The Woodchopper’s Ball features a different band each week, providing dancers and listeners with a variety of musical styles, including big band swing, hot jazz, and jump blues. 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 keep swingin’ out on Tuesdays!
March 20, 2018
The Oaktown Strutters
The Oaktown Strutters are one of the Bay Area’s hottest new swing bands, with an upbeat style of syncopation and classic swing jazz repertoire aimed especially at swing dancers. Led by Richard Chon on violin and his warm baritone vocals, this band also features John Nichols, legendary local master of jazz and swing guitar, bassist Bing Nathan, laying down a solid, swingin’ groove, and drummer Bob Blankenship, one of the most artistic and musical drummers on the scene. These veteran musicians know exactly how to get a dance floor moving! Facebook Event
March 27, 2018
Sam Rocha and his Cool Friends
Known for his innate musicality and rhythm and his inventive melodic solos, bassist Sam Rocha has quickly become a rising star in the Trad jazz and Gypsy swing circuits. Also fluent in classic jazz tuba, cornet, and guitar, this highly talented and sought-after musician has a knack for making any band he plays in sound better. He regularly plays with the Cottontails, the Hot Baked Goods, and Le Jazz Hot Quartet. For tonight’s dance, Sam returns with his own band of swingin’ musicians, especially chosen to keep you dancing all night! Facebook Event
April 3, 2018
Clint Baker’s Golden Gate Swing Band
Clint Baker, jazz musician extraordinaire and walking encyclopedia of jazz music and history, returns to the Woodchopper’s Ball, this time with his incredibly fun Golden Gate Swing Band. Whereas his New Orleans Jazz Band focuses on New Orleans Trad jazz, Clint Baker’s Golden Gate Swing Band swings in the spirit of hard-driving Kansas City swing. Tight and powerful, they will make you want to dance every song! Great music for Lindy Hop, Balboa, and all things swing! Facebook Event
April 10, 2018
Nirav Sanghani’s Pacific Six featuring Josh Collazo
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 Lindy and Bal!
Josh Collazo is a Los Angeles-based drummer who specializes in playing 1930’s/40’s jazz and swing. In addition to drumming, Josh has been writing and arranging original jazz compositions for his own group, the Candy Jacket Jazz Band, which just released a new album of traditional jazz & swing music in 2017 and, more recently, played at Swingin’ at the Savoy 2018.