Music

Royal Society Jazz Orchestra

The Bay Area's premiere jazz orchestra. Pick up a few of their many essential recordings at the (twice a year) Deco-to-'60s Show in June and December.

707-765-0631
www.rsjo.com

Martini Brothers Band

The Martini Brothers Band has been getting phenomenal response from Bay Area music and dance lovers who love their smooth 1930s, 40s, and 50s style of swing from the golden era of "Hollywood Night Life". A favorite of the San Francisco social scene for over ten years, the Martini Brothers Band is both sophisticated and upbeat.

www.martinimusic.com

Sara & Swingtime

Pianist and vocalist Sara Klotz de Aguilar leads her 1930s dance band in all your favorite tunes.
Available for parties and events.

510-541-1069
www.gigmasters.com/swing/Sara-Swingtime

42nd Street Moon

This local theater company, say its founders, "is dedicated to digging up, dusting off, and re-presenting" lost or rarely-performed musicals. 42nd Street Moon -- a 1920s nickname for the bright lights of Broadway -- is one of only three theater companies in the U.S. (the others are in New York and L.A.) specializing in obscure vintage musical revivals, performed "book-in-hand."

415-861-8972
Eureka Theater, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco
www.42ndstmoon.org

The Hot Club of San Francisco

"Gypsy swing" in a Django Reinhardt vein. 

415-931-0909
www.hcsf.com

Baguette Quartette

For a breath of French air... accordionist Odile Lavault and her group perform the popular music of Paris, circa 1920 - 1940. Their valses musettes, tangos, pasodobles and "realistic" songs are often heard at the Baltic, Freight & Salvage and other venues.

www.baguettequartette.org

Cats & Jammers

A vocal swing trio (profiled in The Sophisticate, Fall 1998).

510-534-4683
www.tuxedorecords.com/CJ/index.html

Musical Theatre Lovers United

This group of enthusiasts has sing-along events with a pianist, almost every month, around the Bay Area. Handouts of sheet-music and lyrics from Broadway and Hollywood musicals are provided. Admission is $5 for MTLU members, $8 for non-members; and all attendees are asked to bring pot-luck food or beverages to share.

415-552-2222
www.mindspring.com/%7eshowtune/mtlu.htm

San Francisco Starlight Orchestra

This 14-piece orchestra (complete with a string section) presents dances at the Strawberry Recreation Center, Mill Valley, on the first Saturday of each month.

707-973-6107
www.sanfranciscostarlightorchestra.com

Suzanne Ramsey (Kitten on the Keys)

A versatile and fun pianist with a diverse period repertoire; available for parties, receptions and weddings. 

415-242-2482
www.suzanneramsey.net

Swing Fever

Classic Swing of the '30s - '40s.

(415) 459-2428
www.swingfever.com

The puppini Sisters

A close harmony group, inspired by the Andrew Sisters, Boswell Sisters, and music from the French film "The Triplets of Belleville."

www.thepuppinisisters.com

Zeena Quin

This jazz vocalist, influenced by Carmen McRae and Keely Smith, performs what she calls "Sweet 'n' Sour Swing" in local clubs. 

415-460-6444
www.zeenaquinn.com


Dance

AngieDance

Even if you've never danced before, she can make your first dance a comfortable and fun experience. Along with teaching private lessons and group classes, Angie is available to host parties, which she greatly enjoys. She is available to teach group lessons, give a professional dance performance, dance with guests, and play various types of dance music.

415-820-9699
www.angiedance.com

Cheryl Burke Dance

They're passionate about the benefits dance can bring to your life. Their convenient studios located throughout California offer a comprehensive range of exciting dance programs for all skill levels, as well as dance parties, performances, and special events.

www.cherylburkedance.com

Cynthia Glinka

San Francisco's "Roll Up the Carpets" dance diva offers private and public dance lessons that can turn anyone into Astaire & Rogers. She also produces dance events with the San Francisco Starlight Orchestra.

415-485-5500
www.dancewithglinka.com

Dance Through Time

Vintage dance lessons, dance parties, and occasional events. Located in San Francisco.

415-621-3627
www.dancethroughtime.org

Northern California Lindy Society

Lessons and events.

510-893-1519
www.ncls.com

Metronome Dance Collective

Swing, Lindy, and Jitterbug lessons, dance parties and occasional events. Located in San Francisco.

415-252-9000
www.metronomesf.com

Tuesday Night Jump

Join a melting pot of young and old: Loungers, Kittens, Boppers, and Hoppers from Sacramento to Santa Cruz. Jumpin' since 1999, join them for the hippest Tuesday in town! Voted 2007 Best Swing Dance in the Bay by SF Weekly.

www.atownagency.com/tuesdays.html

Varsity Dance Party

Featuring The Paul Price Society Orchestra with vintage music that's "True to the Twenties" third Sunday afternoons in Palo Alto.

www.paulpriceorchestra.com