Skirts will swish and feet will fly March 1 when the Edmonds Arts Commission presents the Savoy Swing Club Performance Troupe with Casey MacGill’s Blue 4 Trio at the Wade James Theatre.
The Savoy Swing Club’s performance troupe was created in 1993 along with the founding of its parent organization, the Savoy Swing Club — a Seattle-based non-profit dedicated to preserving swing dances from yesteryear. The troupe tours the Pacific Northwest performing and teaching Lindy Hop, 1930’s jazz, and other Swing Era dances popular in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.
MacGill and the Blue 4 Trio perform music that swings, playing boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano — Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. MacGill’s repertoire covers a range of material from the Gershwins to Leiber &Stoller to those low-down, dirty blues. He blows a lyrical cornet, and occasionally plays zydeco-style accordion, but his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele.
The Blue 4 Trio also features bass player Matt Weiner (The Flying Neutrinos, The Asylum Street Spankers, The Hot Club of Cowtown, Matt Munisteri, Rani Arbo) and drummer Mike Daugherty (The Yes Yes Boys, Jo Miller and Her Burly Roughnecks, Evergreen Classic Jazz Band, Holotradband). He is also creating a new act with “Swing” alumni Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas to premiere in the summer of 2005 at Camp Savoy in London.
Casey MacGill’s Blue 4 Trio and The Savoy Swing Club perform 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 as part of the Edmonds Arts Commission Winter Performing Arts Concert series, at the Wade James Theatre, located at 950 Main Street in Edmonds. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors 60+ and students, and are available by calling 425-771-0228 or 425-771-0230.