Bands & DJ

The Swind Garret,

Doc Scalon's Cool Cat Combo,

Professor Cunningham and his Old School,

& DJ Mr. Patxi "Crazy Legs"

The Swind Garret

This fun and vibrant quintet got together with a clear aim: to recreate the atmosphere of a 30s ballroom. The band’s five musicians met in Zaragoza, and discovered their common passion for Swing music. Esther Ballestero’s sweet voice and Iván Notivol’s strong bass soon found the company of Fernando Roncalés’ guitar, Alberto J. Mendoza’s tenor saxophone and the charismatic David Sanchez’s battery.

After their appearance at Pirineos swing Festival, Pingo-Let-Us Festival and the 33rd edition of Zaragoza’s Jazz Festival, the Swind Garret are joining us in San Sebastián for the Donosti Belle Swing Festival, where they will fill Miramar Palace with their unique covers of classic swing songs of the 20s as well as swing versions of more modern tunes. Several of the band members are Lindy Hop dancers as well, so rest assured they will know how to keep us happy on the dance floor!

Doc Scalon's Cool Cat Combo

Spanning the Atlantic Ocean, Doc Scanlon’s Cool Cat Combo claim home addresses in New York (Bassist-leader Doc), Barcelona (Clarinetist Juli & Drummer Marti) and St. Petersburg, Russia (Banjoist Mikha) and a burgeoning international following. The band is very popular with dancers, clubbers and festivals and Doc has established his reputation worldwide touring Spain, France, Germany, the USA and China. The music they love to play is Swing, Hot Jazz, Jump Blues and New Orleans of the 1920’s, 30’s & 40’s, and they excel at the dance rhythms of that colorful period. As you will able to tell, they also have a LOT of fun playing together. Each member has a distinctive personality that comes across in all their live performances.

Professor Cunningham and his Old School

This popular New York based band performs the most swinging and grooving repertoire deeply steeped in the New Orleans tradition; from early jazz to early R&B in the aesthetic of Sidney Bechet, Fats Waller, Professor Longhair and even Fats Domino!

Formed five years ago by in-demand reedman and vocalist Adrian Cunningham - Australian native based in NYC, - Professor Cunningham and His Old School jazz band consists of some of the most energetic and accomplished musicians on the New York scene. It has been a regular hit in the NYC underground party and swing dance scene since it's formation in 2012; performing at some of the city's finest speakeasy shows (Shanghai Mermaid, Gemini and Scorpio, NY Hot Jazz Festival) and regularly performing to packed houses at some of the city's best swing venues (Cutting Room, Swing 46, The Back Room).

Don’t miss this New York swing band, live at the Saturday Party in the Kursaal!

DJ Mr. Patxi “Crazy Legs”

Our local DJ Mr. Patxi “Crazy Legs” has been around for more than 20 years and has been a well-known figure in the city’s dance scene. Though he has experience with many different music styles, he now focuses exclusively on classic jazz, and this has been his contribution to building Donostia’s Swing scene.

He has participated in numerous international swing festivals in Barcelona, Hertfodshire, Paris, Montpellier, Toulouse, Bordeaux,... and just like last year, we will enjoy his wonderful swing collection at the Donosti Belle Swing Festival!