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SUNDAY October 23, 2018
Carlyle Club in Alexandria VA presents
Rat Pack Together Again
SWINGTOPIA consists of eight musicians from Washington DC who between them have performed and toured throughout the world with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, Tex Beneke, Ray Anthony, Les Brown, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Diva, and many others. Most of our musicians are also past or present members of the premier service bands in DC, including the Airmen of Note, the Army Blues, and the Navy Commodores.
Swingtopia's musical director, Doug Elliott, has been a highly respected jazz trombonist in the Washington DC area for over thirty years. His extensive big band experience includes eight years as solo jazz trombonist with the USAF Airmen of Note, seventeen years with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and four years touring with the 1940s revue, "In the Mood." Doug has been featured on recordings which include the Bill Potts "555 Feet High" album from 1985, the Airmen of Note, Bruce Gates' Jazz Consortium Big Band, the Don Junker Big Band, and Dick Johnson's tribute to Artie Shaw "Stardust and Beyond." In addition to SWINGTOPIA, Doug performs with many other DC area groups including the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra. In various musical groups he has performed in every US state and fourteen other countries, on six continents.
Co-leader Cyndy Elliott has played string bass with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra, Tex Beneke, Ray Anthony, Les Brown, Sammy Kaye, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Pied Pipers, the Ink Spots, and Diva, and has performed all over Europe and the Caribbean as a cruise ship musician. Cyndy has travelled throughout the United States with the national tour of "Meet Me in St. Louis" and also spent four years touring with the 1940s musical revue "In the Mood." In 2008 she performed at the Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda, Iowa with the Jack Million Orchestra from Belgium and in 2009 she received her M.M. in jazz studies from the University of Maryland. Cyndy is currently a freelance bassist in the Washington DC area, performing many different styles of music in big bands, small combos, orchestras, and chamber ensembles.
Some of the most loved and well known music of all time was made popular by the swing bands of Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, and many others during the 1930s through the 1950s.
SWINGTOPIA is one of the best small bands on the scene today specializing in the instrumental music of the swing era. Doug and Cyndy Elliott are the co-leaders of this octet, which consists of some of the finest musicians in Washington DC. Our musicians have performed with groups including the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and the National Symphony.