Born in 2010, the Hot Sugar Band has become one of the top-rated bands in the world of Lindy- hop and Swing dance in general. Based in Paris, and featuring some of the finest musicians of the french swing and jazz scene, the band has performed in many of the most important swing events all around the world, including Sweden, Hungaria, Lituania, Canada, Spain, South Korea, China, Italy, Netherlands ... among many others !

Its unique, highly-recognizable sound, at the crossing of John Kirby's sextet, Django Reinhardt big band works, and Count Basie and Duke Ellington's classics, in addition to the band's endless energy on stage, have contributed to make it one of the most-demanded bands in the world of swing dance, with 160+ shows over the 3 last years.

The Rhythm Section

Jonathan Gomis

Julien Didier
upright bass, vocals

Vincent Simonelli

Gwen Ollivier

The Horn Section

Julien Ecrepont

Corentin Giniaux

Jean-Philippe Scali
alto saxophone

Where did you listen to us recently ?

    . The Snowball - Stockholm, Sweden
    . Camp Swing It ! - Seoul, South Korea
    . LindyShock - Budapest, Hungaria
    . Grand Théâtre d’Angers - France
    . Herräng Dance Camp - Herräng, Sweden
    . The Chase Festival - Heidelberg, Germany
    . Rock that Swing - Munich, Germany
    . Swing A Dance - Montréal, Canada
    . The World Jam - Madrid, Spain (Award of « The World Best Swing Band » in 2015)
    . Harlem, Vilnius - Lituania


The Hot Sugar Band is a real swingin time machine. One that takes you right back to the 1930′s ballrooms of Harlem, straight in to the golden age of Jazz. Don’t let their young faces fool you, despite their young age they’ve captured the real spirit of jazz and their motto is to swing it and to make everybody around swing with them. With genial arrangements they bring classics with Fats Waller, Count Basie, Fletcher Wallen and Django Reinhardt back to life for the audience to enjoy. The word fantastic is an understatement for this great swing band!


The Hot Sugar band acquired in a few years a solid and flattering fame in the world of swing dance (...) truth is that those young musicians gave themselves the means to succeed: meticulous a arrangements, perfect rhythm, high-quality soloists, and this inimitable pulse that is so rare ! (...)

Eight french musicians (...) got onboard together for marathon-weeks around the world. Yesterday in Istambul, tomorrow in Angers, the day after in Vilnius ... The Hot Sugar Band’s got a mission: Make swing champions dance ! (...) However, don’t you take this band as a simple rhythm-provider ! Its members, addicted to freedom, are all great stunt fliers (...).

Ouest-France, 18.5.2016