Pin It

Swing Sets 


& lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & M & lt;/span & ichael Bowen and I are going to wrestle to determine jazz supremacy. The Inlander's resident highbrow, Bo is an aficionado of post-war jazz -- of that strain of improvised, freestyle bebop and cool jazz that emerged in the '50s and '60s and sent kids like Jack Kerouac into fits of melodic delirium. He's far less enthusiastic about pre-war jazz -- about swing and big band artists like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt. Which is why I'm going to put him in a chokehold.

Because I can't dance to Coltrane. And jazz is dead to me if it isn't danceable. (OK, so Duke Ellington said it better.) Which is why M. Bowen is keyed up for Robin Eubanks on Saturday, and I'm all a-twitter over next weekend's three-day New Orleans swing extravaganza at CenterStage. A handful of local organizations have banded together to import four Crescent City acts that seldom tour outside the South and that, therefore, will probably never be heard in Spokane again. Meaning that for at least a week, Spokane will, like, have a jazz scene.

Don't blink. -- JOEL SMITH


As beignets and chicory-laced coffee are the perfect start to a day in New Orleans, the Palmetto Bug Stompers are the ideal start for this showcase of Crescent City music. Stocked with musicians who have been busking in Jackson Square for years (including several former members of Friday night's Jazz Vipers) the Stompers -- fronted by Washboard Chaz Leary -- play a sweet, laid-back, melodic swing that should thoroughly grease the joints of jazz fans sticking it out for the whole weekend. (JS) Palmetto Bug Stompers on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 pm. Tickets: $25.


St. Louis Slim will be offering a twofer at next weekend's festival, playing a swing set on Friday and a Delta blues set the next night. The reedy-voiced, white-haired youngster is equally proficient at both. Originally from Missouri, he moved to New Orleans in 2001 and quickly became a fixture at local nightclubs, where he fell in with the Delta Vipers and for a time became the guitarist for the Hot Club of New Orleans. Look for him to sit in with the latter and vice versa. (JS) St. Louis Slim on Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18, from 7-8:45 pm. Tickets: $19.


The Vipers are a seven-piece, drum-less swing band -- two saxophones, trumpet, clarinet, guitar, fiddle and upright bass -- that plays acoustic neo-trad jazz in the style of Louis, Billie, Duke and Basie. Swing's exuberance -- back in a time when jazz was danceable and still truly popular -- provided an escape when men were dying on World War II battlefields. Still works that way today: The Vipers' bassist, Robert Snow, lost everything after Katrina. So while they may be retro, the Vipers are committed to making jazz fans want to get up and dance despite their troubles. Just as in the '40s. Just like today. (MB) New Orleans Jazz Vipers on Friday, Nov. 17, from 9:30 pm-12:30 am. Tickets: $30.


She's a real hotsy-totsy, this one. Linnzi Zaorski's CD cover photos may suggest the torch song singer -- you can just imagine the high heels and seamed stockings -- but she sometimes appears onstage (as she did at New Orleans concert a couple years back) in a sensible dress with her hair up in a bun. Backed by Delta Royale -- trumpet, guitar and bass, with maybe some sax, fiddle or washboard thrown in -- she delivers standards like Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing" in a leisurely, almost plaintive style. Whether dowdy or not, "The Polish Parakeet" evokes the moods of those smoke-filled clubs of the '30s. (MB) Linnzi Zaorski and Delta Royale on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9:30 pm-12:30 am. Tickets: $30.

Think Swing! New Orleans Jazz Festival on Nov. 16-18 at CenterStage, 1017 W. First Ave. Visit and or call 74-STAGE.
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Crapo Flip-Flops
  • Crapo Flip-Flops

    Trail Mix: Idaho senator tied in knots, and Trump's wordplay
    • Oct 27, 2016
  • Now It's Our Turn
  • Now It's Our Turn

    A newly minted voter reflects on joining the process of American democracy
    • Oct 27, 2016
  • We Shall Overcome
  • We Shall Overcome

    In retrospect, this election could mean short-term pain for long-term gain
    • Oct 27, 2016
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science @ Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 6

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Most Commented On

  • Defending North Idaho

    Why Heather Scott must go
    • Oct 20, 2016
  • The Do-Over

    After failing to pass a bus service tax hike last year, Spokane Transit Authority has a plan to get you to vote for it again
    • Oct 6, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

election 2016


green zone


trail mix

Readers also liked…

  • To Kill the Black Snake
  • To Kill the Black Snake

    Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • Balance the Books
  • Balance the Books

    A rigorous, useful education can feature both the arts and the sciences, as one Utah school proves
    • Apr 29, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation