In October 2012, vocalist Chelsea Reed brought five of her friends together to play some tunes for some dancers in a South Philly living room. Since that fateful day, she's been singing and playing for audiences all over the world and adding band members along the way.
With four albums and a decade of touring under their belts, the Fair Weather Five continue to bring the soul of the dance floor to any show--whether festival stage, blues bar, or listening room. They have shared the stage with trumpeter Terell Stafford and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, who is featured on their 2017 release Spreadin’ Rhythm Around. Their 2020 release, Carolina Lullaby showcases original songs steeped in jazz, blues, and folk traditions where Reed’s soaring vocals and swing musicality shine. When not composing, the band loves exploring the roots of jazz and blues to uncover long forgotten songs.
Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five draw upon the intensity of powerhouse vocalists, the ingenuity of 20th century composers, and the spirit of New Orleans. They are silly, passionate people who love playing this music. And that’s all there is to it.