Following the fantastic sets by Dj Martin Safar and Mr FivebyFive I picked you the final hour in the Night Owl Swing Room at Birmingham’s Swingamajig Festival, a unique blend music, dance and performance.
I admit I was a little apprehensive, people had been dancing all day and there was live music on the other stages so who would remain? As it turns out a lot more than I’d expected so I was extremely happy that I’d prepared a couple of playlists for the festival. I didn’t use the more traditional big band list as during the day the room had had the Jim Wynn Swing band perform all the standards and Mr FivebyFive had played a comprehensive set from all the best Big Bands from the 30’s and 40’s. So I went for my Modern Swing list, some covering the classics and swinging some recognisable hits.
The feedback was very complementary and several people enquired on the tracks I played, so for those enquiring minds on some of the new music available for swing dancing here’s what you heard.
- Splanky – The Rhythm Gamblers
- Wade in the Water – Jan Marie & the Mean Reds
- Why don’t you do right – Tom Saunders and the Tom Cats
- Is you or is you ain’t my baby – Sant Andreu Jazz Band
- On the sunny side of the street – The Rhythm Gamblers
- When I get high I get low – Telvin Swing
- Bill Bailey – Combo Royale
- Peroria – Combo Royale
- I like pie (live) – Gordon Webster
- Toxic – Jan Marie & the Mead Reds
- Sweet child o’ mine – Scott Bradley & Post Modern Jukebox
- Swing low, sweet chariot – Jan Marie & the Mean Reds
- Do nothin’ till you hear from me – Sant Andreu Jazz Band
As you can see several artists appear more than once and I played the same artist one after the other. If you’re DJ’ing don’t be afraid of mixing it up and playing the same artist in succession after all when you dance to a live band isn’t that what they’re doing?