Friday social is taking place in the beautiful space of historical social centre Dělnický dům in Židenice. Dělnický dům stop is only a few steps from the entrance.
Our studio in the area of old Mosilana is a bit hidden. So after a little bit of wandering you can enjoy the Friday lecture and Saturday afternoon party that much more. You can get to the area directly from the Vlhká stop, which is close to the Main train station. Then follow the signs towards the Building 15 and climb the stairs to the fifth floor.
The main party is located, as every year, in the Babylon cultural centre The closest bus stops are Sušilova or Smetanova. But it is possible to walk there from the city centre as it is nearby.
Our regular Sunday socials take place in Café Atlas. So it must be one of our stops during Dark Blue Swing. It lies near the city centre, close to the Česká bus stop.
The band was founded in summer of 2016. They play mostly at private parties, balls and most importantly, cooperate closely with Swing Wings dancing community. All of them are graduates of Janaček’s Academy, Department of Jazz Interpretation. Lukáš even did it in one year! Their repertoire consist of songs from early 40’s, ensuring a good load of quality swing.
Petra Borovičková Trio – a swing band from Brno full of energy. Playing mainly swing, jazz-latin and gypsy music, they consist of a vocalist, a piano and a double basse. With a range of jazz standards as well as original songs, they’re linked to dance communities in Brno, Olomouc and the whole region, providing them with melodic tunes mainly at dance socials and other concerts.
Heart of Dixie is a professional 8-member swing orchestra from Brno, tailor-made in 2015 for local Lindy Hop community. Their repertoire consists of heavy big band hits, spiced up with more modern tunes and crazy dixieland vibe. The band can be seen at social dancing events, Lindy Hop and Balboa parties and festivals all around Europe. In last couple couple of years they visited Sofia Swing Dance Festival, Transwingvania Brasov Lindy Exchange, Orient Lindy Express in Istanbul, Dragon Swing in Krakow, Prague Xmas, Retro Weekend in Warsaw, Planty Hot in Dresden, BLHC in Plovdiv, Sevilla Swing Festival and many others. They’re a bunch of energetic guys who deeply love swing music, playing for dancers and guarantee to turn every event into an unforgettable night.
Django Jet is a Brno based band with a repertoire of swing as well as french gypsy jazz of 1930s and 1940s; Czech and French swing hits, as well as Django Reinhardt’s instrumental tunes full of temperament. Apart from Marie Gilbert, charmante main singer, two other members of the band take turns in vocal song, with the cherry on top in the form of impressive three-part arrangements. This time including a guest: a fine swinging cimbalist Jiří Gužík.
Born in 2015 out of the collaboration between the arranger Mathieu Najean and the dancer Sep Vermeersh, Reverent Juke has its roots in the golden era of swing. Born in Ghent, raised in Brussels, Reverent Juke is now attending Lindy Hop events everywhere in Europe.
foto: BRUX – Brussels Exchange
Blues and jazz singer, Mikey’s powerful and soulful vocals are inspired by the great jazz and blues divas and deliver a double-dose of musicality and emotion that radiate on and off the stage. In early 2016 she launched the Organ Grinders project with Jan Kořínek, world-class Czech Hammond organ player and band leader
A confusing name, huh? Don’t let yourselfs become fooled! AppenDixie is not a group of gastroenterologists, nor a beer-sausage-´n-dixieland band from one of the Prague’s many basements. It is a group of young musicians who fell in love with old jazz. They try both to combine various subgenres of old jazz (following the wishes of the bandmembers) and to respond to what the dancers ask for.
PS: Do not take the last sentence literally – we are NOT a jukebox.
The first Dark Blue Swing was organized in 2014. We expected a decent Saturday swing night but we were surprised by our swing friends from the whole of Moravia, Prague, Vienna, and Krakow. We were taken by the unbelievable energy of the crowd bouncing in the swing rhythm. But with the growing community in Brno, one swing night isn't enough anymore. Today the Dark Blue Swing is the weekend full of dance evenings, parties, and concerts connecting swing dancers throughout the whole Europe. No lessons, no workshops, no hard work. Just having fun, eating, drinking, and listening to great swing and jazz, and dancing till morning.
Slowly but steadily we are aspiring to host festivals with live music only. This year we will have even more of live music than usual. Together with local and Prague musicians we are bringing you belgium raising stars among swing dance bands REVERENT JUKE! Meet them on Saturday on the main stage and on Sunday in the bunker for slow swing and blues!
There will not be any classes during this weekend. The important is to have fun, eat and drink, listen to swing and jazz, and dance till morning!
The name of our event is inspired by a famous Czech song Dark Blue World (Tmavomodrý svět) composed by a Czech jazz legend Jaroslav Ježek. It's a blues song recounting his destiny. Ježek was almost blind - he could only recognize the shades of blue. Despite having problems with his hearing as well, his love for music led him to the career of a professional musician.
One of the famous Czech movies was later also named Dark Blue World. This movie tells a story of Czech RAF pilots during WWII. It's a movie full of inspiring fashion, insight into Czech history, and music by Jaroslav Ježek.
Music can often say what eyes don't see and resonates beyond what ears do hear...