Clint Baker's Golden Gate Swing Band
Friday, November 9
Clint Baker’s Golden Gate Swing Band combines the best elements of traditional New Orleans jazz with Kansas City swing, creating an ensemble sound that's tight and loose all at the same time. With a solid, swinging, rhythm section driving the music and talented soloists spinning melodies, it's no wonder dancers connect easily to the band's tunes.
Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, feat. Hilary Alexander
Saturday, November 10
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.
The Jen Hodge All Stars
Sunday, November 11
Busy Vancouver-based bass player, bandleader, vocalist, and arranger Jen Hodge is a versatile musician who can be found playing with a wide variety of artists all over the world. When Jen is leading the band, she likes it hot - hard swinging grooves, boisterous New Orleans style horns, cheeky lyrics, intriguing arrangements, plenty of spontaneous fun, and an evident, infectious love for making music. Jen's particular expertise in the arena of traditional jazz and swing music has taken her to stages all over Canada, the USA, China, Spain, France, the UK, and the Caribbean. On home turf, Jen can be found leading a band on Wednesday nights at Guilt & Co, a bar in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district, where she has held a regular Wednesday night gig since January 2011.