The Woodchopper’s Ball features a different band each week, providing you with a variety of musical styles: big band swing, boogie woogie, Gypsy swing, jump blues, New Orleans trad jazz, retro-swing, rockabilly, and western swing. All of your favorite local swing bands, plus bands you may not have seen before. We believe that providing a wide range of music keeps things interesting, helps support the live music scene, and broadens your dancing, making you a more versatile dancer!
To keep the party going, bands play two 1-hour long sets: 9:15-10:15pm and 10:30-11:30pm, and the short 15-minute break features DJ’ed music.
So join us for a full night of music and dancing, and enjoy the largest variety of live swing dance music in town!
Rob Reich Swings Left
Rob Reich Swings Left, led by pianist, accordianist, and composer Rob Reich, plays jazz music for dancing, rooted in the classic swing era of the late 1930s. Featuring classic arrangements of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw, “Swings Left” branches off from there and also features Rob Reich’s original music in the same classic style, combining hot rhythms with a cool sensibility (video clip). Facebook Event
Lisa Gonick & The Damfino Players
Playing hot jazz, trad jazz, blues, early swing, and novelty tunes, Lisa Gonick & The Damfino Players are sure to please kids of all ages. As a lindy hopper and dance instructor, Lisa knows what dancers want in a band. Their full 6-piece lineup and infectious rhythms will keep your toes tapping, feet moving, and face smiling (video clip)! Facebook Event
Nirav Sanghani’s Pacific Six
Led by longtime musician and swing dancer Nirav Sanghani, Nirav Sanghani’s Pacific Six plays tight arrangements of early jazz and swing tunes for dancers and more. Their repertoire includes transcriptions of small group swing recordings by Benny Goodman, Johnny Hodges, Roy Eldridge, and Coleman Hawkins, alongside adaptations of big band numbers from Chick Webb and Count Basie. Another great band for both Lindy Hop and Balboa (video clip)! Facebook Event
Enjoy John Cocuzzi’s dynamic style, diverse rhythms, and innovative and skillful improvisation on piano, as he breathes new life into familiar tunes. Meanwhile, with Kristy Reed Cocuzzi’s passionate sultry voice, mastery of the clarinet and sax, and musical theater experience, you get Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, and Bernadette Peters all rolled into one! Rounding out their band with upright bass and drums, the Cocuzzi “Courtet” will bring you jazz, swing, and blues from the great American songbook, from New York, down to New Orleans, and up to Chicago. Entertaining to watch, a pleasure to hear, and irresistible to dance to! Facebook Event