"Chelsea Reed is my favorite kind of singer. She sings the songs as they are intended: beautifully, candidly, with excellent pitch and swagger and very few frills. The Fair Weather Five have the taste and good judgment to back her up without getting in her way, and to swing while they’re at it." — Carsie Blanton, Singer-Songwriter
In October 2012, vocalist Chelsea Reed brought some friends together to play some tunes in a South Philly dining room. Since that fateful day, they've been playing jazz together all over the world. Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five are at home at swing dances, jazz clubs, dining rooms, and concert halls alike. They have played renowned Philadelphia venues and tour international dance events. They’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and he is featured on their 2017 release, Spreadin' Rhythm Around. They love exploring the roots of jazz and finding creative ways to interpret forgotten songs. Drawing upon the intensity of powerhouse vocalists, the ingenuity of 20th century composers, and the soul of the dance floor, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five honor the heritage of jazz with fresh arrangements and original songs. They are silly, passionate people who love playing this music. And that’s all there is to it.