About Doc Scantlin & His Imperial Palms Orchestra


DOC SCANTLIN (Bandleader) For over a decade, dapper Doc Scantlin has kept the 1920′s, 30′s and 40′s. A world renowned swing group, brimming with talent, great musicianship and eccentric personalities, it’s no wonder Doc Scantlin’s Orchestra is a three time winner of the Washington Area Music Association’s “Best Big Band.”

CHOU CHOU (Chanteuse) Her Betty Grable curls and Betty Boop voice are nothing compared to the performance she executes. This once Shakespearean actress was crawling around on a pink piano in Richmond when she was introduced to Doc. Chou Chou makes all of the vintage style costumes you see during the show.

MISS “MOXIE” LYNDSAY WEBB (Chorus Girl/Singer) Lyndsay has been acting in the Baltimore area since 2006, when she returned here after getting her B.A. in Theatre Performance from the College of Charleston. She has also performed at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, Mobtown Theatre, and CENTERSTAGE.

BEN BOKOR (Saxophone) Ben Bokor also plays with the Ben Bokor Quintet which is a cooperative group of musicians on the DC jazz scene. The group celebrates the classic sound that was heard in the ensembles of Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Herbie Hancock While retaining a respectful sense of the tradition, the quintet delves into original compositions and arrangements

GEORGE WELLING (Banjo Guitar) George was a student of big band rhythm man, Steve Jordan (Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Will Bradley, and others).  George has been a staff musician for the Augusta Center’s Swing Week for nine of it’s ten years, and has performed with Masterson and Blackburn, the Hula Monsters, Swingabillies and local bluegrass groups.

BONNIE COHEN (Violin/Viola) Violist Bonnie Cohen has performed extensively in the Washington, Baltimore, and Cincinnati areas, performing with such groups as the National Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, and from 1981 to 1988 was Principal Violist with the Prince Georges Philharmonic.

SHANNON VENDEMMIA (Singer-The Girlfriends) Shannon Vendemmia is the head of the music and drama department for the Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School. Shannon has been cited in DC Metro Arts for her rendition of “Creole Love Call.” It showcases both her astute vocal proficiency and the diversity of music of that era.

ELI GONZALES (Saxophone) Eli Gonzalez is a native of Rio Grande City, TX. He attended Baylor University where he received a Bachelor in Music in 2001. Upon graduation, Mr. Gonzalez won a position with the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, the Army’s premier musical organization. Eli enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and hiking.

JOE JACKSON (Trombone) was born in Dallas, Texas into a musical family; in 1990 he joined the Maynard Ferguson Band and From 1991 to 2011 he was lead trombonist with the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note. He has performed with top East Coast big bands including the Woody Herman Orchestra and the David Liebman Big Band. Visit Joe's website at:

MAGGIE "MAGPIE" PAXSON (Chorus Girl/Singer) By night Maggie "Magpie" Paxson is part of the ensemble that comprises the trio of Doc's "Girlfriends" and is a writer and anthropologist by day. She has lived in Russia, France, and Canada, where she completed her Ph.D., and has recently taken up the king of all instruments: the ukulele.

TONY NEENAN (Trumpet) Tony Neenan is a graduate of Towson State University where he played lead trumpet and received "Musician of the Year Award” as judged by Stan Kenton and Clark Terry.  He has performed with artists including; Tom Jones, Mel Torme, The 5th Dimension, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson.


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