Traditional jazz and swing band performing throughout the NorthEast for concerts, dances, Mardi Gras events, weddings, OktoberFest and worship. Founded in 1978 with CD's available. Trumpet, clarinet, tenor sax, trombone, piano, bass and drums with vocalist. Traditional jazz inspired by Louis Armstrong and New Orleans style; classic swing in the Ellington small-band style plus we do German, oom-pah band music as well. Smaller bands and full 18-piece big band also available. Please see our calendar of events at www.stjjazz.com.
The Maple Leaf Seven killed it at my Gatsby party at the Mount Washington Hotel. Flexible, fun and they got the party moving on the dance floor. I hope to work with them again.
Response from Maple Leaf Seven:
This was a great party and we were glad to be a part of it. Our goal is to always make the music match the moment. When we do that our clients are happy and we're happy. When we can't do that we won't take the gig.
I had the privilege of booking this band for a 1930s Swing Event of about 100 people. They were incredible! They arrived on time, were very flexible when our event schedule got out of whack and were very accommodating when it came to our last minute requests. I was looking to make this event a nostalgic one and this band certainly delivered. I received numerous compliments throughout the evening on my band selection. I would have to agree. This is a great group of very talented gentlemen. I would book them again in a heartbeat.
Everyone raved about the band, people were dancing for every song, and the 75 year old birthday boy smiled the whole time.
Response from Maple Leaf Seven:
This was a great gig. We love when people really want to dance.
The Maple Leaf Seven performed at our company client appreciation luncheon, and they were wonderful. Their song choices were impeccable and they kept the event lively. They made every effort to accommodate song requests-- they covered everything from New Orleans-style jazz, to Irving Berlin, to swing standards. At least a couple dozen clients (of all ages!) said this was our best event yet, owing in large part to this fabulous band.
These gentlemen were consummate professionals-- sure to bring both sophistication and pizzazz to any party-- and I'd highly recommend them.
Phil was so kind and accommodating, making him very easy to work with. We had a great experience planning our evening with Maple Leaf Seven, and their performance was absolutely perfect. We couldn't have asked for a better band for our rehearsal dinner. Thanks Maple Leaf Seven!
We hired this group to play at a rehearsal dinner in Montgomery Center. The guests varied in ages from twenty-something's to mid-sixties. Everyone enjoyed the music! Phil and his group played during the cocktail hour, and during dinner. It made the event truly special.
Loved the boys and the band.
We can't stop talking about it! We haven't stopped smiling! Phil and the band did it all--lively prelude, heartfelt prayer response, energetic hymn accompaniments, and a touching benediction. They even agreed to help me illustrate a point in the sermon! What a musical blessing, and what a blessing it was to work with them in preparation. We are still glowing from the experience. Thank you!
What to Expect
Maple Leaf Seven: traditional jazz and classic swing for listening, dancing and just plain fun - ALSO - Spirituals, gospel and jazz settings for worship.
Swing North Big Band: full-steam-ahead swing in the Basie tradition for dancing or concerts.
The Maple Leaf Seven, Vermont’s own traditional jazz band, provides traditional "dixieland" and classic swing throughout the northeast for jazz lovers and dancers. Maple Leaf Seven features traditional and contemporary interpretations of jazz standards on clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums.
Maple Leaf Seven was founded in 1978 by jazz lovers in St. Johnsbury, VT. In the succeeding 40 years the band has played numerous concerts, weddings, parties and anniversary celebrations. During the summer months Maple Leaf is a highlight of many northern Vermont and New Hampshire town fairs and bandstands, including Danville, Irasburg, Bradford and Fairlee, VT. Fall brings Foliage and OktoberFest celebrations and Winter engagements include annual appearances at First Night - St. Johnsbury and Mardi Gras celebrations in addition to concerts, dances and private parties. We are available for weddings and parties throughout the year.
Maple Leaf's CD,s include: “Sweet Jesus” released in 2010 featuring spirituals, hymns and gospel numbers performed in the band's inimitable swinging style. Led by church musician Phil Brown, Maple Leaf Seven is also known for their series of “Dixieland” worship services. These services are held annually in Peacham and St. Johnsbury, VT and have been offered in churches throughout the northeast. Maple Leaf also provided traditional New Orleans style music for funerals and memorial services.
Maple Leaf Seven's earlier CD, "Tappin’ Time" is also available and includes traditional jazz tunes along with swing numbers. Sample tracks can be heard on the band’s web site at www.stjjazz.org. Maple Leaf Seven is represented by St. J. Jazz which also provides representation for Swing North - a "Basie style" big band and the St. J. Jazz Trio/Quartet/Quintet. A calendar of performances and contact information for bookings is available at the St. J. Jazz web site.
Additional Booking Notes
We provide our own professional sound system and stand lights. We require one 120v, 14 gauge minimum power line run to the performance area. Set up for Maple Leaf Seven requires 8'd by 12'w. Set up for Swing North Big Band requires 12'd by 24'w.
Outside performances require overhead protection from sun and/or rain. An 8' by 8' hard surface must be provided for drums and piano. Alternate peformance spaces are recommended in the event of inclement weather. Cancelation fees apply.
Past Booked Events
|September 28, 2019 • 8:30pm - 10:30pm||Birthday Party|
|December 16, 2018 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|June 30, 2018 • 11:00am - 1:30pm||Corporate Event|
|January 07, 2017–January 08, 2017 • 9:30pm - 12:30am||Nightclub Event|
|January 09, 2016||Nightclub Event|
|January 24, 2015||Bar/Lounge|
|April 25, 2013||Birthday Party|
All of Me
Just a Closer Walk
That's a Plenty
East St. Louis Toodle-loo
Lulu's Back in Town
Georgia on My Mind
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
St. James Infirmary
Things Ain't What They Used to Be
When I'm Sixty-Four
|Phil Brown||bass, vocals, manager|
|Jim Torres||tenor sax|
|John Goodrich||piano, tuba|
|Dennis Cote||tenor sax|
Influences & Inspiration
Strongest influences are Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington along with Original Dixieland Jass Band, Count Basie swing band and Jumpin' Jehosafats. In addition to the Ellington early small bands, his later Sacred Concerts were pivotal in shaping our sense of the Sacred in jazz.
We provide our own professional sound system and stand lights. We require one 120v, 12 gauge minimum power line run to the performance area. Set up area for Maple Leaf Seven requires 8'd by 12'w. Set up for Swing North Big Band requires 12'd by 24'w.
Outside performances require overhead protection from sun and/or rain. An 8' by 8' hard surface must be provided for drums and piano. Alternate peformance spaces are recommended in the event of inclement weather.