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Jammin' the Blues

by Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander

Rare and danceable Small Group Swing gems from 1937-1947 ala the Benny Goodman Sextet, or Count Basie's Kansas City Six and Seven.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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1. Seven Come Eleven
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2. Oomph Fa Fa
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3. Getting Dizzy
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4. Mister 5x5
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5. Lester's Bebop Boogie
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6. Lester Leaps In
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7. Stuffy
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8. Cow Cow
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9. Flying Home
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10. Down the Road a Piece
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11. Minor Swing
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12. Benny's Bugle
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13. I'll See You In My Dreams
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14. Diga Diga Doo
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15. Swingin' on Nothin'
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16. Cottontail
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17. Grand Slam
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18. Squatty Roo
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19. Shoo Fly Pie
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20. Half Tight Boogie
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21. Jammin' the Blues
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Album Notes

Los Angeles' hottest new swing band, Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five featuring Hilary Alexander, have released their debut CD, "Jammin' the Blues," to rave reviews. The album features the best of the signature Campus Five sound, classic small group swing ala the Benny Goodman Sextet, or Count Basie's Kansas City Six and Seven.

The band covers several nonstandard swing tunes, such as Coleman Hawkins' "Stuffy", and the 1945 Benny Goodman Sextet Tune "Oomph Fa Fa," as well as several straight-ahead tunes like "Cottontail", "Flying Home", and "Lester Leaps In". Vocalist and Co-leader Hilary Alexander shines on 40's gems such as "Shoo Fly Pie," "Mister 5x5," and "Down the Road a Piece," while Leader and Guitarist Jonathan Stout burns on tracks such as Django Reinhardt's "Minor Swing," and Charlie Christian's "Seven Come Eleven."

Of course, the peak of album is reached with the title track, "Jammin' the Blues," which finds the band hitting on all cylinders. The album was recorded by vintage-jazz extraordinaire Dick Hamilton at his studio, the Doing, using vintage RCA 44 microphones to capture the traditional sound of classic small group swing. "Jammin' the Blues" featured Los Angeles' best swing musicians, including Tenor Saxophonist and Clarinetist Albert Alva, Trumpeter and Vocalist Jim Ziegler, Pianist Christopher Dawson, Bassist Jim Garafolo, and Vintage-Jazz drumming phoneme Josh Collazo.


"This is no tired tribute band or museum piece trying to sound hip, but a group of young musicians enthusiastic about playing this music and not dissimilar to what one would likely have heard at any club or dancehall in the mid to late '30's. Fans of the Golden Age of Jazz will want to check this out. Highly Recommended!”
- Ted Gottsegen, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, February 2004

"I think both The Campus 5 and Jonathan Stout's Big Band are the two of the finest swing bands we have today, not only because of Jonathan Stouts commitment to the art and his appreciation for the era, but also because Mr. Stout has that rare connection to the dancers that comes from being a dancer himself and a pretty good one at that, he knows what keeps our feet moving and he gives it to us with style and grace."
"Sailor Mike" Mizgalski- Swing Dancer, 2006 National Collegiate Shag Champion

"Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five are one of those few bands on the scene today that may proudly wear a medallion that says, 'Real Jazz.'"
– Jeff Parker, host of “Parker’s Place” on KAAT-FM 103.1, and


Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander is a septet dedicated to preserving the classic and often overlooked small group swing from the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. Founded by two dedicated swing dancers, the Campus Five was a way to expose many dancers and listeners alike to some of the more interesting and under appreciated tunes from the swing era, while still being the most danceable band playing swing today. The Campus Five picks tunes from the books of notable small groups as the Benny Goodman Sextet, Count Basie’s Kansas City Six/Seven, Artie Shaw and his Gramercy Five, as well as the small groups of Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Cootie Williams, Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, and Coleman Hawkins, and features vocal numbers from Ella Mae Morse, Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee and the young Ella Fitzgerald.

The Campus Five has traveled the world to play to eager swing dancers. We have played at the London Balboa Festival (UK), Hawaii Lindy Exchange (Honolulu), the San Francisco Balboa Festival, DCLX (Washington, DC), and two years running at the All Balboa Festival (Cleveland). The Campus Five has played at jazz festivals, such as the Sweet and Hot Jazz Festival and the OC Classic Jazz Festival, and many municipal festivals, such as the Culver City Music Festival, the Ventura Music Festival, the Ventura Lemon Festival, and the Lake Gregory Summer Concert Series. The Campus Five was featured on an episode of the Ellen Degeneres Show, which aired 2/14.05.

Our Big Band, the Jonathan Stout Orchestra, was formed in November 2004, and opened the 2007 Midsummer Night Swing Festival at Lincoln Center (NYC). We played at the All Balboa Festival two year running(Cleveland), three years running at the Rhythmic Arts Festival (San Diego), the Balboa Rendezvous (San Diego), and Swing in the Colony (Atascadero).


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Shayne White

One of my favorite albums ever!!!!
These people are incredible! I grew up watching Fred 'n' Ginger musicals and loved the old swing that was alive everywhere. These people are the real thing! They're fantastic musicians and sound just like the old masters back in the 40's. The recording quality is also really good. I cannot recommend this album highly enough. There are a lot of great old songs and tunes here that are some of the most fun music you could find anywhere. Their second album is awesome, too.

If they ever do a Northern California tour, I'll go!!

Seth Shulman

A Mesmerizing Sound That'll Leave You Thoughtless
Whenever you are listening to an album, you always get a feeling. May it be joy, maybe it be sorrow, maybe it be skillful thought. But very rarely do you ever hear a sound that leaves you in almost a state of trance. All of the instruments just float through your ears, around your brain, twisting knots and leaving you completely stunned and motionless. You can't do anything but listen. Kind of creepy, yes, but that's the sound of Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, especially featuring Hilary Alexander. Buy their album, and fall into a dream.

Madora Kibbe

Buy this CD Buy this CD BUY THIS CD NOW!!!!!!
This is one of the best classic swing jazz albums of this or any time. The charts are the originals but sound as fresh as an ocean breeze. Hilary Alexander stands toe to toe with Diana Krall, Anita O'Day, any other great jazz vocalist you can think of, and knocks their ankle socks off! All the musicians are outstanding. A must have CD.

Ralph Sayers

Swing perfection
Here in the UK we have had bands recreating the R&B/jump blues sounds of the early 50s in a true vintage style since the mid 1980s. We have few bands doing a swing style (I would recommend you check out The Hep Chaps on Raucous Records, though!).I came across the Campus Five through CD Baby's great service of being able to listen to each and every track on a CD and was mightily impressed. These are all top class musicians (the only name I'd heard of was Wally Hersom from his time with big Sandy's Flyright boys) who all play with a true love and feel for the music. The vocal performances are top notch too! I ordered all three CDs and have been playing them in almost constant rotation ever since! Give yourself a treat, support a band keeping real music alive and help CD Baby to keep promoting this kind of neglected genius.

Jonathan Stout (Not THE Jonathan Stout)

These musicians are the real thing
This CD is a great way to spend your listening time. I bought this album because I love jazz and the artists name caught my eye. I was thrilled to hear those old standards played true to form by a talented group of musicians. This CD is everything you would expect and more.

Rick Hansen

Excellent pocket, tasty solos, fun fun fun
All the Campus Five albums to date are simply excellent. Very well recorded with the acoustics of an intimate club, but without the restaurant noise. If you are swing dancer (which I am), these albums are for YOU. If you love Basies rhythm section (which I do), these albums are for you. If you like soloist who know how to listen, these albums are for you. My personal dance swing collection consists of over 3000 CD's and LP's and 78's. And after a lifetime of collecting swing, the Campus Five are in my top 5 favorite groups. All these albums are a swing dancers dream, variety of tempos, songs are not too long, deep pocket in the rhythm section, VERY generous track count on the CD's, variety of styles. Excellent for East coast triple time steps, eight count steps, lindy steps, balboa, shag, shim sham, you name its here! Simply marvelous.

Eric Abell

This is a really cool CD.
I am a dancer. I love to LindyHop, Swing, Balboa, whatever... When I was in Houston for the Great Southwest LindyFest, one of the songs from this CD was played in the workshops. I loved it! I bought the CD and all of the tracks are very danceable. Anyone who likes Savoy-style or hollywood style will love dancing to this CD. Its just fun to listen to! I can't wait for another release from this artist.

Nicholas Musin-Pushkin

A must have!
The previous reviewers said it all: infectious swing from
great musicians with a fine choice of rare gems: I do love them!!