La Pompe Jazz is a Denver-based gypsy jazz band formed in 2013. With deep roots in Parisian, 'Hot-Club' swing, their sound traverses between upbeat American tin-pan standards, to gypsy folk-tunes, French ballads, & soulful originals. Their recent album 'Lush' combines their love of classic jazz tunes such as, "Exactly Like You" with folk and blues inspired originals such as "Plant Trees". This evolution is most prevalent in their medley of Django Reinhardt's Artillerie Lourde with an original number, aptly re-named "Heavy Cream".
Just nominated by Denver's esteemed Westword Magazine as one of the best jazz bands in Denver, La Pompe Jazz has been seen playing at some of the biggest festivals on the front range, including the Jazz Five Points Festival, People's Fair, & Westword Music Showcase. On top of that, La Pompe Jazz has quickly become one of the premiere swing bands in Denver. With frequent spots at pretty much every swing dance hall on the Front range, La Pompe's infectious rhythm is sure to make you tap your toes.
Their core group is comprised of David Lawrence on guitar and vocals, Andrew Hannum on guitar, Erik Fellenstein on violin and Kevin Laxar on bass. Special guest Bill Pontarelli on clarinet will be filling in for Erik.