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Gordon Webster and a NY swing band at Meow

Press Release – Full Swing Vintage Dance Company
Bringing with him an 8 piece swing band from New York to make his New Zealand debut at Meow before playing a dance event, Full Swing is thrilled to present Gordon Webster!

Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the swing jazz and dance world. Drawing on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, Webster serves up a smorgasbord of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible danceability.

Born in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Webster began playing the piano at age 4. He moved to Toronto in 1993 to study jazz piano at University of Toronto. In 2001, while still living in Toronto, he became obsessed with the lindy hop and began traveling to exchanges and camps as both a musician and a dancer.

One of the most active and versatile musicians on the scene, Webster maintains ongoing collaborative relationships with a diverse array of jazz/blues and lindy hop luminaries, and is an associate member of one of the most popular traditional jazz bands on the U.S. lindy hop scene, the Cangelosi Cards.

Mr Webster will be one of the highlights of the Wellington Swing Festival. Other highlights include dance classes, talks and a ball. You can find more information on www.windylindy.co.nz or on Eventfinda under Full Swing.

According to festival organizer Saran Goldie-Anderson, “As part of our mission to build a welcoming, diverse and connected dance community in Wellington, we hope that by expanding the existing festival to include these events we will engage with the wider Wellington community and encourage public participation in swing music and dance. We’re incredibly excited to be bringing world class talent and opportunities to Wellington!”

Full Swing is Wellington’s first Swing and Vintage Dance School.

They teach a range of swing era dances and enjoy the fantastic swing music scene in Wellington, all whilst having a barrel of fun.

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