Thursday Swing! Featuring Dennis Lichtman's Queensboro 6, Gordon Au & the Grand Street Stompers, Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners, Charlie Halloran's Quality 6

Thursday Swing! Featuring Dennis Lichtman's Queensboro 6, Gordon Au & the Grand Street Stompers, Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners, Charlie Halloran's Quality 6

Thu, May 25, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

$8 Admission • all ages until 8pm • under age 16 free

Two live bands, two dance lessons, 5 hours of swing music and dance every Thursday Night!!  Join us for happy hour from 6-8pm when all ages are welcome in the ballroom, and stay for the second band and lesson as the night heats up at The Secret Society!  No partner necessary, and you are welcome to join us and watch if you're not ready to step out quite yet!

6pm Dance Lesson with Melissa Roane!
6:30pm Live Music and Dancing!
8:00pm Dance Lesson with guest instructor!
8:30pm Live Music and Dancing!

Charlie Halloran's Quality 6 - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
"The Rhythm Runners' Prohibition Era jazz is such infectious fun it could almost make you wish the 21st Amendment had never been repealed."

-Dick Stein, DJ, 88.5 KNKX FM Seattle, WA

“Greg Ruby has captured the spirit of early jazz here not only through his own tunes such as the spritely “Humdinger” and the insouciant “That’s About Right,” but by retrieving and rearranging the long lost compositions of legendary Seattle wind instrument “professor” Frank Waldron, mentor to Quincy Jones, Buddy Catlett and others. Ruby’s carefully nuanced, airy arrangements—in the spirit of Jelly Roll Morton—bring out the joy and spark of Ruby’s and Waldron’s melodies while showcasing the considerable talents of soloists Dennis Lichtman (clarinet), Gordon Au (trumpet), Charlie Halloran (trombone) and, naturally, Ruby himself. The album is an absolute delight, a
window into a joyful, rambunctious jazz past that is too often overlooked.”

-Paul de Barros, Seattle Times, Downbeat

“Waldron’s Syncopated Classic serves as a rare and immediate connection to the roots of Seattle jazz.”

– Halynn Blanchard, Earshot Magazine

“The CD is joyous, with world-class players and swinging originals; it truly expresses “relentless joy.”

-Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives

"Swinging Prohibition-era jazz laced with Gypsy jazz-inspired guitar solos thanks to Pearl Django alumn Ruby. 'Dewdropper's Dream' is indeed dreamy, while the title track is rife with hot six-string riffs. Both Satchmo and Django would be proud."

-Michael Dregni, Vintage Guitar Magazine
Gordon Au & the Grand Street Stompers - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Dennis Lichtman's Queensboro 6 - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Melissa Roane - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
Melissa Roane
Melissa, though too modest to admit it, is one of Portland’s most important figures in Vintage Style Swing Dances. She has been teaching at the Viscount Dance Studio since 2003 and has taught, deejayed, and performed at various events around town. Her approachability, knowledge, fun classes, and dance style have garnered her a solid following and place among the Portland’s great swing instructors.
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
http://secretsociety.net/