Bands & DJ's
The 2018 Swing California and the California Swing Dance Championships will have some the hottest
California Swing and Jazz Bands and DJ's
Dean Mora & His Modern Swingtet
featuring Kayre Morrison
Dean Mora’s Modern Swingtet, formed in 1998, was created not to merely play trimmed-down versions of the standard big-band repertoire, but rather to perform its own repertoire -- that of the famous small groups of the 1930s/1940s, such as Tommy Dorsey’s Clambake Seven, Artie Shaw’s Gramercy Five, the Ellingtonians, and the John Kirby Orchestra, among others. Vocalist Kayre Morrison joins the Swingtet for renditions of classics such as “You’re A Sweetheart”, “Too Good To Be True”, and “Moonglow”.
Corporate and institutional clients have included Easter Seals, Caltech, Occidental College, Pasadena Arts Alliance, Fort MacArthur Military Museum, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood Heritage, NBC/Universal Studios, and celebrity clients ranging from Steven Spielberg to DJ Skrillex.
The band has also participated in various music festivals, such as the Sweet and Hot Classic Jazz Festival, the SoCal Jazzfest, the Dixieland-By-The-Sea Festival, and the Big Bear Jazz Festival. In the concert arena, the group had presented an all-Duke Ellington program for the Pasadena Jazz Institute’s “Tribute To The Masters” concert series, as well as a similar program at the Performing Arts Center of California State University, Northridge, as well as special concerts at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. The band has also performed at various outdoor public concerts, including those for the cities of Burbank, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, Santa Fe Springs, Pico Rivera, and Culver City, and at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park.
Mora's Modern Rhythmist
MORA'S MODERN MUSIC is the provider of some of the most accomplished vintage-styled big bands in the music world; their specialization of performing authentic versions of popular American dance band music of the Ragtime era to the Rat-Pack era has garnered many fans from around the U.S. and abroad.
The groups are the brainchild of Los Angeles-born pianist Dean Mora (now living in Sacramento!), whose interest in this era was forged early on as a child (he saw the movie “The Sting” when he was 11, and was instantly hooked) and has endeavored to bring this almost-forgotten music back to life, using period-published arrangements as well as transcriptions from original recordings. He formed his band (then named Mora’s Modern Rhythmists) in 1994, and after releasing their first CD, “My Favorite Band!”, the group was booked at the legendary Hollywood Derby nightclub as the resident Monday-night house band, where they remained for three years, prompting legions of dancers to rediscover some of the dance steps popular during this period, such as the Collegiate Shag, the Balboa, and the Charleston.
Following their engagement at the Derby, the band has since played at many other venues, such as The Wiltern Theatre, The Hollywood Palladium, The Avalon Casino Ballroom (Catalina Island), the Blossom Room of The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the historic Biltmore Hotel and Argyle Hotel, the Wilshire Ebell Club, The Hollywood Athletic Club, The Orpheum Theatre, The Los Angeles Theatre, The Alex Theatre, The Million Dollar Theatre, The Oviatt Building, The Queen Mary, and The Cicada Club. Special events have included the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Last Remaining Seats series, the Art Deco Society’s 1929 Wall St. Crash Bash and Speakeasy Soiree, the premiere party of A&E Network’s feature movie “The Great Gatsby”, as well as numerous corporate and private functions, including events held at both the Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon Libraries. The band also had the honor of performing several times at New York's Lincoln Center as part of their “Midsummer Night Swing” dance series.
The Hot Baked Goods
The Hot Baked Goods are a San Francisco band of young jazz musicians playing hot tunes of the 30's. Most of the band members started as swing dancers, and became so infatuated with the music that they decided to make some themselves! The Hot Baked Goods play regularly at Dolores Park on Saturdays and at Amnesia on the first and third Sundays of each month.
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