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A monthly podcast with Sarah Spoon sitting down with music nerds from the lindy hop and blues dance communities. Focusing mainly on DJs and musicians (but with the odd teacher too), the idea is that guests are stuck on a desert island with a tiny mp3 player that holds 10 songs. We get to hopefully discover some sweet new tunes, but also get to know these fine folks a little bit better.

Desert Island Jams Sarah Spoon

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A monthly podcast with Sarah Spoon sitting down with music nerds from the lindy hop and blues dance communities. Focusing mainly on DJs and musicians (but with the odd teacher too), the idea is that guests are stuck on a desert island with a tiny mp3 player that holds 10 songs. We get to hopefully discover some sweet new tunes, but also get to know these fine folks a little bit better.

    Desert Island Jams #9 - Jon Tigert

    Desert Island Jams #9 - Jon Tigert

    Jon Tigert is our guest this month! He is a DJ, musician, emcee and international Lindy Hop instructor based in Baltimore, USA. The bandleader and drummer for the Corner Pocket Jazz Band, Jon very nearly spent his life in musical theatre and not the swing dancing community.

    If you'd like to find him online to nerd out about music, his handle across the platforms is @jontigert.

    If you'd like to enjoy our carefully arranged Instagram feed, you can follow us @desertislandjams

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    You can find the Spotify listen along playlist here
    You can find the transcript by following this link.
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Desert Island Jams #8 - Grey Armstrong

    Desert Island Jams #8 - Grey Armstrong

    Grey Armstrong, author of ObsidianTea.com and Blues instructor and DJ joins me for this episode.

    Some other key facts about Grey include that he was born in Ohio, has synesthesia, loves foxes (the country ones, not the urban ones), and loves his cat T'challa Panther Lily even more. Oh, and he has blue hair.
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    You can listen along to the Spotify playlist here
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Desert Island Jams #7 - Jonathan Stout

    Desert Island Jams #7 - Jonathan Stout

    It's only Jonathan Blimmin' Stout as my guest this month! (Not his real middle name)

    A Lindy Hopper since 1996, he grew up in the Southern California swing revival, learning from original-era Lindy and  Balboa dancers. He started playing swing music in 1999, and in 2002 started a band with Hilary Alexander, the Campus Five,  with the sole and express purpose of playing dance music for Lindy Hop and Balboa dancers.

    He's released 4 albums that are now pretty much standard issue for swing dance DJs and instructors around the globe. At the request of promoters for different flavours, he's started SIX more bands: the JSO, the Grand Slam Sextet, etc. They play the top swing dance events in the US and around the Globe: Lindy Focus, Camp Hollywood, ILHC, Lindy Shock, California Balboa Classic, and all the others.

    You can find the listen along Spotify playlist HERE
    You can find the listen along YouTube playlist HERE

    You can find the special Holidays playlist on Spotify HERE!

    The music license is sponsored by voicesculptor.com
    The artwork is by @sazmy_design
    You can find DIJ on instagram HERE
    Jonathon Stout is the magic fingered man behind the original music for our theme song.


    Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/desertislandjams)

    • 2 hr 6 min
    Desert Island Jams #6 - Nicole Zuckerman

    Desert Island Jams #6 - Nicole Zuckerman

    My guest this episode is Nicole Zuckerman, a DJ, dancer and software developer living in NYC.

    Nicole's first love was tap but lindy stole their heart in 2005.

    They have DJed at ILHC, Lindy Focus, Herrang and more. They have taught at LindyFest, Sweet Swingouts and more. They have competed and won lindy hop, balboa and solo jazz competitions across the US.

    Nicoles loves social dancing and acting like a goof, sharing the feelings that music gives them.
    As well as music and dance, they are deeply passionate about social justice, puppies and gardening and a voracious reader of fantasy and sci-fi.

    Nicole isn't mad on social media but you can try tweeting them on @zuckerpunch
    They welcome one-on-one chats- so if you'd like that check out their website to get in touch: http://www.nicoleandcarl.dance/

    You can find the listen along Spotify playlist HERE
    You can find the listen along YouTube playlist HERE

    The music license is sponsored by voicesculptor.com
    The artwork is by @sazmy_design
    You can find DIJ on instagram HERE
    Jonathon Stout is the magic fingered man behind the original music for our theme song.
    Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/desertislandjams)

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Desert Island Jams #5 - Albert Alva

    Desert Island Jams #5 - Albert Alva

    This month's guest is Albert Alva, a musician from Los Angeles, California. He's been a musician since he was a teenager, and has been a music educator for over 15 years. He's a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, a lyricist, and he has also been known to sing!

    Albert is best known in the partner dance community for his performances with swing jazz bands  for Lindy Hop dancers. His  “sideman” saxophone performances can be heard on the recordings of Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, Josh Collazo’s Candy Jacket Jazz Band, and most recently, Jonathan Ng's latest CD, The Sphynx.

    Podcast Instagram HERE
    Music License sponsored by voicesculptor.com
    Graphic design genius instagram HERE
    Theme song artist- Jonathan Stout
    Follow this link for a transcript if the platform you're listing on doesn't automatically offer it.


    Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/desertislandjams)

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Desert Island Jams #4 - Remis Rančys

    Desert Island Jams #4 - Remis Rančys

    Remis Rančys of The Schwings Band is my guest this episode!

    Based in Vilnius, Lithuania, Remis is a musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and he likes taking pictures and is a nature lover and traveler.

    You can find accompanying playlists links for this episode on Spotify and YouTube.

    The Schwings band recently released a new album, recorded in the studio Remis was in when we spoke for DIJ. You can find the music of The Schwings Band on Bandcamp, on Spotify, and on Itunes. You can also find them on social media such as Facebook and Instagram.
    The transcript for this podcast can be found by following this link to Buzzsprout.
    You can learn a little more about the songs chosen by checking us out on Instagram.
    To support the podcast check out our Patreon here :)
    Please subscribe and leave a review if you're enjoying the show!

    Desert Island Jams is hosted and produced by Sarah Spoon
    Graphics designed by Sara Azmy
    Original theme song by Jonathan Stout
    Music license from PRS sponsored by Andria Helm of VoiceSculptor.com
    Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/desertislandjams)

    • 1 hr 24 min

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Gary Chyi ,

A really interesting window into interesting people.

Really love the structure of the podcast, which results in a very interesting, surprising, filled out portrait of people (some of whom I already knew). Also, Sarah is great interviewer on top of that!

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