The Shanghai Woolies are a headlining act at festivals/clubs and a popular choice for private parties & corporate events. Every band member contributes to the show with multi-instrumentalists, character acts & vocal stylings. The Shanghai Woolies provide entertainment in the style of the flapper era. Having 4+ vocalists and a songbook of more than 150 songs, they have a diverse show and the ability to fit many events. Capturing the essence of the hot jazz era, they are doing more than merely imitating the sound of the day. Instead, they have given the music renewed vigor, utilizing every trick at their disposal, while playing the bushwa out of some pretty complicated music. Anyone who pines to hear jazz the way it was once played in the early years, will love what the Shanghai Woolies are doing. They evoke an era gone by in such a way as to make the music current. They are the cat’s meow!
Michelle Davis commented on The Shanghai Woolie’s photo. Michelle wrote: “We had a great time celebrating our anniversary there last night! Thank you!”
Brad mcManigal wrote: “The The Shanghai Woolies played our wedding and did an outstanding job! Played a light set during dinner, a personalized first dance song, and kept us on the floor all night. They were great to work with and I would recommend them to anyone!”
“….a new twist on the music of the flapper era: Jitterbug music, Big band, Swing. The raucous, slippery, foot-happy jazz you’d expect to hear at the legendary Cotton Club. … hard to resist …” -The Oregonian
“Though Brian Setzer, Cherry-Poppin’ Daddies, and others have paved this road, the fanciest, coolest machine on the highway is The Shanghai Woolies.” -James Rodgers, Victory Review – NW Roots Music
“Gavin Bondy’s precise arrangements capture the essence of the hot jazz era, while doing more than merely imitating the sound of the day. Instead, they have given the music renewed vigor, utilizing every trick at their disposal, while playing the hell out of some pretty complicated music (complicated by rock standards, anyway). Anyone who pines to hear jazz the way it once was played in the early years: hard and hot, will love what the Shanghai Woolies are doing. They evoke an era gone by in such a way as to make the music current and credible by today’s samples-and-drum-machine standards…” -Two Louies Magazine
“This Union of Portland journeymen ain’t your average attempt to hop on the swing cart. Mixing and matching from the disparate closets of pop, blues and jazz … new take on le jazz hot. With choices ranging from W.C. Handy to Raymond Scott, this is dyed-in-the-wool eclecticism.” -Bill Smith, Willamette Week
“Sound Advice: Don’t let anyone pull the Woolies over your eyes. Get in early on Portland’s next hot band … Hot jazz, baby.” -Jonathan Nicholas, The Oregonian