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The New York Hot Jazz Festival Presents: Frankie Manning Birthday Bash 2017

The New York Hot Jazz Festival Presents: Frankie Manning Birthday Bash 2017

Frankie Manning Birthday Bash 2017

David Berger's Sultans Of Swing featuring Hetty Kate

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85 Avenue A (between 5th Street & 6th Street)

Friday, May 26th

In the unlikely event you don’t know, Frankie Manning (2014-2009) was the patron saint of swing dancing. In his youth, he was, in fact the greatest of all lindyhoppers, an opinion confirmed by several remarkable films that can still easily be viewed on youTube and elsewhere. Then, many years later, as an elder statesman, he was the foremost teacher of swing dancing, and the veritable Johnny Appleseed of the swing dance revival that took the world by storm at multiple moments in the 1990s and still later. To honor what would have been the Mighty Man’s 103rd birthday, the New York Hot Jazz Festival has assembled an unbeatable combination: David Berger’s Sultans of Swing, perhaps the greatest 1940s-style big band currently playing, and one of the world’s leading swing vocalists, Australia’s own irresistible Hetty Kate. Yes, I know everybody wants to flee from town immediately for the long Memorial Day weekend, but if you can force yourself to stick around until Saturday morning, you’ll find that it will be well worth the wait. (And if you’re back on Monday, Ms. Kate will be performing with guitarist Peter Bernstein and bassist Neal Miner in the intimate space of Mezzrow.)

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL & VANITY FAIR, and reviews current shows for THE OBSERVER and THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of eight books including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, October 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)