Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington - Verve Records, Miss Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald
The Shanghai Woolies play “hot music,” 1920’s and 30’s jazz and pop of Chicago and New York City. The eight-piece ensemble, created by Pink Martini trumpeter Gavin Bondy, swims in the romance of Louis Armstrong, the mystery of Duke Ellington, the whimsy of Paul Whiteman, and the swing of Benny Go...See Full Bio
““Sound Advice: Don’t let anyone pull the Woolies over your eyes. Get in early on Portland’s next hot band … Hot jazz, baby.””
— -Jonathan Nicholas, The Oregonian,-Jonathan Nicholas, The Oregonian
““This Union of Portland journeymen ain’t your average attempt to hop on the swing cart. Mixing and matching from the disparate closets of pop, blues and jazz … new take on le jazz hot. With choices ranging from W.C. Handy to Raymond Scott, this is dyed-in-the-wool eclecticism.””
““Gavin Bondy’s precise arrangements capture the essence of the hot jazz era, while doing more than merely imitating the sound of the day. Instead, they have given the music renewed vigor, utilizing every trick at their disposal, while playing the hell out of some pretty complicated music (complicated by rock standards, anyway). Anyone who pines to hear jazz the way it once was played in the early years: hard and hot, will love what the Shanghai Woolies are doing. They evoke an era gone by in such a way as to make the music current and credible by today’s samples-and-drum-machine standards…””
— -Two Louies Magazine,-Two Louies Magazine
““Though Brian Setzer, Cherry-Poppin’ Daddies, and others have paved this road, the fanciest, coolest machine on the highway is The Shanghai Woolies.””
— NW Roots Music,NW Roots Music
““….a new twist on the music of the flapper era: Jitterbug music, Big band, Swing. The raucous, slippery, foot-happy jazz you’d expect to hear at the legendary Cotton Club. … hard to resist …” ”
— The origonian,The Origonian
"The The Shanghai Woolies played our wedding and did an outstanding job! Played a light set during dinner, a personalized first dance song, and kept us on the floor all night. They were great to work with and I would recommend them to anyone!"
— Brad McManigal,Brad McManigal
"We had a great time celebrating our anniversary there last night! Thank you!"
— Michelle Davis,Michelle Davis commented on The Shanghai Woolie's photo. Michelle wrote: