The Hot Swing Combo was created for the sole purpose of providing dancers the opportunity to be as expressive, creative and innovative as possible while dancing to a group of less than 8 musicians. Big Bands with their excellent arrangements and strength in numbers were/are an obvious choice for dancers. But what if a smaller swing combo, able to incorporate multiple genres including hot Gypsy jazz and sexy Cabaret vocal stylings, could offer dancers varying tempos, inspiring solos, and an endless supply of energy combined with some non-jazz material that shouldn’t work?
The musicians in the combo are the real deal. Previous performances include Midwest Lindyfest 2005-2007, Washington DC Lindy Exchange 2007, Cowtown Jamborama 2007, Hawkeye Swing Festival 2008, Twin Cities Rhythm and Jazz Revival 2008 and of course the birthplace for the group – Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown 2004-2008. Some of the finest musicians in the Twin Cities are seen with the HSC, including members from the Twin Cities Hot Club and the Southside Aces. This combination of musicians with their shared respect for tradition and need for innovation is spectacular.
“All of the live music kicked ass but the band on Friday was seriously the best band I’ve ever seen in my entire life.” —DJ Ryan Swift