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May 20: George Gee Swing Orchestra CD – “Swing Makes You Happy!” Party at Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club

George Gee and his Orchestra at Swing46 in New York on April 1, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

George Gee and his Orchestra at Swing46 in New York on April 1, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

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Kick off The Frankie Manning Centennial Week in a most swingin’ fashion with the long-awaited CD Release party for the new George Gee Swing Orchestra CD – “Swing Makes You Happy!”!, on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the one and only Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club, 349 W. 46th St. between 8th and 9th Aves in New York.

George Gee is an internationally renowned swing Big Band leader who holds court every Tuesday night at the club with his Orchestra, and his new CD “Swing Makes You Happy!” features some of NYC’s top big band musicians performing the compositions, arrangements and transcriptions by David Gibson, Music director and Trombonist. The lush tones of singers Hilary Gardner and John Dokes are also featured.

The evening will have extended hours, from 8:30pm – 11:30pm (combination of live music and DJ!) with a special expanded dance floor. The  special admission charge is $15 or $25, which includes a copy of the new CD! (there is no dancer’s discount available on this special evening).

Guest DJ Tomo will be spinnin’ in-between sets of live swingin’ BIG BAND music!

John Dokes at the mic with George Gee and the cats, who hold court every Tuesday at SWING46 in Times Square. Photo by Lia Chang

John Dokes at the mic with George Gee and the cats, who hold court every Tuesday at SWING46 in Times Square. Photo by Lia Chang

The George Gee Swing Orchestra will also have performances at the fabulous Frankie Manning Centennial and Frankie Centennial Savoy Ball in New York City during the Memorial Day Weekend of May 23-26, 2014.

George Gee and the cats hold court every Tuesday at SWING46 in Times Square. Photo by Lia Chang

George Gee and the cats hold court every Tuesday at SWING46 in Times Square. Photo by Lia Chang

George Gee’s full 17-Piece Swing Orchestra will be playing in Frankie Mannings’ Hometown, New York City, celebrating Frankie’s 100th Birthday, at the Savoy Ball, on Friday, May 23, 2014, in the grand 1930s styled Edison Ballroom (formerly The Supper Club) in Times Square. Dawn Hampton is Queen of the Ball! It’s part of Frankie’s Trifecta, which includes two other NEW dance events on Saturday and Sunday Night.

FRANKIE’S CENTENNIAL SAVOY BALL, Friday, May 23, 2014 8:00 PM to 2:30 AM. The 1930s Era Edison Ballroom NYC (The Supper Club)

George Gee 17-Piece Swing Orchestra

Queen of the Ball: Dawn Hampton

Buffet Dinner and Open Bar All Evening

Part of the new Frankie Trifecta Events Producers include Producer of Frankie’s 85th At Roseland, NYC DISCOUNT TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! http://frankiesavoyballny.com/ And check out the NEW Stomp for Frankie Saturday night event and the NEW Frankie’s Speakeasy Sunday Night event. http://frankiesavoyballny.com/trifecta/ www.georgegee.com Frankie Manning Centennial

SWING46 dance floor is always jammin'! Photo by Lia Chang

SWING46 dance floor is always jammin’! Photo by Lia Chang


Other articles by Lia Chang:
Photos: The George Gee Swing Orchestra at SWING46; Launches Indiegogo Campaign for New CD, Swing Makes You Happy
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Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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