The Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues, and Jazz Dance Camp and New Year's Party - Dec 26, 2019 to Jan 1, 2020
After graduating Chaffey College, Albert attend the Los Angeles Jazz Workshop. He then played saxophone on several Cruise Ships for a few years. He has toured with Ben Vereen, Leslie Uggams, Jerry Lewis, Micheal Feinstein, Ann Hampton Calloway and Ken Peplowski. He has also played in various bands backing such artists as Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Diane Schurr, Jack Jones, and the Captain & Tennile. Recording credits include Toni Tennile, Renee Olstead, Matt Catingub, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson and Rosemary Clooney's last studio recording called "Sentimental Journey" for Concord Records. It was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Mr. Alva is currently co-director of the "Jazz Angels," teaching youth jazz bands in the Long Beach area. He can also be seen playing in New Orleans Square at Disneyland. His proudest moments include working on music with Benny Carter, and also a long association serving as librarian, copyist, arranger, and saxophonist for jazz drummer, Louie Bellson.
Chris Dawson has been the regular pianist for both Campus Five and the Jonathan Stout Orchestra in LA, and is admired by pianists, other musicians, and dancers worldwide for his masterfully informed playing, deeply evocative of the great Teddy Wilson. We’ve had Dawson at the event for the last few years and are thrilled to welcome him back once again!
Emily Asher is a Brooklyn-based trombonist and singer of "buoyant charm” (Nate Chinen, The New York Times) in strong demand as a bandleader and sidewoman in New York City and internationally. As a leader, Asher has produced four CDs and led US and Israel tours with Emily Asher’s Garden Party and earned a prestigious Banff Residency with her Endangered Species Trio. She recorded and performed with Wycliffe Gordon on his “Hello Pops!” tribute to Louis Armstrong, and was a member of Nicholas Payton’s Television Studio Orchestra. “Ms. Asher plays with both grit and grace” (Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal) and has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists including Tony Bennett, Carol Burnett, Mø, Talib Kweli, Chaka Khan, Terri Lyne Carrington, and many others.
Eric is a multi-instrumentalist (trombone, bass, tuba), recording and mixing engineer, all around music wizard and terrific guy that we’re thrilled is now located in Asheville. You may have heard him with Moonshine Rhythm Club, the Eric Heveron-Smith Quartet, the Gnarly Parkers, or a huge number of other regional and national bands that play classic and tasteful swing music. Welcome back, Eric!
Since graduating from the Monk Institute, widely renowned as the highest-level jazz education program in the world, Gordon has been making waves in both traditional and modern jazz circles, all from his home base in New York City. His unique creative voice blends influences that span a full century: from the traditional/early jazz of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke to the modern jazz of the new millenium.
Seattle-based saxophonist and clarinetist Jacob Zimmerman is an extremely versatile and integral part of the local creative-music community. Jacob studied music at the internationally renowned Garfield High School, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and Mills College in Oakland. His teachers have included Roscoe Mitchell, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Morris, and Anthony Coleman. Jacob was recognized as the “2013 Emerging Artist of Year” by Earshot Jazz.
As a bandleader the Jacob Zimmerman Quintet can be seen performing classic bebop music from the 40s and 50s on the 1st Thursday of every month at Egan’s Ballard Jam House. Zimmerman also leads a trio every Tuesday at IL Bistro and plays every Wednesday with Casey MacGill at The Pink Door. Zimmerman can frequently be seen playing traditional jazz for swing dancers in a variety of bands all over the world. His playing channels the spontaneous melodic spirit of his heroes: Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young and Lee Konitz above all.
James ‘Posey’ Posedel is a stride pianist and swing dance enthusiast who lives in Asheville, NC. James specializes in historically-based, dance-centric music from the 1900’s through the 1940’s. He is dedicated to honoring and preserving the unique and nuanced differences between ‘traditional jazz’ and ‘swing’ music. He currently travels the country with an eclectic mix of jazz and swing bands. Welcome back, James!
Jim has been a beacon of swing and traditional jazz trumpet in the LA area for decades, notably appearing regularly in such groups as Mora’s Modern Rhythmatists and the Jonathan Stout Orchestra. In addition to trumpet, his vocal stylings are second to none in the swing idiom, echoing the phrasing and delivery of Willie Smith, Sy Oliver, Trummy Young and more. We are happy to welcome back this one of a kind entertainer!
Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jonathan Doyle lives in Port Townsend WA in the Pacific Northwest. He still spends time in Chicago, Austin TX, and on the road. Jonathan is committed to crafting original music as well studying the American musical traditions. He strives to organize and be a part of bands whose music is rooted, yet distinct. And to play for listeners and dancers anywhere they'll have him!
Josh Collazo is a Los Angeles based drummer who specializes in playing 1930's/40's jazz and swing. In addition to drumming, Josh has been writing and arranging original jazz compositions for his own group - the Candy Jacket Jazz Band.
Outside of his jazz drumming career, Josh has also been a member of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros since 2007. The group accepted their first Grammy in 2013 for the long-form video documentary- Big Easy Express - winning alongside their friends, Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros' 2009 hit single, "Home", is certified platinum, selling over 1 million copies, and the debut album, "Up From Below", was recently certified gold.
Keenan McKenzie regularly travels around the US with dance-oriented swing ensembles such as The Mint Julep Jazz Band, Michael Gamble & The Rhythm Serenaders, and The Jonathan Stout Orchestra featuring Hilary Alexander. In the past year, he has performed in Austin, Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, St. Louis, and Parma, Italy. Keenan frequently plays straight-ahead jazz with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and delivers energetic party music with The Shakedown. He also enjoys playing contra dances with The McKenzies from time to time, providing an eclectic mix of old-time, Irish, ragtime and more!
Check out his new record of swing originals here: https://keenanmckenzie.bandcamp.com/
MSG Kenneth W. McGee grew up in Northern Virginia. He attended James Madison University from 1986 through 1991 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance. He received his Master’s degree in trumpet performance from Northern Illinois University in 1993 where he served as the graduate teaching assistant, lead trumpet with the NIU Jazz Ensemble and director of the NIU All University Jazz Ensemble. In 1994, McGee joined the U.S. Army as lead trumpet with The United States Military Academy Band’s Jazz Knights at West Point, New York. In 1999, he returned to Virginia as the lead/commercial trumpet soloist with The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and currently resides in Stafford, Virginia.
Laura came to jazz music from the dance floor, picking up swing dancing in 1998. A few years later she became a DJ for those same dances, broadening her knowledge and love of jazz and swing with non-stop listening and music collecting. From there it was only natural that she try singing the songs that she had grown to love and, because a swing singer needs a swinging band, Laura went on to co-found the Mint Julep Jazz Band with her husband, trombone player Lucian Cobb, in 2012. Laura has become a staple of swing dance events throughout the U.S., performing with her own band as well as bands led by Jonathan Stout, Michael Gamble, Paul Cosentino, Craig Gildner, and Jonathan Doyle.
Singing in a sweet style with a serious rhythmic underpinning and drawing comparisons to a young Ella Fitzgerald, Ivie Anderson, and Helen Forrest, Laura is known for her authenticity of sound – as you enter the dance hall, you may think you are hearing a vintage recording. She can’t help but swing, no matter what the tempo, and she has a splendid conversational approach to the lyrics. Michael Steinman has called her “the Joan Blondell of swing singing: sweet, tender, and lemony all at once. And once you’ve heard her, you won’t mistake her for anyone else.”
Lucian Cobb is a freelance trombone player, teacher, arranger, and composer based out of Durham, North Carolina. Lucian primarily plays with local jazz groups, but also travels the United States performing with jazz groups from major US cities. He runs the Durham-based Mint Julep Jazz Band, a group that performs hot jazz and swing, and writes arrangements for the band based on original recordings from the 1920’s, 1930’s, and 1940’s. In addition to performing, Lucian composes and produces original music for video games and other media.
Renee has been lead and 2nd trumpet for the Disney All American College Band, is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is new to the Lindy Focus musician family. Welcome to the band, Renée!
Noah Hocker was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He attributes his early interest in music to his Mom, who is a singer and flutist. Noah has always been a lover of various kinds of music but became enthralled with jazz because of its freedom and range of expression. He couldn't get enough of jazz and improvisation so he joined several of the reputable youth programs in Portland such as: the American Music Program, The Alan Jones Academy of Music, and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony.
Noah went on to study music at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he received a Masters degree in Jazz Performance, and studied privately with acclaimed performer and teacher Terell Stafford.
Since graduating, Noah has developed his career both as a leader and a sideman. He currently works with groups such as, Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders, Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five Feat. Hilary Alexander, the Gordon Webster Band, and the Hot Sardines, to name a few.
Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming release of his debut record, 'Common Thread.'
For 35 years Russ has worked as a professional musician and has made a name for himself playing many different styles of music including Jazz, Rock, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, pit work for Broadway style shows and Symphonic music.
Of all these Jazz remains his first true love.
He's had the gracious opportunity to share the stage with quite a few famous musicians during that time.
For example: Charles Dungee (Nancy Wilson & Sarah Vaughn), Melva Houston (world renown Jazz singer),
Jimmy Thackery (The Nighthawks), Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Mookie Brill (world renown singer and musician), Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf's guitarist for 25 years), Chicago Bob Nelson (The Heartfixers), Jerry "Boogie" McCain (She's Tough!), Charlie Musselwhite (world famous Harmonica player), Calvin "Fuzz" Jones (Bass player for Muddy Waters & Howlin' Wolf), David Johansen (New York Dolls), Levon Helm (THE BAND), Carey Bell (world famous harmonica player), Skeeter Brandon (Hwy 61),
Chris Thomas King (Oh Brother Where Art Thou), Dave Maxwell (pianist with Freddie King) and Bob Margolin (guitarist for Muddy Waters). Russ, who considers himself an "amateur historian," has amassed a collection of over 4000 records (33's, 45's, 78's and cylinders) and 8000 orchestrations dating from the turn of the century to the 1960's.