"Opening the show was Swing Speak led by bassist, Steve Wolf, onetime member of Gatton's Redneck Jazz Explosion. These guys were fantastic! By the time they left the stage, the audience was roaring for more. They performed incredible jazz music!" Melanie Michaels & Jim Hodge, from a review in Country Plus Magazine of The Danny Gatton Tribute Concert held at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA

The members of Swing Speak would like to thank the members of the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) for honoring us with multiple nominations over the past 20 years, and for wins in the category "Best Swing Group" and "Best Traditional Jazz Recording."


Performance Jan. 5, 2000 - Photo by Jim Hudnall

  • The Birchmere, Alexandria VA (Danny Gatton Tribute Show)
  • The Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival, Baltimore MD - 2008 & 2009
  • The Rockville MD "Jazz It Up" Festival - 2009 - 2011
  • The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival 1996 - 2002
  • The Pennsylvania State University System, 12 campuses 1998 - 1999
  • The Virginia Commission for the Arts, multiple concerts
  • Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo MD, Multiple Performances
  • The Blue Ridge Arts Council Artists in Residence Program
  • The Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts, Millennium Stage - Multiple Performances
  • The US Capitol Summer Concert Series
  • The National Zoo, Swingin' With The Primates
  • The Arlington Summer Concerts in the Parks
  • The Williamsburg VA, Summer Breeze Concerts
  • The Williamsburg VA, Library Concert Series
  • The Bethesda Place Plaza Noon Concert Series
  • The Columbia Maryland, Summer Concert Series
  • The Smithsonian Institution Young Benefactors Ball 1999 & 2002
  • Sugarloaf Jazz Festival, Frederick Maryland
  • The Virginia Wine Festival
  • The Corcoran Gallery Concert Series, Washington DC
  • Blues Alley, Washington's Premier Jazz Nightclub
  • The Taste Of Reston Festival, Reston VA
  • The Herndon Virginia Labor Day Jazz Festival
  • The Chevy Chase Ballroom, Chevy Chase MD
  • The Wilson Plaza Summer Concert Series, Washington DC
  • The Frederick Maryland Festival for the Arts
  • Great Falls Virginia Village Centre "Concerts On The Green" Series
  • Virginia Tech Summer Arts Festival, Blacksburg, VA
  • The Gaithersburg MD City Hall Pavilion Series
  • The Alexandria Virginia Memorial Day Jazz Festival
  • The Staunton Virginia Jazz In The Park Concert Series
  • The Reston Virginia Town Center Noon Concert Series
  • The Rockville Maryland Noon (Brown Bag) Concert Series
  • The Rockville Maryland Friday Night Live Summer Concert Series
  • The Bowie Maryland Allen Pond Park Amphitheater
  • The Baltimore Fells Point Fun Festival
  • The Strathmore Danny Gatton Tribute Concert 2004
  • The Carter Baron Amphitheater Danny Gatton Tribute Concert 2006
"We have much to learn from the expert musicianship of Steve Wolf and Swing Speak. Their performance here taught us how wonderful music can be. Their delivery is fun and alive. Swing Speak definitely has all the elements for great success. " Helene Teel, Concert Series Director and Property Manager, Great Falls Virginia Village Centre

  • The One Step Down, Washington DC
  • The 219 Jazz Club, Alexandria, VA
  • Tower Records, Chicago, Ill
  • Whitlow's on Wilson, Clarendon VA
  • The Ice House, Herndon, VA
  • Hero’s, Manassas, VA
  • Paolo's at Reston Town Center
  • The Haven, Baltimore, MD
  • Borders Books Concert Series, Washington DC area
  • The Vienna Tap & Grill, Vienna, VA
  • The Blue & Gold Brewing Company, Arlington, VA
  • Bistro Bistro, Reston & Ballston, VA
  • The Wharf, Alexandria, VA
  • The Casey Jones Restaurant Concert Series, La Plata, MD

"An outstanding performance"
Leslie Ann Clark, Special Events Supervisor, Alexandria, VA Memorial Day Jazz Festival, 1997.

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