Music 2017-09-15T17:01:10+00:00

Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five

Feat. Hilary Alexander

Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five is the nation’s premier swing dance band. Showcasing the small-group sound of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, the Campus Five is the most danceable swing band anywhere. The 7-piece Campus Five captures the true sound of the Swing-era, with all the energy and excitement that inspired millions to dance. Influences include the Benny Goodman Sextet, Artie Shaw’s Grammercy Five, Count Basie’s Kansas City Six, and the Harlem-based small groups of Illinois Jacquet, Cootie Williams, Coleman Hawkins, and Hot Lips Page.

Both founders are dedicated swing dancers, and the relationship between Swing music and Swing dance informs all aspects of the Campus Five. Song selection, tempo, song length and feel are all chosen with danceability in mind. The Campus Five’s three albums, “Jammin’ the Blues”, “Crazy Rhythm”, and “Moppin’ and Boppin’”, are favorites of Swing DJs and Swing Dance Instructors all over the globe. The Campus Five have been featured at many of the premier Swing dance events around the world, and are known for their unparalleled competition music, which inspires dancers to new heights.

DJ’s

Travis Whetman, Head DJ

Travis fell in love with swing music early in his dancing life and has been collecting it ever since. A regular Seattle DJ since 2003, Travis focuses on swing music from the 1930s and 1940s and is comfortable playing songs for many styles of dance including the Charleston, Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Blues. Away from Seattle Travis has been a featured DJ at events like Lindy Focus, All Balboa Weekend, Herrang Dance Camp, Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout, and Camp Hollywood.

Kate Hedin

Being a conservatory-trained musician, Kate has a deep understood knowledge of elegant catfights. She also has a great appreciation for jazz music. Kate is a regular DJ at Washington DC’s The Jam Cellar, and at swing dance events across the nation. Her ear for music is in such high demand that she has arranged competition music for national events like The International Lindy Hop Championships, Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout, and Music City Shuffle. Kate favors 1930s and 40s swing, like Chick Webb and Benny Goodman.

Taylor Stender

While Taylor’s love for jazz predates her dance obsession, she found her passion when  the two came together.  Hailing (or should we say “raining”) from Seattle, Taylor has been DJing regionally and locally since 2013. She takes joy in creating the best possible dance environment through song selection and loves to keep shoes a shuffling with up-tempo tunes.  When Taylor is behind the table you will be sure to hear songs from her favorite artists: Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, and Sidney Bechet. She enjoys interacting with dancers while she DJs; so if you like what you hear come talk music, if you don’t like what you hear you can always talk about shoes.

Kadie Pangburn

Kadie fell in love with jazz and the world of swing through her childhood obsession with old black and white movies from the 1930s and 40s. For her, music, especially jazz, is all about emotion and story telling and dancing is about getting the chance to express those emotions and stories through our bodies and experience them with another human being. Her music is filled with moody minor keys, passionate solos, energetic rhythms, mystery and most importantly, drama. Favoring swing tunes from the 1930s and 40s, some of her favorite musicians include Artie Shaw, Count Basie, and Benny Goodman.

Amir Rosenblatt

Amir has been DJing for Balboa dancers since 2010, when he regularly played at Seattle’s monthly Balboa Speakeasy. Along with gigs at regional events in the US and Canada, he continues to play regularly around Seattle and, for the last year has been the house DJ at Seattle’s twice-monthly Balboa Happy hour. Amir has been a staple of Seattle’s Balboa scene since he fell in love with the dance back in 2009 and started and ran the local public Balboa practice group for 5 years. He travels regularly to attend workshops, sometimes competes and occasionally teaches. Few things in life make him happier than seeing a floor full of people, with smiles on their faces, dancing their hearts out.