Below is a list of some of our reviews.
- . . the swing/jump blues band J Street Jumpers was a pleasant surprise with a fun and kickin’ show.
Singer Juanita Williams walked on stage after two tight and swinging numbers from the Washington, D.C.-based J Street Jumpers and took the music a bit higher. The band can really swing and play the jump blues, with some pretty good trumpet in Vince McCool’s blaring big- band style and some slick solos from Charlie Hubel’s tenor sax. Williams’ strong and flexible voice was perfect for the repertoire that included the classic blues “Everyday” and the romping “Mamma, He Treats Your Daughter Mean.” She could be entertaining and bawdy, like when she crooned that she “liked her men like she liked her whiskey: slightly aged and mellow.” She can also sing more in a jazz vein. The band was fun.
R.J. DeLuke www.allaboutjazz.com September 2005
- The group shows how swing/R&B should be done in this cold modern age of CD mass production and mp3 players.
Gary Griffey All About Jazz December 2003
- "Good For Stompin'" :
Washington-based J Street Jumpers understand the connection between swing, jazz, and blues better than most, and musically they place themselves firmly in a time when all blended together into the popular music of the day. Unlike most neo-swing outfits who can't seem to avoid a certain element of either camp or cheese, though, they approach things for the most part as though time hasn't passed at all, as though hot, swingin', jazz was a musician's highest calling, and either dreamy, swooning romance or frenetic abandon on the dance floor were music's only purpose.
John Taylor Blues On Stage November 2003
- J Street Jumpers, As sweet and exciting as a first kiss, As tasty as
homemade ice cream...
Peggy Lou, KVMRNevada City & Sacramento, California
- ...I'd like to say that I play this CD once a day and you should too, the J Street Jumpers CD is not only in my home and in my office but on the dash board of my car too these guys swing like King Kong from the Empire State Building...
- The latest release from J Street Jumpers Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby is pure jump-n-jive music, with passionate vocals and juicy instrumental sounds. This cd is a must-have for those who have Jump deep in their bones!
Robert Drake, WXPN-FM
- This raucous group of nine miscreants stirs up the unmistakable ruckus of an off-the-wall jump band.... Arthur Gerstein's gruff and wiggy Prima-esque jiving, the J Street Jumpers execute a perfect fit with their swaggering horn arrangements, lustful lyrics and dance-till-dawn swing beat."
College Music Journal, June 1, 1998
- ...it don't mean a thing if it ain't retro-swing...the sound is authentic...far superior to most projects of this type, the arrangements are first class...impeccable.
Cadence, September 1998
- It's as if the J Street Jumpers have a tongue firmly planted in cheek on each cut without ever being so obvious about it that it loses its freshness. What comes across is an ensemble of performers that really are having a good, if
irreverent, time of it.
Bound for Sound, April 1998
- The J Street Jumpers were retro before it was cool....The ensemble takes such delight in revisiting the pre-rock past....Even Jump, Jive and Wail, the Louis Prima romp, is likely to delight the bandleader's fans, since it recalls
his exuberant charm....The arrangements are generally bright and contagious, dotted with evocative solos and fills....the instrumentalists make this journey into pop's past a pleasure to hear, and not just for sentimental reasons.
The Washington Post, April 17, 1998
- They blend jump blues, lyrics from the hits of the 30's, a swinging beat, and absolutely superb horn riffs....J Street Jumpers exudes a professional, overall sound that is a bit more aged; their talents have smoothed and come together like liquid gold. Their playful dancehall tunes are an echo of the past and yet
offer a bright ray of hope for the future.
cyber.city Magazine, October 5, 1998
- I had to double-check to make sure this really wasn't something recorded in the 40s. Fans of the bluesy swing of Louis Jordan, the Liggins brothers, (or) Louis Prima will definitely dig this totally professional eight-piece combo.
Blues Access, Fall 1998
- Oh, you hip, swingin cats! Dig the swanky noise of the J Street Jumpers on Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? Wow! Sixteen fatly cool cuts full of boss horn lines, booming big bass and wise-guy guitar...it's a phenomenal re-creation of
the music that made America swing when Saturday night was for rug-cutting.
Blues Revue, November 1998
- What you have here is danceable swing, with lustful lyrics and great solos performed by a tight-knit group of nine musicians who are out to have a good time. From the opening Better Beware, the listener can't help but become mesmerized.
Jazz Times, November 1998
- "J Street where Have You Been Hiding?...The J Street Jumpers are one of the few bands of late that more than play the notes on the sheet in front of them. The J Street Jumpers feel the music. This is obvious in their recent release
"Is you is or is you ain't my baby?". There is an interesting sound at work here that harkens back to the decades of the 30s to the J
Street...[has] become one of the best kept secrets on the east coast."
21st Century Swing, July 1999
- "The Jumpers is [a]...swing unit of solid musicality and musicianship that strikes
some heat here with an addictive version of "Topsy" based on the 1958 Cozy Cole version. Jeff Lodsun handles the rocking drum work
with authority. There are also consistently good solos from Don Lerman...and Steve Shaw...and fine ensemble blends on "Onion."
Down Beat, May 1999