I found out about the video below through the magic of YouTube — “luh2” found me . . . and I casually began to watch this.
And found myself on a gray day feeling mightily elated. The music? Decca, Basie, JUMPIN’ AT THE WOODSIDE. The dancers? Athetic, spinning, stomping, joyous.
(Dance purists please take a deep breath before commenting on violations of historical purity.)
The place? SWINGLANDIA, September 2010 . . . . Kiev, Ukraine!
Wouldn’t Herschel Evans have been tickled beyond words to know that his music had such vitality seventy years after his death in a place he’d only seen on a map . . . and that young young young folks were still swinging out to it?
As if their lives depended on it, which of course they do! (Ours too. Imagine a life without music or dancers. . . . )