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The Bayside Ball

Come out and dance at the Bayside Ball!

1210 4th St, Santa Monica
Sat, February 13th, 9 PM
dress up, dance contest & more!
$20 - advance tickets available soon!


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(866) HW-SWING

PO Box 42251

Los Angeles, CA 90042

This year we are delighted to add a Music Track to our class list! This track is for musicians and music lovers alike. Some classes will involve dancing, others are strictly music theory/discussion/history etc. Please see below for descriptions, requirements and instructors. Classes do not need to be signed up for in advance but you do need to be a full weekend pass holder to attend (as in, classes pass, not party pass).

Saturday, September 2nd

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Music Track - John & Giselle - Music and Dance As One - explore the relationship between dancers & musicians, connecting the two with live music, improve your social dancing (for dancers and musicians)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Music Track - John & Giselle - Jazz Genres for Dancers - Learn to distinguish the between Big Band, Trad jazz and Gypsy jazz, with lots of history of each movement, and learn how to modify your dancing for these unique styles (for dancers and musicians)

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Music Track - John - Showcasing with Live Music - how to perform or compete with live bands: performances, routines & improv (for dancers and musicians)

Sunday, September 3rd

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Music Track - Michael G - Identifying Musical Legends - learn to distinguish historically important bandleaders and players by their sound, using certain clues to make increasingly educated guesses as to who you're listening to (for dancers and musicians)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Music Track -Michael G - Jamming Standards and Taking Solos - this is all about just playing and getting over yourself! Everyone will play melodies, everyone will solo. Strategies and encouragements will be given in abundance. Must be able to "survive" a very basic tune on your instrument, even if you shy away from solos (for musicians)

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Music Track - Michael G - Idiomatic Riffs and Backgrounds - for somewhat more experienced players, this class will explore some standard harmonized riffs that are part of the swing vocabulary as well as how to create new ones within the style (for musicians)

Monday, September 4th

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Music Track -Michael G - Active Listening - learn to acknowledge and appreciate the details of the music we listen to. We will dissect some famous recordings, one phrase at a time, and talk about what's making them sound so great both logistically and artistically (for dancers and musicians)

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Music Track - Michael G - Music Literacy & Q&A - learn all the musical terms, from technical and theoretical stuff to shorthand and idiomatic/informal chatter. Be smarter/wiser about music! (for dancers and musicians)

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Music Track - Jonathan's College of Musical Knowledge - Jonathan uses his live band, The Campus Five, to take you through music history, feel, and terminology (for dancers and musicians) 

We're delighted to offer the following musicians, bandleaders and dancers as your 2017 Music Track Instructors:

Michael Gamble

Michael Gamble has been at work within the swing dance community for over 15 years. Along with his wife and partner Jaya Dorf, he runs Lindy Focus in Asheville, NC, one of the largest events on the world scene. His band Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders is one of the most active and dedicated dance bands working today. He is a lifelong devotee to swing music, and in 2016 led a worldwide crowdfunding campaign to make the lost work of Savoy Ballroom bandleader Chick Webb once again accessible to contemporary swing orchestras. He received a bachelor's degree in music in 2006, and also during that time traveled the country teaching Lindy Hop in over 35 US cities, a set of circumstances that has recently led to him teaching the appreciation and practice of swing music within the dance community. Michael currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina, with Jaya, his partner in all things, their two dogs and four goats, continuing his lifelong study of the art forms he loves.


John Saavedra

John Saavedra is the leader of the New Orleans Swinging Gypsies and is mostly heard playing his gypsy jazz guitar on Frenchmen St., near the French Quarter.  His music is primarily influenced by Django Reinhardt and New Orleans jazz, a sound that embodies swing rhythm with traditional jazz.  His soulful voice will draw any tourist from the street to the venue;  ready for an enriching jazz experience.  As a New Orleanian, John works with other locals, including internationally renown musician, “the female Louis Armstrong”, Doreen Ketchens.  He has also worked with “The Jazz Vipers”, a band that has been featured on the HBO series, “Treme”.  He was featured as a guest performer on NCIS and co-wrote a song for the show. Although he primarily plays lead in his band, rhythm is his business and business sure is swell.  From french jazz to new orleans swing, John adds elements from this gumbo of sounds to create a unique type of playing that brings people together.


Jonathan Stout

Jonathan Stout is a bandleader and guitarist specializing in pre-bebop jazz guitar. As a guitarist, Jonathan draws from the many and varied styles of pre-bebop jazz guitar, including the rhythm guitar of Freddie Green, the electric single-note style of Charlie Christian, the acoustic block-chord solos of Allan Reuss, and the gypsy-jazz of Django Reinhardt. Jonathan also writes a noted blog on swing guitar (find it here). Beside playing in his own bands, Jonathan is a member of the Bonebrake Syncopators (led by DJ Bonebrake of the band X), and has played guitar for Michael Gamble and his Rhythm Serenaders, Josh Collazo's Candy Jacket Jazz Band, Casey MacGill, Dean Mora (Mora's Modern Rhythmists, et. al), the Boilermaker Jazz Band, the Lucky Stars, Jim Ziegler’s Swingsations, Josh Collazo and his Feetwarmers, Bill Elliott, and Johnny Crawford. He played on Jeremy Wakefield's 2005 Album, "Steel Guitar Caviar" (Ecco-Fonic), as well as Michael Gamble and his Rhythm Serenaders' self-titled 2016 debut album.

As a dancer, Jonathan is proud to have learned from such original masters Ann Mills, Hal Takier, Freda Angela, and Bart Bartolo. Jonthan danced on the first place team at the 2002 National Jitterbug Championships. Because of his experience as a dancer, Jonathan is uniquely suited to understand the interaction between Swing music and dance.

As a bandleader, Jonathan has studied the authentic sound of the Swing-era, and how that differs from the styles of jazz that came before and after. Armed with this knowledge, Jonathan has given many musicality classes at dance events, using a live band to demonstrate the differences between Swing, pre-Swing Jazz, and post-Swing straight-ahead jazz.

As a student of the era, Jonathan has also branched out to study swing drumming, based on fourteen years of first-hand observations of only the best Swing drummers, Josh Collazo, Hal Smith, Brooks Tegler, Russ Wilson and Paul Lines. Jonathan has played drums for The Careless Lovers, Casey MacGill, Janet Klein, Falty and Friends, Stompy Jones, Dean Mora, Dave Stuckey, and Carl Sonny Leyland, as well as filling-in occasionally in the Campus Five and Orchestra. He most recently played drums on Janet Klein's 2015 CD "It's the Girl", using his 1941 Leedy drum set.

Jonathan has also DJed at swing dance events, including Camp Hollywood, Lindy Groove, and Camp Jitterbug. When DJing, Jonathan brings the same focus on authentic Swing music and unmatched danceability.