What do the little red stars mean? It means that I saw them at a dance within the last year and the number of stars indicate how much they inspired me to swing dance. The number of stars can also go up or down. Bands with no stars means I haven't seen them live or it's been a while since I've last seen them. Some bands got fewer stars, not because they were bad, but because their "swing content" was lower than expected or desired; some bands are exciting concert bands, but I probably wouldn't hire them to do a swing dance.
Editor's Note: If you're interested in hiring a band, take the time to listen to them in concert or at least, listen to a demo tape. And do me a favor: tell the band or dj that you found them here on these pages.
Interested in traditional or dixieland jazz? Go to New England Traditional Jazz Plus for schedules, venues, and bands.
Want to hear swing/big band music when you're at your computer? Set your web browser to Martini in the Morning for music to put you in the mood 24x7!
Sometimes I wonder if the bands really care that they're listed here (well, one of them really does.) Very rarely do I hear from a band asking me to come and check them out. Some of them I like more than others and some I want to support more than others. And there are others that I've never heard. There is certainly a short list of bands that would encourage me to leave the house to go dancing. While I'm sure that a lot of people will disagree with my selection, I'd like to let these bands know that *I* like what they're doing.
The Webmaster's Favorites (in no specific order):
Don Dworkin, DDE Music, P.O. Box 866, Latham, NY 12110 (518-782-0577, fax: 518-782-0576)
See those (permanent) four stars? They earned them.
Contact Cynthia Lyons, P.O. Box 123, Northford, CT 06472. (Booking information and/or 24-Hour Hotline: 203-484-4749)
Contact Bruce Bears Management at 781-391-5623 or 625 Fellsway West, Medford, MA 02155.
Editor's note: I love dancing to Toni's music. She understands what a swing rhythm really is and can turn just about any song into Swing music.
This is the only band for which I've driven to NYC to dance....twice.
The White Heat Orchestra
Contact Craig Ball at 617-354-7213 or P.O. Box 381008 Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02238-1088.
This is the original Roxy dance band...and the first band I tried swing dancing to.
Contact Ed Sheer 617-735-0604. A favorite band regularly seen at dances all over New England.
Contact Mary Witt at 413-584-8760. Swing, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, and Motown for your wedding, party, dance, or other event. Various group sizes avaialable. Based in the heart of New England, this event and wedding band travels to Boston as well as all of MA, CT, NY, VT, RI, and NH.
Contact Memphis Rockabilly Band.
(9/4/11 in Leominster. Would have given full stars if they played all swing. Close enough. 11/2011: Played at my birthday party.)
I don't get to hear most of these bands so I would appreciate if anyone had updates on the bands' status. It's a pain to have to call them up to find out if they still exist.
Contact Frank Hsieh at 617-272-5730.
BJ Magoon & Driving Sideways
Contact email@example.com. A mix of Swing Blues, Boogie-Woogie and
Bob Bachelder and the Totem Pole Big Band
Contact Bob Bachelder at 781-944-4304 or 89 Timberneck Drive, Reading, MA 01867.
Dave Whitney Orchestra
Contact Dave Whitney at 978-667-5524 or 978-667-7357. 33 Wyman Road, Billerica, MA 01821-3725
Lynne Meryl Band
Contact 413-584-1789 in Northampton (May 1-Oct. 1) or 954-733-5871 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (Oct. 1-May 1). Dance music at clubs, festivals, country clubs, weddings, etc, with music from the 1920s to present.
Pendulum Swing Band
Contact Arthur Bakopolus at 978-689-3050. 7-piece band (8- with the vocalist)
Contact Bill Winiker at 617-277-6673 or 45 Longwood Avenue, Suite 108, Brookline, MA 02146.
(12/29/08 at Upstairs on the Square)
Contact Bryon Holley at 508-520-3208 or 37 Clapp Street, Norton, MA 02766. Concert Line: 508-541-4693
Compaq Big Band
Contact Al Saloky. The Compaq Big Band is a 21-piece big band made up of employees of Compaq Computer, former employees of Digital Equipment, and other members. They play many charity-oriented swing dances as well as clubs around the North Shore. (formerly the DECbigband).
Dick Kaplan's Excellent Jazz Band
Contact Dick Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-465-0265. 6 Purchase Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. Three to eight piece traditional jazz/swing Ensemble.
Contact Milestones Entertainment at 508-943-4592. Two bands for your functions: Stone Daddys' Swing, a 7-piece swing band offering traditional and "neo-"swing, and Ron Stone and the Milestones Big Band, an 18-piece big band.
The rest of New England
Contact Karen Cameron at 603-964-7551.
Contact Johnny McLeod at 401-348-0504.
The Nifty Fifties Band
For booking information, contact Cheryl Scott Management at 860-693-0891.
The Little Big Band
Contact Frank Pappalardo at 860-871-7582 or 860-742-1432, or Scott Summerer at 860-228-0298. Connecticut.
New York and New Jersey
Contact George at email@example.com or call 718-779-7865 (fax: 718-779-7867).
MBBO is a 15-piece swing big band. George Gee also offers The Jump, Jive & Wailers, a 10-piece band.
Diana Leigh and Crazy Rhythm
New York City, NY
Based out of NYC and Philadelphia.
Peter Davis, Saratoga Spring, NY. (518-584-5412)
Most of the bands that play in the area are local acts that are only a few hours' drive away within the New England/New York region. Bands located outside that area will be listed within their individual state's webpages. If you don't see a listing for a band for your specific state, try looking on a page for an adjacent state.
You can jump to the page that lists the states outside New England.
Disc JockeysSome disc jockeys are mentioned here because I know them (and like them). Others (particularly the ballroom ones) are listed because they requested the listing or someone suggested the addition. In those latter instances, I probably don't know anything about them (regardless of how good they really are) so ask around to see which ones are recommended by the people you know.
|Tom "Tommy Gee" Gendrachifirstname.lastname@example.org||860-768-4752||CT|
|Pete "DJPJ" Paraskevasemail@example.com||207-879-2589||ME|
|J & L Sound|| ||508-823-4811||MA|
|Randy Deats and Kathy St. Jeanfirstname.lastname@example.org||401-463-1815||RI|
|K & S Musicemail@example.com|| ||RI|
|DanceSport of Boston||John & Anne Marie Paul||617-325-1562||Boston area|
|John Soaresfirstname.lastname@example.org||401-305-3551||Rhode Island|
Last updated January 13, 2012.