This Week in Swing – August 2020

 

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 QUARANTINE VIDEO OF THE MONTH

THE HOT TODDIES JAZZ BAND: Glory of Love – feat. Hannah Gill

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Times are tough for our friends who are musicians, dance teachers, studio owners, event promoters.  Here are ways you can help support them, if you are able:

Keep scrolling for what’s happening online…. This Week in Swing NYC.


Regular weekly NYC Swing Dancing events not included in the calendar below:



August



Wednesday, August 5

Streaming Porch Concert #16: Live from Moorestown, NJ!

Come join us on the porch of my long-time pal and collaborator, New Jersey drummer Jim Lawlor, as Liz and I take the “porch concert series” on the road.
This week, I will team up with some of my old friends from the Philadelphia area, streaming live from Moorestown, NJ. The impeccable guitar master Pat Mercuri will join Jim and me, along with the melodically creative Dan Tobias on trumpet, cornet & flugelhorn. We all performed together frequently while Liz & I were living in Philly, and what a treat it will be to be musically reunited with these virtuosic gentlemen once again.
PLEASE NOTE THE DIFFERENT START TIME! We’ll begin an hour earlier than usual (at. 6pm CDT, 7pm EDT) so that we can play during daylight hours on the east coast. We will play for an hour or so fo your listening pleasure. You will find the live stream on my personal FB page for “Ed Wise,” https://www.facebook.com/edwisemusician.
As always, contributions to the virtual “tip jar” are encouraged, if you are able. Tips will be shared among the musicians.
Virtual “Tip Jar”
PayPal = Liz Einsig Wise, liz.einsig.wise@gmail.com
Venmo = @edwisemusician

Friday, August 7

Impromptu Socially Distant Swing Dance

One hour outdoor swing dance hosted by Spencer Weisbond with DJ Tomo Tanaka

West 77th St. entrance (outdoor cul-de-sac area) to the Museum of Natural History (77th St. between Columbus Ave & Central Park West).
Chalked social distance circles will indicate where couples can dance 6 feet apart with no partner switching.

7:00-8:30pm

Masks Required

Rain date: Saturday, August 8th, 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • No restrooms
  • Not endorsed or hosted by the Museum of Natural History


Saturday, August 8

Great Jazz on The Great Hill at Home

While we’re unable to gather in person this year, you can still join us for a summertime favorite from home! Turn up the volume, move the furniture, put on your dancing shoes, and enjoy our lineup of stellar musicians.Performances By:Alyson Williams>Alyson Williams takes the music world by storm! Starting in R&B as a featured artist with Def Jam Records, she is now a prominent jazz and blues vocalist performing in clubs and stages across the country. Her newest project is Summer Nights in Harlem, and her tribute concert to Phyliss Hyman is in collaboration with Nat Adderley, Jr. – https://www.facebook.com/Alyson-Williams-The-First-Lady-Of-DEF-Jam-269973893062337
Jeremy PeltPreeminent trumpeter Jeremy Pelt made his debut in the jazz world as a member of the Mingus Big Band and the Jimmy Heath Orchestra. Now a bandleader, he has recorded 10 albums and tours nationally and internationally. He has been featured in DownBeat magazine and the Wall Street Journal.https://www.facebook.com/The-Real-Jeremy-Pelt-Fan-Page-148166221876056George Gee Swing Band
The George Gee Swing Band attracts both millennials and long-time fans of jazz and swing. Gee and his band are leaders in the re-emergence of swing dance as a popular cultural experience, not only in New York but around the world.
https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeGeeSwingOrchestra
In partnership with Jazz Mobile
https://www.facebook.com/JazzmobileFB event invite


Sunday, August 9

Outdoor Swing & Solo Class

This Sunday Aug 9th at 10:30AM we will have a two-part class. First, Jaime Shannon will teach a 30 minute beginner level solo jazz class.
Jaime will lead a basic warm up, and then a short routine. No experience, or talent required.
Second class to follow.
Spencer Weisbond will teach 45 minute Advanced beginner swing/Lindy Hop. Level 2/3
Brush up your basic swing, and push it to the next level with basic Lindy hop 8 count patterns and styling.
Beginner friendly! (Some experience helpful)
BRING YOUR OWN PARTNER.
NO PARTNER ROTATION.
MASKS REQUIRED.
SAFE DISTANCE IN EFFECT.

Location: The Museum Of Natural History entrance @ 77th St.
Directions: 77th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West.
This is a donation based class
Suggested $10-20 for both.
Stone tile floor
20 person maximum
Spencer 212-873-5286


Saturday, August 15

Quarantine Speakeasy – Details to be Announced


Saturday, August 29

Quarantine Speakeasy – Details to be Announced

This Week in Swing NYC during Covid-19

NYC Swing Dancers, Musicians, Organizers…  As you well know, these are strange times.  I’ve pretty much broken all of my rules on what I post/don’t post, in an effort to help support our musicians and dance instructors. What I’d really like do is hear from you.  Is there anything that would be useful for me to include?  Is there anything you wish I wouldn’t?  I’d like to hear from followers of this blog to see how I can best serve the community.  My only firm conclusion is that if there are instructors or musicians from outside of New York, I need to know them and feel comfortable vouching for their instruction and/or musicianship.  I’m also limited to evenings when I can update, as a lot of online postings are happening at the last minute and I’m not hearing directly from many instructors. Please let me know your thoughts…