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Swing in Place, Volume 1: Originals

by The Grand St. Stompers

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    Includes digital liner notes (PDF).

    ★ All album profits in 2020 (including donations above the recommended price) will go directly to the musicians, to support them during this difficult time of cancelled events, lost gigs, and uncertain futures. We appreciate your support!
    All Bandcamp fees on June 19, 2020 were donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
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Tell me how can we believe the storybooks that say: happy ever after? Tell me why oh why must we believe that happy endings might still apply? I don’t believe in magic spells, in shooting stars, or wishing wells; however, I do believe in you. I don’t much trust the almanac, my horoscope, or zodiac; however, I do believe in you. I have never seen the boogeyman, nor a devil, imp, or elf; and neither did I believe in you til I met you for myself! I won’t go down to fairy land, nor hunt for some magic tree; the only thing I’d care to find is you, cuz you believe in me! I don’t believe in luck or chance, but I believe in this romance, cuz baby, I do believe in you.
Bad Cat Rag 03:50
Primrose 04:47


The Grand St. Stompers have been making music for over a decade. While their 10-year anniversary has landed in the middle of a pandemic, a quarantine, and a national crisis, they have found a way, through the magic of self-recording and remote collaboration, to continue to SWING…IN PLACE. They hope this music will help you do the same.

This E.P. introduces a half-dozen original compositions for swing octet, and is the first in a planned series. Volume 2 will present STANDARDS, and feature more vocals by the wonderful MOLLY RYAN, as well as the inimitable TAMAR KORN.

The musicians thank you for helping to keep music alive! 💙


released August 7, 2020

1. PST (Pacific Swing Time) (190 BPM)
2. I Do Believe in You (170 BPM) *featuring Molly Ryan
3. Bad Cat Rag (186 BPM)
4. Primrose (110 BPM)
5. Jump Out and Getcha (170 BPM)
6. EST (Eastern Swing Time) (205 BPM)

All tracks composed/arranged by Gordon Au (Gordonburi Music – ASCAP)

Molly Ryan—vocals (2)
Gordon Au—trumpet/leader (all)
Dennis Lichtman—alto sax (2)
Matt Koza—soprano sax (1,3-6)
Ricky Alexander—tenor sax (all)
Joe McDonough—trombone (all)
Nick Russo—guitar (all)
Rob Adkins—bass (all)
Kevin Dorn—drums (all)

Produced by Gordon Au (GordonAuMusic.com)
Recorded remotely and independently across in the USA in May-July 2020
Edited, mixed, and mastered by Gordon Au
Cover Art by Kelsey Ballance

Thanks to the artists above for rising to this challenge and learning together, as well as to other Grand St. Stompers musicians past and present, including Tamar Korn, Matt Musselman, Martina DaSilva, Vinny Raniolo, Rob Garcia, Vanessa Perea, Jay Lepley, Kim Hawkey, and many others. Thank you to Michael Steinman and JAZZ LIVES, All Souls Bethlehem Church, Vannah Oshun, Kevin McEvoy and Barbara Epstein, Swing Remix, DCLX, Mark Jansen and the Redwood Coast Music Festival, and Ryan Swift and The Track podcast. Finally, thank you to our friends and families, to Kelsey (always), and to everyone who picked up this album, and helped to support these independent musicians through tough times. Keep on swinging in place!…

Copyright ©℗ 2020 Gordon Au / Gordonburi Music


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Gordon Au New York, New York

Called “comfortable in any idiom and fearless” by the press, Gordon plays and composes modern and trad jazz. He leads the Grand St. Stompers, called “a pillar of New York’s hot jazz scene” by the NYTimes, and appears with the Grammy-winning Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, the Armstrong Eternity Band at Birdland, Dandy Wellington, and others, and performs worldwide at festivals, dance events, & more. ... more

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