What if Bonnaroo could be found year-round within Knoxville's city limits?
Drawing from the local and international communities, local "hot gypsy jazz" band, Swingbooty, brings festival vibes to town all year long.
With an ever-changing lineup of musicians, Swingbooty strives to deliver a diverse and shifting sound without losing their own brand of worldly jazz.
The band is composed of six core members: Sam Harding, Yasameen Hoffman-Shahin, Sara Daniels, Christian Lange, Grant Parker and Jake Smith. These members channel Knoxville's music scene to add eclectic international flairs to their shows. They also have a strong footing in the UT jazz program with students willing to jump into the band's festival-like shows.
Influenced by the jazz legends of the 1930s and 1940s such as Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt, each member brings their own version of the sound to the stage. For example, violinist Lange, who grew up in both Santiago, Argentina, and Miami, is partial to Cuban afro-jazz and the music of Latin America...