Just found this video from our recording session in January, 2013 – this is what it looked and sounded like when we recorded “Front and Center” for our album “Durham on Saturday Night” – thanks to Ashley Warren for the video!
We can’t tell you how excited we are to be performing at Glen Echo Park‘s illustrious and gorgeous Art Deco era ballroom, the Spanish Ballroom where many of the great bands of the swing era have performed! Join us for a night of dancing in DC at this historic venue, courtesy of our hosts, DC’s Jam Cellar.
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD
9 p.m. to midnight, admission is $16.
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!
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.
We’re back for another delicious gig at Durham’s G2B Gastro Pub! Bring your appetite and/or your dance shoes for a lovely evening of jazz and swing. 🙂
The show is free, but we recommend making a reservation if you would like to eat or have a seat, because the tables usually fill up before we arrive – please specify that you would like to be seated in the jazz lounge.
G2B Gastro Pub
3211 Shannon Road
See you there! Bring a friend!
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.