Frankie’s Centennial Savoy Ball
Friday May 23, 2014
The Edison Ballroom
240 West 47th Street
New York City
7:30 PM to 2:00 AM
With the George Gee 17-Piece Swing Orchestra
Live Big Band Music and Dancing!!
In the Main Ballroom
George Gee 17-Piece Swing Orchestra
Roddy Caravella and the Varsity Syncopators
Syncopated City Dance Company
Lindy DJ Tomo
In the Upstairs Lounge – Live Argentine Tango
Pedro Giraudo and his Mala Junta Tango Trio
Tango-Swing DJ Anthony Blackwell
Dandy Wellington and His Band (swing)
Come Support the New Generation of Musicians and Dancers!
To Honor the Vitality of the Spirit of Frankie
Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra (Opening Set)
Dancing Classrooms Youth Lindy Hop Dancers
Frankie Manning 1914-2009
Swing dancer extraordinaire Frankie Manning was a leading dancer at Harlem’s legendary Savoy Ballroom where, in the mid-1930s, he revolutionized the course of the lindy hop with his Lindy air step. As a featured dancer and chief choreographer for the spectacular Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, he created the timeless synchronized ensemble Lindy routine that has been used as the ultimate inspiration for Lindy Hoppers of today. He performed in numerous films (including Hellzapoppin’), and entertained on stages around the world with jazz greats Ethel Waters, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Cab Calloway.
George Gee is an internationally renowned swing Big Band leader who holds court every Tuesday night at the Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club with his Orchestra, who has just released his new CD “Swing Makes You Happy!” which 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. www.georgegee.com
The Producers. Zort Music (Alan Sugarman) and Prohibition Productions (Patrick Soluri). Alan Sugarman was the producer in 1999 of Frankie’s 85th Birthday Celebration at Roseland Ballroom, attracting 1800 dancers on one dance floor, with Frankie, for his birthday.
Prohibition Productions and The Salon (Patrick Soluri) have been producing popular lounge and swing events since 2001 at the Player’s Club, the Edison Ballroom, the Empire Hotel, and the Copacabana – and the just completed Hot Jazz Festival.
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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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