Mint Julep Jazz Band / Bio

With their little big band lineup of 4 horns, rhythm section, and vocalist, the Mint Julep Jazz Band recreates the hot jazz sounds of the 1920′s, 1930′s, and early 1940’s through arrangements based on original recordings from the jazz age and swing era. The Mint Julep Jazz Band is based out of Durham, North Carolina and is led by trombonist Lucian Cobb and vocalist/swing DJ Laura Windley, who have put their collective knowledge and love of swing music together to create an ideal dance band for swing dancers. Conceived in the fall of 2011, the Mint Julep Jazz Band formed to fulfill the musical needs of a thriving local swing dance community in the Triangle area of North Carolina, drawing its musicians from the educators and former students of North Carolina universities with vibrant jazz programs.

In 2012, after being “discovered” at a wedding, the band recorded an original song for Sesame Street, which aired on April 18, 2013 in an episode featuring Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame. In 2016, the band performed at Lincoln Center as part of their Midsummer Night Swing concert series. The Mint Julep Jazz Band continues to tour and perform for swing dancers, traveling to Lindy Hop and Balboa events from Orlando to Austin to New York and beyond.

The Mint Julep Jazz Band released their second album, Battle Axe, in July of 2015, after raising over $14,000 on Kickstarter, with backers representing swing dancers, DJs, and early jazz enthusiasts from countries all over the world, including Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Brazil, Austria, Italy, Russia, and Switzerland.

Contact us at mintjulepjazzband@gmail.com or visit us on the web at http://www.mintjulepjazzband.com.

General Info

Band Members
Lucian Cobb, Laura Windley, Keenan McKenzie, Jim Ketch, Aaron Tucker, Aaron Hill, Jason Foureman, Jared Wofford
Artist Name
Mint Julep Jazz Band
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Active Since
Jazz / Swing / Big Band

Contact Info

Durham, NC
Laura Windley

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