On Friday, May 27th, 2016, Ottawa celebrates World Lindy Hop Day with Peter Liu and the Pollcats at the Ottawa Swing Dance Society’s Live Band Friday Dance, held at the St. Joseph Church basement, with its beautiful new dance floor. To help mark this event, the band is joined by special guests Jazz Lines Vocal Quartet, featuring four part swinging harmonies. World Lindy Hop Day marks the birthday of Frankie Manning, one of the founders of Lindy Hop and a leading figure in its history. This event celebrates the joy and freedom of swing dancing, bringing together people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities.
Peter Liu & the Pollcats
Peter Liu (vocals)
Scott Poll (clarinet)
Peter Turner (trombone)
Yves Laroche (piano)
Alex Mastronardi (bass)
Tom Denison (drums)
Jazz Lines Vocal Quartet
All are welcome to join, whether listener or dancer, and beginner and intermediate swing dance lessons are included with the entry fee ($12), with the schedule below:
Intermediate Lesson: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Introductory Lesson: 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Swing Dance: 9:30pm – 12:30am
Peter Liu & the Pollcats perform vocal jazz authentic to the Golden Age of jazz of the 1930s and 1940’s, when attending swing dances was one of the most popular entertainment activities. This exciting combo has performed regularly for the Ottawa Swing Dance Society’s “Live Band Fridays”, and they have become one of the most popular bands in the thriving local swing dance scene. They are currently the reigning champs of the Ottawa Swing Dance Society’s 2015 “Battle of the Bands”, and they inspire excitement and joy in both listeners and dancers.
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