Stompology is one event that I’ve mentioned time and again as a great workshop. Put on by Groove Juice Swing in Rochester, NY, it is in it’s third year. Unlike many events focusing on the partnered aspect of jazz dance, whether that is Balboa, Lindy Hop, Charleston or so on, Stompology focuses exclusively on the solo dances of the jazz family. Tap and soft shoe, charleston, black bottom and much more.
The line up this year included Andy Reid, Naomi Uyama, Jojo Jackson and Mike Faltesek with each of the teachers brings a unique array of style, skills and knowledge.
Friday I arrived off of the train in time for the late night. Held at The Keg, a sports bar, it was a relatively nice change of pace for a late night. There was a front room with the bar area and a second room which held the dance floor and impromptu stage for the musicians. The floor was a faux wood with decent give and slip. The feel of the venue was cozy yet not cramped.
Gordon Websters band started off with some easy swinging tunes until the “secret special guest” arrived, Wycliffe Gordon. I have heard many exceptional musicians and bands but when Wycliffe started to blow on his trombone the energy in the room vaulted. He laid out licks that made the hair on my neck stand up and gave me goose bumps. It was truly a great start to the weekend. (more…)