The Woodchopper’s Ball features a different band each week, offering you 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!
Sean Krazit’s Juniper Jazz Band
You’ve already enjoyed Sean Krazit’s saxophone playing in numerous swing jazz bands, including Sam Rocha and his Cool Friends, Nirav Sanghani and the Pacific Six, and Evelyn and Her Vintage Ties. Tonight Sean brings his own band, the Juniper Jazz Band, as they play all of your favorite 1920s-40s traditional jazz and swing music! Great music and tempos for Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag! Facebook Event
Don Neely Swingtet
Don Neely, bandleader, arranger, reed player, songwriter, and vocalist, leads this fine jazz ensemble, the Don Neely Swingtet, authentically recapturing the excitement of the celebrated music originating from the Jazz Age of the 1920s and the early Swing Era of the 1930s. Great music for Charleston-inspired Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag! Facebook Event
Carl Sonny Leyland Trio
Influenced by boogie woogie greats Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, and Meade “Lux” Lewis, piano virtuoso Carl Sonny Leyland’s repertoire also includes ragtime, early jazz, blues, rock’n’roll, and western swing styles. While he possesses the necessary vocabulary to pay tribute to the greats of old, his playing displays an infectious spontaneity, allowing each performance to be an opportunity to say something new. Don’t miss this rare Bay Area appearance by one of today’s finest boogie woogie piano players and his trio! Facebook Event
James McClaskey & his Rhythm Band
James McClaskey & his Rhythm Band are dedicated to playing the jazz-inspired blues music of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of classic blues and jazz musicians, and with a large repertoire of songs ranging from turn-of-the-century popular music and early traditional jazz to electric rhythm & blues and swing, the Rhythm Band delivers hard-swinging, classic dance music. James McClaskey leads the group on vocals, electric tenor guitar, and alto saxophone, Adrien Seward plays tenor saxophone, and a rhythm trio of piano, bass, and drums fills out the band. Straight from New Orleans, come see them on their West Coast tour for an awesome night of dancing! Facebook Event