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The Durham Art Guild’s Swing Into Spring – April 1, 2016

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The Mint Julep Quintet is excited to be a part of the Durham Art Guild’s Swing Into Spring on April 1, 2016, an event that highlights the visual arts community in Durham and is the first in a series of spring season arts events!  Here’s more information from the Facebook invite:

“Join the Durham Art Guild and our partners, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham Arts Council, Art of Cool, Moogfest and American Dance Festival, as we kick-off and celebrate a full and exciting spring season of the arts in Durham.

In addition to highlighting the coming season of events, Swing into Spring attendees will dance to the swinging sounds of Mint Julep Jazz Quintet and enjoy food and beverages from local restaurants and breweries. Don’t miss this celebration and a chance to take home exclusive experiences and artwork created by local artists!

Come show your support for Durham’s continuously blooming and vibrant arts scene. Dress up in your favorite floral prints, most colorful clothes, or whatever gets you ready to Swing into Spring!

$50 VIP Early Access:
We are pulling out all the stops for our VIPs. Just $50 gets you an exclusive invite to our pre-party from 6:30-7:30pm featuring a live auction of amazing experiences. This ticket includes two complimentary drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. You will also have the opportunity to “Buy it NOW” in the silent auction before the full celebration kicks off at 7:30pm.

There are a limited number of VIP tickets so don’t wait!

$25 Let’s Celebrate:
Starting at 7:30pm, celebrate the arts in Durham with live swing music and swing dancing. Don’t worry, we will have instructors on hand for a quick lesson if you need a refresher. Your ticket also includes one free drink in case you need a little liquid courage before getting out on the dance floor. Bid on art created by local artists in our silent auction as well as many other great items donated by some of your favorite area hot spots.”

The whole event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For more information and to get tickets, visit the event ticket website.  We hope to see you there!

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New Videos!

Through the magic of iPhone technology, a special gadget, and a mic stand, we’ve acquired 7 new videos from our performance at the Triangle Swing Dance Society dance at the Carrboro Century Center on March 19, 2016 – we hope you enjoy the new videos!

Triangle Swing Dance Society Dance – March 19, 2016

It’s time to do what we were born to do – play for our home crowd of swing dancers at the Triangle Swing Dance Society dance on the Triangle’s best social dance floor, the ballroom at the Carrboro Century Center on March 19, 2016.  If you don’t know how to dance, TSDS has you covered with a free beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m. before the dance.  Come swing with us!

Carrboro Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC
Time: Band plays from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Admission: Members/Students $8, Non-members $12

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Photo from Mint Julep Jazz Band’s performance at the Carrboro Century Center on St. Patrick’s Day 2013, courtesy of Joel Carlin.

Hot Rhythm Holiday 2016 – Austin, Texas

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On January 30, 2016, we return to the Lone Star State capital to perform at Hot Rhythm Holiday, a weekend of workshops and dances focusing on Balboa and Collegiate Shag and there’s a music track for people who want to learn more about performing jazz!  The events take place at the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs (“the Fed”), a mansion built in 1931 with a gorgeous historic ballroom.  We are excited to return to Hot Rhythm Holiday for our second year!  And bring on the brisket!

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The ballroom at The Fed, taken at Hot Rhythm Holiday 2015

 

Audio: Mint Julep Jazz Band on The State of Things, December 11, 2015

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If you missed our interview with Frank Stasio and Mint Julep Quintet’s live performance on WUNC’s The State of Things on Friday, December 11, 2015, you can listen to the 17 minute segment on The State of Things’ website – scroll down to the middle of the page for the audio player and press play. http://wunc.org/post/mint-julep-jazz-band-recreates-early-jazz-battle-axe#stream/0

Also, as we noted on the show, please stay tuned for a very special announcement in April, 2016!

The State of Things, December 11, 2015

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On Friday, December 11, 2015, tune into WUNC from noon to 1:00 p.m., we’ll be appearing on The State of Things, hosted by Frank Stasio!  Frank will interview bandleaders Laura Windley and Lucian Cobb, and the Mint Julep Quintet will play a few tunes – we’ll be talking about our performances and travels from the past year and the release of our new album, Battle Axe!

Wrap Us Up for the Holidays with 1 Cent Shipping!

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If you’ve got a family member who would really enjoy our music or maybe you’d like to get a little gift for yourself, you can take advantage of CD Baby’s 1 cent shipping offer – from November 30 through December 4, 2015, CD Baby will ship all physical copies of albums they sell for 1 cent, no matter how many CDs you buy no matter where you live in the world! CD Baby is the only place you can buy physical copies of our albums outside of our shows, so this is definitely the place to do your MJJB holiday shopping.🙂

Whistle Stop 2015 – Purdue University

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On November 13, 2015, the band will take its longest road trip to date, to West Lafayette, Indiana for Purdue University’s annual swing dance workshop weekend, Whistle Stop 2015! We’ll be performing on Friday and Saturday night at the main dances for the event on Purdue University’s campus. We’ll also have some free time on Saturday – what does one do in West Lafayette? If you have any suggestions, drop us a line!

For more information about the event (hosted and organized by Purdue Night Train, the university’s swing dance club), visit the event Facebook page, which is serving as the event website – they have a great lineup of instructors and The Fried Bananas will be dishing out the tunes for the late night dances.

Photos from Duck Jazz Festival

The Duck Jazz Festival is one of the best experiences we have had as a band – this community cares about jazz and puts on a thoughtful and perfectly executed event that draws jazz fans and music lovers from the outer banks of North Carolina and beyond. Thanks so much to the Town of Duck for creating such a fantastic music festival and inviting us to be a part of it!

Thanks to Alexandrea Lassiter of Dtownperspective for taking almost all of these photos and documenting our trip!

The jam session on Saturday night of the festival.

The jam session on Saturday night of the festival at The Blue Point.

There are wild horses statues throughout Duck, in honor of the wild horses that roam the dunes on the outer banks.

There are wild horses statues throughout Duck, in honor of the wild horses that roam the dunes on the outer banks.

Duck Donuts across from our hotel!

Duck Donuts across from our hotel!

Setting up at the Duck Jazz Festival main stage.

Setting up at the Duck Jazz Festival main stage.

Performing Ducky Wucky at the Duck Jazz Festival!

Performing Ducky Wucky at the Duck Jazz Festival!

A full band shot.

A full band shot.

The crowded lawn at the Duck Jazz Festival.

The crowded lawn at the Duck Jazz Festival.

Signing autographs at the merch table after our performance.

Signing autographs at the merch table after our performance.

Our trumpeter Paul Rogers signs a Duck Jazz Festival poster, featuring the silhouette of Maceo Parker, the festival headliner.

Our trumpeter Paul Rogers signs a Duck Jazz Festival poster, featuring the silhouette of Maceo Parker, the festival headliner.

That's a wrap - love you, Duck!

That’s a wrap – love you, Duck!

Photos from Battle Axe: Front to Back

We had such a great time last night at our Battle Axe album release party at Blue Note Grill! Here are some photos from this momentous occasion, thanks so much to everyone who came out to the show!

Photograph courtesy of Brian Fennessy.

Photograph courtesy of Brian Fennessy.

Snapped from the stage.

Snapped from the stage.

Blue Note Grill had some great Halloween decorations!

Blue Note Grill had some great Halloween decorations!

Backstage shot, courtesy of Alexandrea Lassiter.

Backstage shot, courtesy of Alexandrea Lassiter.

Photograph courtesy of Alexandrea Lassiter.

Photograph courtesy of Alexandrea Lassiter.

Photograph courtesy of Alexandrea Lassiter.

Photograph courtesy of Alexandrea Lassiter.

A full house!  Photograph courtesy of Alexandrea Lassiter.

A full house! Photograph courtesy of Alexandrea Lassiter.