Hosted by Karen and Michael
- 8pm Main Room: Beg-Int Swing/Lindy Lessons with Herb Schmidt
- 9-12pm Live Show and Dance Party with Stompy Jones
- DJ Herbert Schmidt & Shim Sham at the Break
Doors Open at 7:30 pm. $15
1317 San Pablo Blvd., Berkeley, CA (corner of Gilman). Parking at REI after 9pm.
- Admission $15 includes lessons and party. Click Here to Buy Tickets
With revivalist zeal, the Stompy Jones band doesn’t just recreate, but breathes new life into the most jumping, rocking, and swinging small band music of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. One of the busiest bands extant, Stompy Jones returns to our stage performing songs from its ever-lengthening set list that includes new favorites from its most recent CD, “Sock It to Me!” Taking its name from a classic Duke Ellington tune, Stompy Jones has performed everywhere from San Francisco’s Top of the Mark to Disneyland (a monthly gig) and Santa Rosa’s Ellington Hall. Big band leader Les Brown said that the sextet has “the best small band sound that I’ve heard in years.” Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010, Stompy Jones has had its music featured in films including “Deuce of Spades” and the award-winning short “All About Alice.”
The group, originally known as the Swing Session Band, was formed in 1998 to play East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop in the spirit of the hottest jump bands. Its repertoire features rousing revivals of classics by Louis Jordan, Earl Hines, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Prima, Roy Milton, and John Kirby as well as several originals. Stompy Jones boasts musicians who have been playing this music all their lives, with sizzling horns, slapping bass, and irrepressible dance drum beats. Hank Maninger plays guitar and belts and shouts the blues, with trumpeter Rob Dehlinger and saxophonist Keith Crossan trading riffs with boogie-woogie pianist William Beatty. Drummer Lee Beary and bassist “Little David” Rose keep the rhythm section tight.
Dance Instructor Herbert Schmidt: Herb has been folk dancing since the 70’s. Waltz, polka, and schottisch led to a growing interest in dance from the big band era. He started learning East Coast Swing in the 90’s which led to Lindy and the Charleston. He most recently has started learning Balboa. Herb has led the Nature Friends Schuhplattler as the main instructor for many years and enjoys the balance and contrast between Polish Polka and Lindy Hop. https://www.facebook.com/nfschuh