Swingology takes you back to Paris of the 1930s, when the world danced to the rhythms of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Tommy Dorsey … and in France the unlikely combination of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli created the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, infusing the swing music of the era with the sounds of the gypsy camps and the rowdy Parisian dance halls to create a unique style unmatched for its driving rhythm, inventiveness and excitement.
Swingology is dedicated to bringing the Hot Club style of jazz to new fans in Nova Scotia and beyond. Our songs range from classics of the swing era and Django originals to popular tunes and movie/TV themes of today, all done in the irresistible gypsy swing style. You can check out our music in the right sidebar and our latest news below …
Our good friend Lisa Cochrane shot some wonderful videos of our evening at The Carleton in Halifax on December 1, and the first one is on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. The song is the 1920 classic Japanese Sandman, composed by Richard Whiting with lyrics by Raymond Egan. This has already become one of our very favourite songs, even more so since we turned up the delightful and rarely sung verse. You can see the performance by clicking on the video link under “Moving Pictures” in the right sidebar, with vocals by our swing diva Cynthia Myers and solos by guitarist Kevin Cox and violinist Andrew Kent.
Still buzzing from our recent win at the Music Nova Scotia Awards for “2013 Jazz Recording of the Year” for our third CD Taking a Chance, we’re ready to celebrate with new and old fans at Halifax’s premiere music venue, The Carleton on Sunday December 1 2013 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $15 and reservations are highly recommended, 902-422-6335 or online.
Our third CD Taking a Chance was honoured as 2013 Jazz Recording of the Year by Music Nova Scotia! Needless to say, we are thrilled with this recognition of our music. The whole Swingology extended family put a tremendous amount of effort into making this CD a success: Andy Connolly, Kevin Cox, Andrew Kent, Vincent Leys, Jack Malmstrom (since gone on to focus full time on his own band Jack’s Cats), Cynthia Myers, and Ben Robertson, and we’d be very remiss if we didn’t mention the contributions by our recording engineer Tom Myers at Blue Loon Studios and graphic artist Susan Malmstrom. Thanks to all the folks at Music Nova Scotia, to the membership for their votes, and to all our friends and fans for your ongoing support!
Yes, it’s back to Paris and the 1930s at Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill, Halifax’s #1 jazz venue, on Saturday November 2. Très belle swing diva Cynthia Myers will be doing the vocal honours once again, and we’ll also feature the gypsy guitars of Vincent Leys and Ben Robertson, with Andrew Kent on violin. And as a special treat, two of our best buddies will be sitting in with us. With our regular Mr. Bassman Andy Connolly touring Istanbul and Greece with his lovely wife Rita, we’ll be joined by old friend George Barkhouse on bass. George is well known to the Halifax jazz community, and he’s been tearing it up in the rockabilly world as well. And making his first ever appearance with Swingology (and we’re sure it’s not going to be his last) will be Mike Watson on tenor sax. A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Mike is one of the finest jazzmen in Nova Scotia. You won’t want to miss this very special event! The music will start at 9:00 and continue right up to midnight. Stayner’s is located at 5075 George St, Halifax NS.
Swingology is going to be raising the roof (literally!) at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church at 908 Avondale Road, Poplar Grove on Thursday October 10 2013, starting at 7:30 PM. The concert, featuring the full band and swing diva Cynthia Myers, will be a benefit for the church, which is badly in need of a new roof. We’ll be playing tunes from our new CD Taking a Chance, which was recently honoured by Music Nova Scotia with a nomination for an award as Jazz Recording of the Year, plus some new tunes never before heard on any stage anywhere (at least never before played by Swingology … at least hardly ever). And of course, we’ll have many, many copies of the CD on sale at the show, plus a couple to give away to some lucky attendees.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance at Moe’s Place Music Sales and Andy Connolly’s Optical Shop in Windsor or at the door the evening of the concert. You may also reserve yours by calling (902) 757-1869. Of course, if you should be feeling extra generous and would like to contribute something more to help the church with funding for the roof, tax receipts will be provided.