September 4, 2017

GRAB your dancing shoes and prepare to Lindy Hop the night away at The Star Inn on Quarry Street, as Guildford Fringe bring Katie’s Crooked Swing Band to the Back Room on Wednesday, September 20.

A lively five-piece band that deliver jazz with a great beat for swing dancing, Katie’s Crooked Swing Band play jazz favourites from the 30s and 40s with a few modern classics thrown in.

With heaps of experience in the jazz world, this band are sure to have you bouncing from floor to ceiling.

Katie Crooks works as a Voice, Speech, Accent and Singing Coach for numerous professional theatre companies and drama schools including GSA, Laine Theatre Arts, Hurtwood House and YMT.  As well as being an Associate Artist with Lynchpin and Artifice Theatre Company, she continues to work as a jazz singer with numerous bands as well as running her own group, Katie’s Crooked Swing Band.

Katie explains: “I’ve been a singer of Jazz and Big Band for years but my other love is for Lindy Hop dancing.  One day a friend said ‘Why not just combine the two and provide some tunes for my next social dance in Portsmouth?’ and that’s how the group was born! 

“We’ve got the lovely David Ward on Guitar, Joe Yeadon on Bass, Micheal Wilson on Sax and Clarinet, and Tom Wright on drums, so it’ll be an awesome night.

“We’ll play some swing dance classics made famous by the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, such as Why Don’t You Do Right and Blue Skies.  Our other favourites include It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing, My Baby Just Cares for Me, Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me and Route 66.

“And we’ll throw in a rock and roll tune like Hound Dog and some modern numbers by Melody Gardot with a vintage flavour too.”

You don’t need to know how to dance; there will be room for Lindy Hop dancers but even if you don’t know a step there will be loads of people there just for the music so come on down and join in the fun. 

Don your victory rolls and get ready to dance your socks off at this evening of great live jazz and swing.  (Dressing up is encouraged but not enforced!)

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