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Jazz Dance Film Fest Showing
August 25 2014
Join us as we watch all the films that were entered into the 2014 Jazz Dance Film Fest! You won’t want to miss this screening event, taking place before the Friday main dance, at 7:15pm. After watching the films, we’ll award the winners! Come get the first look at some of the best jazz dance music videos before they ever hit YouTube!
For more information, please check out: http://www.jazzdancefilmfest.com/
Press Release for Saturday night!
August 14 2014
The Rhythm Runners Pacific Northwest Tour
Saturday September 13, 9:30 pm
Seattle Lindy Exchange
153 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98133
The Rhythm Runners deliver prohibition era jazz
The Rhythm Runners have convened under auspicious circumstances to deliver prohibition era jazz to the Pacific Northwest. With musicians hailing from New York, New Orleans and Seattle, this group of 5 horn and string players perform music rooted in the sounds of early jazz.
As the 2014 Seattle Lindy Exchange featured band, The Rhythm Runners will debut new work by guitarist Greg Ruby at the historic Washington Hall in Seattle, WA. The creation and presentation of these compositions are generously funded by the King County arts foundation, 4Culture. During the tour, the group will be headlining the opening night of DjangoFest Northwest, performing at concert and swing dance venues in the region and making a full length studio recording of the new work.
During Ruby’s research into Seattle’s early jazz scene, he encountered the work of legendary Frank D. Waldron. A seminal early Northwest jazz musician, Waldron was a cornetist, saxophonist, bandleader, music educator, author and composer. In 1924, he published Syncopated Classic, a book of his compositions written as a tutorial to study the latest saxophone technique. Waldron’s book is one of the few documented sources of early jazz composition in the Pacific Northwest. With the assistance of Paul Debarros, a Seattle jazz historian and archivist, Ruby accessed Waldron’s book. The upcoming concerts will feature The Rhythm Runners performing several of his compositions and audiences will hear Waldron’s music performed for the first time in over 70 years.
About the Rhythm Runners
A 2012 chance meeting between Seattle guitarist Greg Ruby and New York multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman ignited the vision for the inception of The Rhythm Runners. Meeting in a shoebox sized music venue in Brooklyn, Litchman and Ruby struck up a conversation about old time fiddle music that diverged into an exchange about a shared love of vintage jazz. Mid-conversation Lichtman, exclaimed, “Are you Greg Ruby…from Seattle? I’m supposed to call you tomorrow about a west coast tour…what are you doing here?” As it happened, Lichtman had been given Ruby’s contact just hours previous as a recommended guitarist for his upcoming tour. It worked out that Litchman and Ruby joined forces playing an East Coast tour through the Virginia Piedmont. The Rhythm Runners convened, joined by New York trumpeter, Gordon Au, and New Orleans trombonist Charlie Halloran and bassist Cassidy Holden. The band recorded a 7 inch - 45 rpm vinyl recording of Ruby’s compositions and the inspiration to bring the band west was sparked.
About Washington Hall
Washington Hall holds a unique place in Seattle’s music and cultural history. Built in 1908 by the Danish Brotherhood, the hall served as its fraternal lodge, settlement house and cultural center. It was also a popular dance venue. On June 10, 1918, Seattle saw its first local jazz band perform at Washington Hall with Miss Lillian Smith’s Jazz Band. The hall continued to host jazz luminaries including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Joe Louis. Jimi Hendrix is said to have given his first public performance there. Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B. du Bois and Marcus Garvey all gave speeches at the hall. In 2007, Washington Hall was threatened to be sold and torn down. The hall was rescued from demolition by Historic Seattle who purchased the property in 2009. Renovations are currently underway to assure its legacy for the future.
July 15 2014
Our musical offerings for the weekend: Greg Ruby, Seattle jazz guitarist, will be leading a crew of musicians from New York and New Orleans sure to get you up and moving. From New York, Dennis Lichtman, Gordon Au hail as past Exchange musicians. And new to Seattle, from New Orleans, Cassidy Holden and Charlie Halloran will be bringing that funky NOLA energy.
In addition to our out-of-town musicians, we will be celebrating the sounds of Seattle jazz, with Solomon Douglas and Casey MacGill leading bands (including a big band Sunday night!). Register today!
Great things are coming soon!
June 26 2014
Great things are coming for the 2014 edition of the Seattle Lindy Exchange! Please bear with us while we get our website in order. Until then, click on the big yellow “Register” button on the top right corner!
See you in September!
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