Authentic classic American swing outfit from Baltimore / Washington, D.C. area lindy hops its way back to the Rubber City for an unforgettable evening of live music and dance, joined by Valerie Salstrom & the notorious Get Hep Swing Dancers!
If you know how to lindy hop, watch TCM for fashion ideas in your wardrobe, appreciate style that never goes out of style, and listen to music from the era after prohibition and before rock and roll, then this band is for you!
Craig Gildner and the Blue Sky 5 were formed in 1999 by original members Craig Gildner and Tommy Greco during the high point of the swing dance resurgence. While other bands were donning outrageous zoot suits and playing jump blues, Craig was delving into the true classic repertoire of the swing era small bands from Basie, Ellington, Goodman and Shaw.
A unique feature of this band is that there are original songs and arrangements that stay true to the swing lexicon: you’d hardly know if it was written in 1944 or 2014. Vintage instruments and attire complete the effect. As testament to the band’s authenticity, it has appeared at premiere dance events such as DCLX, CincyLX, Jammin’ on the James, and Midsummer Night Swing.
Whether it’s a weekend dance, lindy hop exchange, theme party, or club date, Craig Gildner and The Blue Sky 5 delivers classic American swing…and has a ball doing it!
Join us at BLU Jazz+, Northeast Ohio’s favorite “new-age speakeasy,” as we feature this wonderful band that is sure to make you move and groove in their return to BLU – featuring Craig Gildner (piano), James Fowler (bass), Greg Williams (drums), Halley Shoenberg (clarinet, tenor/alto sax), Brett Lemley (trumpet), Tommy Greco (tenor sax). Swing dance lesson with Valerie Salstrom from Get Hep Swing at 7PM, live band starts at 8PM – see you there!