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.
Jonathan Stout and his Rugcutters, featuring Hilary Alexander
Jonathan Stout’s penchant for occasionally supplementing his mainstay Campus Five lineup with two extra horn players has led to a new band formulation. With the advent of Jonathan Stout and his Rugcutters, featuring Hilary Alexander, our Lindy Hop Tournament on Saturday night gets a boost in performance energy to inspire the competitors!
Lizzy and the Triggermen
Lizzy & the Triggermen is a 10-piece hot swing band made up of guys who have played with jazz legends like Wynton Marsalis, Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Anita O’Day – and helmed by the award-winning vocals of Lizzy Shapiro whose voice has been featured everywhere from Spike Jonze films to Superbowl commercials to the opera stages of Italy. The band specializes in “femme fatale swing” brought to life by the arrangements of bandleader, Dan Barrett (who arranged for Benny Goodman). The band has shared bills with Nick Waterhouse, Best Coast, Black Joe Lewis, Shannon and the Clams – and will be headlining the Wiltern in August 2018. Their debut EP comes out this fall.
When not singing, Lizzy is a successful writer and actress. Her last TV show she created and starred in (The Crossroads of History) garnered 2 Emmy nominations (2016). She is currently working on TV projects with Ben Stiller as well as Jill Soloway.