Toronto Lindy Hoppers rely on the large, vibrant community of Jazz musicians for the music that moves us. Here are some of our favourite Toronto jazz bands:
Martin Loomer & His Orange Devils
One of Toronto swing dancers’ favourite band, Martin Loomer uses original and adapted charts by many of the great swing era bands like Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and others from the 1930’s to create an authentic, swing era feel.
Listen to Martin Loomer & His Orange Devils playing The Mooche at the Monarch Tavern.
Toronto All Star Big Band
A youthful band playing swing hits of the 1930s and 40s. You can often find them playing at special events, like the Toronto Jazz Festival or Swing Out to Victory.
George Lake Big Band
Listen to the George Lake Big Band playing The World on a String.
Toronto Jazz Orchestra
Formed in 1998, the 18-piece Toronto Jazz Orchestra is a classic Toronto big band, playing hits from the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Small Combo Swing
Bertie and the Gents
Roberta Hunt is one of Toronto Lindy Hop’s most popular current artists. You can often catch her band at the Dovercourt for Saturday Night Swing or inspiring creativity at dances and competitions at many workshop weekends.
Listen to Bertie and the Gents play C’est Magnifique at the 2013 Lindyworks Strictly Lindy Finals.
Alex Pangman & her Alleycats
Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Connie Boswell, Annette Hanshaw, and Ruth Etting, Alex is one of Toronto’s jazz gems, having inspired Toronto Lindy Hoppers with her music since her first album launched in 1999.
You can also check out Alex’s music video for her rendition of Undecided, featuring local dancers Jackie Oakley and Mark Hart
Traditional/ New Orleans Style Jazz
A Toronto favourite, Combo Royale plays New Orleans style jazz and even features some of Toronto Lindy Hop’s members!
The Happy Pals and the New Orleans Connection All-Stars
These two bands are made of a rotating line up of some of Toronto’s best jazz musicians. Be sure to catch them on Sundays at Grossman’s tavern.
Listen to the Happy Pals playing Clarinet Marmalade at Grossman’s Tavern.
Miz Debbie puts on unforgettable performances of well-known and rare traditional jazz. Not to be missed is her rendition of The Chair Song! Be sure to request it next time you’re at one of her performances.
Listen to Miz Debbie, singing Big Butter and Egg Man with the New Orleans Connections All Stars.
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