Music 2017-07-11T00:51:16+00:00

Jake Sanders grew up in Appleton , WI and though he spent years away he has now returned to his midwestern roots, settling in one the main historic cradles of jazz- Chicago, IL. A self-taught guitar and banjo player Jake truly delved into into vintage music while working for renowned bandleader Vince Giordano in New York City. While living there he formed “The Cangelosi Cards”, planting a seed for the current, thriving, young, traditional jazz scene you find in New York today. He has been involved with and contributing to the Handsome Devils from day one, and has collaborated with Naomi on numerous original arrangements for the band. His sensibility and insight have guided the project many a time. He currently plays with several projects, most notably “The Fat Babies”, a renowned hot jazz band playing in Chicago and beyond.

Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jonathan Doyle recently relocated to Port Townsend WA in the Pacific Northwest. He still spends time in Chicago, Austin TX, and on the road.

Jonathan briefly attended Depaul’s School of Music in Chicago, where he studied under Mark Colby. He left school to pursue a full time career in music during the neo-swing movement of the mid-90s, playing with the Mighty Blue Kings and then the Four Charms. He has also worked with Chicago’s emerging improvisers such as Josh Berman, Jason Adasiewicz, and Design Flaw, and developed an interest in country blues and jug band music playing with the Wabash Jug Band. In 2004, Mr. Doyle moved to Austin to pursue his love of acoustic and roots music afresh. After a brief stint with the Asylum Street Spankers, he went on to freelance in Central Texas’ vibrant traditional jazz, swing, and western swing scene, playing with well-established acts such as Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, as well being a part of many fine local bands such as Thrift Set Orchestra, Albanie & her Fellas, Stan Smith and the Jazz Pharaohs, Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies, East Side Dandies, White Ghost Shivers, Whit Smith’s Hot Jazz Caravan, The Giant Three and his own projects The Jonathan Doyle Quintet / Swingtet. His time in New Orleans introduced him to the hot jazz and traditional blues band, Tuba Skinny, whom he played and traveled with extensively from 2011-2015. 2016 to early 2017 had Jonathan spending a whole lot of time in Chicago playing with the amazing Fat Babies as well as guitar maestro, Joel Paterson. 2016 was also the start of playing more regularly with Naomi & Her Handsome Devils and Hal Smith’s Swing Central!

Jonathan is committed to crafting original music as well studying the American musical traditions. He strives to organize and be a part of bands whose music is rooted, yet distinct. And to play for listeners and dancers anywhere they’ll have him!

SWMX Jazz Band was born out of a collaboration between the Swing Mexico team and Jacob Sanders from Chicago, a guitarist and arranger for The Fat Babies as well Naomi and her Handsome Devils. The dream was to to create the best swing band in México for lindy hoppers, and we believe we have done it.We brought together some of the best Jazz musicians in México to play Jacob’s arrangements.

The band’s members include:

Léo Cortes, México: Bandleader & Bass
Louise Phelan, Ireland: Vocalist
Francisco Muñoz, Mexico: Guitar
Tomas Krumm, Chile:  Piano
Yaury Hernández Fernandez, Mexico: Drums
Reinier Toledo-Sanchez, Cuba: Trombone
Diego Franco, México: Tenor Sax & Clarinet
Javier Rodriguez, México: Trumpet

Los Swingones están dedicados a interpretar los temas de música swing que nos hacen bailar a todos. Se trata de un encuentro entre la epoca dorada del jazz y los tiempos modernos, involucrando por supuesto el Lindy Hop, baile social que ha crecido a la par del swing y que en México ha tenido muy buena aceptación. En un show de Los Swingones se puede hallar una atmosfera de diversión y disfrute, entrando también en los terrenos mas “blue” de la música jazz entintados con el estilo europeo así como lecciones de baile previas y durante el concierto dirigidas por la mejor compañia de Lindy Hop. Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellingtone, Ella Fitzgerald, Django Reinhardt, Frank Sinatra, Luis Alcaraz, son algunos de los nombres que suenan con cada nota que Los Swingones tocan. Aurélien Perriaud y Hector Joffre a la batería, Mark Slap y Andrés Martinez al contrabajo, Luis Meneses al trombón Y Julian Flores a la Trompeta son algunos de los músicos que acompañan a este dueto para crear un background único. Los Swingones se encuentran preparando su primer material discográfico.