Formed in early 2013 to play a single gig for Mardi Gras, this New Orleans-inspired band continues to perform together and share their love for Traditional Jazz with music lovers and dancers all over Austin.

As one of the only swing dancer-inspired Traditional Jazz bands in Austin, La Grosse Tete has played for The Austin Swing Syndicate and Four on the Floor (a local swing dance company). We strongly believe this lively music was intended for dancing...you will surely feel that driving beat that will make you want to tap for your feet!

If you love Hot Jazz, you will love La Grosse Tete!


Salty Dogs, Titan Hot Five, Firehouse Five plus Two, Eddie Condon, Lu Watters, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke, Wingy Manone, Benny Goodman, Johnny Dodds, Kenny Ball, Django Reinhardt


Bill Troiano- Tuba
David Jellema - Clarinet
Dave Stoddard - Valve Trombone
Johnny Serrano - Plectrum Banjo, Tenor Guitar
Luke West - Trumpet
Sally Matsumae - Washboard
Sean Newton - Cornet, Vocals