Press Release

June 12, 2014

Midsummer Night Swing Week Three, July 8-12, 2014

Midsummer Night Swing

Date: June 12, 2014

Contact: Kate Merlino

212-875-5101, [email protected]




JULY 8 – 12, 2014


Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks play the music of Boardwalk Empire,

Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas Direct from Cuba *US Debut*,

Octavio Brunetti Tango Orchestra,

Brazil’s samba specialists Casuarina,

Harlem Renaissance Orchestra’s 10th Annual Tribute to Illinois Jacquet

with special guest James Carter


Plus Free Kids Dance Lessons, Vintage Fashion Contest, and Ambassador Prize Lindy Hop Dance Contest


June 12, 2014 –Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing’s final week, July 8 - July 12,  will swing, samba, slide, and glide into a stunning finale of dance under the stars in a specially designed open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park (West 62nd Street between Columbus & Amsterdam). Week Three of Midsummer Night Swing will start off on July 8 with New York’s quintessential swing band, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, playing the music of the 1920s and ‘30s that they performed on the HBO hit, Boardwalk Empire. Dancers who wear vintage threads from the roaring ‘20s will be eligible to win prizes in a “best dressed” contest that evening.


On July 9, a Cuban musical dynasty for more than 70 years, Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas will follow in the path of its founder, the legendary vocalist Arsenio Rodríguez (“El Ciego Maravilloso,” who emigrated to New York in 1950) by bringing their vintage Cuban “son” to US shores for its long-awaited New York debut.  On July 10, the sensual sound of Argentine tango will fill the air from pianist Octavio Brunetti and his Tango Orchestra.   Leaders of Rio de Janeiro’s new generation roots samba revival movement, Casuarina, will samba in from Brazil to perform on July 11.


Bringing the season to a close on July 12 will be two perennial favorites: the free afternoon Kids’ Dance lessons with Dancing Classroom’s Rodney Lopez, and the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra (HRO).  The HRO will play the 10th Annual Tribute to Illinois Jacquet, the great tenor saxophonist and bandleader who was one of the sparkplugs of Midsummer Night Swing. For this 10th Anniversary tribute they bring the fiery saxophone powerhouse James Carter, whom the Washington Post describes as “the apotheosis of the modern jazz man.”  The evening will also join the worldwide Frankie 100 celebration honoring Lindy Hop innovator Frankie Manning’s centennial, with Midsummer Night Swing’s 6th Annual Ambassador Prize Lindy Hop Contest.


Tickets and passes are on sale now. Multi-evening Midsummer Night Passes are priced at $84 for six dances, and $170 for the full season.  Four dance passes are available for $60. Tickets for individual evening events are $17.


Special this year is the Ambassador’s Pass for $100.  Created in honor of the 100th birthday of Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning, whose mission was to bring people together on the dance floor, this is a chance to become a Dance Ambassador by getting friends together for a night of open-air swing dancing. The Pass includes:

- Admission for four to the same event

- Bag check for four

- One complimentary glass of beer or wine per guest


Each evening of Midsummer Night Swing is a ticketed event. The dance floor opens at 6:00 pm, followed by 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 and goes until 10 pm.


- The Swing box office is located in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall at 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 at Twitter users can 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.


Food and Libations For the second year, Hill Country Barbecue will park its smoker in Damrosch Park and serve its award-winning beef brisket barbecue, pit-smoked turkey, vegetarian chili, corn bread, and side dishes to the dancing masses. Beer, wine, and sangria will also be offered.  Restaurant Associates will offer beer and wine bars each night, and gelato and sorbetti from L’Arte del Gelato will also be for sale.  Both credit cards and cash will be accepted.


The schedule for Midsummer Night Swing Week Three:


Tuesday, July 8 

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks: Boardwalk Empire, with special guests Margot B. and Stephen DeRosa Classic Swing

Formed in 1976 and alumni of the inaugural Midsummer Night Swing season, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are a quintessentially New York big band, known internationally through performances, recordings, film soundtracks, and TV broadcasts.  The band won a Grammy Award for its work on the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, and has performed in movies including Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club, Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, and the mini-series Grey Gardens and Mildred Pierce. Band founder Giordano is also “an invaluable historical resource” (The New York Times) of the music of the 1920s and ‘30s, and he has used that knowledge to inform the band’s film and TV work. Joining the Nighthawks will be Margot B(ingham), the bold beauty on Boardwalk Empire who plays female torch singer Daughter Maitland. Another Boardwalk Empire stand-out, Stephen DeRosa, who plays 1920s singing star Eddie Cantor, will also perform on July 8.

Lesson: Roddy Caravella teaches Charleston

DJ: Odysseus Bailer

- On July 8th there will be a vintage fashion contest for those wearing the best Boardwalk Empire-era vintage costumes.  Dancers dressed in Prohibition-era finery will compete for prizes during  intermission between sets.


Sponsored by MACY’S.


Wednesday, July 9

Cojunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas **US Debut** Cuban Son  

Since the 1940s in the heart of old Havana, the band Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas has been weaving itself into the rich tapestry of Cuban son music, revitalizing the genre by being the first son band to include reed and brass instruments in its ensemble. Cuban son, widely considered to be the predecessor to popular Latin styles like salsa, is known for its combination of Spanish guitar and African percussion. Founded by the legendary Arsenio Rodríguez, and then passed down through three generations of the Chappottín family of musicians, the band’s unique sound of sensuous horns and pattering drums makes it hard to stand still. In its present iteration, Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas is led by Jesus Angel Chappottín Coto and Miguelito Cuni Jr. and offers a version of son that stays true to its roots.

Lesson: Carlos Mateu teaches Son Montuno

DJ: DJ Babaloo


Thursday, July 10

Octavio Brunetti Tango Orchestra Tango

Grammy-winning pianist, arranger, and conductor Octavio Brunetti was born and raised in Argentina, where his love of the tango first took hold.  He played piano with most of Argentina’s important tango singers and musicians such as Alberto Castillo, Domingo Federico, and Rodolfo Mederos, before moving to the US in 2004.  Here he formed his own tango orchestra – a rarity outside of Argentina – and began touring the world.  The winner of New York’s International Tango Competition for Best Solo Piano and Best Duo, Brunetti has recorded a number of albums including Soledad by Ástor Piazzolla with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the soundtrack to Francis Ford Coppola’s film, Teatro

Lesson: Eva Carrozza teaches Tango

DJ: Maria José Sosa


Friday, July 11                                                                                                             

Casuarina Samba

After cultivating its distinct sound in the bohemian neighborhood of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, Casuarina uses its twelve years of experience to play its own repertoire of new samba and chorinho music. In addition to their own compositions, Casuarina creates original, sophisticated and virtuosic arrangements to an old repertory of classic sambas by legendary composers such as Paulinho da Viola, Dorival Caymmi, Martinho da Vila, Baden Powell, João Nogueira, and more.  Casuarina has recorded three studio albums and two live albums and DVDs, including a Brazilian Music Award-winning MTV special.  The five bandmates have been selected to perform at a variety of important events, from the Carnival in Rio to the Dia Nacional do Samba, celebrating the best of the genre on Brazil’s National Samba Day. 

Lesson: Marizete and Kilby teach Samba de Gafieira (Partner Samba)

DJ: Alex Carioca


Saturday, July 12 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.

Kids Dance is sponsored by Bloomberg


Saturday, July 12          

Harlem Renaissance Orchestra with special guest James Carter: Tribute to Illinois Jacquet Classic Swing, Jump Blues

Dancers will jump to the big band sound of the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, a group that was formed more than 20 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, 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 at the JVC Jazz Festival, the Rainbow Room, the Copacabana, the legendary Apollo Theater, and a decade ago was selected by Jacquet’s longtime companion, Carol Sherick, to carry on his legacy as the perennial closing night band for Midsummer Night Swing.  Saxophonist James Carter adds to the night with his uniquely powerful sound.  Known for his appearance playing Ben Webster in the Robert Altman film, Kansas City, Carter performs with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.  The Detroit News has called Carter “the complete musician, a technician with no apparent limits and a poet of deep sensibility.”

Lesson: Margaret Batiuchok teaches Lindy Hop

DJ: Ryan Swift

- On the 12th there will also be the 6th Annual Ambassador’s Prize Lindy Hop Dance Contest, honoring the late Frankie Manning, “Lindy Hopper extraordinaire.”


Midsummer Night Swing 2014 is sponsored by Macy’s


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


Additional support for Midsummer Night Swing 2014 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


Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


Bloomberg is the Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center Summer Programs


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


Time Out New York is Media Partner of Summer at Lincoln Center


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 Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Books, 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, White Light Festival, and 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. For information, call

the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at (212) 875-5375.


Programs and artists subject to change.


About Macy’s  

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