classic Jazz Band. He leads and arranges music for his own bands playing jazz music in the style of the swing era (Slipped Disc, Josh Roberts Orchestra, the Fourth Avenue Five), while remaining busy as a sideman and private guitar instructor.
Trombone, Band Leader, Vocals
Band Leader & Vocals
Brad Shigeta moved to New York City in the Fall of 1990 via Montreal. Upon arriving in New York City to study with trombonist Jimmy Knepper, he met legendary Count Basie Orchestra trombonist Benny Powell. Through Benny, he was introduced to Clifford Jordan and was groomed by Benny to take over his chair in the Clifford Jordan Big Band. This led to many international and national tours as well as recordings and film scores with the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, the Dave Holland Big Band, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington. He currently can be heard re-creating Jack Jenny and Jack Teagarden solos on the soundtrack for Martin Scorcese’s blockbuster movie: “The Aviator” in the fall of 2004, as well as on the newly released CD of swing standards by Danny Aiello. Brad Shigeta!
Since moving to New York City in 1989 to join Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, Jon has enjoyed performing and recording with the likes of Ralph Sutton, Dan Barrett, Howard Alden, Marty Grosz, Milt Hinton, Bob Haggart, Dick Hyman, Catherine Russell, Linda Ronstadt, Leon Redbone, Levon Helm, Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Ken Peplowski, Bob Wilbur, and Kenny Davern.
Recent engagements include a week in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with Wynton Marsalis celebrating Louis Armstrong’s Hot 5s and 7s; leading the EarRegulars at the Detroit Jazz Fest and Moab Music Fest; various appearances on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” live Public Radio International show, including a live cinecast to movie theaters everywhere with Elvis Costello; several jazz fest at sea cruises; concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with John Lithgow; tours of the U.S. and Japan with Ken Peplowski’s Kingdom of Swing big band; annual appearances in jazz clubs and festivals in New Orleans; and jazz parties, festivals, and concerts all over the world.
At home in New York City Kellso has been leading The EarRegulars featuring guitarist Matt Munisteri and various guest artists at the Ear Inn on Sunday nights since 2007. On Mondays and Tuesdays Jon plays with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks at Iguana on West 54th Street. Aside from these steadies, Jon can also be seen performing at all the great NYC venues, including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, the Blue Note, the Iridium, the Jazz Standard, Small’s, etc.
Jon-Erik can be heard on several television and movie soundtracks, including “Ghost World,” “The Aviator,” “The Good Shepherd,” and “Revolutionary Road” with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. He was on screen in “Revolutionary Road,” and can also be seen and heard in the current HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire.” – See more at: http://www.kellsojazz.com/
Julian is a Solstice veteran coming to us from Washington:
Julian MacDonough is a Bellingham Washington based drummer. Over the past twelve years he has been a full time member of the Mike Allen Quartet/Trio (Vancouver BC), the genre-bending “funk” band Megatron (Bellingham Washington) the Monday Night Project, and alt-country singer songwriter Kasey Anderson (Portland Oregon). Julian also enjoys his teaching position at Western Washington University as part of the Faculty Jazz Collective which includes the other members of the Mike Allen Quartet. He has had the pleasure of performing with such notables as Wynton Marsalis, Bobby Shew, Julian Preister, Aaron Parks, Grant Stewart and Brian Lynch.
Meet Jen Hodge, also a Lindy Bout regular! From her website:
Jennifer Hodge is a versatile bass player based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Jen is one of the city’s most sought-after musicians, working as both a bandleader (Jen Hodge All Stars, Company B Jazz Band, etc) and a sideman (Diane Lines’ JUMP!, Universal Gospel Choir, Bria Skonberg, etc). Comfortable – and typically excited! – in a huge variety of musical settings, Jen has performed all over Canada, the USA, France, Spain, China, and in the Caribbean, and appears on more than a dozen albums. She has directed and played with groups for CBC Radio and CTV productions, is a regular at major swing dance events all over the Pacific Northwest, and frequently does top-call corporate work as well. First and foremost, Jen has a profound love for making music with other people and for performing, which is evident to everyone who hears her play.