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San Jose Swing: Underrated Figures in Jazz History with Shelby Johnson
December 15, 2020 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST
From the Facebook event description:
Want to know more about the wonderful people behind the swing music you love? Lindy Hop instructor and dance history enthusiast Shelby Johnson will guide discussion and share the stories of some amazingly talented, though sometimes overlooked, musicians in jazz history.
Bring a warm drink and a cozy blanket, and join San Jose Swing virtually on Tuesday, December 15th from 7-8:30pm PDT to chat about and hear the music from the hidden gems of the swing music world!
Admission for this event is sliding scale, $5 – $15 depending on self-assessment of what you can pay, no questions asked. All proceeds go directly to the instructor.
A zoom link will be emailed to you after registration. Register here:
(Big thanks to Breakaway Swing for letting us use their square site to manage registration for this event!)
Shelby Johnson is a self proclaimed music snob who fell in love with Jazz at an early age, listening to the sounds of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. He really fell in love with swing music in the 6th grade thanks to a music appreciation class and started playing Jazz in the 8th grade after three years in band as a drummer and percussionist at Blendon Middle School in Westerville, Ohio. At Westerville North High School, Shelby started playing the Vibraphone and would transpose his parts for most pieces as many pieces didn’t provide written music for his instrument. This developed Shelby’s ear for music that was a huge catalyst for him catching the swing dance bug in 2011 in Orlando, Florida and boy what kind of journey that has started. Two years later Shelby became one of the premier DJ’s in the Southeast being featured at exchanges in Florida and South Carolina. In 2013 Shelby moved to Dallas, TX where he continues to deliver awesome syncopated tunes for Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa and Collegiate Shag. Shelby’s passion for social dancing, teaching and competing landed him the 2016 Frankie Manning Ambassador Scholarship to Herräng Dance Camp where he expanded his knowledge on Jazz Dance and Music History.