The band formed when cellist and Chicago Waldorf School music teacher Brendan Finucane and a handful of enthusiastic string students came together around their mutual love for Sydney Bechet, Duke Ellington, and the streams that fed early jazz: spirituals, ragtime and the blues. The Knights of Jazz are excited to share some fun, sophisticated, and very danceable early pop tunes!

November 2020 Update: The Knights are now rehearsing remotely via Zoom. The band is currently learning to solo over the changes in the iconic Gypsy Jazz tune Minor Swing. To build harmonic understanding, the Knights are composing solos based on chord tones, using the web-based notation software Flat.io and the Chromawheel Play App.