Bringing Lindy Hop to New England since 1995!
Uptown Swing Dance
Boston’s Home of Happy Feet!
Lindy Hop • Swing • Balboa
Uptown Swing Dance
Racky Thomas plays a style that is often categorized as Chicago Blues, although he continues to add to his repertoire, which has grown to be quite eclectic! He has a talent for blending his musicians on different occasions to come up with just the right mix for his audience. Racky loves playing for dancers and is great at keeping a Swing groove to everything played. His delivery has always been “soulful” and for this dance he’ll be reaching into his bag of tricks to add some classic Soul selections. Racky connects with his audience and his energy is infectious. His fan base keeps growing as it is always a fun night when Racky is on board!
Guest DJ Javier Johnson will be playing some get-up-and-dance Soul music during the band breaks. Javi is the founding member of what is now the Hartford Underground, a Swing dance organization based in Hartford, as well as Hart & Soul, an annual dance weekend event held in September. In addition, he teaches both locally and internationally, and besides Swing, specializes in Balboa and Soul. He has a smooth, joyful, rhythmical style which is always a standout on the dance floor.
Solomon Douglas is a Jazz pianist and bandleader whose various bands have played at hundreds of exchanges, camps, workshops, and other dance events in North America, Asia, and Australia in the past 13 years, including Beantown Camp. His experience as a Swing dancer and dance instructor gives him an understanding unique among musicians of the music that Swing dancers like to dance to! In addition, Solomon has played for numerous dance events around the country with one of the nation’s hot Swing bands, Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators. His influences as a pianist include Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, Count Basie, and Thelonious Monk. Solomon currently resides in Seattle, although he spent time in Boston while attending MIT. It is always a treat when he comes back for a visit!
Professor Cunningham is one of the most in demand Lindy bands in the New York scene. Having been together since 2012. Woodwind virtuoso Adrian Cunningham and his 5 piece band performs the most swinging repertoire in the New Orleans tradition—from Sidney Bechet, to Fats Waller, to Fats Domino!