“She’s a true extrovert…even when you watch her sing, she engages you when she sings and makes you feel like you’re part of the story–which is very important.”
~Jazz trumpet player, Terell Stafford
"Chelsea Reed is my favorite kind of singer. She sings the songs as they are intended: beautifully, candidly, with excellent pitch and swagger and very few frills. The Fair Weather Five have the taste and good judgment to back her up without getting in her way, and to swing while they're at it."
~Singer/songwriter, Carsie Blanton
In October 2012, vocalist Chelsea Reed brought five of her friends together to play some tunes in a South Philly dining room. Secretly, her plan was to form a band that played for swing dancers, so she could finally have the chance to sing her favorite songs for an audience that loved early jazz as much as she did. Since that fateful afternoon, those unsuspecting handsome men have comprised the Fair Weather Five: Noah Hocker on trumpet, Chris Oatts on saxophone, Jake Kelberman on guitar, Joe Plowman on bass, and Austin Wagner behind the drums.
Now, over a year later, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five are at home at swing dances, jazz clubs and concert halls alike. They have played renowned Philadelphia venues like the Kimmel Center and World Cafe Live in addition to touring around the country in a trusty blue van. They love exploring the roots of jazz to find musically creative ways to interpret forgotten songs. Drawing upon the influence of artists such as Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five bring the intensity and passion of early jazz to every stage they play to put on one heck of a show.
Chelsea will be playing twice: Friday night and Sunday Afternoon. http://www.thefairweatherfive.com/
As Pittsburgh's Lady Of Lady Of The Blues, Miss Freddye keeps the blues alive in her native hometown. She started singing in church at a young age. The influence of church and her mother's love of the Blues gave Miss Freddye the beginning to venture in the world of Blues Music in 1996. She joined BMW(Blues Music Works) under the direction of Big AL Leavitt.
In 2002, Miss Freddye formed her own band, "Blue Faze". Several years later, she became Miss Freddye's Blues Band and Miss Freddye's Homecookin' Band. Her Influences include: Koko Taylor, Etta James, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Big Mama Thornton, Big AL Leavitt, and Bessie Smith.
2017 Pittsburgh Music Awards for best blues band and best album "Lady of The Blues"
2016 Pittsburgh Music Awards best blues band
2015 Freedom From Silence, Center for Victims
2014 Star Award for VA Pgh
2018 Blues Foundation for Best Emerging artist album and the Koko Taylor award (Traditional blues female).
Past blues competitions:
2008 West Virginia Blues Society winner for best blues band
2012 Blues Society Of Western PA best duo/solo
Miss Freddye's Blues Band has that traditional Chicago style blues that gets a hold of a crowd and leaves them wanting more! They have opened for Kelly Richie, Eden Brent, Gina Scillia, Janiva Magness and Bettye LaVette and performed as far away as California. They perform in regional blues festivals and dances, as well as playing benefit concerts for numerous charities. Miss Freddye really gives her all and gives back to the community. Miss Freddye will be playing Friday Late Night. Always a PittStop favorite. We missed her last year. http://www.missfreddye.com/
Meet Miss Freddye and Her Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkjWu7ZhVgI
Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the lindy hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide. Drawing on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, Webster serves up a smorgasbord of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible danceability.
Born in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Webster began playing the piano at age 4. He moved to Toronto in 1993 to study jazz piano at University of Toronto. In 2001, while still living in Toronto, he became obsessed with the lindy hop and began traveling to exchanges and camps as both a musician and a dancer. In fact, Gordon attended our very first PittStop in 2001 as a dancer. In 2002, Gordon met his wife Katie, a lindy hopper, at Swing Out New Hampshire. In 2004, he moved to New York City to pursue his Masters of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated in 2006.
One of the most active and versatile musicians on the scene, Webster maintains ongoing collaborative relationships with a diverse array of jazz/blues and lindy hop luminaries. Gordon’s band has played around the world and this will be his fifth time at PittStop due to his popularity among our dancers as one of the best Lindy Hop and Swing bands in the world. Gordon will be playing twice for us—on Saturday evening his 9-piece band will play Lindy sets, and Saturday late-night Gordon will play Blues sets. Joining Gordon will be Paul Cosentino on Clarinet and sax.www.gordonwebstermusic.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHXtOcXnvVc (JSC 2017 - "School Days")
The Boilermaker Jazz Band has performed at every Pitt Stop Lindy Hop, and this year makes number 18! With their unique brand of musical Americana and hot jazz revelry, the Boilermaker Jazz Band brings the party to you! The Band interprets the great American song book in their own unique fashion, bringing the swinging sounds of the jazz age back to life. You’ll hear familiar classics and rarities performed by superb instrumentalists and heartfelt vocalists. From concert halls to dances, festival stages to elegant soirees, listeners and dancers agree — with their infectious beat and enthusiasm this band can make any crowd move!
The Boilermaker Jazz Band has performed at major venues throughout the world, including Lincoln Center and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Summer Dance, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, The Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, and The Jeju Island Swing festival in Korea.
Everywhere they go, they deliver the good feelings that real jumpin’ jazz can create. Paul and the Boilermakers have recorded eight critically acclaimed CD’s and have received rave reviews for their excellent live performances. The Boilermakers have been featured on radio shows across the country and overseas, including a National Public Radio Jazz Series that was broadcast on over 50 stations. The Boilermaker Jazz Band’s music was recently featured on the hit Fox TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” for a fantastic Lindy Hop routine.
Paul Cosentino will lead the band on clarinet, and Jennifer McNulty will be featured on sultry and swinging vocals. They will close the weekend on Sunday evening.
Alcina has been living swing professionally since 2007 - teaching, DJing, and performing - and loves every minute of it. She regularly DJs at local Lindy, Balboa, and Blues events in Montreal, as well as the occasional international gig, and is excited to be back at PittStop this year. When she's not sitting at the DJ booth, you'll catch her out on the dance floor, so be sure to ask her for a dance.
Dan is a veteran DJ with a lifelong musical obsession. He DJs because he loves sharing music, inspiring dancers, and shaping a dance night. He’s spun for events across 4 continents, playing for everything from international events to local dances on a weekly basis and has organized both locally and for events as their Head DJ, including BluesSHOUT! and The Blues Experiment. He’s constantly challenging himself to bring new material to his fellow dancers and works hard to offer a variety of music in his sets that stays true to the roots of the dance. He loves all styles of music and his sets tend more toward authentic Jazz and Blues, but he can bring the party if the dance calls for it.