Bands and Musicians

More Philly bands and more dancing! You won’t want to miss out.

Friday Evening Dance

Jack Saint Clair and the Saintly Stompers

Jack is a Philadelphia-based composer, arranger, saxophonist, and bandleader who swept us away premiering his group, the Saintly Stompers, at the first Philadelphia Lindy Exchange. We’re excited to welcome him back for our second year at PHLeX!

Jack is the leader, conductor, and sole writer for the Jack Saint Clair Orchestra, a 17-piece big band that performs the first Thursday of the month at LaRose Jazz Club. 

In addition to his writing, Jack performs regularly as a saxophonist with Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Nine and the Epoché Saxophone Quartet.

Photo Credit: Jerry Almonte

Saturday Afternoon Dance

Parlour Noir

Since 2017, Parlour Noir has been a well-spring of traditional jazz music from the historic Mt. Airy district of Philadelphia, PA. The eccentric six-piece ensemble brings joy and energy to the stage across a variety of venues, from bombastic swing dance weekends to intimate restaurant settings. Comprised of vocals, horns, piano, banjo, drums, and upright bass, the band swings hard through a repertoire that spans 1922-1945, including a handful of original tunes made specifically for the dance floor. They’ve now become one Philadelphia’s premier Swing Bands. Don’t hesitate to say hello during their next band break—they’re happy to chat or a share a drink!

Saturday Evening Dance

Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather 5

In October 2012, vocalist Chelsea Reed brought five of her friends together to play some tunes in a South Philly dining room. Her plan was to form a band that played for swing dancers, so she could finally have the chance to sing her favorite songs for an audience that loved early jazz as much as she did. Since that fateful day, she’s been living that dream and couldn’t be happier about it. 

Now, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five are at home at swing dances, jazz clubs and concert halls alike. They have played renowned Philadelphia venues and travel the country year round to perform at both Lindy and Blues exchanges and workshops. They’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and he is featured on their 2017 release Spreadin’ Rhythm Around. They love exploring the roots of jazz and finding creative ways to interpret forgotten songs. Drawing upon the intensity of powerhouse vocalists, the ingenuity of 20th century composers, and the soul of the dance floor, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five honor the heritage of jazz with fresh arrangements and original songs. They are silly, passionate people who love playing this music.

And that’s all there is to it. 

Saturday Late-Night Dance

Christopher Davis-Shannon Quartet

Christopher DavisShannon‘s music is the essence of honest simplicity. Bringing together influence ranging from Fats Waller to Chet Baker, he creates an atmosphere that will instantly transport you back to jazz clubs, and speakeasies of the early 20th century. Not Content being labelled a traditionalist, he forges ahead breathing new life into old classics, weaving together a sound that is enjoyed by both young and old.
 
As a multi-Instrumentalist, songwriter, and educator, based in Philadelphia, DavisShannon maintains a steady tour schedule with his own music as well as a sideman for various acts. He brings to the stage not just the pure joy of music, but a vast knowledge of the history behind the songs that he holds close to his heart. His intricate instrumental work and plaintive vocals are infused with soulfulness which cannot be faked, and a respect for his predecessors which is rarely equaled.

Sunday Afternoon Dance

Najwa Parkins and the After-Hours Trio

Photo Credit: Lauren Levey