This Week in Swing – May 2021

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QUARANTINE VIDEO OF THE MONTH

THE HOT TODDIES JAZZ BAND – “Dunkin Bagel” feat. Hannah Gill, Queen Esther, & Ron Wilkins


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 Dance Classes not included in the calendar below (outdoor events are subject to weather and change):


Regular weekly NYC Swing Dance Performances not included in the calendar below (outdoor events are subject to weather and change):

  • Sat/Sun: Anderson twins play in Riverside park at W. 106 St. 3-5pm (subject to weather)

Regular outdoor performances, often announced after I publish, check them out.  

Eileen’s note:  (Please observe social distancing and tip the bands!)


Regular weekly NYC Online Swing Dances / Concerts (please tip the bands!):

Eileen’s note:  (Please tip the bands!)


Eileen’s note:  At this point, I am focusing on virtual and outdoor events.  I am not posting indoor jazz events, as dancers tend to find opportunities to dance and it feels early.  Please feel free to reach out via the Submissions page on this blog.

Thanks, Eileen


May


Saturday/Sunday, May 8 & 9 


David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Jazz Band
Riverside Park at West 84th Street, 12pm – 2pm

Eileen’s note: Don’t forget to tip the band.


Sunday, May 9 


Mother’s Day Livestream
 5PM – 6PM
W with Molly Ryan, Dan Levinson, Mike Davis, Conal Fowkes, & Kevin Dorn Molly Ryan and I have invited a few of our favorite musical friends to join us in our living room this Sunday, May 9 for another livestream concert. Along with trumpeter Mike Davis, pianist Conal Fowkes, and drummer Kevin Dorn, we’ll be celebrating moms all over the world! Please register in advance to watch on Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtdeusrzIrGt3aNgv3D20qkcJkj30v8Q– Or watch via Facebook Live here: https://fb.me/e/1nALxnU79

Eileen’s note: Don’t forget to tip the band.


Sunday, May 9 


Eyal Vilner’s Big Band 5PM – 6PM
12-3 pm
Washington Square Park
Last chance for a month as Eyal heads back to Israel.


Wednesday, May 12 


Tawni Lawford & Spencer Weisbond classes
 5PM – 6PM
Tawni and Spencer will then teach a drop-in friendly, 45 minute Advanced beginner swing/Lindy Hop (Level ⅔) Brush up your basic swing, and push it to the next level with basic Lindy hop 8 count patterns and styling. (Some experience helpful)
BRING YOUR OWN PARTNER. NO PARTNER ROTATION. MASKS ARE REQUIRED.
* SOCIAL DISTANCE IN EFFECT. PLEASE ARRIVE 10 MINS EARLY
Location: The Museum Of Natural History entrance @ 77th St. Directions: 77th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. The entrance to the museum cul-de-sac is where we will have our class. Donation based class ($10 suggested PP) *as per NYC law regarding outdoor gatherings “In public spaces, gatherings can have up to 100 people, and outdoor gatherings can have up to 200 people, with masks and social distancing required.” To support us: https://www.paypal.me/SpencerWeisbond Call with any questions 212-873-5286


Saturday, May 15 


Impromptu Swing
 7:30PM – 9:30PM
We will meet for 90 minutes at the front entrance of the Museum of Natural History on Central Park West overlooking the park

There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on smooth stone. We have procured a large bluetooth speaker

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*

•Please observe social distancing**

•You will wear a mask
***
This is an impromptu event, not connected with anyone. We are trying to make responsible baby steps back to an activity that we love. 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.

*Your dance partner should be a person (s) you live with or someone you socialize with inside your home (or pod)
someone you are ALREADY in close contact with (or have vetted).


** We assume that anyone coming to join us is observing local quarantine guidelines.

*** even though vaccinations have rolled out, the spread of this virus is real.

NO BATHROOMS!


Thursday, May 20 


SINGIN’ AND SWINGIN’ THE CLOUDS AWAY!
featuring Dan Levinson, clarinet/saxophone/vocals, Molly Ryan, vocals, and James Langton, vocals/saxophone,
with Rossano Sportiello, piano, Rob Adkins, bass, Kevin Dorn, drums,
Look no further for that silver lining – on Thursday, May 20 (rain date: Friday, May 21) at 7:00 PM, James Langton, Molly Ryan and I will break through with a “cheerful earful” of sunny songs made famous by such iconic performers as Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Fats Waller, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, and Shirley Temple. So grab your coat, get your hat, leave your worries on the doorstep, and let the good times roll! This show was sold out, but thanks to the state of New Jersey’s easing up of COVID restrictions, more seat blocks have just opened up. They won’t last long! Come up to an hour and a half before the start of the concert to set up your chairs and enjoy refreshments in the evening sun. Patrons must bring their own chairs and are welcome to bring refreshments.


Saturday, May 22 


Impromptu Swing
 7:30PM – 9:30PM
We will meet for 90 minutes at the front entrance of the Museum of Natural History on Central Park West overlooking the park

There is a large open air space with plenty of room for dancing on smooth stone. We have procured a large bluetooth speaker

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*

•Please observe social distancing**

•You will wear a mask
***
This is an impromptu event, not connected with anyone. We are trying to make responsible baby steps back to an activity that we love. 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.

*Your dance partner should be a person (s) you live with or someone you socialize with inside your home (or pod)
someone you are ALREADY in close contact with (or have vetted).


** We assume that anyone coming to join us is observing local quarantine guidelines.

*** even though vaccinations have rolled out, the spread of this virus is real.

NO BATHROOMS!