May 11rd 2005
The Sweetheart of Rhythm band members doing the "Susie Q" in front of the bus before boarding.
"We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once."
THIS NEWSLETTER DEDICATED TO "THE SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM"
Last week, at the Rhythm Club, Chester Whitmore's Opus One Big Band nearly blew the roof off with their Count Basie-like big, swingin' sound. One thing that struck me was how many charts he played with which I was unfamiliar. On a break, I approached Chester about this, and he explained that one of his greatest joys is finding rare recordings and recreating the charts for his band. One of my favorites of the evening turned out to be of the Sweethearts of Rhythm, and all-girl and racially mixed swing band from the 1940s.
I would, therefore, like to dedicate this issue of our newsletter to The Sweethearts of Rhythm. I find their story a particularly brave and daring one, considering the times and circumstances. As someone once told me, "talent will out."
I have selected as my Link of the Week a fine site that will introduce you to this extraordinary group of women and, if you are interested further, take you to recordings and interviews, as well as further reading on The Sweethearts of Rhythm.
Well done to Chester, for bringing back to all of us such great music.
I would like to especially thank Maxwell DeMille for providing his unique brand of vintage "Vaudevillian" humor to our evening along with Chester Whitmore and the Opus One dancers for their terrific show. I had a great time tap dancing with Chester. We first started dancing together in 1992, and it is always a pleasure! Thanks to all for making last week at the Rhythm Club a night to remember.
MONDAY AND TUESDAY PEOPLE
This Week's Celebrations
If you missed your birthday on any of our "closed" nights, please feel free to collect this week!If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
Here's some information about an upcoming event with our "Swing Shift Rhythm Club". We hope you will consider joining this wonderful yahoogroup made up of US for the purpose of doing good deeds in the community through swing dancing and just having plain ol' fun! Go to the bottom of this newsletter for information on joining
We have an Event at
Little Company of Mary Sub Acute Care Center
3620 West Lomita Blvd. (between Hawthorne and Madison)
Torrance, CA 90505
3rd floor Dayroom
310-378-8587 (#4262 Shirley Torstensen, Activity Coordinator)
According to Activity Coordinator, Shirley, "Most of our residents are vent or trach. Some are very responsive and enjoy live entertainment. For others, the dance and music would provide a wonderful sensory stimuli."
Not only do we need 4-6 couples to dance, we also need "hold hands" with residents, a narrator, DJ, (digital) photographer, all that stuff. As well as the usual display of Lindy and West Coast, we hope for a sample of Ballroom or Latin, as well as a tap number from a local tap student.
Hope to hear from you soon. You can talk to me at classes, at the Rhythm Club, or via my email below.