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 calendars! Check out details about public events on the Black Swan Performance Schedule, or contact us directly for private bookings. Our next public performance is May 7 at the Rialto in downtown Portland for their annual Kentucky Derby festivities, with festivals coming up soon in Lacey, Penticton, Sun Valley and Seaside.
John and Don are in the news! 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.
Meet cornetist Rick Holzgrafe, the newest member of the ensemble.
Dance Hall Favorites, our latest release, is a two-CD collection recorded at Performing Arts Centers throughout Oregon, California and Washington. It includes over two hours of hot jazz and audience favorites on 28 tracks.
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 adding 24 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!