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A Mid Summer Night Swing –  every Wednesday in August


The Paradise Swing Band

New music is often based on older styles. One such era that is being revived by many of the younger generation is Swing. New variations of old style Swing Jazz is gaining popularity. Swing music and dancing took the country by storm. It’s proving to be a storm that never really ended. East Coast Swing developed in 1920s & 1930s Harlem first by then band Leader Cab Calloway was soon followed by a number of variations West Coast Swing, Carolina Shag, Lindy Hop, and bouncy jumpin Jive.

Swing Dance Instructor Lucy Carleton and LRJC Manager, former Broadway Dancer, Denis Hyland

Today Swing dancing is becoming very popular again today with music loving dancers. Beginning every Wednesday in August we will get to celebrate the 100 year old music of Swing in Key West at the Little Room Jazz Club plus free Swing Dance lessons.

Lucy Carleton leading her Swing Dancers at LRJC

The new five piece Paradise Swing Band love to play and help preserve America’s art form of Swing Jazz. The band is led by Joe Dallas Jr. on upright bass and trombone. Regular band members include Tony Elitcher on a variety of woodwind instruments including harmonica. Donna Deforrest shows her talents on saxophone and flute and Les Dudley rounds out the 3 part harmony on tenor sax. Hal Howland will handle the percussion. “This band was created to be featured at the Little Room Jazz Club specifically using members and talented musicians who love to play this music”, said Dallas.

Donna Deforrest on her magical flute.

Luckily there are five Wednesdays in August starting this Wednesday August 2nd. For good measure superstar dance instructor Lucy Carlton will be offering a free Swing Dance Lesson during the planned half hour break starting at 9:00pm. The Little Room Jazz Club’s former Broadway dancer and club manager Denis Hyland has installed rotating mirrored ball for the occasion and will enlarge the dance floor area to make room for Swing.

Band Leader Joe Dallas Jr. promises to play all the Big Band era swing with a special tribute to Glenn Miller’s famous Swing dance In the Mood. He has a complete repertoire of Swing and Jazz standards like Woodchoppers Ball, Moten Swing, Sing Sing Sing, Jersey Bounce, Satin Doll, and many more. To keep the dance floor full, his set list will include Cha Cha and Latin Jazz.

Key West is always leading with live music. Plan your Wednesday’s in August to join Denis, Joe, Lucy, and the Paradise Swing Band for a Mid Summer Night Swing of jumpin dance at the Little Room Jazz Club dancing from 8pm – 11pm.


The Paradise Swing Band led by Joe Dallas on Standup Bass. Tony Elitcher, Donna Deforrest, Les Dudley leading the three part harmony.

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