SAT
5/2
Shindig Saturday: Louis Armstrong Tribute with Gordon Au
Triple Step Studios (via Zoom)
8–9:30PM EDT, free / donations accepted

The next installment of our Saturday Shindig series features NYC’s Gordon Au, trumpeter and composer!
We’ll be doing a deep dive into Louis Armstrong’s musical history, iconic legacy, and one-of-a-kind personality with hosts Andrew Petillo and Gordon Au, including a sneak peek into Au’s newest album, a tribute to the iconic Armstrong himself, and a look at videos that snapshot his career.
ATL artist AllaPrima XYZ - Fine Art by Conan Zhao will chat about his inspiration and process for creating jazz paintings, like the stunning one on this event’s cover photo, featuring Gordon Au and Louis Armstong (what a coincidence!).
The Zoom link will be posted on the FB event page linked above.
SAT
5/9
The Rent Party: an Old-School Fundraiser for Swing Artists
Hosted by Jodi Daynard / Pacific Swing Dance Foundation (via Zoom)
6:30–8PM EDT (10:30PM GMT), free / tips accepted

“Part Harlem history lesson, screwball comedy, and live concert coming straight to your living room! Featuring jazz artists KEENAN MCKENZIE, JONATHAN STOUT, and GORDON AU. Playing various madcap roles will be guest stars NICK WILLIAMS, LAURA WINDLEY, PETER FLAHIFF, and LAUREN SMITH.
After paying our 'talent,' ALL proceeds from 'The Rent Party' will join forces with Nick Williams' Rhythm Relief: A Swingstravaganza Show fund for full-time swing dance instructors and musicians who have been financially hit by Covid-19. Any full-time dancer or musician will be able to apply for the funds.”
See facebook.com/events/3236160469740954/ for the Zoom link!
THU
5/14

“By Keenan McKenzie (ASCAP) ©2017
Remotely recorded in April/May 2020
Gordon Au (trumpet) • Lucian Cobb (trombone) • Chris Dawson (piano) • William Ledbetter (bass) • Keenan McKenzie (saxophone) • Peter Shilliday (utensils) • Jonathan Stout (guitar)
Originally recorded on Forged in Rhythm (2017) by Keenan McKenzie”
FRI
5/15
Record of the Day featuring Gordon Au
Hosted by Jon Tigert (on YouTube)
Watch Part 1 now at youtube.com/watch?v=1ntJeCrp3J0

“Welcome to Record of the Day Live with Jon Tigert.
Every week I will sit down with a musician, DJ, dancer or other jazz and swing enthusiast and we will listen to a record together!
Part one of my time with Gordon Au: Gordon is a brilliant trumpeter, bandleader, arranger and human from NYC.”
Join us as we listen to and discuss Struttin’: Louis Armstrong with Edmond Hall’s All-Stars, recorded in 1947 at Carnegie Hall.
SAT
5/16
What Makes This Swing Song Great?
Hosted by Pasadena Balboa & Jam (via Zoom)
6–7:30PM EDT (3PM PDT, 10PM GMT), sliding scale / $15 suggested

“Do you know what makes a swing song great?
Do you know what great swing musicians think makes a swing song great?
Find out from the comfort of your couch by joining three of the hottest swing musicians in the world—Jen Hodge, Gordon Au and Chris Dawson—for the second online edition of “What Makes This Song Great?”: a 90-minute in-depth musical discussion panel with moderator Shana Worel.
Each musician will pick a song they love and spend about 20 minutes talking about what makes it great, with a moderated Q&A throughout. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the music that is at the heart of our dance with three of our scene’s most creative and articulate musicians.”
See facebook.com/events/837700693383043/ for registration!
SAT
5/23
Rhythm Relief: the Swingtacular Show
Hosted by Nick Williams (via Facebook Live)
2–4PM EDT (6PM GMT), free / donations accepted

“Nick Williams, in partnership with the Pacific Swing Dance Foundation (PSDF), is throwing a spectacular live-stream swing show coming straight to your home. The purpose of the benefit show is to raise money for full-time swing dance instructors and full-time musicians who have been financially hit by Covid-19. The money raised in the show will compensate the performers for their time, and all additional funds raised will go to a fund for dancers and musicians. Any full-time dancer or musician will be able to apply for the funds we raise on the PSDF website (more details available at pacificswingdancefoundation.org/rhythmrelief/).
View the event at facebook.com/events/3236160469740954/!
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