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Ready, Set, Swing! Ebbets Field 2011
Thu., May 19, 2011 – 3:30 PM
Ebbets Field Middle School 352
46 McKeever Place, Brooklyn, NY 11225
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     What exactly is swing?  The response may vary depending on who you ask.  Swing was not only a type of music but a movement of the American People.  The “Swing Era” was characterized by many different sentiments and factors such as relief from World War I, a lack of popular and exciting dance music, and also a lack of television and radio meant that the music was to be spread by word of mouth.
      Artists and musicians have always had a way of understanding sentiments of the people and an ability to create useful outlets for dealing with their problems.  When musicians recognized that the American people were looking for something new they began composing powerful dance music for big bands of more than 20 people.  The noise and the energy of the music practically forced audiences to get onto their feet and dance away the night.  Americans looking for the newest thing to do heard about swing dances from their friends and came out in numbers to dance.  People found refuge in what became America’s popular dance music –Swing!
      Many musicians aided in bring the sounds of swing to the forefront including Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and perhaps the most famous American composer of all time Duke Ellington.  Equally as important to the actual music were the different dances concurrently created to match the rhythms and excitement of swing.  Famous dances such as the “Foxtrot”, the “Lindyhop”, and the “Charleston” became standard dances around America.  In part, due to the fact that the dances were a blend of European contra dance and African dance, swing was music for ALL people regardless of color or creed.
      Things to remember about the Swing Era: The bands were huge often consisting of 25 or more people; the music was powerful and energetic dance music which sparked the birth of popular dances; up until this point the majority of Americans only danced cordially to slow music such as waltzes etc.  Imaging walking into a large auditorium in Harlem back in the late 1920’s and hearing this fast and rhythm-filled music that made people jump, twirl, stomp, and laugh for the first time –what a sight!  The excitement and fun surrounding this music is still very much alive and we hope you feel the same way today.

Lineup: Boris Kozlov, EJ Strickland, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Wayne Escoffery,  

Performer Details:

Boris Kozlov — Bass

Boris Kozlov

Born in Moscow in 1967, Boris Kozlov started playing piano at the Evening Music School and going on to play tuba and trumpet in public school band. He then went on to join the State Musical College on electric bass and it is there that he picked up acoustic bass, graduating in 1987 with a Diploma of Honour. Winning many awards for his playing, Boris has performed and recorded with some of the top musicians in the jazz field including James Moody, Vincent Herring, Louis Hayes, Alex Sipiagin and is the musical director of the Mingus Dynasty Bands.

EJ Strickland — Drums

EJ Strickland

Enoch Jamal Strickland was born in Gainesville and raised in Miami, Florida. His father, a former percussionist for the Fort Lauderdale Symphony Orchestra and a jazz
enthusiast, immersed E.J. and his twin brother, Marcus, with music from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, The Jazz Crusaders, Led Zeppelin, and Jimmy
Hendricks. Since his arrival on the NYC jazz scene in 1997, he has performed and recorded with many stellar groups such as: The Russell Malone Quartet, The Marcus Strickland Quartet, Lizz Wright, The Vincent Herring Quartet/Quintet, Myron Walden, and Freddie Hubbard and the New Jazz Composer’s Octet.

Ku-umba Frank Lacy — Trombone

Ku-umba Frank Lacy

Ku-umba Frank Lacy (b. 1959, Houston, Texas) is an American jazz trombonist. Lacy's father was a teacher who had played guitar with Illinois Jacquet, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and Arnett Cobb; his mother sang gospel music. He played piano from age eight, and played trumpet, euphonium, and tuba before settling on trombone at age 16. He took a bachelor's degree in physics before studying music at the Berklee College of Music, where he played with Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, and Marvin Smith. Following this Lacy worked with Henry Threadgill, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, Dizzy Gillespie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bobby Watson, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, and Lester Bowie. He also played in the Mingus Big Band and served as musical director for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.

Wayne Escoffery — Tenor Sax

Wayne Escoffery

Since moving to New York City in 2000, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has become one of the Jazz world’s most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen. He has recorded five CDs as a leader and been on numerous recordings as a sideman.  In 2006 Wayne secured one of the most coveted gigs in jazz: a frontline position in Tom Harrell’s working quintet. He is currently a member of the quintet and to date has recorded two CDs with the group, even co-producing Harell’s latest release “Prana Dance”.

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