I was fortunate to accompany my wife to the annual jazz concert at her school last week. This annual concert showcased their many jazz ensembles in a more casual and classy atmosphere. I must say that I was impressed by the standard of these young boys – some who have only “learnt” jazz for a year or so. Hopefully having people who danced to their playing (even though they’re mostly their parents!!!) and playing with pros like Adrian Kelly helps to inspire them more.
With a dance floor provided, we were able to do some lindyhop to swing charts that they played. We’ve been so busy this year with work, moving house, holidays and extra curricular activities that we haven’t been able to dance much at all, so it was great to be able to dance together again at last.
I couldn’t resist taking some photos of the event as the stage, lighting and the bands provided wonderful subject matter. Here are some shots from the night:
If you live in the dullesville of Perth, then get out to one of the Jazz in the City events, being presented as part of the Perth Winter Arts Festival.
It’s great how the City of Perth have an arts festival in the Winter time! It’s also great to promote jazz and in this year’s festival, there is even an event for lindyhop, a jazz dance of the 30s and 40s.
Looking at the program here, the Hullabaloo Hoppers, who are team of enthusiastic and fun lindyhoppers, and other local lindyhop dancers will be dancing their socks off at 4pm on Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday right in the middle of the city in Forrest Place. Dressed up in vintage gear, and dancing to big band swing music from the 30s and 40s, this should be a fun event.
I was also excited to see the Hip Mo Toast Big Band on the line up for tonight. Unfortunately, the kids insisted on a popcorn and DVD night, so I had to give it a miss.