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The Saints of Swing post-Mardi Gras dance party, featuring Miss Rene Bailey

March 29, 2014
8:00 PM


A tribute to Ella and Louie, with some swing,jazz, blues, and authentic gospel thrown in.

The Saints of Swing are an extraordinary collective of some of the tri-state area’s finest performers. Providing a fresh and exciting experience in art and entertainment, The Saints of Swing specialize in eclectic and electric selections of foot-tappin’ Swing classics… Hot n’ cool jazz served up however you like it… from spicy New Orleans Dixieland style (complete with a dancin’ tuba player!)… to elegant New York City sizzlers… Motown, R&B… ballroom favorites… and even 1,000,000-watt Gospel, Latin, and Klezmer classics!

Featured players are Peter Ecklund on trumpet, Dean Jones on trombone, Peter Tomlinson on piano, David Winograd on bass & tuba, and Tim Herrmann on drums.

Miss Rene Bailey uses her vocal clarity to sell the blues with true feeling. Mixing gospel, jazz, and rhythm ‘n’ blues, she has sung with Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, Aretha, Brubeck, Ruth Brown, Paul Anka, Sam Cooke, and many more. Rene Bailey started singing gospel as a kid in her Georgia church. Moving to NYC, she hit the scene where she sang blues and jazz. The transition from gospel to nightclub work came naturally, and Rene became the vocalist at Peg Leg Bates’ Club for 20 years. In church it’s called “shouting”-the gospel dance. “They get up and shout and shout.”

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