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January 23RD 2007
TUESDAY







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!

~Constanze


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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.

Click HERE to listen this wonderful group.

I know there are loads of Django/Grappelli fans out there in our swing world, so please help me spread the word -- and let's pack the floor tomorrow nite!


French Lindy By The Sea students Yves and Michelle took Rusty to the door of the historic Hot Club of France (HCF) last summer during her Paris visit!




CLIP OF THE WEEK:
QUINTET OF THE HOT CLUB OF FRANCE
Hague of the Dutch Jazz-liga 1937



THIS WEEK'S CONTEST!!

The first person to send us an email with the answer to the following wins a free pass to the Rhythm Club tomorrow nite (1/24/07) for our Hot Club of France - Benny Brydern Nite:


Name all five of the original "Quintet of the Hot Club of France" members.

Send your answer to us at info@rustyfrank.com.


LAST WEEK'S WINNER

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!

Congratulations, Linda!

Oh, yes, the answer was "Henry Morgan, aka Harry Morgan who played Colonel Potter.







FEBRUARY CLASSES!

REGISTER FOR LINDY BY THE SEA CLASSES HERE.



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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2007 (filled)

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 info@rustyfrank.com.

CLICK HERE FOR MASTER TRACK DETAILS


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COMING TO THE RHYTHM CLUB:

01/24 -- Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli Nite
Benny Brydern Quartet

01/31 -- Live Music
Pete Jacobs Quintet

02/07 -- Special Nite -- All the way from the UK!!
The Jive Aces
(7:30 Beginner Swing Lesson)

02/14 -- Valentine's Party!
The Fabulous Esquires
Dress Up! Red & White

CLICK HERE FOR RHYTHM CLUB INFO


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This Week's Celebrations


Angie Duran
Carmeta Sturdivant
Kenn Horowitz

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

February 11
March 18
May 20
June 10
August 19
September 16
October 14
November 18

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

WHEN:
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

WHERE:
Joe's Great American Bar and Grill
4311 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

WHAT:
-Dancing
-Hula-Hoop Contest
-Dance Contest
-Limbo Contest
-50's Attire Encouraged

Website - myspace.com/nifty50ssockhop
Email -nifty50ssockhop@hotmail.com



KIRA FLIPS OVER SWING DANCING!

LEVEL 1 - JANUARY 2007 - CLASS PICS UP!

Click HERE to see your Lindy By The Sea class




All Scrapbooks! Click HERE







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.




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* 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). 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!):

Subscribe to SwingShiftRhythmClub

Then you will receive updates of activities (or you can organize one yourself!). Check the yahoogroup "Swing Shift Rhythm Club" calendar here for postings of upcoming events.

Join us in making the world a better place through dancing!

Thank you for joining!

Rusty Frank, Founder
Jessica Densmore, Philanthropic Events Coordinator
Cathryn Sayer, "Just for Fun" Events Coordinator
Norman Kajikawa, SSRC Photographer

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