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

Les Boulevardiers

photos by Steve HwanLes Boulevardiers is a Django-theme Swing band with the same unmatched danceability and authenticity as the Campus Five. Following the success of the Grand Slam Sextet, we decided to add another "flavor" to our arsenal: Gypsy Jazz. Jonathan has long been a student of the guitar playing of Django Reinhardt (as evidenced by the Campus Five's recordings of "Dark Eyes" and "Minor Swing", among others), and Les Boulevardiers is a chance to explore the Django sound, while maintaining a superior level of danceability. The repertoire is balanced pefectly between Balboa-ble up-tempo tunes, mid-tempo Lindy Hop tunes, and with a fun, jivey vibe that is perfect for late night dances. 

Les Boulevardiers have been featured at the following national swing dance events:
Camp Hollywood and the National Jitterbug Championship (Los Angeles, CA)
The California Balboa Classic (Pasadena, CA) 

Les Boulevardiers is a quintet made up of Violin, two Guitars, Bass and Drums. Unlike our other bands, Les Boulevardiers features the distinctively "European" bounce feel, known as "Le Pompe."

Photo by Reuben Sosa

Our name comes from one of Jonathan's favorite cocktails, the Boulevardier, first published in Harry McElhone's "Barflies and Cocktails" in 1927, which itself was named for a term meaning "man-about-town, or bon vivant." 

Just for fun, here's Jonathan's preferred recipe:

Boulevardier
1.5 oz Bourbon (Elijah Craig 12yr)
0.75 oz Campari
0.75 oz Sweet Vermouth (Carpano Antica or Cocchi Vermoth di Torrino) 

Stir over ice, strain, serve up with a fat Lemon Peel, and then put on some Django.