Vintage Jazz and Swing played in an authentic style. Uptown Swing & Jazz is a 3 to 6 piece band that specializes in the small band jazz of the 20’s & 30’s. The style is that of a small “big band” trying not only to capture the sound of the hot jazz of the 20’s but the swing jazz of the 1930’s. The band plays all of the styles of music that were dominant during that musical period of time from Ragtime, to New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Jazz to Harlem. Tin Pan Alley tunes and blues are also a big part of the performance.
The music is perfect for listening and dancing so bring your dancing shoes.
Uptown Lowdown Jazz made out already super special wedding fantastic. The music was exceptional quality and they so easy and lovely to work with. No stress or issue whats-so-ever! In fact, my father who is disabled was chair dancing and the music made him so happy! They are so great and modestly priced for the quality!
We are so happy that we chose Uptown Lowdown Jazz! They were amazing performers and all night our guests commented on how incredible they sounded. The band was professional and very reasonable in price. The communication from them was great and they made the day even more special. Thank you so much for the amazing performance!
Response from Uptown Lowdown Jazz:
We were glad to be able to help "make you day".
I have employed Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band in the past and have hired them for several upcoming events. They are one of the top Traditional Dixieland Jazz Bands. They are reliable and once they commit, they are there. They play to the crowd and are very sensitive to their mood. They are flexible and can accommodate just about any request. They have a large following that is definitely very loyal to this band. They are in high demand for all Traditional Dixieland Jazz Festivals. They are also very easy to work with. They are always my first selection.
Price Range: $400.00 - $1600.00
Languages: English, Italian
What to Expect
Uptown Swing & Jazz is a 5 piece band that specializes in the small band jazz of the 20’s & 30’s. The style is that of a small “big band” trying not only to capture the sound of the hot jazz of the 20’s but the swing jazz of the 1930’s. The band plays all of the styles of music that were dominant during that musical period of time from Ragtime, to New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Jazz to Harlem. Tin Pan Alley tunes and blues are also a big part of the performance.
The music is perfect for listening and dancing so bring your dancing shoes
For Dixieland performances we refer to the original players for style and feeling. Foe weddings and dances we present a swing band sound swapping the tuba for string bass, banjo for guitar and swap the clarinet for sax. You can see and hear these various changes at (link hidden)
Seattle's Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band specializes in authentic sounding Dixieland Jazz,Ragtime,Swing and dance standards serving customers, clients and jazz fans since 1971. The band in that span of time has performed in every way imaginable - from the grand opening of the Kingdome to the final beam raising of the Westin Hotel. They have performed 6:00 AM wake up music for sales meetings and rallies to company picnics and cruises on Puget Sound. If you need music for any business or company event, go to their Bands page. Uptown Lowdown will add pizzazz to any business function.
If your are a concert promoter or jazz festival director, Uptown Lowdown has custom presentations.Specialties include jazz history concerts gospel services, and tributes to major composers including Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver and Sidney (link hidden)r more information please go to the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band website: (link hidden)
If your needs are private such as weddings, receptions, anniversaries, birthdays, holiday or house parties, you might consider our smaller combos. Uptown Swing & Jazz is our 3 to 5 piece swing band playing mostly 30's & 40's style music. Uptown "Lite" is a small version of the Dixieland band featuring piano, trumpet, banjo and bass sax. Th Double Barrs is Bert playing trumpet and drums and rose Marie on piano. This group performs for over 200 senior residences annually. Rose Marie plays solo piano for weddings, receptions and senior residences. Thank you and remember - "Live Music Is Best".
Additional Booking Notes
We have minimal requirements. We can perform on flat ground without a stage or riser in needed. We need minimal power for our sound equip and can play with our own power pack without power form you if 2 hours or less.
If we are outdoors, we prefer a cover to shade the band - no direct sunlight please.
We have our own electric piano if no piano is available on site.
Past Booked Events
|August 19, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|July 22, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Concert|
|June 10, 2017 • 12:30pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|August 20, 2016||Wedding Reception|
|July 09, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|January 30, 2016||Birthday (Adult)|
|December 31, 2015||Holiday Party (New Year)|
|August 15, 2015||Cultural Event|
|November 10, 2013||Birthday Party|
|September 12, 2013||Grand Opening|
|July 13, 2013||Wedding Reception|
|Bert Barr||Leader/Cornet - trumpet|
|Rose Marie Barr||piano|
|Paul Woltz||sop - alto - tenor - bass sax|
|Al LaTourette||banjo - guitar|
|Andy Hall||Trombone, reeds, vocals|
|Dave Brown||St. Bass - in Swing Band|
|Candace Brown||Guitar in Swing Band|
Influences & Inspiration
We like any vintage style jazz and swing from the original New Orleans players to the music od Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, the Mills Brothers, Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller, And all the big bands right up to and including some Sinatra.
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