Carolina Reapers Swing was born when a team of young musicians, crazy about 1930s and 1940s jazz, met swing dancing. Out of this synergy came a band who brings back jazz standards and the rare pieces that have bound together swing music and swing dance since the early days of Lindy Hop.
Their personal and energetic style is fresh, while their arrangements are tight. That is, they keep it classic and yet find new ways to bring you the ole’ trad jazz songs of the swing era... and their name is already synonymous of a “hell of a party”.
Their recipe: a solid rhythm section (Audrey Leclair, Joseph Vu Van, Fernando Morrison, Arthur Defrain) which makes dancers swing like never before; a talented and creative brass section (Benjamin Faconnier, Sami Khalfoune, David Tavani and Mickaël Pernet) whose exceptional solos light the floor on fire with inspiration and musicality; and the exquisite main singers whose seductive singing will fill you and thrill you.
Their repertoire is not randomly chosen. Besides playing very well-known tunes by the dance community, these musicians research carefully and recover little treasures hidden in the records of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, Illinois Jacquet, Artie Shaw, Johnny Hodges, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, and others. With so much reverence to the original records, Carolina Reapers Swing will surprise you with songs you haven’t heard before, or they’ll play the songs that you know like it’s the first time you’re hearing them.
With all these ingredients the Carolina Reapers Swing give you everything from those beautiful unforgettable times with your partner to those wild and wonderful states of madness, while also creating some magical moments on stage.