At the end of May, we did a charming Key Studio Session with the Philly jazzy swing band Chelsea Reed & The Fairweather Five. Chelsea and the band draw on influences including Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. Writing about the session, The Key’s John Vettese said:
The Fairweather Five has become one of the more recognizable young players in Philly’s ever-evolving jazz scene. The combo digs into standards and classics from the early 20th century (“Basin Street Blues” dates to 1917) and recasts this century-old music for today’s ears. That doesn’t mean they put some sort of “modern twist” on the music, though. Listening to the band perform, they play it like a jazz band of old would – a vocal theme at the beginning, a string of impressive solos swapped between all the players, and a return to the theme at the end. Reed and her bandmates – trumpet player Noah Hocker, saxophoneist Chris Oatts, guitarist Jake Kelberman on guitar, bassist Joe Plowman and drummer Austin Wagner – are not a pop singer-songwriter outfit with jazz leanings; rather, they’re jazz musicians with a great singer in the mix.
Listen/download the complete Key Studio Session by Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five here.
Below, download “Dark Town Strutter’s Ball” by Chelsea and her band.
Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five, My Morning Download