Jonathan Ng’s Rain City Swing
Jazz violinist, vocalist, and bandleader Jonathan Ng has spent the majority of his life making music that moves people. He specializes in the traditions of swing and gypsy jazz, combining musical virtuosity with emotional expression. Jonathan also possesses a unique knowledge of swing dance bandleading founded on his expertise as a lindy hop, balboa, and blues dancer. Whether playing for a seated audience or a crowded floor of dancers, Jonathan seeks to share the spark which made him first fall in love with the recordings of Django Reinhardt and Count Basie.
Lynde Hunt Project
Bandleader Lynde Hunt has been delighting dancers since the Phoenix swing dance craze started over twenty years ago. Lynde Hunt Project is comprised of some of the best swingin’ jazz cats in the Valley. Lynde applies his love of swing dancing to the selection and arrangement of songs that he considers the best for dancers, with tempo and song length in mind. For swinging out at the Southwest Swing Showdown, the playlist will include plenty of Count Basie and Duke Ellington.
Lava Hot Jass Band
Lava Hot Jass Band has been performing regularly in Arizona since 2017 for swing dancing events, private parties, weddings, funerals and more. Sexy blues, roaring 20s swing, second line parade… you name it, we’ve got it! The band members are passionate about making fingers snap and toes tap while bringing that swingin’ rhythm to noisy public halls and special events.
Bandleader, Wen, is a professional clarinetist who has a real adoration for traditional New Orleans style jazz. Together with some of the highest energy cool cats in the Phoenix area, she formed the Lava Hot Jass Band to meet the demands of music lovers and swing dancers.