The Mood Swing Orchestra was formed in 1995 for the performance of swing and dance band music of the 1930s and 1940s. Mood Swing covers big band hits made famous by leaders such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Xavier Cugat.
The Orchestra’s fresh approach to classic big band music has attracted an enthusiastic following among Bay Area music fans. Mood Swing was chosen as one of the best local swing bands in the March 1999 issue of San Francisco magazine, and was featured on the nationally syndicated big band radio show One Night Stand. Chris Nielsen, Host of One Night Stand describes Mood Swing Orchestra as one of the great bands of today carrying on a fine tradition.
Mood Swing has performed for numerous weddings, corporate events, and San Francisco nightclubs including Bimbos 365, Broadway Studios, and Cafe Du Nord. Band members have performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Monterey Jazz Festival in Japan, and the NorthSea Jazz Festival in Holland.
Mood Swing is available as a five to twelve-piece orchestra and can feature a male and/or female vocalist. The bands repetoire includes a variety of classic tunes, from ballads and quiet jazz for background and dinner music to the jumping sounds of swing, perfect for dancing.