We are really excited to announce Paul Cosentino and the Hot Metal Swing Orchestra as a NEW 14 piece big band put together for PittStop Lindy Hop 16! The band will concentrate on music from the “Big 4 Big Bands”: Basie, Ellington, Shaw and Goodman. You’ll hear great riffs that you know and love, as well as some arrangements of classics you may have never heard performed live!
The Hot Metal Swing Orchestra will feature Paul Cosentino on clarinet, leading the way on the Goodman and Shaw transcriptions. Trombonist Jeff Bush is musical director and slide soloist. Jennifer McNulty will bring you some wonderful vocals made famous by Helen Forrest. The rest of the ensemble will contain the best jazz musicians from the Pittsburgh area, and we’ll also be bringing in swing stars from around the country including: Albert Alva from LA, the featured tenor man from the Jonathan Stout Orchestra, Gordon Au from NYC on solo trumpet, and Ken McGee from DC on lead trumpet.
Do not miss this exciting debut of a fantastic new big band as we take you back when Swing was King.
Hailed as “an impeccably trained trumpeter with an antiquarian ear,” and “comfortable in any idiom and fearless” by the press, Gordon from New York has played alongside artists ranging from Herbie Hancock and Chaka Chan to Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. He can be heard in the forefront of swing bands around the country, including those of Jonathan Stout, Michael Gamble, Glenn Crytzer, and the Mint Julep Jazz Band.
Gordon leads the popular Grand St.Stompers (called “a pillar of New York’s hot jazz scene” by the New York Times) and the west coast-based Au Brothers, and is looking forward to bringing a Pittsburgh version of his Stompers (7-peice band) to PittStop ’16.
Tamar Korn (vocals) has been hailed in the press as a “one woman jazz revival” and “one of the freshest and most exciting new voices on the New York scene”, who will “amaze you with her voice. [...] she can improvise to any tune, taking on jazz dissonance in her vocals and also imitating instruments.” She has toured the US, Canada, Scandinavia, Europe, and China with New York favorites the Cangelosi Cards, and also performs with western swing band the Brain Cloud, Mona's Hot Four, and gypsy jazz ensemble Gaucho.
In October 2012, vocalist Chelsea Reed brought five of her friends together to play some tunes in a South Philly dining room. Her plan was to form a band that played for swing dancers, so she could finally have the chance to sing her favorite songs for an audience that loved early jazz as much as she did. Since that fateful day, she's been living that dream and couldn't be happier about it.
Now, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five are at home at swing and blues dances, jazz clubs and concert halls alike. They have played renowned Philadelphia venues and travel the country year-round to perform at both Lindy and Blues exchanges and workshops. They've had the honor of sharing the stage with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Gordon Webster, and bassist Michael Gamble. They love exploring the roots of jazz and finding creative ways to interpret forgotten songs. Drawing upon the influence of artists such as Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five bring the intensity and passion of early jazz to every stage they play.
"Chelsea Reed is my favorite kind of singer. She sings the songs as they are intended: beautifully, candidly, with excellent pitch and swagger and very few frills. The Fair Weather Five have the taste and good judgment to back her up without getting in her way, and to swing while they're at it."
--Singer/songwriter, Carsie Blanton
Chelsea will be playing twice. Saturday late-night she will be doing the Blues and Sunday evening she will be performing swing.
Here's a video! (Won't You Come Home) Bill Bailey
The Boilermaker Jazz Band has performed at every PittStop Lindy Hop, and this year makes number 16! They are a perennial favorite at many of the largest exchanges including DCLX and ILHC, and have also performed at Lindy Focus, Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, Summer Dance in Chicago, and twice in Korea. You'll enjoy swing classics as well as rarities you won't hear from anyone else—all done with the enthusiasm that is the Boilermaker's trademark.
Paul Cosentino will lead the 7-piece band on clarinet, and Jennifer McNulty will be featured on sultry and swinging vocals. In addition, the BMJB will add 2 swing stalwarts to the band to up the ante!! Albert Alva from Los Angeles—featured tenor man from the Jonathan Stout Orchestra, and Gordon Au from New York City—leader of the Grand St Stompers, will both join in. The band's augmented four-piece horn section will get you moving on Sunday afternoon, delivering the sounds and good feelings that only real jumpin’ jazz can create!!
Miss Freddye's Blues Band has that traditional Chicago style blues that gets a hold of a crowd and leaves them wanting more! Founded by their sassy and belting vocalist, Miss Freddye, the band was formed in the fall of 2002. Over the years, they have played in western and central Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Ohio. Miss Freddye’s Band has also recently won a blues competition in West Virginia, and last year, Miss Freddye and Greg “G-man” Casile won the duo blues competition for western PA. Both of these victories advanced them to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They have opened for Kelly Richie, Eden Brent, Gina Scillia, Janiva Magness and Bettye LaVette. They perform in regional blues festivals and dances, as well as playing benefit concerts for cancer awareness and homeless veterans. Check out this video.
James Benze started DJing in Dayton, Ohio in 2011. After having danced for a few years, he found inspiration at a talk at All Balboa Weekend to start playing the music he liked, and an addiction was born. Since then, he has DJ'ed at various local and regional events, including KissME, CBUS, CincyLX, and SwingIN. James's plays a mix of small- and big-band swing...why choose? He is overjoyed with the chance to DJ for everyone at Pittstop!
Brennan's obsession with jazz began back in his young adolescent years but it wasn't until 2009 that he started on his journey of playing for dance floors. Having honed his skills beginning in college swing clubs all over the midwest, he has now spun at regional and national events including Lindy on the Rocks, Great Lakes Balboa, and Hawkeye Swing Festival as well as serving as a house DJ for Chicago's premier swing dance venue, the Fizz. Brennan continually strives to find new (and old) music that inspires and challenges dancers to create art in all dance forms. So whether you like it screaming brass of the Count Basie Orchestra or the subtle clarinet lines of Artie Shaw, Brennan is ready to bring the party yet again to Pittstop 2016!
Tim started dancing eight years ago, originally exploring ballroom; he was rapidly drawn to the more social aspects of swing and blues dancing. Since then he has been an integral part of the Pittsburgh dance community: DJing, organizing, teaching, and performing lindy hop, blues, and balboa. Even now that he lives out of state, Pittsburgh claims him as one of its own. He has DJed for several years at PittStop and in many venues around Pittsburgh, but has been heard as far away as Savannah, Georgia and Barcelona, Spain.