MINT JULEP JAZZ BAND
Playing Saturday night at the Durham Armory
With their little big band lineup of 4 horns, rhythm section, and vocalist, the Mint Julep Jazz Band recreates the hot jazz sounds of the 1920′s, 1930′s, and early 1940′s through arrangements based on original recordings from the jazz age and swing era. The Mint Julep Jazz Band is based out of Durham, NC and is led by trombonist Lucian Cobb and vocalist/swing DJ Laura Windley, who have put their collective knowledge and love of swing music together to create an ideal dance band for swing dancers.
Get a preview on their YouTube channel.
KEENAN McKENZIE AND THE RIFFERS
Playing Friday night at the Durham Armory
Keenan McKenzie and The Riffers are a swing band specializing in original music and tight arrangements from the 1930s and 1940s. Featuring a 3-horn front line, the band’s distinctive sound was originally developed for Keenan’s 2017 album, Forged in Rhythm. Since then, they have performed at dance weekends from Durham, NC to San Francisco, CA.
The group offers a mix of unique big band reductions and swing-era combo tunes, all with a focus on energy and rhythm. Keenan leads with ten years of experience running bands and playing for dancers. As a Lindy hopper, he programs shows with a critical attention to tempo and emphasizes rhythm and energy on the bandstand.