Dixieland, early jazz styles, ragtime and old-time gospel music

Black Swan is an entertaining, artistic group that loves performing hot jazz, ragtime and old-time gospel with a distinctive, original flair.

Frequently booked at jazz and dance festivals, concerts, weddings, anniversaries, parties, wakes, corporate celebrations, cruises, Mardi Gras... you name it...Black Swan is ready to make your special occasion an "affair to remember". We can entertain either as a full, eight-piece ensemble, featuring the sizzling talents of vocalist Marilyn Keller, or a smaller jazz combo to fit any occasion.

Mark your calendar! Coming up on April 14th Black Swan will perform at the Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society, and then on May 2nd a smaller quintet will be blowin' up a storm for the dancers at Secret Society's Thursday Swing! in Portland. Fun! Fun! Fun! Check out details on this and other public events on the Black Swan Performance Schedule, or contact us directly for private bookings.

McKinleys release "Just Us" CD! Father and son banjo virtuosos John and Craig McKinley recently released their new recording named "Just Us". Both have been past and remain occasional members of Black Swan. They collaborated with Kit Johnson for engineering and production. This is a tasty recording, featuring some wonderful material and masterful playing. You can order the CD or download MP3 files through The McKinleys page on CDBaby.com.

Hoagy CD is Here! After a bit of a recording hiatus, Black Swan spent time in the studio this summer recording a collection of Hoagy Carmichael's earlier compositions. CDs and digital downloads are now available through our Hoagy, Heart & Soul page.

New Arrangements for Musicians! We've made a few changes to our Arrangements page, including many new charts and original compositions. Check out the fresh offerings.

Free, full-length sample songs from three recent recordings are available right here:
Joe Avery's Blues (3:28 minutes; MP3) from Dance Hall Favorites (2010)
Battle Hymn of the Republic (4:17 minutes; MP3) from Feel the Spirit (2007)
Dude Ranch Blues (3:35 minutes; MP3) from This Joint is Jumpin' (2005)

We look forward to meeting you soon at your favorite "happy jazz" event!