Music

This information is for the 2023 event. 2024 updates will be coming soon!

The DJ

Ann Sychterz

Ann began swing dancing in 2008 in Waterloo, Canada (not far from Toronto) and now lives in the US. Since getting her first songs, she has DJed in her home scenes including the one she founded in Switzerland called Swingtime Lausanne. She has had the fortune of playing swing jazz including head and competition DJ for events around the world. Digging through old stuff and new (soft spot for the original stuff), small group to big band to Newport, North American and European, she aims to create an atmosphere worthy of creativity and playing around with the dance. 


Ann will be DJ'ing during the Saturday Social band breaks, Late Night Dance, and the Sunday band breaks!

The Bands

Saturday

Jacob Alspach

Band Leader & Guitar!

Here’s what our local dance and music scene have to say about our fearless band leader, Jacob:

“Jacob Alspach‘s versatility, from four-on-the-floor chording to atmospheric single-note solos, makes his music an absolute joy to dance to.“ - Christian Frommelt

"Jacob Alspach is an easy-going guitar and banjo player with a special interest in early jazz” - Brent Hrebec 

Ken Cebrian

Trumpet!

Chicago native Ken Cebrian is a mechanical engineer by degree, but moonlights as a jazz trumpeter.  He attended Northwestern University and played in the NU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Victor Goines.  After graduating, he founded and led the Magnolia Jass Band, exploring early jazz and swing.  To further his understanding of early jazz, he attended The Welbourne Jazz and Dance Camp for two summers studying under the direction of New Orleans’ Ben Polcer.  He and his wife, Jenni Bevell, moved to St. Louis in 2016.  Soon thereafter, he became acquainted with the many swing bands in town.

Ken’s main musical project is playing trumpet with Miss Jubilee And The Yas Yas Boys.  He has had the pleasure to play at various jazz festivals, swing dance events, and listening concerts with Miss Jubilee. You can hear him on Miss Jubilee’s “Throw Me In The Alley” and “Cool It If You Can” albums.  He also plays regularly for the Arcadia Dance Orchestra and occasionally with Sweetie And The Toothaches and The Gaslight Squares.

Ken draws inspiration from early jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Red Nichols, Bubber Miley, Muggsy Spanier, and Wingy Manone.  He loves old blues, traditional jazz, and swing music equally.  Ken’s favorite aspects of trumpet playing are holding down steady melodies, improvising solos, and backing up vocalists with lots of inflections.  Ken also enjoys singing and playing tenor banjo. 

Joey Glynn

Bass!

Joey Glynn is a multi-instrumentalist who brings more talent to the table than your grandmother's homemade apple pie”, says the STL Riverfront Times.  Born in St. Louis Missouri Joey began playing music at age twelve.  Playing guitar and upright bass through his teens he was ready to bring his talent on the road by the time he hit his twenties. He would spend the next decade traveling to over 20 countries, through every mile of north america, all over Europe, as far as India, and all the way to Australia and New Zealand.  Meeting and playing with many different musicians, and exposing himself to many different musical genres all while continuing to pick up new stringed instruments along the way, such as the mandolin, but always specializing in the Upright Bass, specifically the gut string slap styles of early traditional jazz players.

This touring turned into a full time career for Joey as he began playing over 200 days a year as part of the South City Three with Pokey LaFarge, as well as the Rum Drum Ramblers.  Joeys performances and recordings helped LaFarge win “Best Americana Album” two years in a row by the IMA’s, as well as earning himself the title of “Best Bassist in St. Louis” in 2013 by the St. Louis Riverfront Times.  Joey even lent his bass skills on one track for Jack White's Grammy Nominated album, “Blunderbuss”.  Producers other than Jack White that Glynn has worked with include, Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show) and Jimmy Sutton  (JD McPherson).

Alongside these artists Glynn has been able to grace the stage of many revered venues and events such as New Orleans Jazz Fest, Newport Folk Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Grand Ole Opry, NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, Red Rocks Ampitheater, Radio City Music Hall, Ryman Auditorium, Cains Ballroom, The Fillmore, The Troubadour, and Tipitinas. He has also appeared on several international television programs including the Late Show with David Letterman, CONAN, Jools Hollands’ New Years Eve Hootenany on BBC Two, a Cameo appearance in Disney's, “The Lone Ranger”, as well as a performance/appearance on “American Epic”, the 2016 documentary produced by T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, and Jack White.

Lately Joey has been taking time off the road to focus on family and St. Louis projects. You can find him gigging around town every week with the Rum Drum Ramblers, and The Gaslight Squares, and many others.

Josh Baumgartner

Saxophone/Carinet!

Introducing Josh, a skilled musician (focused on saxophone and clarinet) who settled in Saint Louis in 2016. His musical journey took flight when he joined the Jump Blues band Sweetie and the Toothaches that same year. Beyond his impressive instrumental prowess, Josh has also lent his arranging talents to Sweetie and the Toothaches, further elevating the band's musical offerings.

Following his passion for performing, he became a member of Annie and the Fur Trappers in 2017, showcasing his musical adaptability. Since 2017, Josh has played a crucial role in The Arcadia Dance Orchestra, playing multiple reed books for the orchestra's captivating performances. Beyond these engagements, he's also actively involved in various other musical projects, enriching his musical prowess. 

With a music education background from Truman State University, Josh combines his academic foundation with a deep passion for creating and teaching music. His commitment to both playing and sharing music reflects his genuine enthusiasm for the art form. Josh's versatility, from arranging music to delivering captivating performances, has solidified his role as a multifaceted musician in the vibrant Saint Louis music scene. 

Sunday

Christopher Voelker

Richard Tralles

Joe Park

Jacob Alspach

Dizzy Atmosphere

Dizzy Atmosphere is an elegant, lighthearted trio featuring vintage swing stylings of the '20's '30's and '40's.

Collectively influenced by an range of American (Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang, Stuff Smith), European (Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli) and Latin (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Xavier Cugat) recording artists, Dizzy Atmosphere's repertoire demonstrates a broad variety, equally adept at playing Hot Club tunes from Paris, America's swing standards, and the understated charm of Latin dance classics.

Christopher Voelker has performed as a featured guest with Gene Lynn, Farshid Etniko, Swing Set, Joe Park's Hot Club of St Louis, and has contributed to CDs by Ron Reichard, Eric Foreman, Building Rome, Jon Heisserer, Michelle Isam, Connibal Road, Adriana Larkin, Nancy Lippincott and Elliot Ranney. He has played with orchestras in Boston, San Antonio, Kansas City and St Louis. Earthy and swinging, his violin lends an air of casual elegance to this trio's sound.

Richard Tralles has also performed and recorded with Miss Jubilee & her Yas Yas Boys, Vendors of Substance, Box of Nerves, Swing Set and Diesel Island as bassist, vocalist and songwriter. His swinging sensibilities, percussive solos and soulful singing have added significantly to Dizzy's harmonic and rhythmic substance.

Joe Park has also performed with Miss Jubilee, Sidney Street Shakers, Tommy Halloran’s Guerrilla Swing, and Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes. He is currently the leader of two of his own bands - Joe Park Trio and Hot Club of St. Louis. He's a solid jazz performer with a CD under his own name, and has graced most of St Louis' jazz destinations with distinction.

Jacob Alspach has also performed with the Gaslight Squares, the Sydney Street Stompers, Miss Jubilee and Annie and the Fur Trappers.  Jacob plays guitar, banjo, trombone, ukulele and loves traditional jazz.  He's admired by friends and fans alike for his unpretentious enthusiasm and authentic sense of style.  He has performed at all of the St Louis venues that present traditional jazz.

Dizzy Atmosphere is the embodiment of  insouciance.

Dizzy Atmosphere has performed at the Missouri History Museum, the St Louis Art Museum, the Festival of Nations, Laumeier Art Fair, the Shaw Art Fair, the Whitaker Music Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Webster Arts Fair, Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival, the Dark Room and at the Sheldon Concert Hall, portions of which have been broadcast by HEC-TV.

Dizzy Atmosphere's CD 'Gaslight' released in 2018, is available at Euclid Records and Vintage Vinyl.  Recordings of this band and have been featured on local stations WSIE at 88.7 FM, KDHX at 88.1 FM, KMOX at 1120 AM, WQNA at 88.3 FM and on HEC-TV.

Syncopated Times; St Louis Magazine; Reverb Nation; YouTube; Facebook; Bandcamp; Jango