Come to the Rhythm Club this Wednesday and hear "The Hot Club of France" sound with the
"The Benny Brydern Quartet!
Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!
TOMORROW NITE -- WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24TH
HOT CLUB FRANCE STYLE BAND "BENNY BRYDERN QUARTET"
Last year, another one of my "swing dreams" came true with the debut of a "Hot Club of France" group at The Rhythm Club -- The Benny Brydern Quartet. This new Django Reinhardt - Stephane Grappelli style group is made up of some of the nation's finest proponents of this music with Benny Brydern on swing violin and John Reynolds, guitarist extraordinaire.
Last week we asked you to identify the "M*A*S*H" cast member in our "Clip of the Week," a 1940's swing dance clip. The first person to answer correctly was Linda Abbit, from Irvine, California. She actually shot her email across THREE minutes from when the newsletter went out!
Oh, yes, the answer was "Henry Morgan, aka Harry Morgan who played Colonel Potter.
FEBRUARY FEATURED CLASS 1920'S PARTNERED CHARLESTON
Lindy Hop had two major influences in it's early days, and one of the biggest is our February Featured Class -- Charleston. Yep, that dance craze from the 1920's. Swing dancers have always enjoyed putting a bit of this in their dancing, and in the past few years, like Balboa and Collegiate Shag, 1920's Partnered Charleston has had a big resurgence.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW FOR MARCH-APRIL MASTER TRACK: Email Us
To hold your spot for The Master Track, send us an email with your name and the series you'd like to join. Remember, the course has a limited enrollment, so reserve your spot now. Email us at email@example.com.
If it's your birthday this week, just let us know at the Rhythm Club so you can get your birthday dance!
HOLD THESE DATES FOR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
All workshops are held on selected Sundays throughout the year from 11:00am-1:30pm at Rebekah Hall in El Segundo 90245. Click HERE for details (as they are revealed to us!)
2007 WORKSHOP DATES
NEW EVENT IN LOS ANGELES FOR SWING DANCERS!
One of current Lindy By The Sea students, Christian Zonts, is starting a brand new event for dancers right here in Los Angeles. If you are looking for one more fun thing to add to your dancing week, why not give it a try! Here's the scoop:
NIFTY 50's SOCK HOP
Saturday January 27th
Beginner Dance Lesson 9pm
Dance party 10pm-1:30am
$7 cover(dance lesson included with cover), 21+
DJ playing music from '54-'64
Joe's Great American Bar and Grill
4311 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
REDHOTJAZZ.COM/HOTCLUBFRANCE -- This site will please music enthusiasts as it's just packed with information about our early swing music. I've linked you directly to the Hot Club France page, so that you can read about this amazing group of influential jazz artists. A real plus on this site is the audio clips -- and, believe me, there are loads of Hot Club France audio clips for your listening pleasure (I know what you'll be doing at work today -- exposing your office to the fantastic sounds of Django and Grappelli!
Brief History of the HCF
The Quintet of the Hot Club of France is generally considered by jazz historians to be the greatest of all European Jazz bands. The group started out as an informal jam session that was held between sets at the Hotel Claridge (37 Rue Francois 1er.) in Paris in 1933. One day Pierre Nourry and Charles Delaunay of Hot Club witnessed one of these sessions and arranged that the group record it's first records for the Ultraphone label in December of 1934. The group went on to become very popular in Europe both on records and as a live act. The group disbanded in 1939 as war broke out in Europe. The band was playing in London when England declared war on Germany. Stephane Grappelli decided to stay in London and while Django Reinhardt returned to Paris. They would not see each other again until after the war in 1946.
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). Basically, we swing like a gate!
JOIN THE FUN!
BUT, WHAT THE HECK IS IT?
Many of you still don't know about our Swing Shift Rhythm Club. It's one of our best kept secrets. Now is the time to get the SSRC "above the radar."
THE SWING SHIFT RHYTHM CLUB (SSRC), founded in 2000 by Rusty Frank's swing dance students, The SSRC has two missions:
1. Having fun! (Fun)
2. Doing good deeds! (Philanthropy)
1. Having fun: Events where swing dancers can socialize and get to know each other outside of class (vintage clothes shopping, going to a dance-related movie, dancing in the park, eating at retro restaurants before a dance, etc.).
2. Doing good deeds: Events where we bring swing dancing to hospitals, senior homes, and community events for the purpose of good deeds, entertainment, and education in the Los Angeles area.
The SSRC is a volunteer club open to the public and the events are organized by its members. There are no dues. Members can attend as many or as few events as they wish.
"How do I join?"...
Right now, fill in your email address
and click the Yahoo log (that's it!):