Dixieland, early jazz styles, ragtime and old-time gospel music
Black Swan is an entertaining, artistic group that loves performing hot jazz, ragtime and old-time gospel with a distinctive, original flair.
Frequently booked at jazz and dance festivals, concerts, weddings, anniversaries, parties, wakes, corporate celebrations, cruises, Mardi Gras... you name it...Black Swan is ready to make your special occasion an "affair to remember". We can entertain either as a full, eight-piece ensemble, featuring the sizzling talents of vocalist Marilyn Keller, or a smaller jazz combo to fit any occasion.
Mark your calendar! Our next public performance is a doozy! Black Swan Classic Jazz Band featuring Marilyn Keller Celebrates 100 Years of Recorded Jazz April 20 at the Mission Theater in Portland. This is the first concert performance in Portland for many years, so don't miss the fun. Hot! Hot! Hot!
Hoagy CD is Here! After a bit of a recording hiatus, Black Swan spent time in the studio this summer recording a collection of Hoagy Carmichael's earlier compositions. CDs and digital downloads are now available through our Hoagy, Heart & Soul page.
Marilyn, John and Don are in the news! See the feature article on vocalist Marilyn Keller in the latest edition of the Syncopated Times. On March 17, the Portland Tribune featured Black Swan's piano player extraordinaire John Bennett in an article named Still Keeping the Audience Swinging which recognizes the fundraising work John and others do each month at the Shriner's in Wilsonville. Two days later our celebrated Montana slide man Don Stone was highlighted in Your Time for his upcoming jazz work with a relative major and minor.
Hot Notes is an occasional blog by band leader Kit Johnson. The latest edition, Dancers, Front & Center! speaks to the need for small festivals to win the hearts and minds of this key constituency. The inaugural publication, Positioning the Traditional Jazz Spotlight discussed building festival attendance and enthusiasm.
New Arrangements for Musicians! We've made a few changes to our Arrangements page, including many new charts and original compositions. Check out the fresh offerings.
Free, full-length sample songs from our latest three recordings are available right here:
Joe Avery's Blues (3:28 minutes; MP3) from Dance Hall Favorites (2010)
Battle Hymn of the Republic (4:17 minutes; MP3) from Feel the Spirit (2007)
Dude Ranch Blues (3:35 minutes; MP3) from This Joint is Jumpin' (2005)
We look forward to meeting you soon at your favorite "happy jazz" event!