The fantastic Swing Ninjas are now holding monthly shows at both The Great Exhibition in East Dulwich, and The Brittania in Hackney.
” dirty horn stomping shouting swing “
Based in Brighton, UK, The Swing Ninjas started out as a street band with 2 simple rules – no rehearsals, no set lists. Now 2 years on, they are performing all round the world at festivals, clubs, busking as they go, from show to show. Having recently returned from hugely successful tours to Istanbul, Germany, Sweden and Luxembourg, Italy, Switzerland, France and Holland, they are showing the world that you don’t need a big band to fill a stage of any size. They are as comfortable playing to a Lindy Hopping dancing audience, as they are to a seated enthralled crowd – although people don’t remain seated for long.
Mixing the sounds of New Orleans and ’30s Parisian swing, they will entertain and delight any crowd of any age. Available as a 3-piece (TRIO), 4-piece (QUARTET), 5-piece (QUINTET), up to 9-piece (NONET) including the beautiful Swinging in Heels vocal trio, they are truly a flexible and dynamic outfit. The classic trio : Alto Saxophone, Maccaferri Guitar and Helicon (tuba) create the perfect combination of dirty horn jazz and Gypsy swing La Pompe rhythm, while 3-part vocal harmonies complete their sound. A synergy of sounds occurs any time these guys get their instruments out – the whole sound is greater than the sum of its parts – and audiences are feeling it and loving the whole experience. Add in the Big Band and girls singing, you have a beautiful monster on your hands that will wow any crowd.
Their energy, humour and enthusiasm for the music is infectious in both their street and stage shows, while their obvious enjoyment of the raw and passionate musical pleasures shine through. The name alone (which came to them on a night out in Brighton popping in and out of bars like three suit-clad Ninjas) , tells you that although they are serious about having a good time whilst performing, they are anything but serious in their outlook on music and life.
Seeing 3 people absolutely loving what they do and sharing that with their audience is a real treat – not to mention fantastic skill and warmth from their playing make all their shows an unforgettable experience. Their debut album –Tears of The Tuba – The Difficult Second Album – sold out fast and their second offering, Stop Killing The Jazz Man expected to go global, these ambitious Ninjas clearly sleep with one eye open (probably in their 3-piece suits, too).