Whether you’re just looking for a little music to practice your dancing with, or you’re building a growing collection, here are some resources to help you find what you’re looking for.
Here are some great practice tunes that you can play for free from Spotify:
Recommendations on Amazon.com
Buddy Johnson – Walk ‘Em If you’ve taken classes from us, you’ve probably heard many tracks from this album. We like teaching with it because the beat is easy to hear, the structure is simple, and most of all, because the songs are fun. Highly recommended for beginners and anyone looking for varied tempos for practice.
Louis Jordan – The Best Of This disc is packed with classic jump blues songs great for Lindy Hop. Besides having great music, the songs tell amusing stories that add to the fun.
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Best Of Ella and Louis were the perfect pair. His gravely voice with her silky voice combined together to express the joy that is inherent to jazz music. If you like the combo, you might want to check out the Complete Ella and Louis with 47 tracks on iTunes (where you can buy the tracks you like individually) or Amazon.
Barbara Morrison – Live at the 9:20 Special Barbara Morrison is an artist who regularly performs for Lindy Hoppers. This recording was recorded live at San Francisco’s longest running weekly swing dance, The 9:20 Special. Barbara is enchanting on stage, and combined with some of the best musicians in the Bay Area, this recording is an excellent one for Lindy Hoppers.
Louis Prima – Capitol Collectors Series Louis Prima wrote the ever popular swing song “Sing Sing Sing” and was featured performing “Jump Jive and Wail” in the 1998 Gap commercial that fueled much of the early swing revival. This disc is a staple for swing DJs and has a good variety of tempos.
Count Basie – The Count Basie Story If you’re an aspiring DJ, or just interested in digging deeper into the best of swing music, this 4-CD box set is essential and a great price for how much music is included. Count Basie was one of the most important figures in the swing music era, and this set includes an incredible number of songs that span his career. It could be the only Basie purchase you need to make.
Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb – Swingsation Ella Fitzgerald got her start with Chick Webb’s band in the 1930s and this CD is just as good because of her voice as the fantastic Chick Webb band. We’ve always been happy with the Swingsation series discs, and their samplers Volume 1 and Volume 2 would be a great way to get a variety of classic big band swing artists.