The band met at Temple University and have been together ever since. Saxophonist Chris Oatts said Reed brought everyone together, “We got together and just tried to learn some arrangements of some old standards from the twenties and thirties.”
Chelsea and all the guys have a love for jazz music.
“All the jazz singers that came before me definitely inspire me every day and also honestly the city of Philadelphia is inspiring to me,” said Reed.
Trumpet player, Noah Hocker says he found inspiration from the great jazz trumpet players of the past, “specifically Louis Armstrong, Henry Red Nichols, Harry “Sweets” Edison, I mean the list goes on.”
The band and Bell Tower records teamed up last year to produce the album. It only took two days to record it. Chelsea and the guys enjoyed working on the record with other Temple music lovers.
“It’s wonderful, these are people our age that are passionate about the music industry and music just like we are,” said Reed.
What’s next for Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five?
Oatts says, “We have a lot of gigs booked, a lot of big festivals coming up in the spring and we have a bunch of gigs in the Philadelphia area and we’re hoping to get some new arrangements together and work on some new material.”
Drummer Austin hopes for “more of this, we keep playing for swing dances and listening rooms in Philadelphia and we’re having a blast.”
The band is planning on starting work on a second record in the Fall of 2016.