This Week in Swing – October 2020

 

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 QUARANTINE VIDEO OF THE MONTH

Big South Swing

 


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:


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


    October


    Thursday, October 29

    Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

    Live band with Swing dancing outdoors, kids welcome
    Riverside Park in Manhattan at West 84th Street
    Donations Welcome
    4-6pm


    Saturday, October 31

    IMPROMPTU SWING: HALLOWEEN!

    Bethesda Terrace in Central Park across 72nd Street

    There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on smoother terracotta tiles with vaulted ceilings.
    We have procured a large Bluetooth speaker
    Spencer Weisbond, DJ
    We hope dancing couples and solo dancers will venture out to dance near us.

    If you’d like to join us, this is what we ask of you:
    •You will bring your own person to dance with; no switching partners*
    •You will wear a mask
    •Please observe social distancing We hope that people make responsible decisions in who they choose to be near, and we are not trying to create a situation that would put anyone in danger.
    Rain Or Shine! Bathrooms are open till 7:45!
    *Your dance partner should be someone you live with or someone you socialize with inside your home/someone you are ALREADY in close contact with.
    This is a free event!
    Spencer has procured a large battery and Bluetooth speaker at his own expense.
    For the purposes of recouping my expenses I am going to list my payment information for donations
    Venmo: @spencerweisbond
    PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/SpencerWeisbond


    Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1

    Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

    Live band with Swing dancing outdoors, kids welcome
    Riverside Park in Manhattan at West 84th Street
    Donations Welcome
    Saturdays (2pm – 4pm), and Sundays (2pm – 4pm)


      November



        Sunday, November 1

        Outdoor Class

        This Sunday at 10:30AM we will have a two-part class. First, (Tawni Lawford or Jamie Shannon) will teach a 30 minute beginner level solo jazz class.
        Tawni 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
        Southside entrance to the Museum of Natural History.
        The Museum Of Natural History entrance @ 77th St.
        Directions: 77th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. The entrance to the museum is closed off and there is a little cul-de-sac where we will have our class in the shade.
        This is a donation based class
        Suggested $10-20 for both.
        Stone tile floor
        20 person maximum


        Sunday, November 1

        Eyal Vilner Big Band

        2:30-5:30pm, weather permitting
        Washington Square Park
        Swing by (safely) if you’re around!
        Eyal Vilner Big Band featuring:
        Nick Marchione, Alex Norris, Dan Blankenship, Bruce Harris – trumpets
        Mariel Bildsten, Corey Wilcox, Gina Benalcázar López – trombones
        Eyal Vilner, Chris McBride, Michael Hashim, Dan Pearson, Eden Bareket – saxophones
        Josh Dunn – guitar
        Ian Hutchison – bass
        Jay Sawyer – drums


        Friday, November 6

        Band Camp First Fridays

        Every First Friday for the rest of the year, Bandcamp is waiving all fees and giving all proceeds from music sold directly to the artists. Many of our favorite artists have music on BandCamp and have lost practically all their income for the forseeable future. If you have the means and want to support our musicians in the swing scene, please go to Band Camp and check it out. A sample of music available can be found here.


        Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8

        Harlem Roots & Rhythm Dance Fest: Celebrating Lindy Hop and Harlem’s Harvest Moon Ball Champs!

        More details coming – Stay tuned! Featuring Harvest Moon Ball Champs and Winners from the 50’s to the 80’s! Representing the Savoy Ballroom and the Savoy Manor
        Dance Cousin Dance Contest! Exclusive talks, Live streamed features; DJ’d Dance Parties, Film Festival and more!
        NOTE: There will be a suggested donation for select features of this Fest
        FB event invite


        Saturday, November 7

        THE SALON: QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY

        Our new & improved All-Star variety show featuring some of our favorite performers from around the world streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!
        DONATIONS
        * $5-10 min. suggested donation (split amongst all performers)
        * PayPal direct link https://paypal.me/ProhibitionProd or to “info@prohibitionproductions.com”
        * Venmo to “@Patrick-Soluri” or Zelle to “patrick@soluri.com”
        THE SKINNY
        Our goal during this unprecedented time is to help bring people together from all over the world who share common interests; and provide musicians & performers the opportunity to share their craft with like minded people passionate about music & dance. The QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY now live streams every other Saturday from NYC averaging hundreds of views from over a dozen countries and half the US states.
        instigated by Prohibition Productions / Patrick Soluri in NYC.


        Sunday, November 8

        The Songbook Sessions w/ the Glenn Crytzer Quartet (Livestream)

        2:30-4:30pm Join the Glenn Crytzer Quartet – Mike Davis, Ricky Alexander, Ian Hutchinson and Glenn Crytzer for a new live-streaming series where we’ll be exploring the American Songbook. Each week when you tune in we’ll be swinging our way through songs that were composed in a different year. We’ll begin our first week with songs from 1920!
        After the performance, Glenn will host a group video chat where folks can join in and we can talk about the songs, music history, the weather, whatever you all are feeling. we hope this will help to replace some of the community element that we’re all missing from our in-person performances!
        We will be professionally recording every one of these sessions and releasing each one as an album EXCLUSIVELY to patrons of this series! We need your support to make this series happen, so head over to our website to learn more about becoming a patron:
        www.glenncrytzer.com/livestream
        The streams are free to watch there’s no cover charge for them however we encourage people to tip obviously, also we’re offering a subscription option and we hope people will do it. If people subscribe to support the band in these streams every week for the winter, they will get a copy of a CD quality digital album that we’re releasing every week of the songs from the live stream. It’s mixed and edited and recorded direct to computer as opposed to a recording of a broadcast which is always lower quality because it’s streaming out over the net
        These albums won’t be for sale anywhere else they won’t be on Spotify they’re just a special gift for people who subscribe to tip the band every week period info on that is at glenncrytzer.com/livestream


        Sunday, November 15

        The Songbook Sessions w/ the Glenn Crytzer Quartet (Livestream)

        2:30-4:30pm Join the Glenn Crytzer Quartet – Mike Davis, Ricky Alexander, Ian Hutchinson and Glenn Crytzer for a new live-streaming series where we’ll be exploring the American Songbook. Each week when you tune in we’ll be swinging our way through songs that were composed in a different year. We’ll begin our first week with songs from 1920!
        After the performance, Glenn will host a group video chat where folks can join in and we can talk about the songs, music history, the weather, whatever you all are feeling. we hope this will help to replace some of the community element that we’re all missing from our in-person performances!
        We will be professionally recording every one of these sessions and releasing each one as an album EXCLUSIVELY to patrons of this series! We need your support to make this series happen, so head over to our website to learn more about becoming a patron:
        www.glenncrytzer.com/livestream
        The streams are free to watch there’s no cover charge for them however we encourage people to tip obviously, also we’re offering a subscription option and we hope people will do it. If people subscribe to support the band in these streams every week for the winter, they will get a copy of a CD quality digital album that we’re releasing every week of the songs from the live stream. It’s mixed and edited and recorded direct to computer as opposed to a recording of a broadcast which is always lower quality because it’s streaming out over the net
        These albums won’t be for sale anywhere else they won’t be on Spotify they’re just a special gift for people who subscribe to tip the band every week period info on that is at glenncrytzer.com/livestream


        Saturday, November 21

        THE SALON: QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY

        Our new & improved All-Star variety show featuring some of our favorite performers from around the world streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!
        DONATIONS
        * $5-10 min. suggested donation (split amongst all performers)
        * PayPal direct link https://paypal.me/ProhibitionProd or to “info@prohibitionproductions.com”
        * Venmo to “@Patrick-Soluri” or Zelle to “patrick@soluri.com”
        THE SKINNY
        Our goal during this unprecedented time is to help bring people together from all over the world who share common interests; and provide musicians & performers the opportunity to share their craft with like minded people passionate about music & dance. The QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY now live streams every other Saturday from NYC averaging hundreds of views from over a dozen countries and half the US states.
        instigated by Prohibition Productions / Patrick Soluri in NYC.


        November 27-29

        Virtual ILHC

        So Virtual ILHC will take place online November 27-29, 2020! This year will feature 3 days of stellar competitions, our juniors program and juniors competition, top-level instruction, thought provoking LEDs, and fun dance parties.
        Our mission is to respect and honor the spirit of Lindy Hop by hosting an international competition weekend which is organized, performed, and judged at the highest levels possible and inclusive of all nations wishing to participate. With collaboration by Lindy Hop experts, we are coordinating an exciting online experience to showcase our Lindy Hop dance to the world. See our competition details.
        YOUR support of the event helps to fuel our mission. ILHC has already incurred expenses related to what would have been the in-person event as well as other yearly costs. You can support by joining in on the fun. Also, because of the financial hard times some of our Lindy Family is facing, we have donation opportunities to give passes to others that may need help to attend.
        Our ILHC team will be reaching out directly to our currently registered attendees with information about providing refunds, transfers to Virtual ILHC, or converting part or all of paid registration fees as a charitable gift.
        We look forward to bringing you Virtual ILHC 2020 as a reimagined event that brings dancers, competitors, friends and family together in a showcase that celebrates the global Lindy Hop Community!
        www.ilhc.com


          December


          Friday, December 4

          Band Camp First Fridays

          Every First Friday for the rest of the year, Bandcamp is waiving all fees and giving all proceeds from music sold directly to the artists. Many of our favorite artists have music on BandCamp and have lost practically all their income for the forseeable future. If you have the means and want to support our musicians in the swing scene, please go to Band Camp and check it out. A sample of music available can be found here.


          Saturday, December 5

          QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY: Repeal Day

          Our new & improved All-Star variety show featuring some of our favorite performers from around the world streaming live from New York City into your own quarantine speakeasy!
          DONATIONS
          * $5-10 min. suggested donation (split amongst all performers)
          * PayPal direct link https://paypal.me/ProhibitionProd or to “info@prohibitionproductions.com”
          * Venmo to “@Patrick-Soluri” or Zelle to “patrick@soluri.com”
          THE SKINNY
          Our goal during this unprecedented time is to help bring people together from all over the world who share common interests; and provide musicians & performers the opportunity to share their craft with like minded people passionate about music & dance. The QUARANTINE SPEAKEASY now live streams every other Saturday from NYC averaging hundreds of views from over a dozen countries and half the US states.
          instigated by Prohibition Productions / Patrick Soluri in NYC.