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Seven Jazz Leeds Present Swing Festival With: Alligator Gumbo
"Jon Scully - Trumpet, Greg Surmacz - Clarinet, Matt Tiffany - Violin, Chris Lloyd - Accordion, Mike Simpson - Guitar, James Paylor - Bass
The second part of our swing festival features Alligator Gumbo, a 6 piece swing band from Leeds. Their repertoire is built up of songs made famous by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Jelly Roll Morton, and Billie Holiday, played in the traditional New Orleans style, with it's fast paced melodies and improvisations over foot-stomping rhythms."
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Alligator Gumbo are a 7-piece swing band from Leeds. Playing jazz from the hey-day of the New Orleans swing era, in particular the "roaring 20s", where Jazz music featured instruments such as the violin, clarinet and accordion particularly amongst the Creole musicians based in the city who helped to define this style.
Before the time of the jazz big bands, swing music was raw and largely improvised with melodies and solos happening simultaneously which has now become defined as the 'New Orleans' sound. Alligator Gumbo strive to keep this style alive in their renditions of popular songs from this unique time and place.
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