Take an exhilarating “energetic” (Wall Street Journal) “doze of jazz vocals” (Time Out), add “shining” instrumentals (Wall Street Journal) and a dash of yesteryear, then mix in a whole lot of musical dexterity and charm – and you have one of New York’s most beloved swing bands, Svetlana & the Delancey Five, rippling through the city, “making hot jazz sound cool” (BlueMonkMoods). Lead by “outstanding singer and songwriter” (Will Friedwald) Russian-by-birth / American-by-music Svetlana Shmulyian, the band has performed on stages ranging from the premier NYC jazz clubs (Blue Note, BBKings, Iridium, Zinc Bar) to the underground secret speakeasies and swing hot jazz events. This “very sweet & naughty” (Jazzlives), and “delightful” (WRHU Jazz Radio), Golden Age-inspired swing band repertoire consists of classic swing standards, swing style covers of rock and pop classics, and charismatic originals. The songs feature Svetlana’s “fine and graceful” (Jazzlives) “made for jazz” (Streetcredmusic) “winsome” (GarnetNews) vocals backed by the band members’ harmonizing and virtuoso instrumentals. Their tunes are so infectious, they’ll steal your heart and sweep you off your feet!
Original “All I Want” … feels like a jazz standard (Huff Post)
“Sophisticated, sweet, subtle, sexy, swinging” (Jazz About .com)
“Delightful, sure to please listeners” (WRHU)
“Energetic vocalist” “exceptional singer and songwriter” “outstanding band” (Will Friedwald, WSJ)
”Winsome vocals transport you back to a place and time far away” (Garnet News)
”Friendly, engaging… Get ready to swing and be moved” (Michael Steinman,JazzLives)