Brad Shigeta and Friends: Keeping Swing Alive, One Dancer at a Time

On Friday, November 22, the Brad Shigeta Band performed at a dance hosted by Lindy in the Loops Swing Dance Society of Kamloops. Before the performance, dance lessons were given to an attentive group of dancers. DSCN0716 (3)

At 8:30 trombonist Brad Shigeta, lead his band through two sets of, mostly, swing music, to the delight of the assembled dancers. They, then,  got to show off what they learned. The band borrowed from the catalogue of Duke Ellington, with classics like “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Satin Doll,” In a Mellow Tone” and more. Other classic tunes were “Perdido,” “‘Tain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It),” “Tea for Two,” and “Easy Does It.” Shigeta, now based in Vancouver, has played with Clifford Jordan, Illinois Jacquet, Wynton Marsalis, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington.

His gifted quartet included Shigeta, trombone and some vocals, Julian MacDonough, drums, Jack Paterson sax, and Dave Guiney, bass. The band members were given ample opportunities to show off their impressive, talents through the many solos they performed.

The dancers had a great time on the large dance floor of the Desert Gardens. For more information on Lindy in the Loops check out their Facebook page for upcoming dances and lessons