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June 11, 2013

Midsummer Night Swing's 25th Anniversary Season: Final Week (July 9-13)

Midsummer Night Swing

Date: June 11, 2013

Contact: Kate Merlino

212-875-5101, [email protected]



Week Three July 9 – 13, 2013, Highlights:

  • Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra;
  • Disco with a Donna Summer Tribute from Loser’s Lounge;
  • Harlem Renaissance Orchestra Tribute to Illinois Jacquet with the Fifth Annual Ambassador’s Prize Dance Contest;
  • Kids Dance! Free Dance Lessons from Dancing Classrooms; and
  • “Silent Disco” follows live set on July 11, with dancers hearing music only through headphones

  • June 11, 2013?New York’s most dazzling outdoor dance party?Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing?takes place Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 25—July 13, on the elevated dance floor in Damrosch Park on West 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. Week Three kicks off on July 9 with the retro jump blues of Ray Gelato and The City Rhythm Orchestra. Gelato’s creamy vocals and pulsing saxophone will bring “mambo italiano” to the dance floor in Damrosch Park. On July 10 the Grammy-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Arturo O’Farrill will honor the “Palladium Big 3” – Tito Puente, Machito, and Tito Rodriguez – by playing sizzling salsa and mambo. Special guest will be timbalist Tito Rodriguez, Jr. A homage to the recently deceased Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, will take place on July 11 by The Loser’s Lounge. They’ll perform Summer’s hits along with songs by many other divas of disco. The tempo stays red hot on July 12 when Tipica 73 takes over the bandshell for a night of salsa meets charanga. On July 13 there will be a double-header: in the afternoon, Kids Dance! will take place, with Rodney Lopez from Dancing Classrooms teaching children to merengue, waltz, lindy, and mambo, for free. In the evening, the season closes with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra playing its big band tribute to legendary bandleader Illinois Jacquet. Between sets the Fifth Annual Ambassador’s Prize Dance Contest will have couples compete for the title of best lindy-hopper as well as a raft of prizes.

    There will be a “Silent Disco” on July 11, following The Loser’s Lounge live sets. At the “Silent Disco” dancers are provided with earphones to listen to extended dj sets after the live music ends at 10 pm. While the participants dance seemingly in silence to the casual observer, bopping along to the “silent” beats, dancers are actually part of an exhilarating public/private dance party. Free with that night’s live show ticket, or $5 at the door for Silent Disco only, subject to capacity.

    Midsummer Night Swing 2013 is sponsored by Macy’s

    Midsummer Night Swing is made possible by The Charina Endowment Fund and Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams/The Williams Capital Group, LP.

    Each evening of Midsummer Night Swing is a ticketed event. The night begins with a dance lesson at 6:30 pm for all skill levels with some of New York’s foremost instructors. Lessons are included in the price of admission. Live music and dancing begins at 7:30 pm until 10 pm. Dancing continues until 11:30 pm on 11 for the “Silent Disco.”

    • The Swing box office is located in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall, Broadway and 65th Street. Tickets for individual events and passes can be purchased in advance at the Avery Fisher box office or beginning at 5:30 pm on the night of the event at a box office in Damrosch Park. All major credit cards will be accepted. Tickets and passes can also be purchased through CenterCharge, 212-721-6500, or by logging on to Twitter users can sign up to follow Midsummer Night Swing @LCSwing for ongoing news and updates.

    Rain Policy Midsummer Night Swing makes every effort to present each event of the season, as long as unpredictable weather allows. Performance cancellations due to inclement weather will not be announced until 8:30 pm on show night. In the case of cancellation, ticket holders are entitled to exchange for another performance or a refund. Pass holders are not entitled to a refund. If a performance has begun and is cancelled after 8:30 pm, exchanges or refunds are not offered.

    The schedule for Week Three of Midsummer Night Swing:

    Tuesday, July 9

    Ray Gelato with the City Rhythm Orchestra Swing, Jump Blues

    Vocalist and tenor sax player Ray Gelato has had a 30+ year career that started in jazz bands, first in London and later touring the world, and in the mid-1980s he helped to revive interest in the swing music of the 40s and 50s with his group, The Chevalier Brothers. Subsequent bands, with Ray as headliner, toured the UK, Europe, the US, and the summer festival circuit, spreading the gospel of big band music. Ray became known as “The Godfather of Swing.” His popularity in Italy is intense, and his band has recently released a CD for his Italian fans of “the lost Italian Songbook,” tongue planted musically in cheek. American fans may be reminded of Louis Prima when Ray performs, but his sense of swing is all his own.

    Lesson: Paolo “Lindy” Lanna teaches Lindy Hop

    DJ: Ryan Mascara

    Wednesday, July 10

    Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest Tito Rodriguez, Jr. Mambo

    World-renowned pianist, composer, and educator, Arturo O’Farrill (son of jazz legend Chico O’Farrill) created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in 2002 for Jazz at Lincoln Center in order to bring Afro Latin jazz to a wider audience. Now no longer a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra received the Grammy Award for “Best Latin Jazz Album” in 2009 and has recorded numerous CDs and soundtracks for films such as Calle 54 and Chico and Rita. Both through performances across the country and around the world, and through comprehensive education programs in schools and music conservatories, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra keeps this genre alive. Paying tribute to the classic mambo of the Palladium ‘Big 3’ bandleaders: Tito Puente, Machito, and Tito Rodriguez, who will be joined by Rodriguez’s son, the acclaimed timbalero and bandleader, Tito Rodriguez, Jr.

    Lesson: Eddie Torres teaches Salsa

    DJ: DJ Broadway

    Thursday, July 11

    The Loser’s Lounge: Donna Summer and the Disco Divas Disco

    The Loser’s Lounge is a collective of some of New York’s best musicians and singers who perform the great songs of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. According to The New York Times, they “honor pop stars from these eras and validate the zeal of music fans.” Started by session keyboardist Joe McGinty in 1993, The Loser’s Lounge has performed nearly 300 shows honoring 50 different artists. On July 11th they will celebrate the “Love to Love Ya, Baby” songstress, the late Donna Summer, and her disco sisters: Gloria “I Will Survive” Gaynor, Thelma “Don’t Leave Me This Way” Houston, and Anita “Ring My Bell” Ward.

    Lesson: Maria Torres teaches Hustle

    DJ: Freedom Dance Party

    Silent Disco by Frisco at 10 pm

    Friday, July 12

    Tipica 73 40th Anniversary Celebration Salsa, Charanga

    Celebrating four decades in the business this year, and despite many changes in personnel and style over the years, Tipica 73 is now back under the co-direction of two of its founding members – Johnny “Dandy” Rodríguez and Sonny Bravo. Special guests on the 12th will be Adalberto Santiago, Orestes Vilató and Nelson González. The band’s two sets will explore their early brassy conjunto style, as well as their violin and flute-driven charanga style, the hypnotic Cuban dance music created from strong African rhythms married with French-Haitian contradanse melodies. Charanga carries dancers back to the clubs warmed by the breezes off Havana’s el malecon.

    Lesson: Jimmy Anton teaches Salsa

    DJ: DJ Brian

    Saturday, July 13 from 3:00 to 4:30pm

    Kids’ Dance!


    Ballroom, Salsa, Swing, Merengue

    Kids get in on the act with a special afternoon session (ideal for the entire family) with teacher Rodney Lopez from Dancing Classrooms – seen in Mad Hot Ballroom, the 2005 documentary about teaching ballroom dance in NYC public schools. He’ll get youngsters off on the right foot, teaching them the basics of ballroom, tango and swing. The mission of Dancing Classrooms is to cultivate essential life skills in children through the practice of social dance.

    Saturday, July 13

    Harlem Renaissance Orchestra: A Tribute to Illinois Jacquet Big Band Swing

    Jump to the big band sound of the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, a group that was formed more than twenty years ago to revive the great sounds from the big band era. The band recognizes the masters of the big band sound: Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Lucky Millinder, Lionel Hampton and Midsummer Night Swing favorite, Illinois Jacquet, and plays their music as if it were yesterday. Band leader Ron Allen has taken the orchestra to perform in the JVC Jazz Festival, the Rainbow Room, the Copacabana, the legendary Apollo Theater, and became the perennial closing night band for Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. With a name that means rebirth or revival, the HRO proves with every performance that they are the guardians of a great musical tradition: the swinging sounds of Harlem.

    Lesson: Margaret Batiuchok teaches Lindy Hop and Shim Sham

    DJ: Ryan Swift

    • On the 13th there will also be the 5th Annual Ambassador’s Prize Dance Contest, honoring the late Frankie Manning, lindy hopper extraordinaire.

    Midsummer Night Swing 2013 is sponsored by Macy’s

    Midsummer Night Swing is made possible by The Charina Endowment Fund and Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams/The Williams Capital Group, LP

    Additional corporate support provided by Movado

    Additional support for Midsummer Night Swing 2013 is provided by Amtrak, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.

    Operation of Lincoln Center’s public plazas is supported in part with public funds provided by the City of New York.

    Time Out New York is the media sponsor of Midsummer Night Swing

    Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and Zabar’

    MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center

    Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center

    United Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center

    WABC-TV is the Official Broadcast Partner of Lincoln Center

    William Hill Estate Winery is the Official Wine of Lincoln Center

    “Summer at Lincoln Center” is sponsored by Diet Pepsi and The New York Times

    Modern Luxury Lounge sponsored by Celebrity Cruises

    Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Books, Lincoln Center Dialogue, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.

    Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. Braille and large-type programs are available for selected Lincoln Center concerts. Wheelchair seating and assisted hearing devices are available at all concert halls and theaters. For further information or to receive a Lincoln Center accessibility guide, call 212-875-5375.

    Programs and artists subject to change.

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    Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
    Caption: Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will perform with Arturo O'Farrill Orchestra on July 10 as part of Midsummer Night Swing 2013 at Lincoln Center.
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    Tito Rodriguez Jr...
    Caption: Tito Rodriguez Jr. will perform with Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra on July 10 as part of Midsummer Night Swing 2013 at Lincoln Center.
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    Ray Gelato & the Giants
    Caption: Ray Gelato & the Giants will perform July 9 at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center.
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    Ray Gelato
    Caption: Ray Gelato and the City Rhythm Orchestra will perform July 9 at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center.
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    Loser's Lounge
    Caption: Loser's Lounge
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    Adalberto Santiago, Tipica 73
    Caption: Adalberto Santiago of Tipica 73 will perform July 12 as part of Midsummer Night Swing 2013 at Lincoln Center.
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    Harlem Renaissance Orchestra
    Caption: Harlem Renaissance Orchestra will perform July 13 as part of Midsummer Night Swing 2013 at Lincoln Center.
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