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Lindy Hoppers Convene for Basie Ball

From October 7-9, legions of new and old fanatics for the swing-era “lindy hop” dance will descend on New York City to participate in a wide variety of swing-related activities, including the Basie Centennial Ball on October 9. The ball, to be held in Columbia University’s Roone Arledge Auditorium, is the product of a collaboration between Yehoodi.com, a Web site devoted to the lindy hop, and Jelly Roll Productions, both of which have managed to bring together a number of living Basie dance alumni to perform once again to the music of Count Basie. Original Basie band members Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Joe Wilder, Benny Powell, Irene Reid and Dennis Rowland will sit in with Frank Foster’s 12-piece big band for a show that will also include guest performances by Junior Mance and Barbara Morrison.

“Count Basie’s music is made for dancing. It’s more than just playing notes on a page,” said Foster in a press release. “We feed off of what the dancers are doing on the floor and they pick up on what we’re doing on the bandstand, and next thing you know the night has flown by and you’ve never played better.”

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