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Welcome to the home of Los Angeles' finest in Swing: The Campus Five, The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, and the rest of our bands. 

Check below for our latest news and updates!


 

Wednesday
Dec032014

December 2014 Gigs

Check out our December schedule! First up, we've got a FREE gig Thursday 12/4 at Travel Town in Griffith Park benefiting the Travel Town Museum. Then, Saturday 12/6, Jonathan will be leading a trio at Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop's Annual Christmas Party. Next up, we'll be returning to our now-annual Holiday gig at Third Saturday Swing, and playing for their Holiday Jack and Jill. Finally, we'll be heading off to North Carolina to play 5 NIGHTS(!) with the Jonathan Stout Orchestra for Lindy Focus. 

Thu.Dec.4
THE CAMPUS FIVE
"Hollywood on Track!"- Benefit for the Travel Town Museum

5200 Zoo Dr - Griffith Park
FREE - ALL AGES
Doors at 6pm; Band plays 8pm-10pm
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/293619177503518/
RVSP Here: http://tinyurl.com/q4ljyeh

Sat.Dec.6
JONATHAN STOUT TRIO
Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop Holiday Party

Sat.Dec.20
THE CAMPUS FIVE
Third Saturday Swing Holiday Bash

Fred Astaire Dance Studio
1368 N. Lake Avenue - Pasadena
$15 - Band Starts at 9pm - All Ages
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/544752255660108/
TSS Event Page
TSS Parking Info

Saturday
Oct112014

October 2014 Round Up - 3 gigs coming up

10/10 - Campus Five at the Lindy Loft

After coming back from New Orleans last week, we returned to one of our favorite venues to play in Los Angeles: The Lindy Loft in Downtown LA, hosted by Dax and Sarah. After being on the road so much, (Knoxvile, New Orleans, etc. - and having a BLAST, mind you), it was so nice to come back home and play a gig with our full regular line up: Hilary, Albert, Jim, Chris, Wally and Josh! The intimate space of the Lindy Loft made for a really great feeling gig. We were also joined up by a special guest: Mr. Michael Petterson, the man behind FreddieGreen.org - the definitive site on the web about Freddie Green and Swing-style Rhythm Guitar (a huge influence on Jonathan, to be sure). Plus we got Josh out on the dance floor for a birthday dance!

Here are some great photos of the night taken by Jennifer Stockert:

 

Up coming gigs:

10/22 - Campus Five at Rusty's Rhythm Club

We'll be returning to Playa Del Rey for a gig at Rusty's Rhythm Club! Since it's a week night we start early at 8:30pm, and we're done by 11:00pm, so don't be a square and miss the whole first set by showing up late! 

10/25 - Campus Five at the San Diego Lindy Haunt

We'll also be returning to San Diego for Dan and Svea's San Diego Lindy Haunt. Get in the Halloween spirit and get dressed up!

10/25 - The Jonathan Stout Orchestra at The Set Shop Annual Halloween Party

Finally, this month, the FULL Jonathan Stout Orchestra will be returning to Will Lidderdale's Annual Halloween Party at The Set Shop (a really, motion-picture set building workshop in Downtown Los Angeles.) This is always one of our most fun gigs every year, and your last chance to set the full Orchestra at home in Los Angeles until NEXT YEAR. Don't miss out on that!

ALL OF THE DETAILS for all these gigs are on the CALENDAR PAGE

Saturday
Oct112014

Geetings from Momma Nola: ULHS Wrap Up

New Orleans is home to some of the best traditional jazz musicians in the country, so it was a particular honor for us to be asked to come out to the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown. We had the pleasure of working with Ben Polcer, Aurora Nealand, Jason Jurzak and Charlie Holloran at events like Lindy Focus and ILHC, and to have them be part of of the Jonathan Stout Orchestra, along with several other killer local musicians was transcendent. The cherry on the top of the trip was playing outside with the Campus Five at the French Market, where the weather, sound, vibe, playing, personnel and all other factors just worked out for the perfect gig.  

Photo by Reuben Brown

We played for three contests, including the battle, the intergenerational, and the slow dance. We've never played anything at dance as slow as needed for the slow dance dance division, but I think we came through with something that really worked for the dancers. We were instructed not to confuse "Slow Dance" with "Blues" and that we didn't need to play a blues form song necessarily. On the second song, for variety's sake, the judges asked for something slightly "chunkier", so we jammed out Sidney Bechet's "Egyptian Fantasy." That's not a tune that most big bands in most cities in America can just fake, but in New Orleans, that's mother's milk. Aurora, especially killed on that one. 

For the Battle contest, we jammed Count Basie's "The King", for Alain Fragman and Gina Helfrich, and Christian Frommelt and Jenny Shirar, duke it out. We kept the soloists changing to keep up the variety - and all four finalists really threw down. 

The interaction between the musicians and dancers on the event is at such a high level, and thus it feels very intimate, even at the largest venues of the event. It was a real pleasure to be a part of it, and we hope to come visit again soon. Here's the jam(s) that ended the night:

Monday
Sep152014

Monday 9/22 - The Grand Slam Sextet Returns to Joe's

Photo by Jennifer StockertThe Grand Slam Sextet returns to Joe's Great American Bar and Grill in Burbank MONDAY 9/22. Ever since our debut at the California Balboa Classic people have been clamoring to hear more from The Grand Slam Sextet and haven't been able to get enough of the iconic sound of Clarinet combined with Vibraphone and Electric Guitar, as made famous by the Benny Goodman Sextet. 

We've got all our regulars ready to go, with Phil Krawzak on clarinet, Craig Fundyga on vibraphone, Chris Dawson on piano, Wally Hersom on bass, Josh Collazo on drums, and Jonathan Stout on electric guitar. 

MON. Sep.22
The Grand Slam Sextet
Joe's Great American Bar and Grill 
4311 W Magnolia Blvd. - Burbank 
Band starts at 9:00pm sharp, and plays until midnight.
As always, 21 and over, but FREE (donations to the bucket of love always appreciated)
Check Happy Feet Mondays' Facebook page  

Monday
Jul212014

Just In: Special FRIDAY C5 Show at the Cicada Club August 8th

This just in, the Campus Five will be playing a special FRIDAY NIGHT show at Downtown LA's Art Deco Mecca, the Cicada Club. Presale tickets are available online for just $15, and tickets at the door are $20. If you'd like to reserve a table, there is a Pre Fixe menu available which includes admission, and let's you keep the table all night. We've got all our all-stars, including Josh Collazo, Albert Alva and Jim Ziegler, so expect to be dancing to every tune all night!

Also, this is the Campus Five's ONLY local show in August. We'll be busy at ILHC, and the largers bands will be playing at Camp Hollywood, but if you want to see the Campus Five in Los Angeles in August, this is your only opportunity. 
Fri. Aug 8 - THE CAMPUS FIVE
Special FRIDAY Cicada Club Show

The Cicada Club - 617 S Olive St - Downtown LA
Band starts at 9:00pm - Tickets $20 at the Door
PRESALE $15 tickets available HERE.
TABLE RESERVATIONS/ PREFIX MENU DEAL available HERE
Details at www.cicadaclub.com.