In 2012, Chelsea Reed met five other musicians who shared her passion for early jazz and swing music. This meeting gave way to the formation of Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five on Temple University’s campus. Shortly thereafter, they began a now-legendary series of gigs in south Philadelphia. The band immediately gained a dedicated following of swing dancers and fellow jazz enthusiasts.
Success came quickly to Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five on the heels of headlining performances at prestigious venues like the Kimmel Center and World Café Live. By the following year they found themselves playing the Iowa City Jazz Festival thanks to a grant from Temple University.
In late 2013 Bell Tower Music, Temple University’s student-run record label, signed Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five and produced the sessions for what is now their debut album. Chelsea and her band celebrate the rich history of American blues and early jazz.
Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five is:
Chelsea Reed: Vocals / Noah Hocker: Trumpet / Chris Oatts: Soprano/Alto Saxophone / Jake Kelberman: Guitar / Joe Plowman: Bass /Austin Wagner: Drums
11/07/14 / Chagrin Falls, OH @ Bainbridge Swing Dance
11/08/14 / Pittsburgh, PA @ Swing City
11/14/14 / St. Davids, PA @ Eastern University
11/15/14 / Philadelphia, PA @ Chris’ Jazz Café
11/22/14 / Newark, Delaware @ Univ Delaware, Kent Dining Hall
12/06/14 / Philadelphia, PA @ Chris’ Jazz Café
12/13/14 / Philadelphia, PA @ Chris’ Jazz Café
12/20/14 / Philadelphia, PA @ Chris’ Jazz Café
12/31/14 / York, PA @ Valencia Ballroom
01/18/15 / Philadelphia, PA@ Rhythm Session
03/21/15 / Pottstown, PA @ SwingKat
05/02/15 / Lancaster, PA @ Lancaster Swing Dance
1. After You've Gone (03:56) /2. Everybody Loves My Baby (02:35) / 3. Darktown Strutters' Ball (03:05) / 4. Hold Tight, Two Tight (05:12) / 5. St. Louis Blues (03:31) / 6. Ain't Nobody's Business (05:07) / 7. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (05:57) / 8. Limehouse Blues (03:38).