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The Swing Revival was cultural phenomenon of the 1990s and early 2000s which featured renewed popular interest in music in the style of the Swing period of the 1930s and 1940s. Most of the popular groups of this genre had a basic rock'n'roll instrumentation of Guitar, Bass, and Drums with an additional 3 to 4 instrument horn section. The most popular Wind instrumentation featured a Trumpet, Saxophone, and Trombone. Bands with this Instrumentation include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and The Cherry Poppin' Daddies. The Brian Setzer Orchestra was exceptional in that its Instrumentation was closer to that of the original Swing Era with 13 Wind Instruments in addition to the Guitar/Bass/Drums combo. The style of Louis Prima was especially influential on the style of the Swing Revival. The Brian Setzer Orchestra recorded covers of several of Prima's pieces.

Bands of the period tended more toward the sweet style (highly rehearsed) than the hot style (more improvisational, with focus on instrumentalist virtuosity).

Many consider the Swing Revival to now be dead. It is at least on the decline. Several performers are still recording and touring for a cache of fans who are genuinely interested in the music, though the genre is out of the national spotlight.



  • Primary
    • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
      Brian Setzer Orchestra
      Cherry Poppin' Daddies
      Squirrel Nut Zippers
  • Secondary
    • Hipster Daddy-O and the Handgrenades
      Atomic Fireballs
      Big Rude Jake
      Mighty Blue Kings
      Royal Crown Revue
      Katharine Whalen
  • Tertiary
    • 8 1/2 Souvenirs
      Andrew Bird
      Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra
      Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
      Lee Press-on and the Nails
      Indigo Swing
      Steve Lucky & Rhumba Bums
      The Deluxtone Rockets
      The W's
      The Don Miller Orchestra

Cultural Effects

The Swing Revival was visible in more than just music. Swing dancing returned as a popular dance form, accompanying the music. Films such as Swingers and the eariler Swing Kids (film) increased interest in the Swinging lifestyle. Gap featured Louis Prima's Jump Jive 'n Wail in one of their advertising campaigns. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy made a notable appearance at the Superbowl Halftime Show in 2000. Some have also conjectured that the swing revival is at least partly responsible for the reinvigoration of the Hipster movement, many of whose members were also involved in and cross-influenced by the swing revival scene. Paradoxically, this new generation of hipsters seems to have lost much of the musical association with jazz of their predecessors.

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