This year we are celebrating the vibrant hot jazz and swing music of Austin, Texas with four wonderful local bands. Thrift Set Orchestra will grace the stage in the main ballroom on Friday evening and the Brooks Prumo Orchestra will be making its debut performance for Saturday night's dance. Then Hot Club of Austin and Rent Party will carry us into late nights on Friday and Saturday, respectively. In addition to the announced musical lineup the Hot Rhythm student band will perform Sunday night.
Thrift Set Orchestra
Thrift Set Orchestra is comprised of some of Austin's most prolific traditional jazz musicians. Conjouring the spirit of early 20th century acts like Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington, the Thrift Set Orchestra delivers a unique sound that embodies Austin jazz at it's finest. Come see why people love dancing in Austin! If you haven't heard Thrift Set, they have many recordings available on YouTube and original compositions available on Bandcamp .
Hot Club of Austin
Hot Club of Austin plays music inspired by The Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli's groundbreaking Swing Music group of the 1930’s.
Featuring Luke Hill – Guitar, Vocals, Alen Cileli – Violin, Jamey Cummins – Guitar, and Phil Spencer – Upright bass
Check them out on youtube here!
Brooks Prumo Orchestra
The Brooks Prumo Orchestra was made for dancing. Featuring brand new arrangements of long-lost big band tunes, original compositions, and crowd favorites, the Brooks Prumo Orchestra aims to embody a big band dance orchestra of the Swing era. Filled with world-class musicians, the band will evoke thoughts of Count Basie, Earl Hines, Andy Kirk, and Billie Holiday. Dancing shoes advised!
The band will feature Albanie Falletta, Dan Walton, Hal Smith, Ryan Gould, Brooks Prumo, Zack Varner, Jon Doyle, Lyon Graulty, Dan Torosian, Mark Gonzales, David Jellema, Adrian Ruiz, and Cale Montgomery.
A rent party is a social occasion where tenants hire a musician or band to play and pass the hat to raise money to pay their rent, originating in Harlem during the 1920s. It is with this spirit of music made for fun in small spaces that we approach the music. Its swingin', hot, danceable, and most of all FUN!
Comprised of an eclectic group of Austin transplants, Rent Party brings a unique blend of musicians from varied musical backgrounds and influences. Jamey Cummins (guitar), Alex Conner (guitar), Alen Cileli (violin), Phil Spencer (bass), Kyle Gabe (drums), Sarah Ulloa (vocals). This diversity manifests in a fresh blend of hot jazz, vintage swing, and jazz manouche.