Midsummer Night Swing,
Apr 23, 2013
New York’s most fabulous outdoor dance party – Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing ? marks its 25th Anniversary season this summer by inviting New York’s iconic dance bands to bring live music to Damrosch Park, taking place Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 25—July 13.
Date: April 23, 2013
Contact: Kate Merlino
MIDSUMMER NIGHT SWING
25th ANNIVERSARY SEASON ANNOUNCED
JUNE 25 – JULY 13, 2013
A Celebration of New York’s Greatest Dance Bands, Including:
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis,
Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks,
Spanish Harlem Orchestra,
The George Gee Swing Orchestra,
Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and the
Harlem Renaissance Orchestra
Tango with Leonardo Suarez Paz’s Cuartetango Meets Cristian Zárate,
Calypso with Calypso Rose,
Disco with a Donna Summer tribute from Loser’s Lounge,
Colombian Salsa with La Sonora Carruseles, and
Boogie Woogie from Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s
“Silent Discos” Following Live Sets on July 5 & 11, with Dancers Hearing Music
Only Through Headphones
April 23, 2013 – New York’s most fabulous outdoor dance party – Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing ? marks its 25th Anniversary season this summer by inviting New York’s iconic dance bands to bring live music to Damrosch Park. Taking place Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 25—July 13, Midsummer Night Swing will bring together people of all ages, at every skill level, and from dozens of different ethnic and economic backgrounds for evenings of social dance. Says Bill Bragin, Director of Public Programming for Lincoln Center, “In its 25 year history, Midsummer Night Swing has been responsible for helping revive social dancing, not only in New York but around the country and abroad. This anniversary year we celebrate the magic of dancing to some of New York’s greatest bands, along with some of the best from around the globe.”
On June 25 the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, which is also celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, will play big band classics by Duke Ellington and others, ideal for swinging the night away. “Expect some 25th Anniversary surprises: special guests, celebratory first dances, old friends, and a few symposiums to celebrate our quarter century,” says series producer Jill Sternheimer. The total of 15 nights of dancing will bring sizzling salsa, smokin’ boogie woogie, lively lindy-hopping, torrid tango, funky R&B, and rollicking rock ‘n’ roll onto the stage and out onto the elevated dance floor in Damrosch Park on West 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
Midsummer Night Swing 2013 is sponsored by Macy’s
Midsummer Night Swing is made possible by Charina Endowment Fund and Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams/The Williams Capital Group, LP.
Tickets and passes go on sale May 22. Multi-evening Midsummer Night Passes are priced at $84 for six nights, and $170 for the full season. Four night passes are available for $60. Tickets for individual evening events are $17.
“For the third year in a row, Macy’s is excited to serve as a sponsor to Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing,” said Patti Lee, district vice president of Macy’s Herald Square. “Whether it’s lighting up the evening sky with the spectacular 4th of July Fireworks display or tripping the light fantastic under the New York City skyline, Macy’s and Lincoln Center are synonymous with summertime fun in the City.” Lee continues, “We look forward to celebrating the month long Swing season at Herald Square with fun events and activities. Everyone in the store gets involved, from our volunteers, dancing associates and even executives, who’ll lace up their shoes and dance the night away.”
Following their success last season, there will be two “Silent Discos” on July 5 and 11. At the “Silent Disco” dancers are provided with earphones to listen to extended dj sets after the live music ends at 10 pm. While the participants dance seemingly in silence to the casual observer, bopping along to the “silent” beats, dancers are actually part of an exhilarating public/private dance party. For one of the evenings, two djs will be spinning different music in different headphone channels, creating simultaneous and ever shifting dance parties, as dancers switch back and forth
Each evening of Midsummer Night Swing is a ticketed event. The night begins with a dance lesson at 6:30 pm for all skill levels with some of New York’s foremost instructors. Lessons are included in the price of admission. Live music and dancing begins at 7:30 pm until 10 pm. Dancing continues until 11:30 pm on July 5 and 11 for the “Silent Discos.”
• The Swing box office is located in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall, Broadway and 65th Street. Tickets for individual events and passes can be purchased in advance at the Avery Fisher box office or beginning at 5:30 pm on the night of the event at a box office in Damrosch Park. All major credit cards will be accepted.
> Tickets and passes can also be purchased through CenterCharge, 212-721-6500, or by logging on to MidsummerNightSwing.org.
> Twitter users can sign up to follow Midsummer Night Swing @LCSwing for ongoing news and updates.
Rain Policy Midsummer Night Swing makes every effort to present each event of the season, as long as unpredictable weather allows. Performance cancellations due to inclement weather will not be announced until 8:30 pm on show night. In the case of cancellation, ticket holders are entitled to exchange for another performance or a refund. Pass holders are not entitled to a refund. If a performance has begun and is cancelled after 8:30 pm, exchanges or refunds are not offered.
Silent Discos powered by Silent Frisco On the nights of July 5 and 11, following the regularly-scheduled night of live music and dancing at approximately 10 pm, “Silent Discos” will take place on the dance floor and around Damrosch Park, continuing until 11:30 pm. Free with that night’s live show ticket, or $5 at the door for Silent Disco only, subject to capacity.
The schedule for Midsummer Night Swing:
Tuesday, June 25
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Big Band Swing
Composed of fifteen of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players working today, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has been the resident orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center since 1988. It performs in concert halls, jazz clubs, dance venues, public parks, with symphony orchestras, with ballet troupes, and with an ever-expanding roster of guest artists across the US and around the globe. It has released 14 recordings under the lead of Music Director, trumpeter, and composer Wynton Marsalis, winner of nine Grammy Awards. The orchestra’s vast repertoire includes historic compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington (the focus of June 25th’s performance), Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, Chick Corea, and many others, as well as Lincoln Center-commissioned works by Benny Carter, Wayne Shorter, Chico O’Farrill, Marcus Roberts, and others, including Wynton Marsalis. The evening’s special guests include legendary musician and dancer Dawn Hampton, who will dj a set of music to kick off the season, and the “Queen of Swing,” Norma Miller, who will show off her original, 1940s Savoy Ballroom dancing style.
Lesson: Adam Brozowski teaches Jazz and Lindy Hop, with special guest Norma Miller
DJ: Dawn Hampton
Wednesday, June 26
Leonardo Suarez Paz’s Cuartetango Meets Cristian Zárate Tango
Leonardo Suarez Paz, the internationally acclaimed fourth-generation tango artist and porteño, directs the Cuartetango Music & Dance Company, sharing his unparalleled experience in the genre as a virtuoso violinist, vocalist, dancer and composer. From the Buenos Aires Tango Festival to the Washington Park Music Festival, this dynamic ensemble stays true to the authenticity, power, and the uniquely urban “swing” that’s characteristic of tango, showing it to be a sophisticated, moving, and daring genre. For the first time in 15 years, since they collaborated on the show Tango Argentina on Broadway, acclaimed Buenos Aires-based Cristian Zárate will join Paz for a night of both their original works and beloved music from the 1940s and 50s golden age of tango, elevated with the contemporary harmonies and rhythms of nuevo tango.
Lesson: Jorge Torres teaches Tango
DJ: Ko Tanaka
Thursday, June 27
Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s Boogie Woogie, Jump Blues
Taking their inspiration from the jump n’ boogie bands of the late 1940s and early 50s, Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock n’ roll. For more than 20 years they have been the torchbearers of a great American blues heritage, playing the music first made popular by the bands of Louis Jordan, Wyonie Harris, and Amos Milburn. With a big dose of pile-driving piano and New Orleans’ R&B, powered by Amadee Castenell’s saxophone, Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s have created their own brand of music they call “rock-a-boogie.”
Lesson: Swingin’ with Simone reaches Lindy Hop
DJ: Meredith Ochs
Friday, June 28
Spanish Harlem Orchestra Salsa Dura
Putting a contemporary spin on the Latin jazz big band music of the Palladium Ballroom as well as the classic Fania era, Oscar Hernandez and the Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra brings its incendiary brand of salsa to Damrosch Park with hard-hitting dance floor blazers. This 13-piece band tours worldwide and has recorded four CDs, including its most recent, Vive El Tradicion.
Lesson: Carlos König teaches Salsa
DJ: Ron McGugins
Saturday, June 29
Calypso Rose Calypso, Soca
The first woman to win the crown of Calypso Monarch (the yearly competition originally called Calypso King until Calypso Rose took the title), Tobago-born Calypso Rose has been the reigning “Queen of Calypso” for more than 50 years. In 1966 she wrote “Fire in Meh Wire,” which was translated into eight languages and became one of the international anthems of the genre. Her energy and charisma has led her to share a stage with some of the biggest stars in music, including Miriam Makeba, Tito Puente, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, and many others. A documentary of her life – Calypso Rose the Lioness of the Jungle – was broadcast on PBS throughout 2012 and has re-invigorated the career of this musical legend.
Lesson: Royelle Mckenzie teaches Calypso and Soca
DJ: Back to Basics
Presented in association with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.
Tuesday, July 2
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Ballroom, Big Band Swing
Formed in 1976 and alumni of the very first Midsummer Night Swing season, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are a quintessentially New York big band, known internationally through performances, recordings, film soundtracks, and TV broadcasts. Most recently, the band won a Grammy Award for their work on the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, and they have performed in movies including Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club, Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, and the mini-series Grey Gardens and Mildred Pierce. Band founder Giordano is also “an invaluable historical resource” (The New York Times) of the music of the 1920s and 30s, and he has used that knowledge to inform the band’s film and TV work. The Nighthawks have a standing weekly gig at Sofia’s Restaurant in New York’s Times Square, where their many fans can revel in the bold and brassy big band sound that makes the band famous.
Lesson: Eva Carrozza teaches Ballroom and Swing
DJ: Heather Flock
Wednesday, July 3
Urban Guerilla Orchestra R&B, Motown, Soul
Representing the gold standard of the play-anything, brass-bolstered party band, the Urban Guerilla Orchestra is the sum of its members’ collective experience, which include gigs with everyone from Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys. The nine-member group has been playing together for many years, continuing the “TSOP” (The Sound of Philadelphia) soul tradition that had its heyday in the 1970s with the songs of Gamble and Huff for Teddy Pendergass, Harold Melvin, and groups like MFSB and the Three Degrees. Urban Guerilla takes that great tradition and funkifies it into the here and now.
Lesson: Lawrence Bradford teaches Hand Dancing
DJ: Qool DJ Marv
Thursday, July 4
Battle of the Big Bands: The George Gee Swing Orchestra vs. Mora’s Modern Rhythmists Big Band Swing
As the only Chinese-American swing big bandleader in the world, New York’s own George Gee has been leading a group of the city’s finest musicians for more than twenty years at concerts, swing dance events, and as the house band at the popular club Swing 46 in Manhattan’s theater district. On July 4th, George Gee and his Orchestra will embrace the high-stepping swing sounds of Chick Webb, the bandleader who discovered Ella Fitzgerald, from Harlem’s historic Savoy Ballroom. As the centerpiece of a national series of bouts which will include Los Angeles and Washington DC, Gee will do battle against Dean Mora’s California swing outfit, the Modern Rhythmists, noted for the more mellow Tommy/Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman-like sounds of LA’s Palomar Ballroom during the between-the-wars era.
Lesson: Jaime Shannon and Tony Fraser teach Collegiate Shag
DJ: Adam Lee
• On July 4th there will be a costume contest for those wearing the best red, white, and blue vintage costumes. Dancers dressed as Uncle Sam, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Betsy Ross, or Rosie the Riveter (or anyone else) will compete for prizes during the intermission between sets.
Friday, July 5
Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap & Dance Off featuring Young Jessie and King James and the Special Men
**New York Debut of King James and the Special Men**
Jonathan Toubin, the internationally famous DJ behind the New York Night Train parties, has built his career on a vast collection of obscure 45 rpm records and the “ultimate sonic boom” sound that they provide. Toubin only plays 45s at his events, as these records were recorded in the 1950s and 60s, which in Toubin’s opinion, was the zenith of American music. On July 6th Toubin will spin his finest “maximum rock and soul 45s” for an outdoor version of his Soul Clap party, complete with a Dance-Off competition. Musical guests will be King James and the Special Men, a group of top New Orleans session musicians who deliver old-school R&B straight from the Ninth Ward. They’ll be making their New York debut, along with re-discovered soul vocalist Young Jessie, formerly with The Flairs and The Coasters, and also known for his solo hits including “Mary Lou” and “Hit, Git and Split.”
Lesson: Spencer Weisbrod teaches Jitterbug
DJ: Jonathan Toubin
Silent Disco by Frisco at 10 pm
Saturday, July 6
La Sonora Carruseles Salsa dura, Boogaloo
Hardcore, driving salsa of the 1970s – salsa’s golden age – is played with abandon by La Sonora Carruseles, a band from Colombia that is beloved by salsa lovers around the world. Their spidery piano lines, tight polyrythm, explosive brass riffs and staccato cowbell patterns are hard to resist, reinvigorating a classic style with power and bravado. Not content with revitalizing old-school salsa, La Sonora Carruseles also plays the sweetly nostalgic dance music known as boogaloo. They imbue these musical styles from the past with expert musicianship, an infectious sense of fun, and a respect for the traditions that bring legions out onto the dance floor. They will be joined by Miami powerhouse vocalist Elaine Hernandez, “La Sirena de la Salsa.”
Lesson: Rodney Lopez teaches Salsa
DJ: DJ Turmix
Tuesday, July 9
Ray Gelato with the City Rhythm Orchestra Swing, Jump Blues
Vocalist and tenor sax player Ray Gelato has had a 30+ year career that started in jazz bands, first in London and later touring the world, and in the mid-1980s he helped to revive interest in the swing music of the 40s and 50s with his group, The Chevalier Brothers. Subsequent bands, with Ray as headliner, toured the UK, Europe, the US, and the summer festival circuit, spreading the gospel of big band music. Ray became known as “The Godfather of Swing.” His popularity in Italy is intense, and his band has recently released a CD for his Italian fans of “the lost Italian Songbook,” tongue planted musically in cheek. American fans may be reminded of Louis Prima when Ray performs, but his sense of swing is all his own.
Lesson: Paolo “Lindy” Lanna teaches Lindy Hop
DJ: Ryan Mascara
Wednesday, July 10
Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest Tito Rodriguez, Jr. Mambo
World-renowned pianist, composer, and educator, Arturo O’Farrill (son of jazz legend Chico O’Farrill) created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in 2002 for Jazz at Lincoln Center in order to bring Afro Latin jazz to a wider audience. Now no longer a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra received the Grammy Award for “Best Latin Jazz Album” in 2009 and has recorded numerous CDs and soundtracks for films such as Calle 54 and Chico and Rita. Both through performances across the country and around the world, and through comprehensive education programs in schools and music conservatories, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra keeps this genre alive. Paying tribute to the classic mambo of the Palladium ‘Big 3’ bandleaders: Tito Puente, Machito, and Tito Rodriguez, they will be joined by Rodriguez’s son, the acclaimed timbalero and bandleader, Tito Rodriguez, Jr.
Lesson: Eddie Torres teaches Salsa
DJ: DJ Broadway
Thursday, July 11
The Loser’s Lounge: Donna Summer and the Disco Divas Disco
The Loser’s Lounge is a collective of some of New York’s best musicians and singers who perform the great songs of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. According to The New York Times, they “honor pop stars from these eras and validate the zeal of music fans.” Started by session keyboardist Joe McGinty in 1993, The Loser’s Lounge has performed nearly 300 shows honoring 50 different artists. On July 11th the will celebrate the “Love to Love Ya, Baby” songstress, the late Donna Summer, and her disco sisters: Gloria “I Will Survive” Gaynor, Thelma “Don’t Leave Me This Way” Houston, and, without a doubt, Anita “Ring My Bell” Ward.
Lesson: Maria Torres teaches Hustle
DJ: Freedom Dance Party
Silent Disco by Frisco at 10 pm
Friday, July 12
Tipica 73 40th Anniversary Celebration Salsa, Charanga
Celebrating four decades in the business this year, and despite many changes in personnel and style over the years, Tipica 73 is now back under the co-direction of two of its founding members – Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez and Sonny Bravo. Special guests on the 12th will be Andalberto Santiago, Orestes Vilato and Nelson Gonzalez. The band’s two sets will explore their early brassy conjunto style, as well as their violin and flute-driven charanga style, the hypnotic Cuban dance music created from strong African rhythms married with French-Haitian contradanse melodies. Charanga carries dancers back to the clubs warmed by the breezes off Havana’s el malecon.
Lesson: Jimmy Anton teaches Salsa
DJ: DJ Brian
Saturday, July 13 from 3:00 to 4:30pm
Ballroom, Salsa, Swing, Merengue
Kids get in on the act with a special afternoon session (ideal for the entire family) with teacher Rodney Lopez from Dancing Classrooms – seen in Mad Hot Ballroom, the 2005 documentary about teaching ballroom dance in NYC public schools. He’ll get youngsters off on the right foot, teaching them the basics of ballroom, tango and swing. The mission of Dancing Classrooms is to cultivate essential life skills in children through the practice of social dance.
Saturday, July 13
Harlem Renaissance Orchestra: A Tribute to Illinois Jacquet Big Band Swing
Jump to the big band sound of the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, a group that was formed more than twenty years ago to revive the great sounds from the big band era. The band recognizes the masters of the big band sound: Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Lucky Millinder, Lionel Hampton and Midsummer Night Swing favorite, Illinois Jacquet, and plays their music as if it were yesterday. Band leader Ron Allen has taken the orchestra to perform in the JVC Jazz Festival, the Rainbow Room, the Copacabana, the legendary Apollo Theater, and became the perennial closing night band for Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. With a name that means rebirth or revival, the HRO proves with every performance that they are the guardians of a great musical tradition: the swinging sounds of Harlem.
Lesson: Margaret Batiuchok teaches Lindy Hop and Shim Sham
DJ: Ryan Swift
• On the 13th there will also be the 5th Annual Ambassador’s Prize Dance Contest, honoring the late Frankie Manning, lindy hopper extraordinaire.
Midsummer Night Swing 2013 is sponsored by Macy’s
Time Out New York is the media sponsor of Midsummer Night Swing
Midsummer Night Swing is made possible Charina Endowment Fund and Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams/The Williams Capital Group, LP
Additional corporate support provided by Movado
Additional support for Midsummer Night Swing 2013 is provided by Amtrak, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center
Operation of Lincoln Center’s public plazas is supported in part with public funds provided by the City of New York.
Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and Zabar’s.com
MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center
Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center
United Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center
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William Hill Estate Winery is the Official Wine of Lincoln Center
“Summer at Lincoln Center” is sponsored by Diet Pepsi and The Wall Street Journal
Modern Luxury Lounge sponsored by Celebrity Cruises
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