Reviews

“Of all the nationally touring acts that come through, Swing Caravan is one of our favorites…everyone glides out the door after with a smile.  They will really blow your mind!”
—David Oppenheim, Performing Arts Center of Easthampton

"I adore your new CD. Your version of Bossa Dorado is the best I've ever heard, really!"
—Jack Fields, Editor, Djangology.net

Swing Caravan gave a stunning performance at Hilltown Music’s Memorial Hall that left the audience overjoyed and stomping their feet for more!
—Gayle Olson, Hilltown Music

“Lead guitarist Matthew Shippee has fingers that move like flies on sugar…and the way Jack Brown punches out chords on rhythm, you can almost here the metronome ticking in his head.
—Greg Saulmon, Local Buzz Magazine [full story]

"Mocha Maya's, Franklin County's smallest and most active performing arts center, was voted the third favorite spot to hear live jazz in the Pioneer Valley in the Advocate's 2007 Readers Poll. We're talking about the entire valley here. While thanking the musicians who performed last year and those who voted, the folks at Mocha Maya's knew who to thank the most: "Obviously, most of that credit has to go out to Swing Caravan. We are so proud of our association with them! They are quality musicians and classy people. Thank you Swing Caravan!" You can find out what all the fuss is about Fridays!"
—Gregory Tyler,Greenfield Recorder 5/12/07

“The Mocha Maya’s audience for this trio has been building over the past year; with people driving up from Northampton and even Connecticut to hear Reinhardt’s ‘Nuages’ or ‘Minor Swing’ combined with original tunes and even standards played in gypsy-jazz style.” 
—Diane Broncaccio, Feature Story, Greenfield Recorder 11/23/06 [full story]

Swing Caravan Gigs

Since starting in the fall of 2005, Swing Caravan has played steadily in the Northampton, Massachusetts area including:

Regularly (current):

  • Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
  • Brooklyn Djangology Festival
  • Green River Festival
  • Club Passim
  • Café Lena
  • The Old Colony at Woodstock
  • Linda Norris Auditorium
  • Dancing On the Air, wamc/npr Albany
  • Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA, 2008
  • Hilltown Spring Music Festival, 2008
  • Hilltown Music, Memorial Hall 12/07
  • Mocha Mayas Café, Shelburne Falls, every other Friday 10/05-11/07
  • Django in June Festival, Northampton, 2005, 2007 and 2008
  • First Night Northampton, 2005 and 2006
  • The Pushkin
  • The Basement
  • Black Sheep Café
  • Pioneer Arts Center of Easthampton
  • The Bookmill Concerts
  • Café Evolution
  • Hope and Olive
  • Sierra Grille Jazz Series
  • Wadsworth Art Museum, Hartford
  • Deertrees Gallery
  • Veracruzana
  • Manhan Café
  • Valley Free Radio Benefit Concert
  • The People’s Pint
  • Private Functions