The Candy Jacket Jazz Band is comprised of some of the best swing practitioners in the United States. The group was started in 2015 by Los Angeles based jazz drummer - Josh Collazo.
Josh has been playing Big Band Era Swing & Traditional Jazz music over the last 18 years. During this time, he has performed with countless bands of all genres, which include Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Jonathan Stout & his Campus Five feat. Hilary Alexander, the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, Dave Stuckey & the Hot House Gang, The Lindy Focus All-Star Orchestra (led by Jonathan Stout), and many more.
Eventually, a chord struck inside him to begin composing original jazz and swing music; styles that he holds dearest in his heart. He enlisted long-time musical companion, saxophonist, & co-arranger - Albert Alva - to begin wading through the pile of songs that had been stacking up. Over the course of a few months, Albert and Josh created the arrangements that would go on to be recorded for the Candy Jacket's debut album. Finding the right musicians for the new band was not difficult since Los Angeles has a thriving "vintage" jazz scene.
The Candy Jacket Jazz Band is comprised of:
Albert Alva (tenor sax), Nate Ketner (clarinet/alto sax), Corey Gemme (cornet), Dan Weinstein (trombone), Chris Dawson (piano), Seth Ford-Young (upright bass), Jonathan Stout (guitar), & Josh Collazo - (drums/leader)
On April 4, 2017, The Candy Jacket Jazz Band released their first self-titled album which contains 11 original songs. The group was an instant success, especially within the worldwide swing dance community. Since then, The Candy Jacket Jazz Band has had the pleasure of performing at many events across the country such as Lindy Focus, The International Lindy Hop Championships, Swingin' at the Savoy 2018, DCLX, and The Redwood Coast Music Festival. The band has also headlined at The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, as well as The San Diego Jazz Festival.
To learn more about Josh Collazo, please visit joshcollazo.com
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