The CGOA Jazz Collective Big Band is giving audiences a chance to put on their dancing shoes and swing to a program of classic and recent jazz in a very special program on Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM.
CGOA Artistic Director and Jazz Collective band leader Mark Steighner says that the evening is a reprise of a highly successful event from last April. Free swing dance instruction will be provided by Johnny and Hannah Griffith, and a dance floor will give audiences a chance to enjoy the music while dancing. “It’s a great ‘date night’ event,” said Steighner. “Last year’s dance was packed.
The Jazz Collective Big Band was formed four years ago and is made up of talented amateurs, music educators from around the Gorge, and professional musicians from Portland. The Collective specializes in high-energy arrangements by such writers as Buddy Rich, Quincy Jones, Sammy Nestico, Maynard Ferguson and Gordon Goodwin. The band recently gave a sold-out joint concert with the Portland jazz legend, Mel Brown, and will be saluting Duke Ellington in January.
Tickets for the all ages event are $20 for adults (18+), $15 for CGOA members, $5 youth (10-17) and free to kids under 10. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments will be available. The fun begins and the bar opens at 7:00 PM with complimentary swing dance instruction. The Jazz concert begins at 7:30 PM, at the Hood River Elks Club, 304 Cascade Ave, Hood River.