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Thursday, December 11, 2014:

FRANK SINATRA BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE, with Tony Sands and Swingtopia

"JAZZ IN THE GARDEN" at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden Swingtopia at the NGA Sculpture Garden

"I finally got a chance to hear Doug Elliott live last Wednesday and its was quite an experience! The band was Swingtopia, a jazz octet, and the venue was a relatively new venue in the DC area - Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. It was a last minute booking and the crowd was light, but the music was wonderful. The band swings and Mr. Elliott is just phenomenal! Of course, his technique is impeccable and his range incredible, but the tone is everything I expected it to be. It is full and sweet throughout his range. It is also unmistakable. I've only heard a few in that league - Slide Hampton in the 60's and Urbie Green. It's what a trombone should sound like. Doug's wife, Cyndy, plays bass and she is also a superb player...and, of course, both are absolutely charming and gracious. "

Swingtopia at Bethesda Blues and Jazz

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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 who have been touring together with groups including the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, throughout the world, thrilling big band aficionados and swing dancers alike.