Welcome to Swing Asheville! Below you’ll see a quick overview of the happenings at our official Tuesday night weekly dance at THE BLOCK off Biltmore at 39 S Market St, downtown Asheville. The cover is $5 for Swing Asheville members (become a member by clicking HERE…please be patient, page takes a while to load!).
Note that every month, this schedule will change to reflect the upcoming bands and learning opportunities!
Tuesday Night Music & Dance Schedule
The dance runs from 9-11 pm, followed by late night vintage blues dancing.
|Dec 5, 2017||Community Jazz Jam||This monthly fundraiser for Swing Asheville has become one of our favorite nights and really brings our community together! The music will be our community swing jam band which means YOU are welcome to jump on stage with the house band and sing or play old jazz favorites with us- or dance your heart out. Visit our Asheville Swing Jam facebook page for setlist and charts if you want to join us on stage.|
|Dec 12, 2017||One Leg Up||One Leg Up represents Asheville's jazz scene in fine form, playing a lively, danceable mix of gypsy jazz, Latin, swing, and original compositions. Always a responsive and fun dance band, and also delightful to just sit back and watch while they make musical magic!|
|Dec 19, 2017||Holiday Ball w/ The Low Down Sires||ANNUAL HOLIDAY BALL- dress your finest if you like, and dance away the evening to a great band. The Low-Down Sires have been busy reviving rare early 20th century jazz classics for the past five years, and are known and respected widely as true traditionalists. Consistently hailed as one of the most popular dance bands in the region, the Sires have had the pleasure of performing at events all over the eastern US, in addition to their regular circuit of local swing dances, club appearances, and private parties. Dedicated to the lost sounds of the earliest roots of jazz, and inspired by the compositions and arrangements of King Oliver, Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton and other giants from the storied origins of the art form, their authentic sound transports listeners to the streets of Old New Orleans and the barrelhouses of early 20th century Mississippi river towns. Their hot swingin' style is a surefire hit with audiences everywhere, from concert halls, bars and back-porches, to swing dances and street corners|
|Dec 26, 2017||NO DANCE- holidays & Lindy Focus||Swing Asheville will be taking a break this week (Lindy Focus, a giant swing dance festival in Asheville, is happening that week), BUT a blues band will still be playing at The Block off Biltmore during our regular time.|
|Jan 2, 2018||Community Jazz Jam||This monthly fundraiser for Swing Asheville has become one of our favorite nights and really brings our community together! The music will be our community swing jam band which means YOU are welcome to jump on stage with the house band and sing or play old jazz favorites with us- or dance your heart out. Visit our Asheville Swing Jam facebook page for setlist and charts if you want to join us on stage.|
|Jan 9, 2018||The Posey Quartet||The Posey Quartet can't give you anything but rhythm - and they have SO MUCH to share. This small jazz combo is led by Asheville's own stride pianist, James 'Posey' Posedel. The Posey Quartet performs rhythm-centric arrangements of hot jazz and swing obscurities from historic Storyville, LA to the red light districts of St. Louis. The group is heavily influenced by the likes of Fats Waller, Count Basie, and Jellyroll Morton, and features a balboa-worthy eruption of highly danceable rhythm set to turn-of-the-century Harlem Stride.|
|Jan 16, 2018||The Jason DeCristofaro Quartet||The Jason DeCristofaro Quartet is led by xylophonist Jason DeCristofaro, and also features trombonist Jamie Warren, guitarist Annie Erbsen and bassist Kevin Kehrberg. The quartet performs standards, Hot Jazz, and Swing from the 1910’s through the 1940’s.|
|Jan 23, 2018||Wyatt Yurth & The Gold Standard||Wyatt Yurth and the Gold Standard is a modern western swing band that brings a fresh take to classic music. Inspired by the jazz cowboys of old, Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Jimmy Revard and others, Asheville’s own western swingers dig into the intersection of swing, country, and blues. They’re sure to get you moving with hot jazz standards and swinging arrangements of fiddle tunes and honky tonk gold. The 7-9 piece band features banjo, clarinet, fiddle and pedal steel guitar.|
|Jan 30, 2018||The Billie Holidays||The Billie Holidays pay tribute to Lady Day's music and the era in which she made her mark on pop music forever. The iconic vocalist's repertoire is rendered instrumentally with great care given to details of the performance style of the day. Stride pianos, sentimental trombones, and vibrating saxophones dance through the airwaves in celebration of the golden age of songwriting. Savvy to dancers' needs, the Holidays keep it cooking at a medium pace, and spike the music with head-nodding riffs and recreations of classic dancefloor arrangements. Bandleader Michael Gamble's 15+ years in the international swing dance and music scene inform every aspect of the band's repertoire and taste|
Tuesday Night Class Schedule
(All monthly class series begin the first Tuesday night of the month.)
|December 5, 12 & 19 (Tuesdays) at 7 pm|| Big Apple Routine
Like the Shim Sham? Like learning choreography? For the Level 2 class at 7, we'll be learning the classic Big Apple routine from the movie Keep Punchin'. This routine not only serves as choreography for a large group, the moves within it can be broken down, mixed up, and used separately for solo jazz dance!
Don't let "Level 2" scare you away if you're excited about solo movement -- because even if you don't get everything in the class, we can guarantee you'll come out with one or two schnazzy new steps!
P.s. did you know that practicing solo movement makes you a better partner dancer? And can inspire new footwork variations? Sounds like a triple-whammy class to us!
Classes are held every Tuesday from 7-8 pm at The BLOCK off biltmore. Each class costs $10, or $8 if you are a Swing Asheville member.
|Sparrow Pants & Josie Heart|
|December 5, 12 & 19 (Tuesdays) at 8 pm||Intro to Solo Jazz
PRE-REQUISITES: none! No partner needed! Our Level 1 class this month is actually great for beginner and intermediate dancers! Studying solo jazz (dancing to jazz music without a partner) is great in many ways. It builds skills, balance, variation, creativity, and musicality. And... because we are all working in our own individual bodies, the absence of a partner means you can work on the move at your own level and pacing, making it as simple or as complicated as you desire! Classes are held every Tuesday from 8-9pm at The BLOCK off biltmore. Each class costs $10, or $8 if you are a Swing Asheville member.
|Sparrow Pants & Josie Heart|