Danny Jonokuchi & the Revisionists, a 15-piece swing band led by the eponymous Brooklyn-based trumpeter, have won the inaugural Count Basie Great American Swing Contest.
The band’s rendition of “One O’ Clock Jump” was featured in a video that Jonokuchi made with far-flung musicians who were quarantining in California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Manitoba (Canada).
The video also featured segments with swing dancers, shot in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Jonokuchi, who normally fronts a seven-piece version of the Revisionists, expanded the roster for his entry in the contest. The large ensemble includes such musicians as saxophonist Christopher McBride, trombonist Mariel Bildsten, guitarist Jocelyn Gould, bassist Noah Jackson, and vocalist Alexa Barchini.
As part of their prize, the band will receive studio time in which to complete a professionally recorded track of “One O’ Clock Jump.”
The Count Basie Great American Swing Contest was established in 2020 to mark the 85th anniversary of the creation of the Basie band. Contestants were asked to create an original rendition of one of several tunes from the Basie repertoire, in whatever style they chose. Entries were judged by a panel that included Nat Adderley Jr., Scotty Barnhart, Bruce Barth, Stefon Harris, Mimi Jones, Robert Kraft, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Mark Ruffin, Helen Sung, and Wayne Winborne.
More information about the Great American Swing Contest can be found at CountBasie.com.