“The group shows how swing/R&B should be done in this cold modern age of CD mass production and mp3 players.”
All About Jazz
"Good For Stompin'" : Washington-based J Street Jumpers understand the connection between swing, jazz, and blues better than most, and musically they place themselves firmly in a time when all blended together into the popular music of the day. “, , , they approach things for the most part as though time hasn't passed at all, as though hot, swingin', jazz was a musician's highest calling, and either dreamy, swooning romance or frenetic abandon on the dance floor were music's only purpose.”
Blues On Stage
“'. . .the swing/jump blues band J Street Jumpers was a pleasant surprise with a fun and kickin show. Singer Juanita Williams walked on stage after two tight and swinging numbers from the Washington, D.C.-based J Street Jumpers and took the music a bit higher. The band can really swing and play the jump blues, with some good trumpet in Vince McCool’s blaring big- band style and some slick solos from Charlie Hubel’s tenor sax. Williams’ strong and flexible voice was perfect for the repertoire that included the classic blues Everyday and the romping Mamma, He Treats Your Daughter Mean. She could be entertaining and bawdy, like when she crooned that she liked her men like she liked her whiskey: slightly aged and mellow. She can also sing more in a jazz vein. The band was fun.
Oh, you hip, swingin cats! Dig the swanky noise of the J Street Jumpers on Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? Wow! Sixteen fatly cool cuts full of boss horn lines, booming big bass and wise-guy guitar...it's a phenomenal re-creation of the music that made America swing when Saturday night was for rug-cutting.
"The Jumpers is [a]...swing unit of solid musicality and musicianship that strikes some heat here with an addictive version of "Topsy" based on the 1958 Cozy Cole version. There are also consistently good solos ...and fine ensemble blends on "Onion.