Founded by Martin Jarl, Swing’it Dixieband takes the music of the swinging 20s and brings it to the modern era.
Travelling back in time, Swing’it Dixieband brings you to New Orleans 100 years ago. Their music tells the stories of the roaring 20’s about jazz, about “bootleggers, speakeasies and illegal parties during the Prohibition and flappers and dappers partying their nights away in the opulence and decadence of the Golden Era!”.
They’ve performed for jazz festivals throughout Norway and the UK, including over 60 concerts at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Molde Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival and Sildajazz.
Fun Fact: In 2018, they made it to the semi-finals of “Norway’s Got Talent” with their performances of Jazz Disney covers.
“We were inspired by how Postmodern Jukebox was so successful covering pop songs in various genres, so we decided to try something similar – and there are just so many good Disney tunes to choose between. We already had a couple in our repertoire and thought, ‘who doesn’t love Disney?'” explains Martin Jarl, the band’s founder.
They were known for their music available on Spotify and YouTube, as well as concerts worldwide. In 2019, they released their first single, Party Like It’s 1923, which describes the life of flappers and dappers within the era of the ’20s. It was also their first music video. This single brought them massive success as it hit 1 million streams on Spotify. Later in 2019 and then again in 2020, they released two more singles, Booze Cruise and Champagne.
“Our songs are based around historical people and real events in the 1910s and 20s in America, from the Prohibition Era and Great Gatsby’s glamour, but with our twist. We released the EP in April 2020 and have now recorded a full album due to be released in 2021. The album is a concept with an overarching story that takes the listener through New Orleans and the music from the early 20th Century,” explains Jarl.
This musical group has become one of Europe’s most successful jazz bands. They’ve made quite an audience for themselves worldwide, with their YouTube channel hitting 732,816 views and 5.27K subscribers since joining in August of 2014.
“These guys are a firework of a band! The atmosphere has been perfect every time Swing’it played at our bar! Highly recommended! (and the girls love them, too!)Review from Cecil’s Cocktail Club
Here are some of their highlighted music for your listening pleasure.
“Under The Sea” is a Vintage 1920s New Orleans Jazz Cover By Swing’it Dixieband, Originally By Samuel E. Wright From Disney’s The Little Mermaid (1989).