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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This world-renowned outdoor event is coming to Halifax on August 23, and Swingology will be providing the music! 1000 guests, all dressed in white, will be whisked by bus to a secret location somewhere in Halifax for an evening of feasting, wine, music and dance. Dîner en blanc was launched in Paris by François Pasquier over 25 years ago with just a handful of friends and now assembles nearly 15,000 people each year. It has since spread to 70 cities around the globe, and Halifax’s time has come. This promises to be the event of the season and the first of many more to come, and we are incredibly excited to be a part of it.
Next up for Swingology – the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s afternoon tea on July 31 in honour of the 50th anniversary of the founding of L’Arche, an “international organization … creating homes and day programs with people who have intellectual disabilities,” founded by Canadian humanitarian and social visionary Jean Vanier. We are incredibly honoured to have been asked to be a part of this event. Sorry to inform our fans that it is by invitation only.
Our friends at Wild Lupin Media, Brian Cottam and Kelly Westhaver, created this video on NSLive.tv from our appearance at the Halifax Jazz Festival 2014. Enjoy!
As much fun as we’ve had with our recent concert appearances, it’s going be really fun to get back to being a dance band once again. We’ve got two appearances coming up that all you dancers will want to put on your calendars.
Halifax Jazz Festival
First of all, on Saturday July 12 at 8:00 PM Swingology and the Jubilee Swing Orchestra turn the 2014 Halifax Jazz Festival‘s main festival tent into a dance floor with an evening of hot swing. This is the closing event of the festival, and best of all, it’s FREE! Come on down to the Halifax waterfront and help us swing the festival out in style!
Swingology at the Cat Box
Next, on Friday July 25 at 9:00, we take the stage downstairs at the Argyle Grill & Bar at 1575 Argyle Street in Halifax as the first guest artists in a new monthly “Cat Box” jazz and blues dance series sponsored by our fellow swingers Jack’s Cats. We’ll be joined by veteran saxman Mike Watson. Jack’s Cats kick the series off on June 21 with special guest George Caissie on vibraphone, so be sure to help them get off to a good start. Advance tickets for both events and all others in the series can be purchased at the online Box Office.
Fresh from our fun evening at the Union Street Café in Berwick NS, Swingology returns to this lovely community arts facility on Nova Scotia’s South Shore on Saturday June 7 at 7:30 PM. Their vision says it all: “The Chester Playhouse will endeavor to produce, present and reward the artistic diversity and vitality of the cultural community of Canada and our own community of Chester, in order to be recognized as a primary South Shore destination for entertainment and development of the arts in Nova Scotia.”
Seating is limited, so you’ll want to make your reservations early either online here early or by calling 902-275-3933 or 1-800-363-7529.