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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
Susan started lindy hopping in 2005 and has been playing tunes for dancers since 2008. Since then she’s had the pleasure of DJ’ing frequently both at home in Minneapolis and around the country. Past events include Heartland Swing Festival, North Star Blues, bluesSHOUT!, and even Madison Invasion. Susan’s musical taste is wide ranging, and her style continues to evolve, drawing inspiration from music of a wide variety of regions, time periods, and artists, including jazz, blues, soul, and everything in between.
Katie started dancing Lindy Hop in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but now calls Madison home. She spins sets at local dances and sticks to a mix of classic vintage and today’s best hot jazz.