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Monday Night Swing! April 6, 2020
Going Live 04042020
Extra, Extra!
Baby Chart (do do do do do do)
On the Road Again
Creating Magic Moments with Music
Weekend Update - May 4-6, 2017

Monday Night Swing! 05/18/2020

Monday Night Swing! featuring the New Memphis Hepcats' 20th Anniversary Concert filmed at the Levitt Shell in Memphis, TN 10/07/18


Monday Night Swing! 04/27/2020

Monday Night Swing! featuring the New Memphis Hepcats

Streaming a performance from 2017, with a special twist! #007 Featuring Michelle Rose Shrader, Jeremy Shrader, Jim Spake, Gary Topper, John Lux, Gary Buss, Michael Scott, Jason Yasinsky, Victor Sawyer, Matt May, Tom Clary, Chris Cooper, Nathan Wilensky, John Bass, Gerald Stephens, Sean Murphy, and Earl Lowe #bigband #swingband #newmemphishepcats #mondaynightswing


Monday Night Swing! 042020

Traditional jazz by Jeremy Shrader's Hot Memphis Six

Featuring a set of traditional jazz recorded at the Rumba Room in Memphis, TN in August, 2017

Jeremy Shrader Live Stream 04/11/2020

Jeremy Shrader Live from the Couch Cafe!

Jeremy Shrader Live from the Couch Cafe!

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Monday Night Swing! April 6, 2020

Monday Night Swing! April 6, 2020

Monday Night Swing! featuring Jeremy Shrader's Hot Memphis Six

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Jeremy Shrader - trumpet/vocals

Bryant Lockhart - tenor

Jason Yasinsky - trombone

Alvie Givhan - piano

Sean Murphy - tuba

Earl Lowe - drums

Going Live 04042020

We're going live on Facebook, 04/04/2020 at 8:15 pm!


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Extra, Extra!

I have to admit, I’ve always been fascinated by movies and the movie-making process. I’ve even dreamed of one day being on screen (who hasn’t, right?). Well, this spring I got my big break! A ‘small break’ actually, but it was a fun and interesting experience.

The producers of a Hallmark Channel movie shooting in Memphis needed a Dixieland jazz band. The casting director found us online and we got the call! Before the big shoot, we met up at Ardent Studios to pre-record the music. So you can actually hear us on the movie! 

The shooting day was long (10 hours) but mostly waiting for our call and then waiting for our cues. I spent the down-time observing the process and seeing how it was all done. I found all the behind-the-scenes action very entertaining. 

Given the chance, I would definitely do it again. Look for Jeremy Shrader’s Hot Memphis Five in Wedding at Graceland (a sequel to the hit Christmas at Graceland), playing all June on The Hallmark Channel. You may catch a glimpse of us in our small-screen film debut (we’re on this Riverboat).

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Baby Chart (do do do do do do)

Hey everyone! It's been a while since the last blog post 🤔 Just wanted to let you all know that we’ve been working on some new things.

We’re mostly known for performing swing and Big Band music, which is still true and always will be, but we’ve been adding a few related pieces and genres to our playlist. We are adding songs like Sweet Caroline, Last Night by Memphis legends the Mar-Keys, lots of Latin/salsa songs, and some more old favorites like Nat King Cole‘s version of Unforgettable. These songs are going in the song book for Jeremy Shrader‘s Octocats, my eight piece big band. We are not trying to become a soul dance or cover band, lots of great bands have that covered and are doing well, just for some that may want a bit more variety of music for their event, while staying classic and true to our roots.

Our new additions will pair nicely with the classic big band and swing sounds that we are known for and are not too far outside of that genre. Of course, if you prefer, we can keep things swinging all night and stick to the jazz. Some more of the new songs added are listed below. Don't see your favorite? Maybe we'd like to add it, just ask. Hope to see you out on the dance floor!

Besame Mucho

Time After Time


Mambo No. 5

Strangers in the Night

Ran Kan Kan


Last Night


Sweet Caroline

Mambo Jambo


Ain't That Love

What Am I To You

Cissy Strut

Mardi Gras Mambo

Dock of the Bay

I Got a Woman

On the Road Again

(Multiple Musical Settings in Savannah, GA)

Last week, the Jeremy Shrader Music crew travelled to the enchanted land of Savannah, GA. This was our first trip there and I hope it won't be the last. The Memphis-based corporation we entertained were hosting a sales meeting. They wished to allow their managers and vendors to let their hair down for a bit each evening. Over three nights of events, they tasked us to create four separate musical atmospheres.

Our solution was to use progressively larger bands with distinct styles of music. We brought along five of our incredible Memphis musicians. To fill out the larger bands, we utilized some fabulous local musicians, courtesy of another Jeremy. Savannah native Jeremy Davis called upon some musicans from his Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. The events were held at the amazing Westin Savannah Harbor.


The first event was a very casual 'Southern-style' welcome reception by the beautiful Savannah River. For the music, we turned to the classic country repertoire of our band Big Barton. The trio configuration (dubbed Tiny Barton), included Jeremy and Logan from the band and Michelle on guitar and vocals. They played laid-back classics with a bit of Memphis flavor. Michelle added some of the Nashville folk sound of Gillian Welch. Of course, we could't resist including a rendition of Dock of the Bay, considering the location.

The managers were 'slightly' more dressed up on Wednesday night for a dinner reception. The band that evening added Jim on saxophone and Earl on drums, having just arrived from Memphis. We also had the opportunity to perform with a fantastic local bassist, Mitch Hennes. The Brazilian music of Jobim and Carribbean and Latin jazz created a 'beachy' vibe. The bar almost ran out of rum that evening!


For the final night's award gala, the managers, and the band, donned their best dress. Michelle warmed up the crowd during cocktail hour with a solo performance.

After dinner, the guests retired downstairs for dessert and the 'Big Band' swing of Jeremy Shrader's Octocats. The band was once again expanded with local musicians from the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Jose on saxophones, Austin on trombone, Leif on keyboard, and Mitch, returning on the bass, swung along-side our Memphis crew. What a great cap to the event!


We love and appreciate the opportunity to travel and perform for different folks, but of course it is so nice to come home! Until the next out-of-town adventure, we look forward to the blues and soul of Memphis inspiring our daily lives and performances. What kind of unique atmosphere(s) would you like us to create for you?

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Creating Magic Moments with Music

Events, especially weddings, should be memorable occasions. Being surrounded by your family and closest friends is memorable enough. But with a well-planned surprise, you can make a moment magical. Whether with a special song or an unexpected guest, you and your loved-ones can remember this moment. Here are a few examples of Magic Moments from our experience.

Magic Moment #1 - Song and Dance

At a recent wedding, one great Father-of-the-Bride wanted to make their special dance stand out. He has been a life-long fan of Ray Charles and loves his song 'Ain't That Love.' He wanted to take it up a notch from a typical father/daughter dance. They took dance lessons and he asked us for a custom song arrangement. (Jeremy has a degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging and offers this for an additional fee). The result was nothing short of magical:


Magic Moment #2 - Meet and Greet

From another recent wedding: Many of the guests were from out-of-town and the couple wanted to give them a bit of Memphis history. During a break of the band, the couple hired an Elvis impersonator to come and sing a few songs and take photos with the guests. They were definitely surprised and lined up to meet and chat, while getting photos with 'The King'.

Special guest at today's wedding reception! #elvis #memphisweddings #jeremyshradertrio

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Magic Moment #3 - Story Time

Several years back, Jeremy and Michelle Shrader's Quintessentials performed for a rehearsal dinner. The Mother-of-the-Groom had a very special song request which was a bit outside of our normal range of song styles. After hearing the story behind the song, I could not deny her request:

The story goes that when the groom was a child he was talking to his mother one day. He said that when he grew up, he would like to marry her. When his mother explained that she was already married to his father, he became very upset. He exclaimed, "Well what am I supposed to do, meet some girl just walking down the street singing 'Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do'?! When the band played that song at his rehearsal dinner, he instantly knew why and he and his mother shared one Magic Moment.

How would you turn an ordinary song or event into a Magic Moment? Our favorite thing is to help bring those Magic Moments to life.


Weekend Update - May 4-6, 2017

What a weekend! It actually started this past Thursday with a road trip to Northeastern Arkansas for the Hot Memphis Five with Michelle Shrader. (One of Jeremy Shrader's Hot Jazz Band incarnations). The band was booked for a private party in an airport hangar. The event was complete with vintage planes, an air show, and a theme of women empowerment. (Amelia Earhart was the inspiration).

 When the band arrived for soundcheck, there was a guitar already set up on stage. It turns out, it was Jewel's guitar (the Jewel) and she was asked to play a few songs after the band's set. We all had the opportunity to meet and talk with her and she couldn't be more gracious. (This was a special moment for Michelle, she told me later that the first song she ever sang and played on guitar was one of Jewel's). Jewel mentioned that she loved jazz standards and had sang many during her formative years. She asked if we knew “Summertime, in A minor” (which happens to be Michelle's key for the song) and if we would play it with her. Of course, we were happy to oblige!
 After we finished our performance, Jewel took the stage, played guitar and sang 2 beautiful original songs. She then asked us to accompany her for George Gershwin's 'Summertime'. Below is a Facebook live video of the performance that she posted on her Facebook account:

 Friday, the band made the trek back to Memphis, where Jeremy immediately switched gears (and hats) to get ready for the next gig with Big Barton. Country Fried Friday at the Cove is his monthly foray into classic country and western songs. This First Friday happened to coincide with Cinco de Mayo. That made for a great night and the donning of a sombrero by the band's drummer, Jesse Dakota. Here is a facebook live video of some of the band's second set:

 Saturday morning brought back the traditional New Orleans and 20's jazz. The Hot Memphis Four performed at the 3rd annual Cafe du Memphis at the Park, is a benefit for the Dorothy Day House. The event features fresh beignets, shrimp and grits, and morning beverages. The New Orleans staples were served outdoors at the East Parkway Pavilion in Overton Park. The morning was beautiful and hosted by WMC Channel 5's Joe Birch, who posted the following video on his Facebook page:


After a short #catnap,

Jeremy and Michelle loaded up with their quartet to make a quick drive over to West Memphis, AR. The evening performance was for a lovely wedding reception at the home of the bride's parents. The weather and scenery could not have been better and it made for a wonderful night.

 Not every weekend is as action-packed as this (thankfully), but this was one for the books. Looking forward to the next set of adventures, stay tuned here!