Music is one of my sincerest passions. I have been a swing music aficionado since 1996, and haven’t looked back. From Goodman to Stout, Django to Pinetop, and Ellington to Miller, if they file it under swing at Canterbury Records, then I’m in! Classic big band swing is at the heart of my collection; its chock full of great tracks from Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, and Artie Shaw. But I would be remiss if I stunted the description of my collection with only those selections. Small groups, boogie woogie, trad jazz and Gypsy have a happy home in my collection as well.
I like to view being a DJ like being the conductor of a train. The job is to take their passengers from A to B, and along the way provide them with an experience they won’t forget, filled with beauty, excitement, and wonder. The DJ is the conductor of an evening’s journey through music and dance. Taking the dancer from stop to stop, giving them the chance to get off where they wish, but hoping that the ride is just too good not keep going. This involves crafting a set that moves seamlessly from Lionel Hampton to Louis Prima to Django and on, taking my passengers to the familiar hot spots of Basie and Bechet, but pushing their musical boundaries, bringing them to new found hot spots like Edgar Hayes and Gene Kardos. The journey is a non-stop flight of excitement, thrill and musical seduction. My goal is to leave the dancing passengers wanting more.
My DJ experience is vast, some of the highlights include: