Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers
Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers first hit the stage in the late 1980s, reintroducing the great jazz of 1920s and 1930s to eager audiences. The group quickly developed a devoted fan following in their native Dayton, Ohio, while also winning over jazz and music lovers across the country and, even, abroad. They’ve played major music venues, such as the Elkhart Jazz Festival and the Davenport Bix Festival, been featured at the Dayton CityFolk Festival numerous times and toured Belgium at the request of Classic Jazz Stompers’ fans.
The Classic Jazz Stompers invite you to join them as they share their love of the giants of jazz and the schools and styles of New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Kansas City and San Francisco. Sit back, pour yourself a shot of smoky Kentucky bourbon and delve into America’s greatest musical genre, as only the Classic Jazz Stompers could present it.
The Faux Frenchmen
The Faux Frenchmen are acoustic guitarists Brian Lovely and George Cunningham, acoustic bassist Don Aren, and violinist Paul Patterson. They’ve played Hot Club-driven gypsy jazz in and around Cincinnati and the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. since 2002.
Guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli fronted the Quintette of the Hot Club of France in and around Paris from 1934 to 1939, and constituted the first generation of European jazz musicians. The Hot Club blended backgrounds in traditional gypsy and European popular and classical music with the then-new sounds of American jazz artists like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong , Fats Waller, and Benny Goodman to create a new musical genre, now often called “gypsy jazz.”
The Faux Frenchmen adapt the Hot Club’s instrumentation and style in forging their own re-Americanized take on gypsy jazz. Their four CD releases, Faux Frenchmen (2007), Oblivion (2008), The Swing Shift (2010), and 3am Waltz (2011) bend the relationship between American and European jazz, utilizing elements of both to create a distinctive stylistic voice.