Swingin' At The Savoy 2017 was here, and what a great event it was! Each one of us who attended got to carry away a special gift -- a new knowledge or a new inspiration, a sense of belonging to a greater community, or to deeper history, and a feel of touching something bigger than any one person can put in words.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank:
Swing on, have fun, and spread the joy of Lindy Hop!
Swingin' at the Savoy Team
Amanda, Cari, Hannah, Gilles, Kevin, Stuart
Swingin’ At The Savoy is an event to celebrate Lindy Hop & Jazz, the joy of the dance and the music, their heritage and history. It takes place every year in February to follow on in the foot steps of the tradition established by the Northern California Lindy Society (NCLS) with the Frankie Manning weekends. The event is open to dancers of all ages and promotes Lindy Hop & Jazz dance and music education, open-mindedness, playfulness, and creativity. Its goal is to help build and strengthen the Lindy Hop community.
Known to many as the Queen of Swing, Norma Miller is an author, choreographer, dancer, comedian and actor whose career spans over seven decades. Discovered at the age of twelve by the Savoy Ballroom’s legendary dancer Twist Mouth George, Ms. Miller has been in show business ever since.
Honored with a 2003 National Heritage Foundation Fellowship from the National Endowments of the Arts for her role in creating and continuing to preserve “the acrobatic style swing dance, known as the Lindy Hop,” Ms. Miller continues to be an inspiration to all who know her.
Chazz Young, a spectacular dancer with a long and successful stage career, was first inspired by his father, Lindy Hop master Frankie Manning. Today he tours worldwide, spreading the gospel of Lindy Hop and Tap. In addition to his work as a choreographer and performer, he teaches Lindy Hop in his home town of Las Vegas to the most important dancers of today: the young people who are just now learning to partner dance.
He continues to actively perform, choreograph and teach internationally. He has traveled to the famous Herräng Dance Camp, Sweden, to teach since the early 90s.
Chester Whitmore is a unique performer and stage person! He unifies talents of many kinds, starting as a Master in Karate, a highly reknowned Drummer, a Bandleader of his own Big Band, Arranger and Composer/Songwriter, a high speed and tricky breaks Tapper, a choreographer for fight scenes in the Hollywood film industry, a stuntman himself, a filmer, etc.
You give him the goal, and he will reach it! While you sleep eight hours per night, he may sleep two or three and work through the rest of the night!
Adam Brozowski is an internationally known instructor, performer and choreographer of Lindy Hop, authentic jazz, tap and Balboa. Holding championship titles for his dancing from events like The International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships and Camp Jitterbug, Adam is also a 2015 inductee into the Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame.
From Seattle, Adam grew up in Southern California's vibrant dance community in the 90s. Besides Lindy Hop, Adam has worked extensively in theatre and film as both and actor and dancer. Adam has had the honor of working along side some of our dance legends most recently assisting Norma Miller in workshops in Australia and New Zealand.
Adam Lee started down his swing path in the 2nd grade when he started playing clarinet, and his grandmother bought him his very first record, which happened to be a Benny Goodman record. Growing up as a jazz musician, the addition of Lindy Hop to his life was a natural one. Adam started dancing in 1997 just a few months before the infamous GAP ad, and was dancing five nights a week. In 2001 he moved to Beijing, China where he started the Lindy Hop scene and led a 17 piece big band. In 2010 he returned to the USA to do a Master’s degree in Music Education at NYU, and a few years later moved back to his home state of California, where he now teaches high school band and is the bandleader and music director for the LA Swing Barons.
His passion is for the music of the swing era, specifically that of the Kansas City sound from the 30s. As a devotee of historical accuracy and cultural legacy, he teaches classes on music history and theory at every Lindy Hop and jazz dance event he can.
We love live music and are delighted to bring not two but two fantastic swing bands for your ears and dancing feet. We will also have hard swingin' DJ music during band breaks and late night dancing.
The Candy Jacket Jazz Band is a nod to the past while also pressing forward with fresh, original compositions. Los Angeles based drummer, Josh Collazo, has been playing in "traditional" jazz and swing bands since he was 18 years old. Over the last 17 years of performing with various bands like Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Jonathan Stout & his Campus Five, the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, and Dave Stuckey & the Hot House Gang - a chord struck inside him to begin composing new, original "classic" jazz and swing music. The group is comprised of some of the finest traditional jazz musicians in the Los Angeles area.
On Friday & Saturday Evening February 23-24th, the Candy Jacket Jazz Band will feature:
Clint Baker's New Orleans Jazz Band was founded in 1990 and began playing at Café Borrone in Menlo Park in October 1990. Although continuing to play there as the Café Borrone All-Stars, the New Orleans Jazz Band became inactive in 2000 when the birth of Baker’s twins exacted extensive parenting duties from Clint. In 2006 the band regrouped due to many requests from the Bay Area swing dance community. Since then the band has been very active playing swing venues around the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.
On Sunday Evening February 26th, the Clint Baker's New Orleans Jazz Band will feature: Clint Baker - trumpet, Ryan Calloway - clarinet, Jim Klippert - trombone, Riley Baker - drums, Katie Cavera - bass, Bill Reinhart - banjo, Jeff Hamilton - piano.