DCLX’tra: The Craig Gildner Big Band

DCLX is proud to host the Craig Gildner Big Band for our June 22 Xtra!

The Craig Gildner Big Band is a thirteen-piece repertoire orchestra authentically recreating the sounds of the swing era made famous by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, and others. Arrangements are direct transcriptions and stock selections that would have been played back in the day by bands across the country. Adding to the period feel, the rhythm section boasts calfskin drums arranged in a manner much like Krupa’s, gut wound bass string, acoustic rhythm guitar on a vintage Gibson L7, and stride piano solos.

The musicianship is of the highest caliber. Bandleader Craig Gildner handpicked each and every section from DC’s pool of talented musicians. The band can whisper and scream…and everything in between…all in just one song!

Event Details:

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Beginner lesson: 8 – 9 pm
Dance: 9 pm – midnight
$20 regular admission, $15 with a valid school or military ID.

The Spanish Ballroom
at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812

 

DCLX’tra: Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Nine!

Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather NINE will be joining us for some hot swinging tunes to delight dancers of all stripes on March 23 in Glen Echo’s historic Spanish Ballroom.

Already comfortable with the basics? Come celebrate Women’s History Month with a special FREE presentation on the history of Women in American jazz music with Chelsea Reed.

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Beginner lesson: 8 – 9 pm
WOMEN IN JAZZ: Special talk with Chelsea Reed (FREE): 8 – 9 pm
Dance: 9 pm – midnight
$20 regular admission, $15 with a valid school or military ID.

The Spanish Ballroom
at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812

In October 2012, vocalist Chelsea Reed brought a few of her friends together to play some tunes in a South Philly dining room. Her plan was to form a band that played for swing dancers, so she could finally have the chance to sing her favorite songs for an audience that loved early jazz as much as she did. Since that fateful day, she’s been living that dream and couldn’t be happier about it.

Now, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Nine are at home at swing dances, jazz clubs and concert halls alike. They have played renowned Philadelphia venues and travel the country year round to perform at both Lindy and Blues exchanges and workshops. They’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Gordon Webster, and bassist Michael Gamble. They love exploring the roots of jazz and finding creative ways to interpret forgotten songs. Drawing upon the intensity of powerhouse vocalists, the ingenuity of 20th century composers, and the soul of the dance floor, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Nine honor the heritage of jazz with fresh arrangements and original songs. They are silly, passionate people who love playing this music.

Presented in cooperation with Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, the National Park Service, and Montgomery County, MD.

DCLX’tra: The Mint Julep Jazz Band — January 26, 2019

Sure, New Year’s Eve is cool, but have you heard about January 26th Eve?? We can’t wait to bring you the hard-swinging sounds of The Mint Julep Jazz Band!


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Beginner lesson: 8 – 9 pm
Intermediate lesson: INTERMEDIATE BALBOA with Carla Heiney and Brennan DeVoe! (+$5)
Dance: 9 pm – midnight

$20 regular admission ($15 with a valid student or military ID)

The Spanish Ballroom
at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812
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About The Mint Julep Jazz Band

Mint Julep Jazz Band

The Mint Julep Jazz Band out of Durham, North Carolina recreates the hot jazz sounds of the swing era through arrangements based on original recordings. Led by trombonist Lucian Cobb and vocalist Laura Windley, the band has performed everywhere from the Lincoln Center to Sesame Street, as well as top Lindy Hop and Balboa events like the International Lindy Hop Championships, Lindy Focus, and All Balboa Weekend. Swing dancers everywhere recognize the Mint Julep Jazz Band as a sure thing to get their toes tapping and their rock steps rocking!


Come early for the beginner lesson, or for an intermediate balboa lesson. The beginner lesson is included in your admission price, and intermediate balboa is just $5 extra, so come out early and learn some new moves! And remember, DCLX has Square! So cash, check, or plastic all work.

Presented in cooperation with Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, the National Park Service, and Montgomery County, MD.