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 amazing brunch. 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.
Four young guys from Czech Republic and Brazil, who are connected by their love for good old fashioned swing music, mainly for the music you know and love from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Chick Webb and many more. They get together with the aim of playing for lindy hoppers and have played for dancers all around Europe. With their joyful energy and style, you won’t be able to keep your feet steady!
Pavillon Restaurant, opened in August 2012, was created by combining two Brno phenomena – the famous Zeman café and the legendary Restaurant U Kastelána. The functionalist building in Koliště Park has a vast array of flavors and scents in any form.
The thermal pools offers two outdoor pools and two indoor whirlpools. You can also enjoy an indoor whirlpool and relaxation pool and swim through a gate to a large outdoor pool with whirlpool bays. You can buy your favorite drink at one of our bars and take it to the pool. In the outdoor section you will find a salty whirlpool (salinity 1 to 2%).
The Maximus Resort Hotel’s SAUNA WORLD offers 12 types of indoor and outdoor saunas, including steam rooms and a Kneipp bath. You can cool down in many ways: by taking a shower, pouring a bucket of cold water over you, dipping into one of the four small cooling pools or jumping into the outdoor lake with clear blue water. Two fresh bars are available and you can also use the indoor and outdoor rest room with a fire place or outdoor relaxation zones with beach seats.
The code name of the most highly classified nuclear fallout shelter in Brno from the Communist era (1959) to protect the city’s and region’s political representatives. It had been built during the Nazi occupation as a civil defense (Luftschutz) shelter from American and Soviet bombardment of Brno. Access to 10-Z is being prepared by the public service company Americký fond. The main idea behind the project is to create from this originally military area a place of meeting, and make it accessible to the public.
Celebrating men’s clumsiness and personal imperfections, our blues doesn’t fly smoothly like an eagle. It rather rumbles and creaks like a shaking old rusty tractor struggling in the mud. Of course, we kept some cheating and shotguns in the songs, nice little guitar solos from time to time, but generally we decided to follow a different path and so far we do consider ourselves being a bit special.
We’ve dug deep on the blues topic, starting with Chicago blues, went all the way down to the Mississippi delta, learned some gospels and work songs, that stuff where the roots of Afro-American groove begins.
Based in Brno Czech Republic, we closely collaborate with The Swing Wings community. Played at Slow Down and Jazzberry Hop festivals.
Animal Jazz is a dancing school from Madrid, which is with its philosophy and values a kindred spirit to Swing Wings. At the same time they are a great source of inspiration for us. Not only they have founded the dancing school, but they have expanded as a music school with jazz and swing classes and they have their own radio station as well. Animal Jazz are doing a great job in building their community even in such a big city as Madrid.
Foto: Nikola Gyulmezov
Energetic music project of Galia brothers and friends. Swing in the name of the band doesn’t set boundaries only on hits of 30’s & 40’s era but it well describes spirit of the band and it’s tribute to all great names of not only swing era but also the other jazz genres. With distinctive humour we also deliver songs from completely different style but with new facelift.