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From the Studio: Woodside Swing & Zonky Jazz Band

Garrin Hertel and Amanda Darr preview some swingin' New Year's Eve festivities

Amanda Darr, a member of the leadership team at Woodside Swing, and Garrin Hertel, leader of the Zonky Jazz Band, came into the KPBX studio to talk about Woodside Swing’s all-ages Swingin' in the New York New Year event.

Woodside Swing is a relatively new group that teaches vintage swing dancing styles such as Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate Shag and Balboa to both new and experienced dancers of all ages.

It currently offers family-friendly weekly lessons on Mondays (at The Jumping Jackalope) and Thursdays (at the Woman's Club of Spokane), with each event having a different flavor and format.

In addition to its regular appearances at Lucky You Lounge and now the Highball Lounge at Northern Quest Casino, Zonky Jazz Band is performing at Woodside Swing's Swingin' in the New York New Year event on December 31, 2022. Their live music will entertain and accompany the dancers for the first half of the evening.

The interview closes with the Zonky Jazz Band's recording of “Peace, Brother,” a song from the 1939 musical Swingin’ the Dream. The track features singer Liv Tracy and is from the band's forthcoming album Home: A Swingin' Tribute to Mildred Bailey.

Zonky Jazz Band performs tonight (Thursday, Dec. 29) at the Northern Quest Casino's Highball Lounge.

More info about Woodside Swing is on the Syncopation Foundation website, and the Zonky Jazz Band website has updates and upcoming shows.

E.J. Iannelli is Spokane Public Radio's Arts and Music Director