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
|Jan 3, 2017||Open Community Jam w/All Star Grove House Band (George Lewis theme)||It will be a full night of songs from one of our all-time favorite band leaders,George Lewis. The first set will be be played by the house band, and the second set is open to sit-ins from the community. If you would like to play with the band, please visit the Asheville Swing Jam facebook page for the set list and to download the charts.|
|Jan 10, 2017||The Low-Down Sires||The Low-Down Sires are dedicated to the lost sounds of early jazz, inspired by the compositions and arrangements of Joe "King" Oliver, Edward "Kid" Ory, Jelly Roll Morton, and other giants from the storied origins of the art form. Their raucous style predates the smoother sounds of big band swing and the intellectualism of modern jazz and transports you to the streets of New Orleans and the barrelhouses of early 20th century Mississippi river towns. Their performance style is at once hard hitting and intimate, fitting in easily well at bars, back-porches, swing dances, and street corners.|
|Jan 17, 2017||The Posey Quartet||The Posey Quintet 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 24, 2017||The House Hoppers||Trumpeter, bandleader & vocalist Mick Glasgow [Low Down Sires] and friends bring rootsy good-time swingin' jazz & early 20th century vintage pop classics back around.|
|Jan 31, 2016||Sparrow & Her Wingmen||With a wide repertoire ranging from gypsy jazz to early ragtime pop to New Orleans blues, they play gems from every era of early jazz. Featuring Sparrow Pants on vocals and accordion, Keith J. Smith on guitar, and the marvelous Je Widenhouse on cornet, this new band on the block is ready to move your feet.|
Tuesday Night Class Schedule
(All monthly class series begin the first Tuesday night of the month.)
|Tuesdays in JANUARY at 7 pm(NEW TIME)||Intro to Slow Bal
This class will be a 5 week introduction to Slow Bal (yes, there are 5 Tuesdays in January) and will be open to all levels of experience. Slow Bal is distinctly different from Balboa with a different footwork pattern and feel to it, danced to slower tempos of swing music. Note new time and location- 7pm at the BLOCK off Biltmore and new price-8$ for Swing Asheville members, 10 for non-members. No partner required.
|Melissa & Franklin|
|Tuesdays in JANUARY at 8 pm (NEW TIME)||An Intro to 6-count Swing Dance
Learn the basics of swing dancing with a 6-count step that will get you dancing in no time. In this five week beginner series, you'll meet new people and learn the basic 6-count Lindy Hop footwork, turns and a flashy move to impress others on the dance floor. You'll learn not only how to dance, but how to ask others to dance and the history of Lindy Hop. No experience or partner is needed. Because each class will build on the next one, students are encouraged to attend every class in the series. Classes will be held every Tuesday in January from 8-9pm at The BLOCK off biltmore. Each class costs $10, or $8 if you are a Swing Asheville member.
|Trevor & Lindsey|