Swing Dance with Van Django Dance Combo
MEL LEHAN HALL AT ST. JAMES i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
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Van Django, Vancouver's amazing gypsy jazz string quartet, tried a new format in November, with Evan Arntzen on clarinet and vocals and Nino Pasquale on drums. In January they repeated the experiment, with a different drummer, Craig Scott. Even more dancers and concert goers came along, and the event was a huge success! We aim to make this a regular series of Swing Dances, and what better occasion to stage a dance than during our annual Django Festival, April In Paris? The young Mr. Arntzen, grandson of revered Vancouver jazz artist Lloyd Arntzen and nephew of folk singer Holly, really shines in this combo. His clarinet playing and especially his singing display a remarkable maturity and assurance for one so young. Van Django have always sounded great, and always add some unexpected twists and mind-blowing virtuosity to their music. With drums and clarinet and vocals they have stepped up another notch or two. You don't have to dance, or even feel intimidated by those dancers. Just come along and watch, or dance in your own way if the mood takes you. (We think it might. It's so hard to sit still when this band plays!)