Thrift Set Orchestra with Jonathan Doyle
Born out of a shared love of classic swing and hot jazz, the Austin, Texas band embraces playing both light and hot; at times reminiscent of a Duke Ellington small group; at other times, calling back to Django Reinhardt mingled with Milton Brown. Thrift Set Orchestra features four horn players (on eight horns), along with guitar, banjo, upright bass, and often drum set. The ensemble writes and plays personally-tailored arrangements of classic material as well as many originals. Their members sing a range of styles, ranging from a sweet, Billie-Holiday-esque melancholy, to the audacity of Al Jolson, and the gravel of Jelly Roll Morton’s voice.