Artie Shaw shakes a leg with Fred Astaire
(see Clip of the Week)
"Dance music: As I keep saying, you can dance to a windshield wiper -- a windshield wiper that's fairly steady gives you a beat and all you need is an out-of-tune playing 'Melancholy Baby' and you've got dance music."
*Artie, you sound a bit cynical
HAVE YOU NOTICED? I'M NOT HERE... I'M THERE ... IN PRAGUE!
You may have noticed by now that I am out of town... really out of town. I'm over in Prague teaching Tap and Lindy. I know, I know, it's tough, but someone's got to do it!
You can read all about it here (how's your Czech?):
Yes, I do have to admit one of the most outstanding aspects of what I do is travelling overseas to teach our great American dances. I've been so many places, met so many great people. One thing I have learned is that dancers the world over are all the same -- spirited, enthusiastic, friendly, welcoming, and they LOVE to dance!
You know me, I'll come back with loads of pics and stories.
Meanwhile, keep the home fires burning.
See you next week!
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This number is probably best remembered as one of the standout performances from the classic RA Victor "Artie Shaw at the Blue Room/Cafe Rouge" aircheck set, capturing the 1938-39 Shaw band at its apex. The short "Second Chorus" performance featured here gives us a sense of what the chart sounded like when played by Artie's post-"Frenesi" group. (The little dialogue coda is a reminder that in the film, Fred Astaire and Burgess Meredith were in "The Perennials" - a college band whose students never graduated!)
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 for tomorrow nite:*
One of the most famous swing clarinetist and bandleaders of all time was Artie Shaw.
ARTIE SHAW - FREE OLDTIME RADIO SHOWS! -- Do you sit at your desk all day slaving away? Do you crave oldtime radio to have playing while you type away, stare at your computer screen? Well, here it is! FREE oldtime radio programs. The one I have picked out for you is Artie Shaw from 1938. Happy listening!
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!):