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September 13th 2004
MONDAY

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"Swing Shift"
In honor of Anita Thomas, the excellent sax player last week at The Rhythm Club,
We feature this fabulous book about all-girl bands.

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"Dance is the landscape of a man's [person's] soul."

- --unknown


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SEPTEMBER DANCING
JUST AROUND THE CORNER

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I stood staring at the band last Wednesday at The Rhythm Club, in awe. For over a year, I had dreamed of having famed boogie woogie pianist Carl Sonny Leland play at the Rhythm Club, and there he was, right on the stage playing his heart out. Then there was Anita Thomas, the first woman featured instrumentalist to grace our stage, blowing us all away (literally!) with her gutsy sax solos. Yes, I was stunned. How can we be so lucky to have all this talent right at our finger tips (or should I say, toe tips?). But it's the case. I talked with the band members at the conclusion of the nite's activities, and they each commented on how satisfying and gratifying it was to play at the Rhythm Club -- that the dancers were responsive. They explained to me, as I had heard many times before from musicians, that usually when they play, the audience looks like they are having fun, but show no reaction to the band. These guys were truly grateful for the attention thrown their way by you. Well done!

And now there is more to come. Wednesday, September 22nd (and then again on October 13th). You know my excitement if you've heard them before, but for those of you new to the scene, get ready to hold on to your hats! The Jive Aces are world renowned for their punchy style. They really bring the best to the stage with their musicianship and showmanship. These guys have an international touring schedule that you wouldn't believe, and the fact that they stop in at The Rhythm Club is a real honor. And you just have to love a band that has in their written contract with me that I take them out to dinner at Fatburgers!

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Then on September 29th, we've got our Big Band Nite featuring Mora's Modern Rhythmists for their debut performance at the Rhythm Club! The bid has come in to make this a dressy-uppy nite... so let's go for it with a vintage theme! The Big Band Nites are one of my favorite contributions of all I do in this "job" as dance teacher and dance promoter. To bring Big Band music right into our venue, pleases me no end. And, again, I thank you all for your wonderful support of live music! Without you, The Rhythm Club and live music there just wouldn't exist.

TUESDAY CLASSES -- ONGOING
NO CLASS TOMORROW... DON'T FORGET!
LAST CLASS OF THE SERIES WILL BE SEPT. 28

In order to get back in sync with Sundays, we will be taking one week off in the middle of our series. This means NO CLASS this coming Tuesday, September 14th. Mark you calendar now, we wouldn't want to see any sad faces standing at the door Tuesday nite. Actually, we wouldn't see them, because we wouldn't be there.

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JIVE ACES JUST AROUND THE CORNER
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd & OCTOBER 13

You just got love the Jives! These guys are "old school" personified. They (like one of your friends, Miss Rusty Frank) practically live in the past of the 1930s and 1940s -- certainly in their imaginations and performing spirit. When they're on stage, they bring alive the best of that entertaining magic of the great swing era. They ENTERTAIN! Each time we are lucky enough to getting a booking with them, I count my lucky stars. They're are just the best of the best. Get ready for an evening of dancing "frenzy"! We'll really crank up the air conditioning that nite!

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SEPTEMBER 22
& OCTOBER 13
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Dance Lesson and DJ on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30-8:00
8:00-11:30pm -- Dance! Dance! Dance!
(check our calendar)

Full details, click HERE
Directions, click HERE

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This Week's Celebrations


Dolores Deck
Mike Ghekiere



If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!

TWO SSRC EVENTS FOR SEPTEMBER
JOIN THE FUN -- AND THE "MITZVAH"


Thursday, 16 September, 2004 - 7pm to 8pm

Little Company of Mary Hospital/Del Webb Center for Education

4201 Torrance Blvd, Torrance

Basic instruction on history and variety of swing dances for the Association (a lay order of the convent) to encourage participation by Association members in the dance program for patients at various LCOM facilities.


Saturday, 25 September, 2004 - 2pm to 3pm

Artesia Christian Home

11614 E. 183rd St., Artesia

One of our favorite places, especially since THEY keep asking for US. Simple program which will hopefully include a sample of ballroom as well as our usual audience and employee participation.

RSVP or questions, contact Jes at jdensmore@mail.com or 310-372-4821


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HOT-DANCE AND VINTAGE JAZZ PAGES:Here's a dedicated to hot-dance and jazz music of the 1920's and 1930's. There are recordings here in MP3 format, many pictures of well-known (and not so well-known) musicians and radio stars, scans of various popular music and radio publications, and much more.




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Swing Shift
www.swingshiftontap.com

* Wondering what the heck a "gate"is? This was a phrase popularized by 1940's comedian, Jerry Colonna, who would holler it out every time he was introduced on the Bob Hope radio program. It was a friendly salutation to a swing cat (dancer or swing music enthusiast).




JOIN THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB TODAY!

Our Swing Shift Rhythm Club (SSRC) is the volunteer arm of our local swing dance community. Through the SSRC, we visit senior homes, children hospitals, and entertain and dance at street fairs. The purpose of the club is to do some good deeds and promote the fun of swing dancing.

Anyone can join the club. The events are varied, and purely volunteer in nature. You'll get a notice through the SSRC Yahoo Group website of upcoming events, and you can chose which one(s) you'd like to attend.

JOIN NOW! -- click SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB -- send your first and last name and email address.

If you wish to exit this list, visit:
http://swingshiftontap.com/maillist/mail-list.asp