Our Story

How We got Started


In early 2005, Gus Wedemeyer collected some of the best swing and jazz musicians he knew to do a benefit dance. 

The gig was a huge success and the group had such a good time they decided to stay together.  Gus named the group 3 O’Clock Jump in tribute to tunes made famous by Count Basie (1 O’Clock Jump) and Harry James (2 O’Clock Jump). 

3OJ is a classic Big Band configuration of 5 saxes, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, and a 3 man rhythm section with male and female vocalists.   


 

Personnel

Led by Gus, here is the lineup!

Saxes  

  • Mike Wilson
  • Michael Wirgler
  • Roy Henderson
  • Woody Ries
  • Jerry Swiatlowski
      Trombones
      • Alan Andreasen
      • Claudio Baria
      • Steve Leathers
      • Neil Van Valkenburgh
      Trumpets
      • Domingo Cariaga
      • Eddie Catihanan
      • Aled Rhys-Jones
      • Dave Topham



      Rhythm
      • Bill Swanson, Drums   
      • Len Rogers, Piano, Accordian and Vocals  
      • Rod Verette, Bass 
      • Laura Brady, Vocals and Piano