Admittedly I left it a bit late, but with only 2 weeks to go, I contacted the organisers of the Brecon Fringe/Jazz Festival to see what performance slots if any might be available for donnie joe’s American Swing.

Now I’m a big fan of recording a band, all in the same room together playing live. For me, that’s where the magic happens.That’s where the sum of parts can can create something bigger than what each individual is contributing. It’s just not the same to lay down tracks, one at a time overdub style.

I wrote some copy to describe the band …. Swinging Jazz, Infectious Rhythms, Witty Tunes, and Poignant Songs … Not too bad, if I do say so myself. But those photos. … Photoshop is good, but it’s not that good. I mean, I know we're not super-models, but no amount of soft focus and sepia tone could … Well, you know what I mean.

It started with a little idea in my head. A Jazz band that didn’t just plough through the standards. A swing band that played renditions of classic hits arranged by me as per the some of my favourite records.

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donnie joe’s American Swing; Photo shoot with JessyZee Creative

22 Feb 2016

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