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The Robert Bell Hot Swing Combo was created for the sole purpose of providing dancers the opportunity to be as expressive, creative and innovative as possible while dancing to a group of fewer than eight musicians. Multiple genres including hot Gypsy jazz, blues shuffles and early swing by artists including Django Reinhardt and Duke Ellington are performed with joy and reverence. A wide range of tempos, fiery solos, and an endless supply of energy, the Hot Swing Combo creates the modern ideal of this great music.
Previous performances include- Cowtown Jamborama, DCLX, Hawkeye Swing Festival, Heartland Swing Festival, Twin Cities Balboa Fest, KISS ME, Lindy on the Rocks, Rocktoberfest, Swinger’s Ball, Midwest Lindyfest and of course the birthplace for the group – the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown.
Bandleader Robert Bell brings onboard some of the finest musicians in the Twin Cities, including members of the Twin Cities Hot Club and Southside Aces. This combination of musicians with their shared respect for tradition and need for innovation always strive to be a fine complement for lindy hoppers.
“All of the live music kicked ass but the band on Friday was seriously the best band I’ve ever seen in my entire life.” —DJ Ryan Swift