SATURDAY, JUNE 23 9:00 PM

The Murano Room at Beveridge Landmark Events

$20 plus Esplanade S/C

Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central

 

Once again, we're bringing Swing Dance night to JazzFest with one of our favorite past JazzFest performers, Alex Pangman! In collaboration with the Beveridge Landmark Events, and Swing Dance Medicine Hat, JazzFest will be swinging and bopping like it's 1930! And we'll make sure everyone is included, swing dancers and those new to the genre alike.

Although Toronto's Alex Pangman grew up a couple of generations late to have sung with Teddy Wilson, the vibrant young vocalist is proud to be known as Canada's Sweetheart of Swing. With pipes aplenty, Juno nominee Pangman possesses the requisite taste, talent and the historical knowledge of an avid record collector to breathe new life into the sturdy standards of the classic jazz era.

Her latest album Alex Pangman's Hot Three was recorded in New Orleans (as with her previous Juno nominated release New). Pangman and her 'Hot Three' approached this new project in the spirit of early jazz recording pioneers. They recorded the album live, direct to acetate 78 rpm disc, on a 1930's portable Presto lathe. No smoke. No mirrors.

Unlike most contemporary recordings, there's no post production editing where effects could be added, errors fixed, or singer/instruments baffled to avoid studio bleed. They experienced what the early recorded greats would have, recording with no headphones, and with instruments placed for optimum audio using a single microphone. Tempos and arrangements had to be tailored to a maximum 3:15 recording time to fit the strict 10-inch disc width. And no toe-tapping allowed, because vibrations travel up the needle and spoil a take. Many of the tunes on this recording are of the hot and bawdy sort one might expect from a one-room studio at the side of the road in New Orleans.

Medicine Hat jumps on the swing dance craze that is spreading across North America. If you haven't danced to swing music, now's your chance. We're offering free swing dance lessons in the afternoon and promise to make sure everyone takes part once the dance begins!

Joining Alex are Calgary musicians Jason Valleau on double bass, Mark Limacher on piano, Jon May on drums, and Cédric Blary on clarinet.