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Whit Smith's Hot Jazz Caravan Hailing from Austin, Texas, Whit Smithís Hot Jazz Caravan continues the tradition of mixing swing jazz with western music to the delight and discriminating tastes of music fans and dancers alike. With names like Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Milton Brown, Tex Williams and the Lightcrust Doughboys as the Raleighs and John Smiths of the new world, Whit and his band of musical frontiersman set out to blaze a new trail into the wilds of a seldom explored style. Original compositions and familiar melodies complimented with fresh arrangements allow the Caravan to branch from Whitís earlier efforts with the Hot Club of Cowtown. Still a western swing band and still playing songs such as Pennies from Heaven to Little Liza Jane, Hot Jazz Caravansí roots are steeped in the influences and the experiences gained from seven years of constant touring with the Hot Club of Cowtown. Taking full advantage of its larger size of two guitars, fiddle, clarinet and steel, the band creates a smooth lush sound with a big steady rhythm and harmonized melodies spiked with hot jazz solos from all. The bold ambition of this band is to continue writing original songs and reinterpret the standards while creating a new sound that music lovers will respect and yearn for more.

The cast of players is comprised of Whit Smith on guitar and vocals, JD Pendley on guitar, Mike Montgomery on Fiddle, Pearl Shires on Fiddle and Vocals, Jake Erwin on Stand Up Bass and Vocals, and J. W. Wakefield on Steel and Vocals.

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  • 216
  • Western Swing
  • Apr 19, 2005
  • English

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