About the Band

The Black Swan Classic Jazz Band was established in early 1989 as a hot dance band dedicated to the preservation and performance of Dixieland, old-time gospel, early jazz and ragtime music. We have performed at numerous festivals and community events in Oregon, Montana, Arizona, Washington, Missouri, Iowa, California and British Columbia. When not on the road, the band's individual members call Oregon's lush Willamette Valley home. 

Black Swan is a versatile group with the ability to tastefully and softly caress an intimate room, fire up a large hall and keep the dancers cutting a rug. Black Swan delights in entertaining as well as educating its audiences with authentic renditions of the music of noteworthy early jazz figures such as Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Hoagy Carmichael, Fats Waller, Turk Murphy, Eubie Blake, Scott Joplin and others. You will hear a strong mix of music performed by few other bands, originals by members of Black Swan and many popular favorites you know and love.

For more lowdown on Black Swan, download the Band's biography, see what's coming up in our Schedule, review our Performance History, smile at some of the Photos we've provided, and link to the individual musician profiles that follow.

Black Swan's regular musicians include (* = arranger/composer):

Photo of Kit Johnson (Courtesy of Joe Hopkins)

Kit Johnson*

Tuba & leader

Photo of Marilyn Keller (Courtesy of Joe Hopkins)

Marilyn Keller

Vocalist

Photo of Ron Leach (Courtesy of Joe Hopkins)

Ron Leach

Drums

Photo of John McKinley

Alan Phillips

Banjo & Vocals

Photo of John Bennett (Courtesy of Joe Hopkins)

John Bennett*

Piano

Photo of Steve Matthes (Courtesy of Joe Hopkins)

Steve Matthes*

Clarinet

Photo of Don Stone (Courtesy of Joe Hopkins)

Don Stone

Trombone

Photo of Steve Matthes (Courtesy of Joe Hopkins)

 

Rick Holzgrafe

Cornet

 

Throughout our history we've enjoyed the musical and entertainment talents of many fine musicians. Here are links to several emeritus or occasional members of the Black Swan family who have contributed significantly to our musical album over the past decades:

 

Cornet or Trumpet

Ernie Carbajal*
Bert Barr
Dave Holo
Chris Tyle
Corey Gemme

Clarinet or Saxophone

Mark Curry
Jim Buchmann

Trombone

James Meyer
Lew Chapman
Pat O'Neal

Drums & Washboard Glenn Koch
Piano Mark Hazzard
Banjo Craig McKinley
John McKinley
Bill Luce
Ron Hinkle
Rich Neuwirth
Scott Anthony

 

And don't forget the extended traditional jazz family by poking around in these other Links Worthy of Your Attention.