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Mint Julep Jazz Band / Press

“Durham's Mint Julep Jazz Band turns the Our State library into a dance hall!”

“Best Musical Artist/Band, 2013 Best of Durham Awards”

“Laura’s got her own sweet style with a serious rhythmic underpinning…her rich voice reminded me of young Ella — that hopeful, wistful, asking-for-love quality — but she can turn corners at a fast tempo, as she proves on the CD’s closer, the band’s romping version of Lil Armstrong’s HARLEM ON SATURDAY NIGHT”

“The MJJB is a small hot group — well-versed in playing for dancers, so they set swinging tempos and stick to them. Their ensemble work is beautifully precise without being stiff, and they really understand the subtle mysteries of swing rhythm…one of their main inspirations is youthful Ella Fitzgerald and the small group out of Chick Webb’s band — The Savoy Eight — and they evoke that sound perfectly without turning out pale note-for-note copies of the records. I heard evocations of Sandy Williams and Sidney Bechet, but also Al Grey and Howard McGhee.”

“With their live performances, The Mint Julep Jazz Band has already left quite an impression in the Swing dance scene…It’s a pure pleasure to listen to that fresh sound! There is so much joy of playing and I’m sure they had great fun in the studio while recording. ‘Nuff said. Buy this album!”

“The classic standards they played were varied, and had fantastic new arrangements by (Lucian) Cobb. For instance, their Lindy Hoppers’ Delight played on a musical theme that was already in the song and took it to a whole new level. It was nasty. Several people on the dance floor lost it in excitement, myself included.”

“The Mint Julep Jazz Band played the 2nd night of the Eastern Balboa Championships, and they were spectacular. They're a new group based out of North Carolina and they're just starting to play shows out, but they already sound like a seasoned and professional dance band. I told Laura that her voice and performance was great. She has a tone and phrasing that sits "right in the pocket." You can tell she's studied the original Jazz vocalists and manages to both pay homage to their styles while creating something completely her own.”

“Finalist for Best Jazz Artist or Group in the Independent Weekly's 2012 Best of the Triangle Reader's Choice Poll”

"(Vocalist Laura Windley) has a cropped bob, a smooth singing voice that fronts the Mint Julep Jazz Band, a closetful of vintage dresses and the soul of a swinger."

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