This high level group of pros is dedicated to playing Chicago Swing /New Orleans style Dixieland Jazz in a highly entertaining, musical, and spirited fashion Led by the flamboyant, virtuoso trumpeter, JB Scott, former musical director of the world famous Dukes of Dixieland, the group also features award winning vocalist Lisa Kelly, well-known for her rich, smooth tone and swinging delivery of lyric, and the unique story telling vocal styling of versatile banjo/guitarist Ken Calhoun. Rounding out the ‘all star’ cast are respected musicians Dave Steinmeyer, legendary trombonist formally with the renowned Airmen of Note, popular clarinetist Jim Snyder, also a former Dukes of Dixieland group member, bassist Rick Ravelo, who swings as hard as they come, and drummers Eric Mason or Steve Salo, both excellently grooving interpreters of jazz. JB Scott’s Swingin’ AllStars has a broad, versatile repertoire that includes tributes to the classics from the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s to well-penned original songs; from the style of Louis Armstrong’s Allstars, New Orleans Traditional, Chicago Style, and even a bit of Big Band Swing, with influences that include Louis Armstrong, Clark Terry, Ruby Braff, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Lee Wiley, Peggy Lee, Eddie Condon, Trummy Young, and Kenny Davern. To quote Bill Harding, a long-time fan and follower of the group, “JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars is a real wealth of experienced, creative musicianship in one fantastically entertaining group!” “Her Ella” like scat is really impressive. ..His versatile style enables him to swing like crazy. This is a highly entertaining exciting band that – on the evidence of this CD (“Just Swingin’!”), can please a wide variety of audiences. I can’t wait to see them in the UK - they’re really refreshing."
Brian Harvey, The Hot Jazz Channel, October 2008, website: http://www.radiojazz.co.uk