Bands, Bands, Bands..
The Shirt Tail Stompers have quickly been recognised as one of Europe’s best social dance bands. Formed in 2010 for the London Lindy Exchange and led by Trumpeter Steve Coombe, they have played numerous dance camps and shows in over 20 countries all over the world. They have a passion for swing music and movement, with their extensive knowledge and experience of social dancing, they are definitely the band to dance to in 2018. Truly appreciating the art of swing and knowing it’s place in history, they are heavily influenced by Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie and many other greats from the swing and trad jazz era of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. They are also influenced by the likes of the early Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet and the old musical roots of New Orleans. Last year alone saw them playing for dancers in Sweden, France, South Korea, Hungary, The Netherlands, Greece, Norway, Italy and throughout the UK to rave reviews.
The Coquette Jazz Band is the newest striking phenomenon band from jazz world of Vienna. The main goal of the six musicians is to bring joy to the audience and keep alive the music of the „Golden- age” of jazz. The main profile of the ensemble became the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s danceable, swing music. The rightly popular charleston, shimmy, fox-trott dances, the old „gramophone-sound” of the 20’s, the pulse of the 30’s swing-era and the 40’s swing, dixieland- revival styles are their main focus. Thanks to the popular melodies The Coquett Jazz Band can be a great introduction for jazz newcomers. With their experiences and finely tuned sound, an impressive showcase to please long-time fans of the music. The standalone atmosphere that one can only find at their concerts led them to many invitations for 2017, amongst others XIV. New Orleans Jazz Festival in Siófok, II. JazzCapital Festival in Kecskemét and Classic Jazz Club La Rochelle, France.
It’s the addictive sounds of the early Jazz era that inspires the members of The Cotton Lickers on and off the stage: with three band members being dedicated Lindy Hoppers, they know that this music was created at a time when listening to Jazz was practically inseparable from dancing to it. With the rich skill set of the bands musicians, they can play pretty much any genre but focus on the amazing tunes of the early 20ies to the late 40ies with an occasional drift towards early bebop. The Cotton Lickers celebrate playing tunes from the past by giving them a unique sound with their original arrangements. Contemporary sound of the Old School, translated to Viennese: JAZZ as a drug – for recreational purposes.
Formed by bandleader Bernhard Glatz in February 2015 in Vienna, Austria, The Juke Swing Band has quickly grown to become one of the most active and in-demand bands on the local swing dance scene. That’s because they are all excellent musicians, but also because Nina and Bernhard are themselves passionate Lindy Hop dancers, so they know what they are doing.
With a repertoire that includes many classics of the Swing era as well as some less-familiar jazz tunes, their style can be both chilled-out and relaxed or hot’n’fast, guaranteed to bring the house down! The Juke Swing Band has something to keep every dancer comfortable and every audience happy.
The Maurer Big Band is probably the hottest old-school Big Band in Vienna! The band origins date back to the early 1990s, when the band was founded in Vienna’s 23rd district. From the beginning on, the band was dedicated to the Big Band sound and the dance music of the 1930s and 40s. Made up of enthusiastic semi-professional and professional musicians and equipped with original arrangements by Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Artie Shaw and others, the Maurer Big Band is a household name in the Viennese swing scene.
When the bands are not playing we’ll have some handpicked tunes freshly brought to you by:
“Anything that you can tap your foot to is good music.” -Louis Armstrong. If you see Shorty tapping his foot, you can bet he’s gonna make you smile & dance. If you see him dancing at the DJ Booth, you can bet he’s bringing the crowd with him to newer heights. If you see him imitating Cab Calloway’s head-banging, watch out! Loving Lindy Hop, Balboa, & Blues since November 2004, international DJ Shorty George plays to get people dancing — hot & slow or hot & fast — jockeying tunes produced by artists from all over the world, dead or alive.
As a DJ who herself loves to dance to the whole variety that swing music has to offer Miss HiFly’s focus is on keeping the crowd dancing and giving everyone the opportunity to have their best dance. Whether it’s Lindy Hop to medium and uptempo Swing or Balboa and Collegiate Shag.
She likes to bring tunes to the dance floor you may not have heard before (or not in that version) but that nonetheless make you wanna dance to immediately. Nevertheless you’ll hear familiar stuff as well – it’s all in the mix. Her strength is to adapt to the energy in the room whether it’s calling for straight Big Band Swing bringing high energy and swing outs or for small combos to play with the rhythm.