2017 Music (stay tuned for our 2018 lineup!)
We couldn’t get enough of Russ Wilson and his Swingtette last year, so we’re bringing them back a second year in a row! They’ll be playing their Dixieland and Swing standards both Friday and Saturday nights and will be sure to keep you grooving. Better start stretching now. Even better? On Saturday night, we’ll have Laura Windley as a featured vocalist with the band! If you’ve ever heard Laura and Russ make music together, you’ll know that this is a special night. And if you haven’t…well, you’re in for a treat.
More on The Russ Wilson Swingtette: Russ Wilson has been called the Paul Whiteman of the 21st century by fellow musicians and fans alike. Not just because he bares uncanny resemblance to the portly 20’s and 30’s dance band leader, but because of the style of music his orchestra plays. Since 1989, Russ has drummed and vocalized on 35 albums- 8 of those being his own projects.
His swingtette is a smaller version of the Nouveau-Passe Orchestra– same great vintage music with half the calories! The Russ Wilson Swingtette plays the music that he grew up listening to: vintage jazz and dance band music of the 20’s and 30’s. With a mixture of Dixieland and swing standards, they are sure to please everyone.
Looking for more? Head to Russ’ website or check out his radio show “In the Groove!” at WPVM 103.7 The Voice.
More on Laura Windley: 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.”