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Whiteys Lindy Hoppers .. Hellzapoppin.

Nicholas Brothers. The greatest dance sequence.

Swing Time – Rogers and Astaire

Swing-a-thon Group Dance –
Strictly Come Dancing: 2013 – BBC One

Patrick Robinson & Anya
Quickstep to ‘Man With The Hex’ –
Strictly Come Dancing: 2013 – BBC One

   – ( also see MWTH – Atomic Fireballs –  – below ) –

Strictly Come Dancing – Intro with Lindy Hoppers – 21.11.’15 BBC

Strictly Come Dancing Season 13 Episode 9
W4S2 Results PDTVx264 JIVE mp4

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– Bands – Neo Swing   Videos –

The Atomic Fireballs – Man With The Hex HQ


Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – “Zoot Suit Riot”

Detroit Swing City – Alien Fashion Show




What got us going was that it was
Norma Miller’s birthday .

Mr. G   used to Chauffeur and chaperon her around at the
American Lindy Hop Championships .

Known to many as the Queen of Swing,
Norma Miller is an author, choreographer, dancer, comedian and actor
whose career spans over seven decades.
Discovered at the age of twelve at the Savoy Ballroom ,
Ms. Miller has been in show business ever since.

Honored with a 2003 National Heritage Foundation Fellowship from the National Endowments of the Arts for her role in creating and continuing to preserve “the acrobatic style swing dance, known as the Lindy Hop” .

Norma Miller is one of the creators of the acrobatic style of swing dancing known as the Lindy Hop. As a child, she watched the dancers at the legendary Savoy Ballroom perched on the fire escape outside her mother’s Harlem apartment. When she was 12, she was “discovered” dancing outside the Savoy, and in 1934 was invited to join Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, soon to make an extended tour of Europe.

Upon her return, she appeared in the Marx Brothers’ movie A Day at the Races (1937), and from 1937 to 1940 Miller performed with Ethel Waters. Pursuing a career in both dance and comedy, she began working with comedian Redd Foxx in 1963 and later joined him on the 1970’s television series Sanford and Sonserving as both a stand-up comic and choreographer.

In addition to a rich and long career as a dancer, Miller has become a seminal historian of swing dance. Her biography, Swingin’ at the Savoy: A Memoir of a Jazz Dancer, documents the swing dance era, and her recollections on Ken Burns’s Jazz documentaries provided a first-hand account of the Harlem music and dance scene. Today she teaches swing dance, including master classes at Stanford University and the University of Hawaii, and has choreographed dance scenes in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and Debbie Allen’sStompin’ at the Savoy.

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Ms. Miller is also the subject of author and historian Al Governor’s recently released children’s book, “Stompin at the Savoy”.
Illustrated by Martin French, the book tells the story of her childhood in Harlem and takes readers to Paris, Rio and Hollywood as a teenage Norma travels the world dancing with Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.

Florida filmmaker John Biffar completed a 72 minute documentary in 2006,
“Queen of Swing” (view the trailer.)
Narrated by Bill Cobbs, Queen of Swing takes an inside look at Norma Miller’s influence in the globalization of America’s jazz culture and her and her fellow artist’s role in racial integration.

For more information on John Biffar’s documentary, “Queen of Swing”, 
please contact Dreamtime Entertainment by phone at 239-549-4081 
or via Email at          John@DreamtimeEntertainment.com.



Norma Miller was born in Harlem, New York, in 1919.
When the Great Depression began in 1929, Miller and her family moved to a new apartment that faced the Savoy Ballroom.
The Savoy was where Miller began her career as a professional swing dancer.
One day when Miller was 12, she was dancing outside the Savoy and approached by Twist Mouth George  .
Later that year, Miller entered the Savoy Lindy Hop Contest, which was held at the Apollo Theater.  with one of her high school friends. They won the contest.
Winning gave Miller recognition and prompted Herbert “Whitey” White to ask her to join his group, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.
The group rose to prominence after winning a contest at the Harvest Moon Ball. Miller and the group performed on Broadway and in several motion pictures.

Swingin at the Savoy: A Memoir of a Jazz Dancer, Miller’s autobiography, describes her early life and meetings with the well-known jazz musicians and swing dancers of that time, including Frankie Manning, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie.

Miller appeared in six films and four television series.
Her most well-known film appearance is in the swing dancing scene in the film Hellzapoppin, featuring Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.




Year Film Role
1937 A Day at the Races Black Singer
1941 Hellzapoppin’ Dancer (Cook)
1976 Sparkle Doreen
1977 The Richard Pryor Special Bar Patron
1992 Malcolm X Roseland Dancer
1995 Captiva Island Clara

TV Show Appearances

Year Show Role
1973-1974 Sanford and Son Dolly/Roxie/Jackie
1976 Grady Go-go dancer
1977 Sanford Arms Dolly Wilson
1979 Vega$ Maid

Documentary Appearances

Year Documentary
1989 Call of the Jitterbug
1993 Mo’Funny: Black Comedy in America
1996 E! True Hollywood Story
1999 American Masters
2000 Jazz
2006 Queen of Swing
2012 The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America
2013 Moms Mabley: I Got somethin’ to Tell You

Info primarily from ;

 John Biffar
National Endowment for the Arts







    11-1 (FRI)  Frank Pahl’s Little Bang Theory at the DIA– THE FILMS OF LADISLAW  STAREWICZ…7pm ONLY  http://www.dia.org/calendar/friday-night.aspx?id=4062&iid=
   11-1  Trio Nomadian at Motor City Wine at 10pm for $5  http://www.motorcitywine.com/calendar.php
   11-1  Nicole New at LCH at 7pm http://thelondonchophouse.com/entertainment/
   11-1  Amir El Saffar Quintet at the Arab American Museum in Dearborn at 7:30pm for $10…    http://arabamericanmuseum.org/2013GF_Amir_ElSaffar_Quintet  …
workshop at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at Trinosophes,
1464 Gratiot Ave., Detroit.
Free admission; suggested donation of $5-$20.   http://amirelsaffar.com/    NTBM!!!!
   11-2 (SAT)  PD9/Paradise Valley Walk, Orion Township Public Library Lake Orion, Michigan at 2:00pm
   11-2   PD9 at the annual Scarab Club Ball at 9pm
   11-2  Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert give a talk on Motown and Jazz at MOCAD at 1pm   in their Gallery Talk Series…free, but donations are accepted
bring some extra cash for their great jazz book too!
   11-2  Mark Randisi and the Toledo Jazz Orchestra from 8pm to 9:30pm at Toledo’s Valentine Theatre as they do the music of Sinatra…tix $22 to $32
  11-2  Wayne Shorter Quartet and the DSO at Orchestra Hall in Detroit at 8pm with tix starting at $36
Shorter is always NTBM!
   11-3 (SUN)  Scott Gwinnell Tentet at the DIA in a tribute to Pepper Adams
=   this will be in the Lecture Hall, but check again when you come  NTBM!
  11-3  Detroit All-Stars/New Beginnings Ensemble at Detroit’s St. Matthew’s/St. Joseph ’s Church as the play the music of Douglas Halladay at 4pm..$15 adv/$20
www.dso.org   and can be purchased at the DSO box office
8850 Woodward @ Holbrook
Look at this link!  Who’s who of Detroit jazz!
a.       11-5 (TUES)  Shofar at Kerrytown at 8pm  Klezmer meets free jazz!  http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/shofar_11_12132/
b.      11-5  Eric Boeren Quartet featuring HAN BENNIK!!!!  Also, Michael Moore and Wilbert De Joode!   NTBM   At Trinosophes
and  see here for times/cover charge
c.       11-6 (WED)  master percussionist Bill Summers, bring his new Latin Jazz Sextet to Cliff bell’s with doors at 7pm and show at 9pm see the link for a link to buy advanced tix at Brown Paper Tickets for $21.69 to $32.04 (the cheapest/fairest fee-based ticket service on the web)
d.      11-8 (FRI) Ralph Peterson Unity Organ Project
featuring Craig Handy, Josh Evans and new kid on the block, B-3 organist, Jake Sherman…Marc says NTBM!  See the attachment above…$30 general admission with doors at 7pm and show at 8pm at the Paul Robeson Theatre at the Detroit Northwest Activities Center…this is the inaugural event of the new Jazz At The Centre curated by Skip Norris who has lined up some HOT, HOT, HOT gigs in the coming months of heavy hitters!  (Photos during first song only)  tix at
18100 Meyers @ Curtis
e.      11-8  Omar Sosa at the DIA…one of the greatest shows I have ever seen at the DIA…one of the best pianists on the planet with a KILLER band to boot…NTBM!
7:00pm full concert ONLY (no 8:30 set)
f.        11-9 (SAT)  Omar Sosa at Kerrytown at 7pm and 9pm (these are 2 separate sets—not one concert)  http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/omar_sosa_11_12132/
g.       11-9  Steve Lehman Octet at  UMS in Ann Arbor @ the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre for $25 or $35  http://ums.org/performances/1314-steve-lehman-octet
h.      11-10 (Sun)  Bryn Roberts Trio at Kerrytown at 7pm
i.         11-18 (MON)  William Hooker Band at Trinosphes…great avant jazz drummer!
j.        11-19 (TUES)  Guitarist Mike Stern and his band at the Jazz Café…suggest you hop on tix asap as they are selling fast  http://www.musichall.org/events/Mike-Stern  tix are $30adv/$40 door
k.       11-20 (WED)  Kayhan Kalhor at the Cleveland Museum of Art at 7:30pm  Incredible music from Persia/Turkey http://www.clevelandart.org/events/music-and-performances/performing-arts-series/kayhan-kalhor
l.         11-22 (FRI)  Diego Rivera Sextet (cd release gig) at Kerrytown at 8pm   http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/diego_rivera_1213211/
m.    11-24 (SUN)  Brooklyn Rider with Bela Fleck at UMS  at 4pm at Rackham Aud.  http://ums.org/performances/1314-brooklyn-rider   Contempo Classical stuff
n.      11-29  Rebetiki Istoria (Greek Folk World Music) at 7:30pm at the Arab-American Museum  http://arabamericanmuseum.org/2013GF_Rebetiki-Istoria
o.      Friday at the DIA…please look at the link for acts scheduled to January and I plan on doing a majority of them!
– Grand Band on 12-13 is a SIX Piano group…an all-piano sextet doing Modern Classical stuff…
p.      12-7 (SAT)  Tatsuya Nakatani’s NGO  Nakatani Gong Orchestra at Trinosophes! http://www.hhproduction.org/TATSUYA_NAKATANI_WORKS.html
q.      12-8 (SUN)   Jon Faddis   5pm for $10
you might be able to catch a double header with the next concert….)
r.        12-8  Dave Douglas Quintet at Kerrytown at 7pm
s.       12-12 (THUR)  To Hit! (percussion duo)…doing contemporary classical stuff at Kerrytown at 8pm http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/hit_2013/
t.        12-14 (SAT)  The Cookers featuring Billy Harper (see “d”)…part of this series…more info to come!
u.      12-20 (FRI)  Doug Halladay/Gary Schunck latin Jazz experience at Kerrytown at 8pm http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/halladay_schunk_latin_11_12132/
v.       12-22 (SUN)  Glenn Tucker’s A Jazz Nativity …I caught this one last year and loved it!  At 7pm at Kerrytown  http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/glenn_tucker_jazz_nativity11/
w.     1-17 and 18  Kronos Quartet (these will be DIFFERENT programs on each day)…8pm at the Power Center at UNS in Ann Arbor
x.       1-19 (SUN)  The Whammies featuring Han Bennink!  Doing the music of Steve Lacy…NTBM!  Kerrytown at 7:30pm
y.       1-30 (Thur)  Fred Hersch Trio at UMS at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre at 7:30pm
z.       1-31 (FRI)  Chembo Corniel Band at the Jazz Café at 8 and 10pm for $30 adv/$40 door  KILLER Latin jazz!   http://www.musichall.org/events/Chembo-Corniel
aa.   2-6 (THUR)  The Music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans at Orchestra Hall with orchestra led by Vince Mendosa and all start jazz cast…see link…I’m HERE!
bb.  2-7 (FRI)  Imani Winds…a killer contemporary/Modern Classical group at Music Hall (main stage at 8pm)  http://www.musichall.org/events/Imani-Winds
cc.    2-7  Kremerata Baltica featuring violinist Gideon Kremer at UMS in Ann Arbor at 7:30pm at Hill Aud  http://ums.org/performances/1314-kremerata-baltica
Modern Classical
dd.  2-12  Omer Avital Quartet featuring Joel Frahm at the Wharton Center in E. Lansing at 7;30pm…road trip! http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/omer-avital
ee.  2-16 (SUN) The Spring Quartet:  Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano,Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese will  join in this special quartet  NTBM!  7:30pm only  at the main stage at Music Hall
tix are $30, $40 and $50
ff.     3-1  Fred Frith at Trinosophes…master avant guitarist
gg.   3-1  Terence Blanchard & Friends at Orchestra Hall
hh.  3-13 (THUR)  Dmitry Baevsky Kerrytown at 8pm  NTBM!
ii.       3-14 (FRI)  Alfredo Rodriguez Trio and Pedrito Martinez Group at UMS at Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor at 8pm
jj.      3-16 (SUN)  Matt Wilson Quartet at 7pm at Kerrytown
kk.   3-21 (FRI)  Asif Khan: The Music of Pakistan at UMS in Ann Arbor at 8pm
ll.       3-27 (THUR)  Newport Jazz festival!  Now 60!  Led by Anat Cohen at the Wharton Center in E. Lansing  http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/newport-jazz-festival
mm.                      3-30 (Sun)  Jazz @ Lincoln Center featuring Wynton Marsalis at UMS Hill Aud at 4pm  http://ums.org/performances/1314-jazz-at-lincoln-center-orchestra-with-wynton-marsalis
4-4 (FRI)  MyCoy Tyner Quartet featuring Terence Blanchard at Orchestra Hall
oo.  4-19  Pandelis Karayorgis Quintet with Dave Rempis, Keefe Jackson, Frank Rosaly and Nate McBride at Trinosophes   NTBM!
pp.  4-24 (THUR)  Cryille Aimee & Friends at the Wharton Center in E. Lansing at 6;30pm   http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/cyrille-aimee

Thank You –

Dave Lundin
Marc Andren
Sally Bolle
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