FAQs

Some frequently asked questions:

1. Do you play weddings and private events?

YES! All of our bands are available for weddings. We have played numerous weddings for swing dancers, and non-dancers alike. We can provide elegant dinner music straight from the swing era, and then switch gears to get the whole party dancing, whether your guests are already swing dancers or not!

2. Do offer groups smaller than 7-pieces?

We are happy to provide trios and quartets for private events. We can provide groups that capture the gypsy-jazz sounds of Django Reinhardt, or the small group sounds of the Benny Goodman Trio. We generally shy away from doing smaller groups for dance events, because we feel the smaller size compromizes danceability, however please contact us about your needs and we'd be happy work with you.

3. Are you available gigs outside of Los Angeles?

Of course! We will play anywhere people hire us - including London, Seoul, New York, Washington DC, Seattle, Denver, San Francisco, Cleveland, Rochester, Knoxville, and Phoenix.  To keep costs lower, we generally travel with a core of our regular musicians, supplemented by local musicians, however that depends on the locality in question. Please contact us to talk about details and get a quote.

4. Can you provide swing dancers for lessons or exhibitions at private events?

The Campus Five is proud to count among its fans the top swing dancers in the world. We can contract swing dancers to provide lessons for your guests, or perform exhibitions that will entertain your guests.

ALBUMS

MOPPIN' AND BOPPIN' (2007)

CRAZY RHYTHM (2004)

JAMMIN' THE BLUES (2003)

In Progress

The Close Shave Quartet

Photo by Suzanne O'Keefe

The Close Shave Quartet is our smallest group and features the magical combination of Electric Gutiar and Vibraphone (both state of the art in 1939!), along with a solid rhythm section of Bass and Drums. The group was born out of our now-annual Christmas gig at Sweeney Todd's Barber Shop, when Sween' requested a group with Vibraphone. The combination was such a hit we decidied to keep it!

For fans of the guitar, this is our most guitar-heavy group, with Jonathan's 1939 Gibson ES-150 Electric guitar leading the way. Unlike our other groups, the Close Shave Quartet gives Jonathan the most room to explore the signature sound of Charlie Christian, and the other early adopters of the Electric Guitar, such as Tiny Grimes, Eddie Durham, Barney Kessel and Les Paul. 

The Close Shave Quartet is the perfect size for bars and cabarets.