Posts Tagged hot jazz
As of November 28, the Mint Julep Jazz Band reached (and even surpassed) the $6,000 funding goal on our Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce our first CD! We are overwhelmed and so grateful for the generosity of all of our backers, particularly, the Triangle Swing Dance Society, who was not only our largest monetary backer, but also pledged the amount that sent us over our $6,000 goal. Thanks to your help and the magic of crowd funding, the Mint Julep Jazz Band is going to record a CD in January!
The other brilliant part of this is that we reached our funding goal in 28 days, which is just under half the amount of time we allotted to meet our goal. This means that the Kickstarter does not officially end until December 30, so if you’d still like to pre-order a CD or support the Kickstarter for other rewards, you have until December 30 to do so. If you’d like to view our Kickstarter, visit
Thanks again! We really couldn’t have done it without you!
While an 8 piece band is great for dances and special events, it is generally too large for restaurants and bars in the Raleigh/Durham area. We’d still like to bring you the hot jazz and swing, so we’ve pared ourselves down to a quintet! The Mint Julep Quintet will have its first performance at G2B Gastropub in Durham, NC on October 5, 2012.
3211 Shannon Rd, Suite 106
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
We’re excited to be performing at G2B – we hope you’ll join us for a delicious dinner or come hang out and grab a beer!
Check out the gorgeous food and beverages on their Facebook page.
The Mint Julep Jazz Band will be celebrating Independence Day at Festival for the Eno! We’ll be performing one set at the River Stage from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The festival is setting up a dance floor in front of the River Stage and Jason Sager is teaching a beginner swing dance lesson at 1:45 p.m., so bring your dance shoes if you are so inclined. It will be a lovely day of picnicing and hot jazz!
West Point on the Eno City Park
5101 North Roxboro Road
River Stage, 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
For tickets and information on the festival, directions, and parking, please visit the Festival for the Eno website.
On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the Mint Julep Jazz Band will hit the road for a gig in Greensboro at the Oriental Shrine Club, playing the evening dance as part of the Piedmont Swing Dance Society‘s spring workshops with Joel Plys and Jenna Applegarth. We’re looking forward to seeing a big crowd of dancers out for this one!
Oriental Shrine Club
5010 High Point Road
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Free beginner lesson with admission
8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – Mint Julep Jazz Band plays
Admission: $8.00 for Members and Students Under 21, $10.00 for Non-Members
For more information about the Piedmont Swing Dance Society, the dance, and the workshops, please visit the PSDS website at
The Washington Duke Inn
3001 Cameron Boulevard
Durham, NC 27705
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Mint Julep Jazz Band plays from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
General Admission: $35.00
VIP Admission (front row seating): $75.00
For more information and to purchase tickets, see the event’s Eventbrite page.
For photographs of past Altar Ego events, visit
We’ll be donning our finest emerald apparel for the Mint Julep Jazz Band show on March 17, 2012 at the Triangle Swing Dance Society swing dance, held at the Carrboro Century Center. Come dance on the finest sprung wood floor in the Triangle! Don’t know how to dance? No problem! There’s a beginner lesson at 7:00 p.m. that is included with the price of admission.
Carrboro Century Center
100 N. Greensboro Street
Beginner east coast swing lesson – 7:00 p.m.
Band plays from 8:00-11:00 p.m.
Admission: Members/students $8.00, general admission $12.00
I’m looking forward to (i.e. crazy, insanely excited about) the Mint Julep Jazz Band‘s debut performance on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Durham’s weekly Lindy Hop and Swing dance night at Hot Club of Durham, with the band hosted by RDU Rent Party! RDU Rent Party is a pay-what-you-can swing dance where all the donations taken at the door go to the band at the end of the night. Everyone is welcome at this event – this is a large venue and there will be plenty of seating at tables for people who are not dancing.
Also making her debut with the Mint Julep Jazz Band is DJ Sarah Ovenall, host of WXDU’s Divaville Lounge, which highlights “great songs and singers from Tin Pan Alley to the swing era,” every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. on 88.7 FM. If you’ve ever heard Sarah’s show, you know that she has an extensive music collection from the jazz age and swing era. She’s up for this new DJ challenge and I’m excited to hear her first set for dancers!
Hot Club of Durham
410 W. Geer Street
8:00 p.m. – Beginner lesson
9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. – The Mint Julep Jazz Band and DJ Sarah Ovenall
RDU Rent Party is pay-what-you-can with a suggested $10 donation
The Facebook invite:
For more information, visit
I am excited to be performing at the very first Be My Jazz Baby, a weekend of workshops and dances in Norfolk, Virginia, January 20-22, 2012. Bill Speidel and Victor Celania have put together a fantastic schedule, featuring instructors Michael Gamble, Jaya Dorf, Adam Speen, and Abigail Browning, with Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society of Philadelphia bringing their raucous jazz age tunes to both Friday and Saturday night dances. I’ll be singing a few tunes with Drew and the boys!
Bill and Victor have also made arrangements for a number of vendors to attend Be My Jazz Baby, so Lindy Shopper will be on hand to get the scoop. Looking forward to Be My Jazz Baby!
This weekend the Atomic Rhythm All-Stars have a double header, kicking off this season’s Music on the Porch concert series at the historic Mordecai House in Raleigh, NC on Friday, May 13. We’ll be playing from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the lawn. Feel free to bring a picnic, kids, pets, and enjoy the sounds of hot jazz as the sun sets. More details at the Music on the Porch website at
On Saturday, May 14, we’ll be taking the bus to Winston-Salem, NC to the Piedmont Swing Dance Society’s dance at the Vintage Theater. The Carolina Fascinators will also be performing at this event. More details about the dance at