The Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues, and Jazz Dance Camp and New Year's Party - Dec 26, 2018 to Jan 1, 2019
(Bandleader, Guitar) As always, Jonathan will be leading five nights of the Lindy Focus All Star Orchestra. Recreating the experience of dancing to a classic bandleader, his band will paying tribute this year to the orchestras of Jimmie Lunceford, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, and Chick Webb - each one getting a full night of music so that you, as a dancer (or music fan!) can feel totally immersed in that leader’s sound for an evening. On New Year’s Eve, the band cuts loose, playing their favorites from other bandleaders not “focused” on this year, such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, and more. This band’s nightly performances are the crown jewel of Lindy Focus, and you won’t want to miss a single night!
As a special treat, because of this year’s emphasis on Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman, Jonathan will also be leading a late night show that pays homage to the their small group work together along with the legendary guitarist Charlie Christian!
You know her as the rock steady bass player in the nightly Orchestra, but now Lindy Focus is excited to give you the chance to get to know her as a bandleader as well. The Jen Hodge All Stars have been picking up steam nationwide as a tasteful and floor-bouncing romp through the small group idiom, and we are thrilled to have them featured on the late night stage!
Michael 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.
In addition to performing with the Rhythm Serenaders Octet, he will be recreating the unique work of the Lionel Hampton All Stars (his “small” band consisting of anywhere from 7-11 members) on the late night stage. Yes, this is in ADDITION to the Lionel Hampton Orchestra show on the main stage!