As Denver's premier Vintage Jazz band, we specialize in jazz music of the 1920's-mid 1940's. Our authentic music and visual presentation will have you thinking you've been transported back to a night club in the 1930's. With an emphasis on playing especially in the style of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong. This six piece group will have you on your feet dancing in no time.
Joe and the Spicy Pickles were a wonderful addition to our holiday Party!
"We were looking for special music for our wedding reception and we're so glad we found Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles! We really wanted to create an experience that would be fun and memorable, and thanks in a huge part to the band, many of our guests told us our wedding was one of the best, if not the best, they'd ever attended. Almost everyone danced and even those who didn't couldn't help but move to the music. The band's obvious love and enjoyment of their craft created a great energy in the room which was exactly what we wanted. Joe was so easy to work with and we were thrilled with the music he selected. For our first dance we wanted a song that fit with the band's vintage jazz style, and Joe sent us some great ideas. We loved the band so much that we plan to attend some of their upcoming gigs in Denver. Thank you to Joe and the whole band--we couldn't be happier!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 120 - 300 minutes
What to Expect
Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles are a party in the box. This vintage jazz group packs the high energy punch needed to get even the most bashful of audience members on the floor dancing. Known for their horn tricks, gimmicks, and recognizable music quotes, Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles will put a smile on everyone's face. This band is known for its professional, uniform appearance, that harkens back to the big band era, creating an elegant feel for any event.
Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band is a Denver-based vintage jazz band dedicated to revitalizing swing music and dance. This small group style swing band packs a punch of power, personality, and wit into each show, intriguing generations new and old with the beloved charm of big band swing from the late 30’s and early 40’s. The Pickles bring it all – high energy, quality musicianship, and an authentic big band sound and look that celebrate the unique American spirit of swing. The band fuses musical influences from the sounds of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw with the showmanship of Louis Armstrong, Lucky Millinder, and Jimmy Lunceford. With a smart respect for the preservation of vintage jazz music and entertainment, the Pickles are constantly adding new and original tunes to their repertoire. They bring a unique visual flair to each performance with gimmicks, tricks, horn movements, and hat work inspired to captivate audiences all night long.
Trumpet player and vocalist, Joe Smith, started the band in January of 2013 to give dancers live music to swing out to. Since the bands’ inception, the Pickles have held a special place in their heart for the swing dance community. The band travels from coast to coast to play their spicy tunes at swing dance events both large and small, and inspire dancers to fall in love with jazz over and over again. The group is notorious for their spot on arrangements and electrifying energy during competitions. The band is known to regularly keep dancers on their feet truckin’ until 4 in the morning. Recent Jazz Festivals and Swing Dance events the Pickles have performed at include:
Redwood Coast Music Festival (Eureka, CA)
Chase Garrett's Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp (Iowa City)
Beantown Camp (Boston)
Mile High Blues (Denver)
Hawkeye Swing Festival (Iowa City)
Lindy on the Rocks (Denver)
Killer Diller Weekend (Seattle)
Cowtown Jamborama (Omaha)
Music City Exchange (Nashville)
The Pickles pride themselves on being the most professional swing band in the business. They are easygoing, flexible, and open to collaborating with other musicians and entertainers. The band has taught master classes in music performance at the University of Iowa, and often invites students to sit in for a song or two during shows. All six members of the band are devoted to their craft, which ranges from playing, composing, and producing music, to teaching students, planning swing dance events, and restoring instruments.
In 2013 the group recorded a full-length self-titled album in Iowa. Since relocating the band to Colorado, the Pickles have recorded 2 EP’s: “Extra Spicy” in 2013, and “Rocky Mountain High” in 2014. Following the success of their albums, the band won first place in Seattle’s Jazz Dance Film Festival with “Movin’ Groovy” featuring original music by the band.
Additional Booking Notes
Whenever possible we prefer to play as acoustic as possible. We are happy to use amplification as well. We do our best to work with all venues, and we can provide swing dance instruction as well for events requesting.
Past Booked Events
|June 09, 2018 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 17, 2017 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 05, 2015||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|February 28, 2015||Birthday Party|
Our list is varied and always expanding. We're happy to put together music especially for your occasion. Songs that are currently in our repertoire include:
One O'clock Jump
Take the A Train
Moppin & Boppin
I'm Beginning to See the Light
Celery Stalks at Midnight
Swingin' on the Famous Door
The Huckle Buck
Royal Garden Blues
I've Found a New Baby
Easy Does It
Hop, Skip, and Jump
Summit Ridge Drive
Exactly Like You
Illinois Goes to Chicago
Yacht Club Swing
and much more.
|Joe Smith||Bandleader, Trumpet player, vocalist|
|Elijah Samuels||Clarinet and Tenor Sax|
|Gary Sloan||Upright Bass|
Influences & Inspiration
We are highly influenced by the Count Basie Orchestra of the mid-to late 1930's, and Benny Goodman's Orchestra. We also draw our inspiration from Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and other New Orleans jazz groups. Our modern day influences include Jonathan Stout Orchestra, Tuba Skinny, Orleans Six.
8 microphones, 2 monitors, and 2 main speakers
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