4th Saturday Swing - Stompy Jones
With revivalist zeal, the Stompy Jones band doesnâ€™t just recreate, but breathes new life into the most jumping, rocking, and swinging small band music of the â€™30s, â€™40s and â€™50s. One of the busiest bands extant, Stompy Jones returns to our stage performing songs from its ever-lengthening set list that includes new favorites from its most recent CD, â€œSock It to Me!â€ Taking its name from a classic Duke Ellington tune, Stompy Jones has performed everywhere from San Franciscoâ€™s Top of the Mark to Disneyland (a monthly gig) and Santa Rosaâ€™s Ellington Hall. Big band leader Les Brown said that the sextet has â€œthe best small band sound that Iâ€™ve heard in years.â€ Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010, Stompy Jones has had its music featured in films including â€œDeuce of Spadesâ€ and the award-winning short â€œAll About Alice.â€
The group, originally known as the Swing Session Band, was formed in 1998 to play East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop in the spirit of the hottest jump bands. Its repertoire features rousing revivals of classics by Louis Jordan, Earl Hines, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Prima, Roy Milton, and John Kirby as well as several originals. Stompy Jones boasts musicians who have been playing this music all their lives, with sizzling horns, slapping bass, and irrepressible dance drum beats. Hank Maninger plays guitar and belts and shouts the blues, with trumpeter Rob Dehlinger and saxophonist Keith Crossan trading riffs with boogie-woogie pianist William Beatty. Drummer Lee Beary and bassist â€œLittle Davidâ€ Rose keep the rhythm section tight.