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Durham's hot jazz and swing band is back for a second album, with new tunes, awesome rewards, and a plan to make a great album!
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Welcome!  We are the Mint Julep Jazz Band, a Durham, NC-based hot jazz and swing little big band, made up of 8 musicians who love performing the music of the 1920's, 30's, and early 40's for dancing and listening audiences alike.  The focus of our band is performing swing dance music and we'd like to release a second album of tunes that will make you want to swing out!

Why Kickstarter?  Think of it as pre-sales - you are essentially ordering this album in advance.

We heard lots of positive feedback on our first album of classic swing and hot jazz (check it out at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mintjulepjazzband); we heard you wanted us to perform at your local/regional/national swing dance event and we have seen you at these events dancing up a storm; we heard you wanted a second album ASAP because you had already worn out the first album listening to it on repeat in your car.  We love you all and that's why we're excited about doing another album!

The album, which will be titled "Battle Axe," will feature Lucian Cobb on trombone, Paul Rogers on trumpet, Keenan McKenzie on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Aaron Hill on alto saxophone and clarinet, Aaron Tucker on drums, Jason Foureman on bass, Ben Lassiter on guitar, and Laura Windley on vocals.  

Battle Axe is a Jimmie Lunceford tune featured in our book and we are excited about the possibilities of where this theme can go...expect some previously unrecorded favorites to be included in the album, as well as some surprises!

We love you madly!

We could never do this on our own, which is why we are so amazed that you backed our last Kickstarter and and helped us reach our funding goal.  We'd like to do it all over again, just for you, to deliver up some great swinging music for your dancing feet and your listening ears!

For information shows, videos, photos, news, and all things Mint Julep Jazz Band, please visit our website at http://www.mintjulepjazzband.com.

Stretch goal: vinyl

If we reach a stretch goal of $16,000, we will produce the album on vinyl!  If you back our Kickstarter and we reach the stretch goal, we will give all of our backers the option to purchase the vinyl copy at cost.  That's only $4,000 over our initial goal to get vinyl copies!

Rewards are awesome!

We've added some great rewards and are revisiting a few from the last Kickstarter - here's some more detail on our rewards that may require photos or more explanation:

TEE SHIRTS: We are using American Apparel shirts, styles 2102 (fitted tee) and 2001 (unisex), in forest green with a white Mint Julep Jazz Band logo on the front. 

Style 2102 is available in sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL - for a size chart, click on the photo.
Style 2102 is available in sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL - for a size chart, click on the photo.
Style 2001 is available in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL - for a size chart, click on the photo.
Style 2001 is available in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, and XXXL - for a size chart, click on the photo.
The MJJB logo for the shirt will be in white.
The MJJB logo for the shirt will be in white.

HAND-MADE APRON - These aprons are crazy adorable - hand-made apron (1/2 apron that just ties around your waist and hangs from your waist, no bib for the chest), inspired by vintage apron designs and made from reproduction 1930's cloth printed with gray/taupe kittens talking on yellow telephones, sewn by our vocalist Laura Windley's mother, Gayle Windley.  Y'ALL - KITTENS TALKING ON YELLOW TELEPHONES!

A close-up of the kittens.
A close-up of the kittens.

ORCHID FASCINATOR - This is a seriously gorgeous tilt fascinator made by ChatterBlossom - the fascinator is identical to one owned by vocalist Laura Windley, and is made from reclaimed vintage millinery flowers from the 1950's, in lovely mint green and white/ivory, with a woven ivory base.  There are only two of these in existence - Laura has one, but who will claim the other?  Let's be lovely together.

Front view, modeled by the lovely ChatterBlossom
Front view, modeled by the lovely ChatterBlossom
Side view
Side view
Underside/attachment
Underside/attachment

CARNATION FASCINATOR - This is a really special fascinator made by ChatterBlossom from late 1920's/early 1930's lavender carnations, very rare by any standards, especially for unused millinery - the fascinator is identical to one owned by vocalist Laura Windley in lovely shades of lavender.  There are only three of these in existence - ChatterBlossom has one, Laura has one, and no others will be made because ChatterBlossom has no more of this type of flower.

Front view, modeled by the lovely ChatterBlossom
Front view, modeled by the lovely ChatterBlossom
Another view of the carnations
Another view of the carnations
Can be fastened four different ways with a clip.
Can be fastened four different ways with a clip.

Risks and challenges

If we are not able to reach our funding goal, we will not receive the money that has been pledged. This means there will be no CD and we will have to figure out if this is the right time for us to record and if a CD is a financially viable option for us.

If we are funded, there are other challenges. There could certainly be delays, since we are using a lot of different services and contractors to produce our CD - this is a multi-step process with lots of components that have to come together to deliver a completed CD project. There could be issues with the recording quality and it may not sound as good as we would like to it sound. There are any number of unforeseen costs. There could be licensing issues that may arise, as we are not performing original music.

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    PHYSICAL COPY - You will receive a physical copy of the CD and a thank you on our website!

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    BUTTON - You will receive a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo button, a physical copy of the CD and a thank you on our website!

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    TEE SHIRT - You will receive a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo tee shirt (green shirt, white logo - see Kickstarter description for style, color, and sizing details), a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo button, a physical copy of the CD, and a thank you on our website!

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    POSTER - You will receive a 12x12 poster of the album cover art signed by all the members of the band, a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo tee shirt (green shirt, white logo), a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo button, a physical copy of the CD, and a thank you on our website!

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    CUPCAKES - You will receive a dozen cupcakes in the flavor of your choosing (no crazy flavors, please!), a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo tee shirt (green shirt, white logo), a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo button, a physical copy of the CD, and a thank you on our website! This reward is limited to people living in the Triangle area only and if you choose this reward you will need to coordinate with the band on where you can pick up the cupcakes.

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    DOUBLE UP - You will receive two physical copies of the CD, two Mint Julep Jazz Band logo tee shirts (green shirt, white logo), two logo buttons, two 12x12 posters of the album cover art signed by all the members of the band, and a thank you on our website!

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    GUITAR LESSON - You will receive a 45 minute guitar lesson with the Mint Julep Jazz Band's guitar player, Ben Lassiter! You will also receive a 12x12 poster of the album cover art signed by all the members of the band, a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo tee shirt (green shirt, white logo), a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo button, a physical copy of the CD, and a thank you on our website! (Triangle, NC residents only)

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    PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY - You will receive a photography session with Alexandrea Thomsen (Dtownperspective - http://dtownperspective.com/, A&A Weddings - http://a-aweddings.com/, Clarion Content, superwoman, guitar player Ben Lassiter's wife, and co-camerawoman on MJJB's last photo shoot) lasting an hour to two hours long. Family, kids, engagement, whatever you need, and she can provide props and games for any children's photo shoots. You will receive an 8X10 print from one of the shots at the photo shoot and have the option to purchase more prints or the disc of digital images from the shoot.

    You will also receive a 12x12 poster of the album cover art signed by all the members of the band, a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo tee shirt (green shirt, white logo), a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo button, a physical copy of the CD, and a thank you on our website! (Triangle, NC residents only)

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    STUDIO TIME - All the DOUBLE UP rewards plus you get to hang out with us in the studio while we record our CD! We plan on recording April 18 and 19, 2015, so if you would like this reward, make sure you are available for one or both of those dates.

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    CONCERT - All the DOUBLE UP rewards plus a private concert by the Mint Julep Jazz Band for you and your friends! (Triangle, NC locations only)

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    HAND-MADE APRON - You will receive an hand-made apron (1/2 apron that ties around your waist), inspired by vintage apron designs and made from reproduction 1930's cloth printed with gray kittens talking on yellow telephones, sewn by our vocalist Laura Windley's mother, Gayle Windley. Please see the Kickstarter description for photos of the aprons. You will also receive a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo tee shirt (green shirt, white logo), a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo button, a physical copy of the CD, and a thank you on our website!

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    ORCHID FASCINATOR - You will receive a gorgeous tilt fascinator made by Chatterblossom (https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChatterBlossom) - the fascinator is identical to one owned by vocalist Laura Windley, and is made from reclaimed vintage millinery flowers from the 1950's, in lovely mint green and white/ivory. For more details and photographs, see the Kickstarter description.

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    CARNATION FASCINATOR - You will receive a gorgeous fascinator made by Chatterblossom (https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChatterBlossom) - the fascinator is identical to one owned by vocalist Laura Windley, and is made from reclaimed vintage millinery flowers from the late 1920's/early 1930's, in shades of lavender and muted pink. For more details and photographs, see the Kickstarter description.

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    THE PROCESS - A pass to The Process, a weekend of Lindy Hop workshops and dances in Richmond, VA (July 17-19, 2015) focusing on the "process guiding Lindy Hoppers to rapid improvement," featuring six sets of national and internationally known lindy hop instructors, plus the Mint Julep Jazz Band is playing the Friday night dance (visit http://thelindyprocess.com for more details) - thanks so much to the Jazz Dance Education Council for donating two passes! You will also receive You will receive a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo tee shirt (green shirt, white logo), a Mint Julep Jazz Band logo button, a physical copy of the CD, and a thank you on our website!

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    REPRODUCTION GARMENT - consultation with Kim Clark of Time Machine Vintage to create a custom reproduction garment for you from any era in your size, male or female, inclusive of labor and materials. For photographs of Kim's work, visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.239293949455611.69567.235078446543828&type=3 - you will probably recognize the clothing of a certain vocalist included in the photo album! If you have any questions about the scope of this reward, please email mintjulepjazzband@gmail.com - obviously, there are some limitations (no $300/yard silk, etc.), but this is a great reward with an opportunity to create a unique historical garment just for you!

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    COLLEGIATE TROUSERS AND VEST - a pair of reproduction 1930's collegiate trousers and vest made by Kim Clark of Time Machine Vintage, created for you, in your size, male or female, inclusive of labor and materials. For a photograph of the inspiration trousers, check out this blog post at http://lindyshopper.com/2015/01/25/1930s-collegiate-high-waist-pants/! If you have any questions about the scope of this reward, please email mintjulepjazzband@gmail.com - obviously, there are some limitations (no $200/yard wool, etc.), but this is a great reward with an opportunity to create a unique historical garment just for you!

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