Chelsea Reed met five other musicians who shared her passion
for early jazz and swing music. This meeting gave way to the
formation of Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five on
Temple University’s campus. Shortly thereafter, they began a
now-legendary series of gigs in south Philadelphia. The band
immediately gained a dedicated following of swing dancers
and fellow jazz enthusiasts.
Success came quickly to Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather
Five on the heels of headlining performances at prestigious
venues like the Kimmel Center and World Café Live. By the
following year they found themselves playing the Iowa City
Jazz Festival thanks to a grant from Temple University.
In late 2013 Bell Tower Music, Temple University’s
student-run record label, signed Chelsea Reed and the Fair
Weather Five and produced the sessions for what is now their
debut album. Chelsea and her band celebrate the rich history
of American blues and early jazz.