Swingology takes you back to Paris of the 1930s, when gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli formed 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 this 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 jazz style. You can check out our music in the right sidebar and our latest news below …
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Next stop for the gypsies – Windsor United Church. On Saturday March 22 2014 at 3:00 PM we present a fundraiser for this beautiful century-old church in the Annapolis Valley to help raise funds for a much-needed new sound system (the old one is beyond antique). Come spend Saturday afternoon with us in one of the finest acoustic spaces around.
Tickets will be $20 at the door the day of the concert, but advance tickets may be purchased for $15 at any of the following Windsor locations:
Windsor United Church office, 613 King Street
Moe’s Place Music Sales, 110 Gerrish Street
Andrew Connolly Optician, 69 Water Street
or you can reserve yours with a credit card by calling Ben at (902) 792-7232.
Swingology presents a Paris-inspired Valentine’s Day swing dance on Friday February 14 2014 at 8:00 PM. Join us for a romantic evening in the Imperial Ballroom of Halifax’s elegant Lord Nelson Hotel, featuring vocals by our own chanteuse Cynthia Myers and the Parisian accordion stylings of our special guest from Montreal, L’Accordéoniste Voyageur Steve Normandin.
Early Bird tickets are available from Eventbrite for $25.00 each, price at the door will be $30.00. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
This is not just for couples – singles should feel welcome, as should couples of all persuasions!
Not sure of your swing dance steps? Don’t be shy – there will be a free dance lesson starting at 7:00.
Write to us for more information. Our e-mail is info AT swingology DOT ca (replace AT with @, DOT with . – this is designed to prevent harvesting of our e-mail by spambots)
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!