Meet the Bands!

Michael Gamble and the Carolina Footwarmers

Michael Gamble and the Carolina Footwarmers

This is a small ad-hoc group of passionate musicians created to explore and recreate the many eclectic hot jazz and swing tunes recorded by major artists in between their bigger projects. Some of the hottest sounds ever loud down were on the B-Sides of Sidney Bechet, Jack Teagarden, Bud Freeman, Charlie Shavers, Lionel Hampton, and countless others - to these and more the Footwarmers pay joyful tribute, keeping the dance floor ever swingin‘ and shufflin’.

Tray Dahl & the Jugtime Ragband

Tray Dahl & the Jugtime Ragband

Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband is an energetic amalgamation of all the popular musical styles of the 1920‘s & 30’s. With an early New Orleans sound, we get people‘s feet stomping in a roaring twenties kind of way! Our sound has been described by many as “speakeasy” or “prohibition era” music. We deliver a heavy dose of powerful 1920’s inspired vocals stylistically akin to Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong together with three part harmonies and New Orleans style horns. Our main influences include Louis Prima, the Boswell Sisters, Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong. We play songs composed by some of the best songwriters from the early to mid-twentieth century alongside our original tunes which are heavily influenced by their work.

Taryn & the Real Deal

Taryn & the Real Deal

Born in Memphis and raised in Atlanta, vocalist Taryn Newborne is rooted deeply in the soil of a rich musical heritage. She has often said that she loves music so much, it hurts her feelings. After years of dancing in her local Lindy Hop scene, one of the major organizers suggested that Taryn put her own group together for dances. Taryn Newborne and The Real Deal was born. She’d finally found her home, situated between her love of singing and Lindy Hop. Since becoming a regular in her home scene, Taryn has had the opportunity to make guest appearances with Falty and the Defects, Ben Polcer, Jonathan Stout and Gordon Webster.

Comprised of some of the most sought after musicians in the world, Taryn Newborne and the Real Deal strive to swing as hard as possible.

Laura Windley

Laura Windley

Featured singer for Michael Gamble and the Carolina Footwarmers

Laura came to jazz music from the dance floor, picking up swing dancing in 1998. A few years later she became a DJ for those same dances, broadening her knowledge and love of jazz and swing with non-stop listening and music collecting. From there it was only natural that she try singing the songs that she had grown to love and, because a swing singer needs a swinging band, Laura went on to co-found the Mint Julep Jazz Band with her husband, trombone player Lucian Cobb, in 2012. Laura has become a staple of swing dance events throughout the U.S., performing with her own band as well as bands lead by Jonathan Stout, Michael Gamble, Paul Cosentino, Craig Gildner, and Jonathan Doyle.

Singing in a sweet style with a serious rhythmic underpinning and drawing comparisons to a young Ella Fitzgerald, Ivie Anderson, and Helen Forrest, Laura is known for her authenticity of sound – as you enter the dance hall, you may think you are hearing a vintage recording. She can’t help but swing, no matter what the tempo, and she has a splendid conversational approach to the lyrics. Michael Steinman has called her “the Joan Blondell of swing singing: sweet, tender, and lemony all at once. And once you’ve heard her, you won’t mistake her for anyone else.”

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