The Stories of Swing

Step into the smokey bars of the 1930's to hear the real stories and the amazing music of the swing era's legendary performers.

Western Australia’s leading jazz musicians, Swinging at the Savoy, have come together to celebrate the untold stories of great swing era performers. The Stories of Swing unveils the sometimes shocking stories behind Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Callaway, Fats Waller and Lois Armstrong as they discovered their voices and shaped the history of music. Joined, on stage by some ridiculously energetic swing dancers this high paced night of exceptional music and ripping stories will have you cheering for more.

We are offering 2 sets for the evening. 1 hour formal show plus the extra option of live band performance and social dancing, or a dance lesson for beginners pre-show. We are also available to do school shows and dance lessons. Our formal show: 8 performers consisting of a live band and two swing dancers in costume on stage. Option for slide projections of well know Jazz artists being used in synch with the narration as backdrop.

 

Form and Style

We are offering 2 sets for the evening. 1 hour formal show plus the extra option of live band performance and social dancing, or a dance lesson for beginners pre-show. We are also available to do school shows and dance lessons. Our formal show: 8 performers consisting of a live band and two swing dancers in costume on stage. Option for slide projections of well know Jazz artists being used in synch with the narration as backdrop.

 

Community and Audience Engagement

a) Swing Story-Time: We can invite the local community to participate in a meet and greet style activity (prior to the show), inviting them to share their own personal jazz related stories or memories, which may then be incorporated into the performance. This could be ~1-hour activity done over a cuppa tea.

b) Swing dance workshops – schedule allowing, we can run workshops with individuals and/or dance groups in venue and in schools

c) Music master class – schedule allowing, we can run a 1-hour master class on improvisation & song writing for local musicians or schools.

d) Schedule allowing, we can perform our show in schools as part of their music history lesson and prior to the show, run a swing dance class to teach them about Swing dancing.

e) In the ‘second act’ of the show people are invited to dance with us on stage – both those who have participated in the workshops, and the general audience.

f) Post show Q&A: We can also incorporate an engaging question time at the end of our show.

 

Available Marketing 

Media & Marketing Kit, media release, promo (studio) and live performance photos, poster design artwork, flyer, promo video, social media photos low res, can do live videos for social media leading up to our show, artists will be available for media interviews either prior to shows or on arrival in region.

We are able to assist with the promotion of the shows via social media, and have a strong following and network base. We have a proactive approach and will support presenters to make the show a success.

We will contact local groups located around the town via social media to inform them of our show and to add community content to the show prior to our arrival.

Reviews

“The Stories of Swing takes you on a journey to learn about the greats that influenced the musical genre. We learn about how skat was created, some amazing rags to riches stories and watch some fabulous swing dancers, showing us how it is done, all in one show.” Pieta Sharpe, Journalist – Perth Happenings

“Swingin’ at the Savoy know how to play; they also know how to have a fun-captivating show!”
Tony Wallace, Manager- The Ellington Jazz Club

“Every show sells out and gets the audience up and dancing. Highly recommended.”
Manus Higgins, Proprietor – Paddle Steamer Decoy

Credits

Writer: Sid Hennessy
Performers: Jacob Greenmount
Sid Hennessy
Randa Khamis
Mark Linkington
Barnabas Courtauld
Jack Kelly
Lauren Pyke
Greg Player

Availability

From October through 2021

Artforms

Live Music

Audience

25-80 Y/O music and Jazz lovers, swing dancers, people who grew up hearing swing music, music history students and teachers, vintage enthusiasts

Duration

1 hour formal show. Optional additional 1 hour of live band performance or public dance class prior to show

Bump In

2 hours

Bump Out

1 hour

Costs

'- Weekly Fee: $16,200
- Cost per performance: $5,000
- Remount: $2,000
- Royalties: 5%
*Above fees do not include touring costs

Company Contacts

Randa Khamis
0421 904 012
randa.khamis@gmail.com



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Technical

Venue Format

Cabaret, Black Box, Thrust, Pros Arch, outdoor events, amphitheatre. We have performed this show in a variety of spaces - it translates really well on a big stage.

Touring Party

6 x musicians, 2 x dancers + 1 driver/ tech operator = 9

Considerations

Show Warnings:  N/A

First possible performance: 1.5 hours post bump-in.

Minimum break between shows: 3 hours

Minimum stage width: 4 metres wide for band, 2 metres x 2 metres for dancers.

Minimum stage depth: 2.5 metres

Minimum stage height: 2.5 metres

Staging and set description: PA for front of house and foldback wedges.

Lighting to be provided by the venue: Basic lighting, some colours if possible.

Audio provided by the company: We bring our own amplifiers and instruments.

Audio to be provided by the venue: PA (3x vox mic), DI x 3, Dums mics (4 x mics).

No. of additional staff to be provided by the venue: 1 x front of house audio tech and 1 x stage mixer tech = 6 hours.

Dressing rooms required: 2 (with a full length mirror, is possible)