This past weekend the hosts of Yehoodi‘s talk show Swing Nation hosted a live stream of the International Lindy Hop Championships, held in Washington, D.C. – the Mint Julep Jazz Band tune “Miami Boulevard” (penned by our very own Keenan McKenzie) was featured as the theme song for the broadcast! You can view archives of the broadcast on Justin.tv and check it out, as well as all of the world class Lindy Hop dancers in the competitions.
We’d like to send a huge thank you out to Seattle dancer Jennifer Lee for inviting us to be the soundtrack for her short film, “One Girl and Two Boys,” which took first prize at the 2013 Jazz Dance Film Fest! Check out the video below and enjoy the great dancing, music, and story!
The sound quality is a little iffy, but here we are performing at All Balboa Weekend in Cleveland, Ohio! We had a great time being a part of the weekend back in June, which definitely has us looking forward to returning to Cleveland in February for SparX at Case Western Reserve University. Until then, enjoy this little Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald tune – special thanks to Douglas Kaufman for filming and for sharing on YouTube:
Jazz writer and archivist Michael Steinman, author of the Jazz Lives blog, has written a great review of the Mint Julep Jazz Band’s “Durham on Saturday Night!”
“The MJJB is a small hot group — well-versed in playing for dancers, so they set swinging tempos and stick to them. Their ensemble work is beautifully precise without being stiff, and they really understand the subtle mysteries of swing rhythm…one of their main inspirations is youthful Ella Fitzgerald and the small group out of Chick Webb’s band — The Savoy Eight — and they evoke that sound perfectly without turning out pale note-for-note copies of the records. I heard evocations of Sandy Williams and Sidney Bechet, but also Al Grey and Howard McGhee.”
“Laura’s got her own sweet style with a serious rhythmic underpinning…her rich voice reminded me of young Ella — that hopeful, wistful, asking-for-love quality — but she can turn corners at a fast tempo, as she proves on the CD’s closer, the band’s romping version of Lil Armstrong’s HARLEM ON SATURDAY NIGHT.”
To read more, click here to view the post.
Mint Julep Jazz Band bandleaders Lucian Cobb and Laura Windley are featured in the June, 2013 episode of Yehoodi’s Hey Mister Jesse podcast! The show features an interview with Lucian and Laura and clips from several of the songs off the Mint Julep Jazz Band’s new release, “Durham on Saturday Night.” Click here to listen to the show.
For those not familiar with the Hey Mister Jesse podcast, “DJ Jesse Miner will serve up a platter of swingin’ music that matters to dancers. Check out the show every month to hear music, interviews, listener feedback and news about the music swing dancers love.”
In addition to the feature, it’s a great podcast, full of amazing jazz artists (new and old) and a format that invites listeners to engage in and be a part of the show. Highly recommended if you are a fan of trad jazz, swing, and blues and are looking for new listening material.
We are excited to be performing at the Music on Main Concert Series at The Streets at Southpoint on June 8, 2013. This free concert series is open to the public and occurs in the large open space with the fountain in front of Southpoint Cinemas.
Cinema Circle, in front of AMC Southpoint 17
8030 Renaissance Parkway
6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
We’ll see you there!
***RAIN PLAN*** If it rains, the show will move from the outdoor stage to inside the mall.
We’re kicking off June with our #1 Kickstarter backer, the Triangle Swing Dance Society! Join us at the Murphey School this Saturday, June 1, 2013 for our first swing dance of the summer, with a great venue and a great floor.
3717 Murphy School Rd
7:00 p.m. beginner east coast swing lesson
Dance from 8:00-11:00 p.m. with the live music from the Mint Julep Jazz Band!
For more information about the Triangle Swing Dance Society, visit their website at http://www.triangleswingdance.org.
If you missed the interview with Laura Windley and Lucian Cobb on WXDU from May 19, 2013, talking with Divaville Lounge host Sarah Ovenall about the band, the making of “Durham on Saturday Night,” and background on tracks from the album, you can listen to the hour-long broadcast (interview and tracks from the album) by clicking here. Enjoy!
Sweet Life Studios‘ Frank Myers was kind enough to snap some great shots of the band at our show on May 22, 2013 at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary – even better, he took them in black and white on a vintage polaroid camera! The results are very cool – check them out at Sweet Life Studios’ Facebook album.