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Pittsburgh's BOILERMAKER JAZZ BAND presents the music of Benny Goodman at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Glen Ech

  • Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Boulevard Glen Echo, Maryland 20812 (map)

Beginner swing lesson with Tom and Debra 8-9pm, dance 9pm-12midnight
Admission $18 for 18 years old and up; $14 for ages 11-17. Pay at the door. Carpooling is always recommended at Glen Echo.

The hot sounds of the jazz age come alive with the Boilermaker Jazz Band. Led by Paul Cosentino on clarinet, this acclaimed group serves up swinging renditions of jazz classics as well as some rarities through superb instrumentals and heartfelt vocals. Tonight, the Boilermakers bring the music of the Benny Goodman orchestra to us for pure dancing pleasure. Known as the King of Swing, Benny Goodman's iconic Big Band recordings of the 1930s and '40s are instantly recognizable as helping to define the Swing Era. But Benny also featured a wonderful small band that could play it blazingly hot or delicate and haunting. This trailblazing group is considered the first openly-integrated band performing in concert and dance halls of the time. Tonight's musical selection will also include songs by Goodman's Gals: Helen Ward, Peggy Lee, and Martha Tilton.