Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five

Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five


The nation's premier swing dance band, playing the most authentic small-group swing from the 1930's and 1940's. Whether playing for world-champion swing dancers, picky jazz aficionados, or people who have never heard swing music, we always leave our audiences smiling and transported back in time.


Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation�s premier swing dance band, and the most authentic small group swing band anywhere. The Campus Five is a septet dedicated to preserving the classic and often overlooked small group swing from the late 1930�s and early 1940�s. Founded by two dedicated swing dancers, the Campus Five was a way to expose many dancers and listeners alike to some of the more interesting and under appreciated tunes from the swing era, while still being the most danceable band playing swing today. The Campus Five picks tunes from the books of notable small groups as the Benny Goodman Sextet, Count Basie�s Kansas City Six/Seven, Artie Shaw and his Gramercy Five, as well as the small groups of Lester Young, Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet, Cootie Williams, Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, and Coleman Hawkins, and features vocal numbers from Ella Mae Morse, Anita O�Day, Peggy Lee and the young Ella Fitzgerald.

The Campus Five has traveled the world to play to eager swing dancers. We have been flown to play for dancers in London (England, that is), New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Cleveland, Sacramento and Phoenix. Our big band, the Jonathan Stout Orchestra, was flown to New York to play the 2006 Midsummer Night Swing Festival at Lincoln Center.

The Campus Five has also played at several jazz festivals, such as the Sweet and Hot Jazz Festival, and the Orange County Classic Jazz Festival, as well as many municipal and community festivals and concert series, such as the Culver City Music Festival, the Ventura Lemon Festival, the Ventura Music Festival, the Lake Gregory Summer Concert Series

We have released three albums, 2003's "Jammin' the Blues", 2004's "Crazy Rhythm", and 2007's "Moppin' and Boppin,'" to great reviews by both listeners and dancers alike. In fact, many of the world's top swing dancers use our albums when teaching dance at event across the country.

TV - we were featured on the Ellen Degeneres Show - aired 2.14.2005.

Please listen to samples of all the songs on each of our three albums.


Albums available:
"Moppin' and Boppin'" (2007)
"Crazy Rhythm" (2004)
"Jammin' the Blues" (2003)

Set List

Generally we prefer to do 45 minute sets, and up to four sets for a four event. Our repertoire is classic swing from the 1930's and 1940's - basically exactly what is on our albums. We can play background music for parties, weddings, etc., but also play fun dance sets - or both at the same event. We only play swing music, but no latin or ballroom music, and we do not play music from the 1950's or later.