We have a unique opportunity in starting a new band that has members who have played together for years in other bands and share a love of early jazz and swing – we aren’t starting from scratch, per se, but there is a certain amount of re-tooling involved when you’ve only been in official existence for a few weeks. One of the things we are working on is creating a book with some of Lucian’s old arrangements for a 7 piece band, but mostly new arrangements. We have lots of ideas for songs, but to create a comprehensive song book we want to include songs that our fans and friends love, as well.
The most demanding gig we will probably play is a swing dance, which we figured out would necessitate at least 45 songs. We’ve got 45 songs in mind, but perhaps you have a better idea, or one that we can add to the book at a later time – because, really, the book will never be finished, it will be something that we add to as long as we are playing. If you have an idea for a song you’d like to hear from a live band, let us know – it happens a lot with 1920’s and 1930’s music that you may not have heard a song other than in a recording. Feel free to post your suggestions here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are enjoying bringing this music to life and look forward to showing you what we’ve got in March!
The Mint Julep Jazz Band is excited to announce that we will be playing the Queen City Lindy Exchange on March 10, 2012! QCLX 2012: The Queen City Strikes Back will have a Star Wars theme and Lucian (aka Luke) Cobb is already planning on bringing his lightsaber, along with MJJB’s hot lineup of jazz musicians. Special thanks to Eric and Stephanie Simpson of QCLX for giving us our official premier gig!