Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five featuring Hilary Alexander
Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander is a septet specializing in small group swing from the late 1930's and early 1940's, and is one of the world's premier swing dance bands. The Campus Five created to be the most danceable band playing swing today, while at the same time being a way to expose both dancers and listeners to some of the great yet underappreciated tunes from the swing era that are largely ignored by modern musicians.
The Campus Five was founded in 2002 by two dedicated swing dancers, and has gone on to be featured at many of the major swing dance events across the country (and beyond). The three CDs recorded by the Campus Five have become must-have favorites for swing DJs and instructors all over the world. The Campus Five's first two albums, 2003's "Jammin' the Blues" and 2004's "Crazy Rhythm," both sold out of their initial pressings, and 2007's "Moppin' and Boppin'" has flown off the shelves.
The Campus Five has been featured at the following events: Camp Hollywood, the London Balboa Festival (UK), All Balboa Weekend (Cleveland), Camp Jitterbug (Seattle), DCLX (Washington DC), Honolulu Lindy Exchange, Denver Balboa Festival, Balboa Rendezvous (San Diego), the Sacramento Lindy Exchange, San Francisco Balboa Festival. Our festival, municipal and corporate clients include: Sweet and Hot Jazz Festival (Los Angeles), Orange County Classic Jazz Festival, Los Angeles Music Center, Culver City Music Festival, Ventura Lemon Fest, Ventura Music Festival, IBM, Speedo, NBC, Loyola Marymount University, and the University of Southern California.
In 2005, The Campus Five was featured on the Ellen Degeneres Show (NBC).
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Jonathan Stout and his Rhythm Busters featuring Hilary Alexander
Jonathan Stout and his Rhythm Busters, featuring Hilary Alexander is the newest band from the Campus Five family, and it focuses on the rollicking sound of big bands of the early 1930's, just prior to the Swing-era. The Rhythm Busters is an 11-piece band that takes the authentic Hot Jazz sound of bands like Jimmie Lunceford, Fetcher Henderson and Chick Webb, and presents them in the most danceable way possible, without sacrificing any of the fire or excitement the Campus Five and Orchestra are known for.
The Rhythm Busters were created because promoters wanted another flavor, but one that keeps the unmatched danceability and contest music of our other bands.
Boilermaker Jazz Band
The Boilermaker Jazz Band is an ecstatically fun band performing authentic hot jazz and swing. The group has a wide repertoire that can make an audience swing to a classic jazz standard, get sentimental over an old-time ballad, boogie to a hot jump tune, or get low-down with a gritty blues. From concert halls to dances, festivals to family parties, listeners and dancers agree - with their infectious beat and enthusiasm this band can make any crowd move!
Leading the Boilermaker Jazz Band on clarinet and vocals is Paul Cosentino, a full time bandleader/performer who founded the band in 1988 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is constantly searching for new and original tunes to add to the band's classic jazz repertoire - you'll hear something different every time! Paul plays an antique Albert system clarinet giving him a wonderfully distinctive sound.
The band also features fabulous female singer Jennie Luvv who will thrill you with her smooth and sultry vocal stylings. From bar room ballads and not-so-standard standards to hot and bubblin' swing, Jennie's performances add a touch of sophistication to the Boilermaker ensemble.
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Gordon WebsterPianist and band leader Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the Lindy Hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide. Drawing on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, Webster serves up a smorgasbord of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible danceability.
Born in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Webster began playing the piano at age 4. He moved to Toronto in 1993 to study jazz piano at University of Toronto. In 2001, while still living in Toronto, he became obsessed with the Lindy Hop and began traveling to exchanges and camps as both a musician and a dancer. In 2002, Gordon met his wife Katie, a Lindy Hopper, at Swing Out New Hampshire. In 2004, he moved to New York City to pursue his Masters of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated in 2006.
One of the most active and versatile musicians on the scene, Webster maintains ongoing collaborative relationships with a diverse array of jazz/blues and lindy hop luminaries, and is an associate member of one of the most popular traditional jazz bands on the U.S. lindy hop scene, the Cangelosi Cards.