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Swing Practice Music & Local Bands

Check out the Spotify playlists (slow, medium and faster tempos) below for swing music you can practice to. This is just a taste - there's a lot of great swing music out there so keep exploring artists you like!

Local Swing Bands in Portland, Maine

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Hadacol Bouncers

Swinging Crescent City jazz, roots, and blues from Portland, Maine.

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Ragtime Destroyers
Known around town for their weekly pop-up sessions in Post Office Park, the irresistible Ragtime Destroyers bring fun and danceable New Orleans-inspired jazz music from the 20's and 30's to the streets!  Melodic trumpet and growling trombone, swooping clarinet and pumping tuba are backed up by the rattle of washboard and banjo.  Sometimes silly but always swinging, the Ragtime Destroyers play jazz music for the feet and jug band music with a pedigree!

Zoot Jumpers 
The Zoot Jumpers are a Maine-based band that plays hot jump blues and cool swing, including the great music of Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and more. The band features Bruce Couillard on saxophones, Michelle Boggs on trumpet, Bess Jacques on piano, Tom Jacques on bass and harmonica, and Per Hanson on drums and harmonica. Everybody sings!

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