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 are dedicated swing dancers, 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.

The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander

The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance big band. Like an upsized version of the Campus Five, the Orchestra showcases the big band sound of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, and is the most danceable big band anywhere. The 15-piece Orchestra captures the unmatched excitement and true rhythmic pulse of the Swing-era. The band follows the templates of Benny Goodman and Count Basie – orchestras that are aggressive and tight, and filled with all-star soloists that bring the fire on every song, regardless of tempo.

The Orchestra was founded because promoters demanded a full big band that was as danceable and exciting as the Campus Five. Jonathan and Hilary responded with a big band that was designed to be the ultimate swing dance orchestra. Like the Campus Five, the Orchestra has the true the sound and feel of the Swing-era, because that is what makes real Swing music so danceable in the first place.

The Orchestra has been featured at Swing dance events across the country: (partial list)

  • Camp Hollywood / National Jitterbug Championships (Los Angeles)
  • The International Lindy Hop Championships (Washington, D.C.)
  • Lindy Focus (Asheville, N.C.)
  • Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center (NYC)
  • Rhythmic Arts Festival (San Diego)
  • All Balboa Weekend (Cleveland)

Festival and municipal events have included: Sweet and Hot Jazz Festival, Culver City Music Festival, Downtown Anaheim Summer Music Festival.

Hot Toddy & His Fully Dressed Po’ Boys

Hot Toddy & His Fully Dressed Po' Boys

Hot Toddy – noun. \’hät ‘tä-dē\ A drink consisting of whiskey, brandy, or other liquor mixed with hot water, sugar, and spices. Po’ boy – noun. \ˈpō-ˌbȯi\ Submarine sandwich – used especially to refer to a type of submarine sandwich that is served in Louisiana. Fully Dressed – adjective. \ˈfu̇(l)-lē ˈdrɛst\ Prepared with all the fixings. Hot Toddy & His Fully Dressed Po’ Boys – proper noun. A jazzy buffet for your happy feet.

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