Alpine concert features Swing Fever |

Alpine concert features Swing Fever

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Do you like to swing? How about toe-tappin’ to fantastic sounds of Big Band era jazz? Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday – they all live on in the repertoire of Swing Fever. The Alpine County Arts Commission is happy to bring back Swing Fever this year.

Five talented musicians and a female vocalist will take listeners back to the 1930s and ’40s jazz world for sheer pleasure. Bryan Gould, a San Francisco native, founded Swing Fever in 1978, and they’ve been playing strong ever since. Gould on trombone and vocals joins Jim Putman on guitar, Dean Reilly on bass, Jim Rothermel on saxophone and clarinet, Ron Marabuto on drums, and Shanna Carlson on vocals entertain with tunes from “mainstream swing.” Carlson sings in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

It’s an evening not to be missed. Swing Fever has played jazz festivals to rave reviews all across the U.S. Their jazz sound is middle ground between New Orleans-Dixie and bebop, best exemplified by the Basie Band’s Kansas City Seven in its hey-day of the late 1930s. Both Swing Fever and Shanna Carlson have CDs to their credit. They will be available at the concert.

Come out, enjoy the best mainstream jazz available and relax in Alpine County at the Turtle Rock Park Community Center, just two miles north of Markleeville on State Route 89. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 3. Tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for children under 16.

For more information, call the Alpine County Arts Commission at (916) 694-2787. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the California Arts Council, a state agency.