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Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance – October 6, 2016

Two years ago we closed out the dance tent for our debut performance at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, and we excited that they’ve invited us back to open the dance tent this Thursday, October 6, 2016!  We’ll be playing an hour and a half-long set from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to kick off the festival’s official wooden dance floor.  Come shake it with us and enjoy the wonderful fall weather!


Rolling Sculpture Art Deco Car Exhibit – September 29, 2016

When the North Carolina Museum of Art reached out to us about performing at their Art Deco car exhibit, the response was a resounding yes – 30’s and 40’s machines of beauty plus music from the same era?  Yes, please!

We’ll be opening the Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cars from the 1930s and ’40s exhibit with a soiree on September 29 featuring food, cocktails, and hot jazz amongst the rolling sculptures featured in the exhibit.  Band plays from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  This is the first of many cool events surrounding this exhibit, check out the NCMA Rolling Sculpture exhibit webpage to see what’s in store in the coming months!


The Process in Richmond, VA -July 22, 2016

We are returning to The Process in Richmond, Virginia this year, to perform at the Friday night main dance on July 22, 2016!  This Lindy Hop workshop weekend is unique in that it focuses on “the process of learning, teaching, and performing,” but definitely offers more than just workshops – there’s a ton of live music, including MJJB, Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders, the Low Down Sires, the Resonant Rogues, and 504 Supreme.  Come swing out with us for a weekend of focused learning and amazing dancing!


Mint Julep Jazz Band at Lincoln Center in New York!


We are beyond excited to announce that the Mint Julep Jazz Band will be performing at Lincoln Center in New York as a part of their Midsummer Night Swing concert series! Join us on June 24, 2016 under the stars for a night of swing music in the Big Apple!

The concert series, which runs from June 21 through July 9, 2016, features live music of the dancing variety, with a big dance floor set up in front of the Lincoln Center bandshell at Damrosch Park – artists joining us in this series include Catherine Russell, Septeto Santiaguero, the Allen Toussaint Band, and many other wonderful artists from New York and beyond!

From the Midsummer Night Swing website: “This North Carolina–based “little” big band’s goal is simple: to keep you on the dance floor. Specializing in the great swing tunes of the ’30s, the eight-piece band has been tearing through the Lindy hop competition circuit, leaving masses of new fans in its wake. Sweet and refreshing with an intoxicating kick, the band makes its highly anticipated New York debut at Midsummer Night Swing.”

For more information on the event, tickets, artists, and the dances featured in lessons before each show, visit


The Grand Taste Experience, April 21, 2016


We are back for a second year at the Grand Taste Experience at the Durham Armory, hosted by Taste The Event 2016, which is also hosting a series of wonderful events kicking off with the this event on April 21, 2016 and continuing through the weekend!  We’d love for you to join us, but this event is sold out!  Make plans to attend next year, this event is touted as the “culinary experience of the year” and allows you to “spend the evening with hundreds of guests savoring dishes created by 30 of the best chefs in North Carolina. Also on hand are local beverage makers, producing outstanding craft beer, soda, coffees and spirits. And we’ve rounded up our chefs’ favorite distributors to bring you wine from around the world to educate your palate.”  It is essentially the most delicious, fanciest, foodiest all you can eat buffet you’ll encounter in the Triangle!


Durham Magazine – Getting to Know the Mint Julep Jazz Band


Durhamites, be sure to pick up a copy of the April, 2016 issue of Durham Magazine for a feature on the Mint Julep Jazz Band!  Durham Magazine writer Sophia Lucente interviewed Laura Windley, Lucian Cobb, and Keenan McKenzie to put together this snapshot of the band’s history and life in Durham.  You can read the article (as well as the entire issue) online here or read just the article in an online-friendly format here.

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!

Battle Axe Review on Jazz Lives Blog


Thanks so much to Michael Steinman of the Jazz Lives blog for this detailed and wonderful review of Battle Axe! We are delighted to be included on his blog, with his thoughtful research and review of the many jazz giants performing traditional jazz of yesteryear and of today.

If you love traditional jazz and swing, I would recommend following Michael’s blog – it is comprehensive, updated regularly, and features wonderful artists, both new and old. Michael’s dedication to the research, review, and enjoyment of this music and the artists definitely shows in his writing.

Frontstretch Fest, April 4, 2015


The Mint Julep Jazz Band is spending a day at the races! We will be performing at a bourbon festival and steeplechase on April 4 – Frontstretch Fest at the 64th running of the Stoneybrook Steeplechase at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, North Carolina, to be exact! There will be bourbon and races, of course, but also local chefs, food trucks, local artists, horseshoes, cornhole, croquet, and even some hammocks for relaxing. We’ll be performing periodically from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Don your Derby best and come out! For more information and tickets, visit the Frontstretch Fest website.

Battle Axe Album Kickstarter Backers and Contributors – We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You!

Seriously, these people and organizations are the best, and are the reason the Mint Julep Jazz Band will record a second album! Thank you all so very much! 😀

Contributors (people who donated their time, products, and services as rewards):

Kim Clark of Time Machine Vintage
Jazz Dance Education Council of Richmond, VA
Ben Lassiter
Valerie Salstrom
Jamie Sturdevant of Chatterblossom
Alexandrea Thomsen of Dtownperspective
Gayle Windley (our vocalist Laura Windley’s mom)

Backers (people who pre-ordered the album and opted for other delightful swag, in order of contribution; also, if we have somehow missed or misspelled your name, please email us at and we will make it right!):

Brad Nathanson
Quito Washington
Jesse Miner
Michael Quisao
K&T Eisenbeis
Craig Parker
Kofi Arthiabah
Gabrielle Kern
James Benze
Chris Ronderos
Debi Blair
Jane Dawson
Christian Bossert
Andrew Knipe
Stephen Badham
Tim Grimsey
Christine Cochrum
Lindsay Gardner
John Buhrmann
Laura Ansley
Keith Moore
Ryan Lemar
Eris Discordia
Ian Whitman
Rob Moreland
Amanda Croasdell
Sarah Ovenall
Glenn Crytzer
Martha S.
Beccy Aldrich
Chris Evans
Yulai Liu
Brennan Bowman
Michael Van Andel
Brian Tietz
Paul Gilbert
Ross Blythe
Peter Bonventre
Bobby Cook
Erik Kutzler
Brittany Bugge
Joseph Bopp
Tyler de Caussin
Sarah Henderson
Kate Hedin
David Bradford
Luke Holladay
Anna B
Chayant Tanti
Brian Fennessy
Srishti Garvey
Aaron Seals
Wes Price
Andy Straube
Amy Sosinski
Jacob Z. Price
Emily Topham
Gil Macali
Frank Verdi
Steven Travis
Phillip Bailey
Dror Speiser
Phillip Paggi
Robert Edwards
Albert Mak
Jeffrey Lane
Chase Bannister
Emilie Richard
Kelly Tomlinson
Olivia Bowman
Chelsea Lefaivre
Carl Blackwell
Chad Skeeters
Jenna Bayer
Cassandra Patitz
Paul J. McLaurin
Andrea Waybright
Austin Gowland
Tia Shelley
Beth Grover
Elaine Silver
Brian Sheridan
Alex Richard
Mallory Peterson
Jacob Rix
Jenna Pekofsky
Erik Myers
Christian Seyfert
Alexis Strickland
Aubrey Groves
Scott M. Manson
Rich Werden
Joanne Fujii
Amanda Fletcher
Stephen York
Jason Platt
Mary Lou Mazzara
Adrian Fahrer
Kathy Tilton
Bill Wolf
Ivan Huang
Sara Kremer
Jason Rights
Jack Mitchell
Phil Manijak
Joan Llabres
Ferdinand Stout
John Li
Andy Nishida
Jami Good
Helene Horowitz
Ryan Swift
Dani McQueen
Jill A
Gary Sharpe
Mark Calkins
Marcus Levine
Nirav Sanghani
Stephan Jankowski
Nate Landon
Conner Phillips
Ann Sychterz
Logan Rott
Laurel Mitchell
Sarah Gray
Antonia Burns
John Davies
Oren Forward
Nick Gorman
Ben White
Kristen Buxton
Joel Carlin
Gary Chyi
YoungWoo Joh
Jared Cary
Bill Speidel
Kevin M. Thoresen
Kris Light
Erica Vess
Frank Myers
Kenneth F. Hanson
Marc Latou
Melanie Levine
Holly Yang
Joelle Andrews
Paul Pj Ryan
Michael James
Jeremy Weinberger
Douglas B. Matthews
Eduardo Sanchez
Barry Pincus
Clara Goodwin
Sharon Ferris
Arnold Cabreza
Suzannah Hamer
Erin Riley
Colin Butler
Elizabeth Tietgen
Gina Helfrich
Tim Heard
Scott Angelius
Ann Mony
Emma Durham
Chiara Coombs
Allison Meeks
Daniel Newsome
James Green
Debra Blair
Maya Bernstein
John Ennis
Binaebi Akah
Tim McMackin
Cliff Dyer
Argsnargle Flartblart
Gena Bell Vargas
Dave Warner
Jennifer Barnett
Mahmood Sheikh
Melissa Hinkel
Andrew Boggs
Rik Panganiban
Valerie Salstrom
Larisa Harrison
Melanie Kramer
George Gee
Douglas Spaceage Schumann
Tai Heng
Rebecca Plante
Tim Korkuc
Madeleine Brook
Patrick Draus
Amanda Stock

Joan Bullard
Fran Richmond
Jeff Meyer and Sarah Lapan
Joe Pangburn
Rosa Matusik
Anthony Licata
Adam Raines
Maddie FitzGerald
Ana Oara
Elliot Simon
Lauren Chester
Lynn Redmile
Tom Lassiter
Iris Carter
Nick D’Amico
David Rehm
Jonathan Jones
Carrie Newman
Matt Dorrance
Keith Beckman
Susan Manke
Norma Owens
John Palmer
Samuel Sykes
Mary Ann Carothers
Lyneah Marks
Laura Boyes
Matthew Royal
Doug Noel
Cindy Cuomo
Caitlyn Deeter
Jenni Li
Claudia Thornburgh
Albert Hardy
Benjamin Cass
Lauren Maringola
Deborah E.
Aidan Dunne
Clark Gibson
Sarah White
Sarah Garr
Heather Adams
Dang Mai
Ulla Wingenfelder
Cansu Cimen
Diane Carroad
Laurie Desch
Edwin C. Butterworth
Michael Gamble
Bobby Smith
Brad Mohr
Chelsea Reed
Johann Waldvogel
Matthew Lewis
John Rowe
Raleigh Vintage
Moriah Wood
Brenda Price
Heather Reynolds
Vicki Smith
Lily Mahon
Emily Schuhmann
Lizzy Hazeltine
Kevin Sizer
Carol Linden
Karl Sakas
Artist Andrea
Sean H
Andy Weaver
Linda Boschert
Susanna Rosen
Hannah Catzen
Meghan Lisi
Jamie Foehl
Sommer Gentry
Bradley J. Rogers
Kristen Churchill
Warren Cheung
Matthew Mella
Sarah St. Ores
Adam Speen
Simon Vogt
Amir Rosenblatt
Joy Jing
John Derrick
Beth Midavaine
Royall Spence
Andrew Byrnes
Marie-Eve Gelinas
Helen King
Elizabeth Farrington
Robert White
Jason Maynard
John DeFranco
Doc Harvey
John Antram
Abby Cohen
Richard Springs
Gary House
John DelVecchio
Matt Gritter
Tessa Smith
Brennan Ames-Phares
Andrea Gomez
Morgan L. Williams
Camille Wood
Misty Landrum
Cat Keen Hock
James Pack
Albert Alva
Mark Henderson
Erin Douglas
Bri Swingdancer
Matthew Keener
Travis Getz
Chris Imershein
Andreas Olsson
Lucie Q. Ewen
Clara M.
Michele Bailey
Richard Poole
Matt Mitchell
Susan Sacher
R Lynn Rea
Margaret Williams
Susan Gauthier
Owen Hortop
B. Darst
Tom S.
Amy Dalton
Randy Zingo
Michael Herbert
Alexandria Sampson
Emily K.
Triangle Swing Dance Society
Holly Owens
Michael Baswell
Mary Kyle Manson
Mike Guzzo
M. Legett
Ska Bob
Sebastien Lienard
Ethan Olson
Ben Rich
Michael Steinman
Ryan Ewing
Sean Johnson
Matt Lam
Stina Dallons Isaksen
Gavin MacInnes
Joshua Mclean
Caroline Gleeson
Athena Moon
Richard Korn
Voon Chew
Nelle Cherry
Rebecca Conley
Chris Parizek
Manu Smith
Ben Beccari
David Rohan de Silva
Christine Sirota
Jennifer Donner
Stepan Jordanek
Scott Cappelluti
Lindsay Kelly
Matthew Brooks
Corrie Holliday
Ben White
Elizabeth Quay
Beth Bernobich
Lindsay Giese
Jason Sager
Dave Hall
Jeong JongHwa
Ksenia Sedova
Vicki Matthews
Nicholas Neagle
Tiffany Christensen
Erika Anstead
Clay Miles
Robert Szarka
Nick D
Heinrich Hess
N. Joanne Foil
Anthony Russell
Kemper Talley
Rob Keder
Matthew Tucker
Etsuyo Choi
Sam Carroll
Dylan Kilpatrick
Caitlin Farthing