The Jen Hodge All Stars (Thursday, Sunday)
The Jen Hodge All Stars are a mainstay of Vancouver’s swingin’ jazz scene and a lifeline for local dancers. When Jen’s leading the band, she likes hard swinging grooves, boisterous New Orleans style horns, cheeky lyrics, intriguing arrangements, and plenty of spontaneous fun. It is evident that she has an infectious love for making music. Jen’s particular expertise in the arena of traditional jazz and swing music has taken her to stages all over Canada, the US, China, Spain, France, the UK, and the Caribbean, and her musical tribute to the Savoy Ballroom and some of its most iconic dancers earned her the opportunity to lead a band in Herräng last summer. On home turf, Jen’s been leading the Jen Hodge All Stars on Wednesday nights since 2011 at Guilt & Co, a bar in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district and a major hub for the city’s musical creative minds.
Thursday Night: Chris Davis (trumpet), Jacob Zimmerman (saxophone & clarinet), Joe Abbott (clarinet), Jen Hodge (bass & bandleader), Josh Roberts (guitar), Nick James (drums)
Sunday Night: Chris Davis (trumpet), Brad Shigeta (trombone), Jacob Zimmerman (saxophone & clarinet), Jen Hodge (bass & bandleader), Josh Roberts (guitar), Kelby MacNayr (drums)
Josh Roberts Orchestra (Friday, Saturday)
The Josh Roberts Orchestra was founded as an eight-piece orchestra in 2014 for Vancouver’s local Frankie 100 celebrations, expanded into a ten-piece, hard-swinging big band in 2016 for Lindy Bout X, and became a 15-piece force of nature in 2017. The band features the music of Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Chick Webb, and many other greats of the thirties and forties. With the polished skills of an all-star cast of band members, the end result is a repertoire stacked with irresistible high energy music that sends you right back to the Swing-era dance halls.
Friday & Saturday Nights: Bonnie Northgraves (trumpet), Chris Davis (trumpet), Simon Stribling (trumpet; Friday only), Adrian Smith (trumpet; Saturday only), Jacob Zimmerman (saxophone), Ben Henriques (saxophone), Thomas Harris (saxophone), James Danderfer (saxophone), Brad Shigeta (trombone), Bryce Gilhome (tromobone), Jen Hodge (bass), Josh Roberts (guitar & bandleader), Dean Thiessen (piano), Kelby MacNayr (drums)
Jazz Jam with J^3 (Friday)
Dancers, bring your instruments! Musicians, bring your dancing shoes! At the Lindy Bout XIII jazz jam, everyone can play music, everyone can dance, and together we create a big ole’ jazzy party.
Jen Hodge (bass and wrangling), Josh Roberts (guitar and wrangling), Jacob Zimmerman (clarinet/saxophone and wrangling) — and all of you (all the instruments and merry making)!
Josh Roberts Mini-Orchestra (Sunday)
The Historical Jazz Happening will feature the Josh Roberts Mini-Orchestra, a swinging six-piece band inspired by the charts of the Josh Roberts Orchestra.
Bonnie Northgraves (trumpet), Jacob Zimmerman (saxophone), Brad Shigeta (trombone), Jen Hodge (bass), Josh Roberts (guitar & bandleader), Kelby MacNayr (drums)
Meghan Gilmore (Thursday Night)
You can read more about Meghan over on this page.
Julia Franta (Matches & Friday Night)
Julia known as DJ Frantana to some, shiny shoes to others, hails from Victoria. Julia began DJing out of curiosity, trying out her chops at a fresh meat night many years ago. It went well and curiosity turned into a love for DJing and the music that makes us want to dance.
Nick Davis (Daytimes & Saturday Night)
Nick Davis began dancing in 1998 and discovered Lindy Hop in 2002. After founding Eugene’s Track Town Swing in 2012, Nick has traveled around the globe to hone his dancing skills. He was the 2014 Frankie Manning Foundation Ambassador to Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden. Since then, he has become part of the Frankie Manning Foundation and is actively involved in shaping the future of the global swing dance scene. When not traveling to dance events Nick can be found teaching and DJing in his home scene of Oregon. He believes bringing people together through the joy of Lindy Hop is his true life calling.
Leah Wilcox (Sunday Night)
Leah started collecting jazz music when it was still being regularly produced on vinyl, but is so glad she can now collect great jazz in digital format to feed her library because she likes to travel with only carry-on luggage. Back in the mid 2000’s Leah decided she needed to round out her recreational activities with something that had less adrenaline and more creativity, she was thrilled to find out that people were still swing dancing to jazz. The only thing she likes better than swinging out to jazz is spinning jazz for dancers that makes them want to swing out!