Grab Your Candy Jacket

The Candy Jacket Jazz Band is home to several of today's West Coast stars of swing led by drummer Josh Collazo. They specialize in original compositions paying homage to the originals of the 30s and 40s but settled pleasantly in the jazz present. "From Bop to Swing", a track off their 2016 self-titled debut, points the direction many younger musicians are now traveling away from jazz programs rutted in the later conceptions of jazz. That journey is represented several times over in the band itself. Now in his late 30s, Josh Collazo has played with a series of traditional jazz and swing bands since he was 18. The bands he is most associated with, including Jonathan Stout & his Campus Five, the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, and Dave Stuckey & the Hot House Gang, come up again and again in the biographies of Candy Jacket members. Several also have associations with the rock/folk success story Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. So I don't repeat myself; if you assume an association with these bands for the other members of the group you won't often be wrong. In 2016 Collazzo decided to form a band around the original compositions he was writing and recruited his longtime musical collaborator Albert Alva to co-arrange them with the growing Balboa and Lindy Hop community in mind. Tight arrangements, appropriate tempo, and short run times strike a balance both the dan
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