JENNIE LÖBEL & SWING KINGS are a real swing band, playing
mainly American swing from the 40s, with occasional visits to other
jazz eras. Jennie sings some standards but is mostly known
for picking up unusual songs from the repertoires of Billie Holiday,
Ella Fitzgerald and Bessie Smith.
Because of their unusual repertoire, big individual contributions
from the members and a tight ensemble, the band has created quite
a stir at jazz clubs, parties, dances, restaurants and jazz festivals
around Sweden and Europe.
In the summer of 1998 the band released their first CD which extended
their reputation beyond the borders of Sweden, for example to the
motherland of swing, the USA. In 2001 came the second CD that swing
lovers are dancing to around the world.
In the summer of 2001 the band did their first tour abroad, to
Swing City-Zurich, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin and Lund. They performed
with the dance troupe The Rhythm Hot Shots. In Berlin the band and
dancers were given a welcome party at a big square in town.
Jennie Löbel & Swing Kings were formed in the spring of
1995. Before that Jennie had sung with her father Tommy's band on
some rehearsals and gigs. Tommy thought Jennie should have her own
band and organised four gigs for the non-existing band, at restaurant
Eken in Stockholm.
Tommy, who is full of ideas about band formations, wanted to form
a Billie Holiday setting around Jennie. He decided that
tenor saxophone, trumpet and clarinet should give the right
sound. Three wind instruments can play a variety of beautiful tunes
together to back up the song. The guys in Swing Kings also sound
great without a singer, when they play beautiful arrangements and
solos in instrumental pieces.
& Swing Kings have become very popular with dancers, both foxtrotters
and lindy hoppers. These discerning dancers dont really know
why they like the sound. Its just something they feel
in their bones. The secret is in the steady rhythm of the
piano, bass, drums and guitar. The guitar in Swing Kings is particularly
important for the rhythm and the swing.
The band consists
of a bunch of characters who have a lot of opinions about everything,
from single harmonies to how to organise a tour. What holds them
together is the joy of playing together with other good musicians,
always keen to improve and to relate to the audience. And above
all, the love of Swing.
The band consists
of Jennie Löbel - vocals, Pelle Andersson- tenor saxophone,
Tomas Driving - trumpet, Tommy Löbel - clarinet, Lennart Brundin
- piano, Hasse Carlsson - drums, Olle Brostedt - bass and Klas Lagerberg