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The Stories of Swing
Monday 27 June 7.00pm
Western Australia’s popular jazz musicians, Swinging at the Savoy, have come together to celebrate the untold stories of the great swing era performers. ‘The Stories of Swing’ unveils the captivating, inspiring, funny and weird tales behind Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong as they discovered their voices and shaped the history of music. Joined on stage by some ridiculously energetic swing dancers, this high paced night of exceptional music and gripping stories will have you cheering for more.
Sid Hennessy-Double bass/vocals/storyteller and writer of The Stories of Swing: Sid was tutored by the renowned double-bassist, Geoff Chalmers and has performed extensively in the UK, Japan and around Australia. He is also a singer and songwriter, playing to audiences of up to 11,000 people. Sid also plays double-bass in the gypsy jazz outfit, Voudou Zazou. In addition to this, Sid enjoys creating shows and special events, many of which are jazz-themed.
Randa Khamis – Lead vocal: Randa is an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter who has released two singles and two albums worldwide on London label, Freestyle Records. She is just about to release her third album and is regularly invited interstate and overseas to perform. She has played across the UK, Spain and France.
Mark Linkington – Woodwinds/vocals: Mark [AKA Mr.E.Mann] brings orchestral, choral and performance upbringing and experience to numerous bands and projects. His time in WAYJO and Voudou Zazou (gypsy jazz) stand him in good stead. When he’s not playing woodwinds, he can be found engineering sound (live and recording/composing), playing accordion and percussion.
Jacob Greenmount-Piano Jacob has been playing piano for 15 years and is currently studying jazz at WAAPA. He has played extensively in WA and also performed in Paris and in New York (with renowned jazz musicians, Brad Shepick and Tom Scott). Jacob has also composed several albums which have been used in movies and video games.
Azza Gee is the director and founder of the Swingtopia Dance Company. He lives and breathes swing dancing, specializing in vintage forms including the Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz. He has taught nationally, and has performed at a wide variety of events including Fringeworld, Ellington Jazz Club, US Consulate, and even on the PBS series “Indian Summers.”
Hayley Quekett first stumbled upon swing dancing in 2015 after joining some friends to attend a local dance class, and quickly became hooked on the improvisation style of lindy hop dancing. Since then, Hayley has enjoyed competing and performing with swing dancing troupes in Perth and Melbourne at various events ranging from community music festivals to large auditoriums. Hayley particularly loves aerial moves, a more acrobatic style of lindy hop.