The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander
The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance big band. The 14-piece Jonathan Stout Orchestra captures the unmatched excitement and true rhythmic pulse of the Swing-era and is the most danceable big band anywhere. The band follows the templates of Benny Goodman and Count Basie – orchestras that were aggressive and tight and filled with all-star soloists that bring the fire on every song, regardless of tempo.
The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance big band. The 14-piece JSO captures the unmatched excitement and true rhythmic pulse of the Swing-era and is the most danceable big band anywhere. The band follows the templates of Benny Goodman and Count Basie – orchestras that were aggressive and tight and filled with all-star soloists that bring the fire on every song, regardless of tempo.
The Orchestra was founded in 2003 after promoters demanded a full big band that was as danceable and exciting as the Campus Five. Jonathan and Hilary responded with
a big band that was designed from the outset to be the ultimate swing dance orchestra and has gone on to become the gold-standard in the swing dance world.
The Orchestra has been featured at Swing dance events across the country: (partial list)
Lindy Focus (Asheville, NC)
Camp Hollywood / National Jitterbug Championships (Los Angeles)
The International Lindy Hop Championships (Washington, D)
Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center in 2005, 2011, and 2015. (NYC)
All Balboa Weekend (Cleveland)
Beantown Swing Camp (Boston)
Seattle Lindy Extravaganza
Austin Lindy Exchange
Rhythmic Arts Festival (San Diego)
Festival and municipal events have included: Sweet and Hot Jazz Festival, Culver City Music Festival, Downtown Anaheim Summer Music Festival.
Living that Vintage Life,
featuring the sounds of the Jonathan Stout Orchestra! Dancing courtesy of Kendall & Ronnie Roderick, Melissa Shahin & Jeremy Otth. Aircraft & location courtesy of Planes of Fame Air Museum.
Photo by Lisa Johnson
Hilary Alexander is the co-bandleader and vocalist for all of the bands in the Campus Five family. Hilary was raised as the daughter of Jazz pianist and a Brazilian samba dancer. She attended NewYork City’s Professional Children’s School, along with many child stars. Growing up, she was surrounded by the sounds of jazz vocalists Anita O’Day, Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Ella Mae Morse, and Blossom Dearie. She brings an authentic smooth style in the spirit of her favorite vocalists. She has been a featured guest vocalist with the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra and Mora’s Modern Rhythmists.
As a dancer, Hilary was among the group of Los Angeles-area dancers that rediscovered Dean Collins-style Lindy Hop and Balboa in the late 1990s. Growing out of her love of Swing dance, Hilary founded Camp Hollywood in 1998, and it has grown into one of the world’s premier Swing dance events, drawing over 1,000 dancers, including dancers from five continents and 30 countries. Camp Hollywood is celebrating its 19th year.
As a DJ, Hilary has spun at Lindy Groove, Camp Jitterbug, and Rusty’s Rhythm Club, as well as carefully handpicking only the best recorded competition music for all of the contests at Camp Hollywood.
The Satin Dollz
From all corners of the United State, the lovely Satin Dollz were brought together on one stage in 2005 to deliver top-notch entertainment reminiscent of the WWII USO Camp Shows. These pin-up darlings,
a stunning ensemble of singing, tap dancing, and downright charming ladies have delighted audiences young and old, stateside and overseas, with their blended vocal harmonies, high energy tap dancing, sparkling charisma and stunning beauty wrapped up in a retro bow.
Originally formed in Hollywood, California, The Satin Dollz recently expanded their “pin up army” in 2016 across the pond, in both London and Paris, embarking on tours throughout the UK and the rest of Europe. This international family of over 60 vintage talent powerhouses can be seen currently on the sold-out “Party Like Gatsby” tour spanning 16 countries throughout Europe and North America in 2018-19, as well as on the “Big Beat Revue” UK tour with The Jive Aces in 22 theaters kicking off in the West End’s Aldwych Theater in London.
The Satin Dollz frequently sing on BBC Radio to its 20 million listeners and always enjoy entertaining veterans in the US as well as overseas. Jazz residencies have included Los Angeles' famous Cicada Club with Dean Mora's Swing Orchestra, the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, and at the Jazz Cave in St. Julien's Bay on the island of Malta. Other notable appearances have included Battle of the Big Bands California Tour sharing the stage with 30 big band musicians, at the famed Swing 46 in New York with the George Gee 17 pc Orchestra, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Royal Chelsea Flower Show and as return headliners for the ever-popular bi-annual 1940s Ball in Denver, CO with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and for Los Angeles' annual Fleet Week.
Don't know how to swing dance? Don't worry - we have dance lessons to teach you how! PAULDANCES, owned by Paul Riding, will be providing dance lessons this year at the Planes of Fame Hangar Dance & Warbird Party. PAULDANCES brings a wealth of performing, competitive, and instructional experience to swing dancing. They are deeply interested in growing the dance community and will help you start or polish your swing dancing at our hangar dance to enhance your experience and fun!
In addition to Paul Riding, our second dance instructor is Josiah Keagy who is known for the energy he brings to the dance floor. He emphasizes connection, creativity, musicality, and plain goofiness when he dances. He loves to dance with people of all levels and is constantly trying to spread his love for dancing. He frequently teaches at local venues in the inland empire and beyond at venues such as LindyGroove.