The new season of entertainment from the Monday Musical Club of Tillamook will kick off this Sunday, Oct. 15, with a performance from Swing Fever featuring Denise Perrier.
Rising out of the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s, the group has been performing authentic, piano-less jazz music of the ’30s and ’40s for more than 35 years.
“Some of the most beautiful melodies ever written came out of the 30s and 40s,” said Paula Helene, Swing Fever’s publicity manager, adding: “It was a pivotal time in American history, smack dab between two world wars, and people began to find some release in jazz music and wild swing dancing.”
“This music was energetic, it was optimistic, and it embodied the spirit of our country at that time,” Helene said.
“Swing music is the heartbeat of America,” said Adam Schwend, the Monday Musical Club of Tillamook’s director of cultural events. “You find your foot tapping along to the beat and your soul starts dancing — it brings people together, and that’s what it’s been doing for decades. It doesn’t matter what your age is, or what your race is, when you hear really good swing music it is uplifting and unifying and no matter who you are with, you’re not worried about your differences — you’re just dancing.”
Helene said swing music is also one of the only genres of music to never lose its popularity.
“You can still hear swing music on TV commercials, and radio stations,” she said. “It’s lasted decades because there is something about it that gets your heart pumping.”
Swing Fever has been performing authentic swing music for 38 years, including 14 years on the California Arts Council touring roster, two appearances at the Monterey Jazz Festival and Classic Jazz Festivals in San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and Sacramento. They have played more than 400 concerts in California and recorded three albums.
The Swing Fever musicians have performed and recorded with the likes of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Glen Campbell, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and many more. They have learned the art of swing music from its original composers and performers, and have more than 1,000 tunes in their wheelhouse.
Band leader Bryan Gould engages the audience with anecdotes and historical context for the material - helping to bring the music alive by sharing stories about the composers and artists, as well as what was going on in America at the time.
The show begins at 2 pm at Tillamook High School, 2605 12th Street.
Tickets, $25 in advance or $30 at the door, are available at www.mondaymusicalclub.com or at TLC Federal Credit Union and the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce. Students aged 18 and under get in free.
For more information, contact Schwend at 503-457-8865 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also on the roster this year for the Monday Musical Club of Tillamook performances are: “The Nutcracker” performed by the Eugene Ballet on Dec. 18; The Queen’s Cartoonists, a jazz band that specializes in cartoon music, performing on Jan. 21; and Six Guitars, a single guitarist performing six different guitar-playing characters, on April 30.