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Swing Ann Arbor Update: 2 February 2011 University Club

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  • Michael Kopmeyer
                    We ll be in the University Club, Michigan Union this week.                               
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2011
                      We'll be in the University Club, Michigan Union this week.


                 Swing Ann Arbor Weekly Dance        
      Wednesday 2 February 2011
                        Michigan Union - University Club


      It's cold and snowy outside - so come dance with us!  


      7:00 pm          Intermediate Swing,
                          taught by Erin Morris and Patrick Johnston:

      Drop-in lesson. Take a fresh look at your dance technique and learn a new move or two. Erin and Patrick will help you to polish your style.

      8:00 pm          Beginner East Coast,
                          taught by Erin Morris and Patrick Johnston

      Drop-in lesson. Erin and Patrick will provide an hour of instruction in basic East Coast swing. Even if you have never danced before this introductory lesson will prepare you for a fun night on the dance floor.

      9:00 pm

                 DJ Jeff Meyer           (9:00 - 10:00 pm)
                 DJ Brett Foreman    (10:00 - 11:00 pm)



                            Starting This Week:


      A new month means a new Lindy Series. Jeff Meyer and Sara Lapan will conduct a four week beginner Lindy Hop series starting Wednesday, February 2nd. All levels are welcome. The cost of the series is $20.00 or $15.00 for students. For further information

      email: jeffm.and.saral@....




                                          Pulse of the Dance:

                                            Sketches in Swing



      What artist has spent more time at the #1 slot of Billboard's R&B charts more than any other?  James Brown?  Michael Jackson?  Beyonce?  It's Louis Jordan, whose records have spent an amazing 113 total weeks at the #1 slot, more than 40 months longer than runner up Stevie Wonder--that's over 3 1/2 years longer!  "The King of the Jukebox," Jordan had 18 #1 R&B hits from the years 1942-1950, including such infectious grooves as "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" and "Saturday Night Fish Fry".  Not only is Jordan's music great dance music, it was hugely influential on later R&B and early rock N' roll.

      Jordan was born in 1908 in Brinkley, Arkansas.  After working as a sideman for most of the 1930s, Jordan formed his own working group.  Jordan developed a style of music all his own: tight, blues-influenced horn arrangements, a relaxed, sunny approach to saxophone playing, humorous, "down-home" lyrical themes, and the most swingin', shufflin', groovin' boogie-woogie beats anchoring it all in the rhythm section.  The boogie-woogie beat, usually found in the blues, features a regular rhythm in the bass, and a shuffling eighth note figure in the piano or other rhythm instrument.  But you don't need a technical understanding of the boogie-woogie to hear the Truth in its rhythms!  Check out Jordan's "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" for a finger poppin' example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90kM0sXl8ug

      Jordan had a huge influence on his contemporary R&B musicians, as well as early rock n' roll stars.  Everybody from Jackie WIlson, Bill Haley, Fats Domino, James Brown, Little Richard to Ray Charles and countless others bear a debt to Louis Jordan.  But why as a swing dancer should you care about Louis Jordan?  The answer is easy: there is simply no better music to swing dance to!  Louis Jordan only made one type of music: soulful, booty-shakin' groovers.  So, the next time you're out on the dance floor, and a humorous, sunny tune with a strong boogie-woogie shuffle comes on, give it another listen.  Odds are Louis Jordan had something to do with it!


      Written by John Pass


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