Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five are at home at swing dances, jazz clubs and concert halls alike. They have played renowned Philadelphia venues and travel the country year round to perform at both Lindy and Blues exchanges and workshops. They’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Gordon Webster, and bassist Michael Gamble. They love exploring the roots of jazz and finding creative ways to interpret forgotten songs. Drawing upon the intensity of powerhouse vocalists, the ingenuity of 20th century composers, and the soul of the dance floor, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five honor the heritage of jazz with fresh arrangements and original songs. They are silly, passionate people who love playing this music.
Mindy started dancing in January of 2014, and stumbled into DJing about a year later. Since then she’s DJd for dancers at weekly dances, workshops, and weekend events in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. She enjoys finding music that inspires dancers to swing out, toss out, and create together, and her playlists tend to be loaded up with the classics – Basie, Ella, Ellington, Henderson, Hampton, and the like. Mindy has big ol’ soft spots for balboa and slow lindy, and is happiest when surrounded by friends, full of tacos, and covered in cats.
James Benze started DJing in Dayton, Ohio in 2011. After having danced for a few years, he found inspiration at a talk at All Balboa Weekend to start playing the music he liked, and an addiction was born. Since then, he has DJ’ed at various local and regional events, including KissME, CBUS, SwingIN, and Rocktober. James plays a mix of small- and big-band swing…why choose? He is overjoyed with the chance to DJ for everyone at Rocktober!