Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five
In October 2012, vocalist Chelsea Reed brought five of her friends together to play some tunes in a South Philly dining room. Her plan was to form a band that played for swing dancers, so she could finally have the chance to sing her favorite songs for an audience that loved early jazz as much as she did. Since that fateful day, she’s been living that dream and couldn’t be happier about it.
Now, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five are at home at swing dances, jazz clubs and concert halls alike. They have played renowned Philadelphia venues and travel the country year round to perform at both Lindy and Blues exchanges and workshops. They’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and he is featured on their 2017 release Spreadin’ Rhythm Around. They love exploring the roots of jazz and finding creative ways to interpret forgotten songs. Drawing upon the intensity of powerhouse vocalists, the ingenuity of 20th century composers, and the soul of the dance floor, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five honor the heritage of jazz with fresh arrangements and original songs. They are silly, passionate people who love playing this music.
And that’s all there is to it.
Megan & Her Goody Goodies
Born from a love of vintage jazz and Lindy Hop, Megan and her Goody Goodies make it their goal to keep the dance floor swinging all night long. Founded in the summer of 2016 and inspired by vintage swing from the late ’30s and early ’40s, the Goody Goodies are a Southeast-based band catering to the Lindy Hop and Blues community.
Led by vocalist and bandleader Megan Lange, the band seeks to bring an authentic vintage sound to the modern day audience. Finding inspiration in the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Julia Lee, Anita O’Day, and Bessie Smith and featuring a solid, driving rhythm section, the Goody Goodies capture the sound of a bygone era.
Annie and the Fur Trappers
Annie and the Fur Trappers is a St. Louis traditional jazz band which formed in 2016. The band includes clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tuba, banjo, guitar, piano, washboard, and saxophone. They perform in many different arrangements from a trio to a full orchestra. Annie and the Fur Trappers is dedicated to performing and preserving the music of the 1920s and 30s today. The band plays traditional jazz, delta blues, ragtime, and swing music.
Their version of “Delta Bound” was selected to be displayed at the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience in Meridian, Mississippi. Annie and the Fur Trapper’s original song “You Break It, you Buy It” was selected for the St. Louis Blues Society’s 17 in 17 compilation album. Annie and the Fur Trappers have performed at a variety of music festivals including the Big Muddy Blues Festival, The Apple Butter Festival in Kimmswick, HONK!TX, The Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl, and The Rosebud Cafe Music Festival, to name a few. The band’s second full length studio album was released in May of 2019.
The Jazz Coasters
The Jazz Coasters is Cincinnati’s premiere swing dance band, comprised of some of the most in demand musicians in the Tri-State. They bring the party to the dance floor with a blend of vintage swing, New Orleans Jazz, and pop covers.
The Jazz Coasters perform regularly at private and public events throughout the region. Notable performances include CincyHop 2018, The Cincinnati Lindy Society, Roaring 20’s NYE at Belterra Park Casino, SwinGallery, CincyHop 2017, Jingle Bal 2017, Miami Oxford Swing Syndicate, NAMI Southwest Ohio “Jazz, Joy, and a Starry Night”, Molly Malones Covington’s Repeal Day Party, and the Greenhills Summer Concert Series.