We will have a brand new band to bring your musical skills to shine:

The Roamin’ Jasmine

They have rocked Berlin’s dance floors in such an outstanding way last year that we absolutely needed to have more of them – much more. And because they are (in addition to their musical skills!) such well mannered, funny and decent dudes that we can’t wait to see the classes they will teach you – and to hear the result! Each of them is loaded with huge amounts of knowledge and a deep interest in the most diverse music styles – and that’s your chance to dig deeper into the swing thing as well as the most obscure other musical interest you might have.

Their line-up consists of bass & vocals, guitar, trombone, trumpet & drums – but all of them are multi instrumentalists and will be able to help with every instrument you gonna bring – just talk to us!

About the band:

New Orleans-based band Taylor Smith & The Roamin’ Jasmine are here to get your feet moving. Their songs are rejuvenated interpretations of 1920’s country blues, 1950’s New Orleans R&B, vintage Calypso from Trinidad, 1930’s swing, and even some 1950’s Country tunes, mixed in with original songs – all composed and arranged for a powerful horn section, upright bass, guitar and drums. They take sounds dug out from crates of scratchy, old 78’s, and polish them up with modern elegance and youthful energy, without losing any raw edginess.

Inspired by the city’s history of ethnic and musical diversity, and fresh out of University of Miami’s Frost School of Music , bassist, vocalist, and bandleader Taylor Smith came to New Orleans in 2010 and began to collect some of his favorite vintage repertoire, while also composing some of his own songs inspired by the sounds he encountered live for the first time in the Big Easy.  Arranging this collection for a six-piece jazz ensemble and giving it a healthy dose of New Orleans flavor, he decided to recruit like-minded colleagues, and bring his work to the streets of New Orleans, where most of the band members cut their teeth busking amongst closed storefronts on the sidewalks of the French Quarter at night.

Since then the band played everywhere in their home country and in the most remote places from Alaska to Australia. They also have three European tours under their belt – and the next one leads to a castle in the middle of nowhere… Lucky us!

Listen here for a classic:

And some more:

And here for the party they’ll bring:

 About your instructors:

Taylor Smith: Bass and vocals

Taylor Smith is a New Orleans-based upright bassist and vocalist who has been performing for most of his life. After growing up and getting his musical start in the Boston area, he went on to study Jazz and Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in Miami, Florida. Soon after graduation in 2010, he moved to  New Orleans where he quickly became involved in the lively street music scene performing regularly with many different groups on the sidewalks and street corners of the French quarter. In addition to writing, arranging, singing, playing bass and leading Taylor Smith & The Roamin’ Jasmine, he frequently performs acoustic Cajun music with David Doucet and Al Tharp, both members of the Grammy Award-winning Cajun band Beausoleil, and has performed in a wide variety of genres from Klezmer to Blues to modern jazz. He is very excited to be a part of Swing Castle Camp!

Peter Gustafson: Trombone and Piano

Peter Gustafson is a trombonist, pianist, and percussionist from Stony Brook, New York. He has performed at Lincoln Center Rose Theatre, Symphony Space, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and toured with musical acts throughout the United States as well as in Italy, Germany, Netherlands, and Australia and has played alongside James Moody, John Fedchock, Conrad Herwig, Ingrid Jensen, Maurice Brown. He began studying classical piano at age six, and then discovered the trombone at eleven. At Princeton University, he studied music theory and composition, performed with the Princeton Triangle Club, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra, and went on to graduate cum laude with a Bachelors in Music and a Certificate in Jazz Performance. His thesis project, an original composition featuring the FeedBone – an electroacoustic trombone he invented and built, was awarded the Helen and Isidore Saks Prize. Next he studied with Ray Anderson at Stony Brook University, where he received a Masters of Music in Trombone Performance. Since 2015, Peter has resided in New Orleans, where he performs, composes and teaches music professionally. In addition to performing with Taylor Smith and the Roamin’ Jasmine, he enjoys interpreting traditional and modern jazz, parading with an Afro-Brazilian marching band, playing Brazilian choro and Argentine tango music, and studying Afro-Cuban bata drumming. In 2016, Peter released his debut EP of original music entitled Ephemera.

José Holloway: Trumpet

A native of Little Rock, AR, José Holloway found love at first sight with the trumpet at the age of 12.  Since that time, he has persistently worked hard to turn noise into music.  At Central High School, Jose` discovered the beauty of jazz and classical alike and decided to pursue music for life.  In 2012, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR and he earned a Master’s Degree in Music from University of Arkansas – Monticello in August 2017 where he studied under the highly respected jazz trumpeter Alex “Pope” Norris.  Since January 2013, Mr. Holloway has served as a music educator in the Little Rock School District in the roles of elementary music teacher at Chicot Primary, Director of Bands at John L. McClellan High School, and recently accepted the post as Director of Bands at Dunbar Magnet Middle School.  As a musician, Jose` has had the pleasure of playing with many great artists and professional groups.  Jose` has played alongside Jessica Care Moore, LaSheena Gordon, Dazz and Brie, Merlon Devine, Dell Smith, Carl Mouton, Joshua Asante, Tonya Leeks, Joel Crutcher, Deitrick Haddon, Rodney Block, Merlon Devine, Bethany Devine, and Jazz R Us to name a few.  One of the major joys in Jose`s life is playing alongside his closest friends in Off the Cuff and The Funkanites, and Taylor Smith & The Roamin’ Jasmine.  The biggest accomplishments in his life, however, are marrying his loving wife, Allyson, and raising his beautiful daughter, Aria Myles Holloway.


Max Bronstein: Guitar and Banjo

Originally gaining recognition at local blues jams in his home state of Vermont, Max Bronstein began playing with local groups as a teenager. Through the mentor-ship of many teachers including guitarist Greg Clayton at the McGill Music School in Montreal, Canada, he studied the jazz tradition. He considers himself fortunate to have played with legendary musicians such as Ellis Hall (Tower of Power) and Kenwood Dennard (Jaco Pastorious Trio), composer and trumpet player Taylor Haskins (Richard Bona band) as well as regular performances with saxophonist Dave Grippo from the Phish horn section and latin-jazz trumpeter Ray Vega from Tito Puente’s band. In 2016 he moved to New Orleans where be has performed with members of Rebirth Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins and performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in the gospel tent. 

Darius Blanton: Drums and Percussion

Darius “Musical Soliloquy” Blanton is a 26 year old native of Little Rock, Arkansas. He is a musician, producer, and songwriter. He plays keyboard, organ, and any percussion instrument. He picked up percussion at the age of 12 and all through middle school and high school, he participated in school band playing in pit orchestras for musical theater, on drumline, and in formal school concerts and contests. After he graduated high school, he went on to college and joined the band. It was while he was in college he found his love for producing and songwriting and decided to focus on developing those skills. He began writing and producing many songs that expressed some of his deepest emotions while continuing to perform as a drummer and percussionist. He was a member of several local bands and performed throughout the state of Arkansas. Darius and his good friend Jose Holloway, are the founding members of a Little Rock-based jazz band entitled Off the Cuff, for which Darius has written and produced numerous original songs. Darius also is currently the drummer and keyboardist for the Little Rock group Dazz & Brie and the Emotionialz with whom he has performed throughout the state of Arkansas and the surrounding states including featured performances at Riverfest in Little Rock, South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and will soon perform at the new Fulcrum festival in Little Rock. Darius is currently working on a solo project that will showcase his producing, songwriting, and vocal skills.