New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

The Swing Ninjas offer fresh take on old sound

The Swing Ninjas offer fresh take on old sound

The three musicians had no expectations when they began busking around England.

With saxophone, guitar and tuba in hand, Jamie Mellor, Will Hood and Bruce Stevens started playing together seven years ago, instruments and voices blending and echoing down whatever street that became their stage.

"That was the beauty of it was there was no preconception that we were going to do anything necessarily specific," Stevens said. "It was really just, 'God, isn't it nice to make music.' And we just did that."

People noticed.

Audiences grew, the band grew and, today, The Swing Ninjas perform a joyful blend of swing and jazz around the...

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