Dustin Kitsch: Kitsch Co. UV Ball

The Commission:

A flamboyant take on the big band tradition, the Kitsch Co. UV Ball aims to bring the party atmosphere back to jazz.

The unique Kitsch Co. compositional style blends 60’s Rock, 70’s Soca and 90’s House with jazz giants such as Artie Shaw and Gerry Mulligan. If that wasn’t enough, the 90’s Club Kid aesthetic (inspiration from Michael Alig, Leigh Bowery and James St. James) provides a colourful experience that drips in UV paint.

Expect something wild, wonderful and darn right weird (90’s Club Kid attire encouraged)!

Artist Biography:

Performing under his legal name since leaving University, Dustin Kitsch has been lucky enough to become an integral part of the music scene in Hull, having played for Hull Big Band, The Cleveland Big Band, Culture Music, The Elderberries, P.T.H.K New Orleans Band, Lairgate Jazz Band, The Pave Jazz Jam, Coastival and Burton Agnes Jazz Festival.

In addition to these, Dustin is still a working member of Hull-based party band Bud Sugar which has lead to performances such as opening of the Bonus Arena, the P&O ferry crossing to Amsterdam, as well as flying out to The Gambia to perform for their feature length film ‘Gambia: Take me to Learn My Roots’.

More recently, the Dustin Kitsch persona was created, along with two new big band tunes which received great success. Audiences and musicians alike complimented the new direction, and more success came in April 2021, when ‘Granny’s Hips Still Shake’ was shown on Dutch national TV due to its inclusion on a Dutch walking tour around Utrecht.

Premiere Performance:

The Kitsch Co. UV Ball is bringing the big band party vibes to Social on Humber Street on Thursday 11th November, as part of Hull Jazz Festival.


Kitsch Co. Big Band- Granny’s Hips Still Shake