Gentlemen & Gangsters (Sweden)
Gentlemen & Gangsters play traditional New Orleans hot jazz with a touch of swing. Focusing on authenticity in content and delivery, as well as a solid, driving rhythm, the group strive to play music that moves you and that stays true to the style of jazz giants such as Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Muggsy Spanier, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington, etc. Playing mainly for the lindy hop community, they perform all over Europe on a regular basis and dancers from all over the world have praised them for their energy, presence, and sensitivity to what matters to a dancing audience. The Gentlemen & Gangsters play jazz music as it was meant to be played: with the flair and sophistication of true gentlemen, yet with the grittiness and brute force of hardened gangsters.
Canal Street Band (Russia)
was founded in 2015 by Prohor Burlak (soprano saxophone) and group of young professional musicians inspired by traditional New Orleans music and early swing.
Like all the culture of New Orleans, the music performed by the Canal Street Band is very diverse – from hot dance jazz and swing and music with Creole and Caribbean traditions to spirituals and blues.
The band regularly performs at main jazz venues of St. Petersburg, including Philharmonic of Jazz Music, constantly participates in local and European music festivals.
Band is well known by performances at swing dance events in Russia and Europe (La Jam festival, swing dance parties in Paris etc).
Band members: Prohor Burlak (RUS) – soprano sax, Joe Santoni (FRA) – resonator guitar/trumpet/vocal, Nikita Arefiev (RUS) – piano, Semion Fedotov (RUS) – drums, Roman Salmasov (RUS) – double bass
Horre Zeiger BigBand (Estonia)
One late autumn evening, on October 12th 1954, a group of eight musicians gathered for their first rehearsal in the Nõmme Cultural Centre. From that moment on, the Horre Zeiger Bigband was created. Many youngsters from the 50’s, 60’s,70’s and til now can say that they have danced with Horre Zeiger bigband playing.
Horre Zeiger and a bowtie, Horre Zeiger and a bigband – they are inseparatable. As the bowtie is known as a sophisticated element, swing music is also known by its respectable dignity, captivating rhythms and fascinating melodies that have lasted for years.
Horre Zeiger Bigband has played in Stockholm, Ashabad, Moscow and St. Petersburg, former East Germany, Latvia and Lithuania, but they still love to play at home the most. HZ Bigband has been one of the most popular dance orchestra that has played in many school parties, club nights and dance competitions, still keeping its devotion to swing music.
Their repertoire consists of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and many other swing classics and of course melodies from Raimond Valgre and Horre Zeiger. Altogether they have played over 1500 songs and the counting still continues, because the fairytale of the Horre Zeiger Bigband has not yet ended.