Dandy Dillinger (left) and Melody Jane. Photo: Don Spiro.

The Wild Party Returns Aug. 29

Dandy Dillinger & Melody Jane (Photo: Don Spiro)

Dandy Dillinger & Melody Jane (Photo: Don Spiro)

Saturday, August 29, 2015 in NYC, come to Wit’s End™ annual “Wild Party” and drink Prohibition era cocktails and celebrate the Jazz Age with music from Vintage Barber & Radio Host, DJ Mike Will Cut You and LIVE hot jazz from Jason Benjamin and Lime Juice Jazz!

Come in your most scandalous vintage inspired attire—or vintage lingerie–to drink specialty cocktails and dance to jazz age songs in an authentic 1920s speakeasy. Our party is at Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street, formerly Texas Guinan’s Club Intime! Advance tickets here!

Our hostesses are Dandy Dillinger and Miss Melody Jane!

Our co-sponsor is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

About this month’s live band: Lime Juice Jazz is a New York City band lead by trumpeter and vocalist Jason Benjamin. The style is a unique mix of hot, classic jazz and swing with splashes of Latin jazz. The band plays regularly in NYC at various music venues, with an ongoing residency at Le Fanfare in Brooklyn since September, 2014.

Dress code: Jacket and tie, vintage or vintage-inspired, Jazz Age, evening wear, cocktail attire is encouraged!

Just $15 at the door! Advance tickets on sale via Ticketweb.

Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.

Doors open at 7:00 PM. Free dance lesson at 8:30 with Jeri Lynn Astra Turner-Barnes and Neal Groothuis!

Tell your friends. Visit our new Facebook Page.

Melody Jane steps in to Hostess, Sits Down with Dandy Dillinger for Tips

Dandy Dillinger (left) and Melody Jane. Photo: Don Spiro.

Dandy Dillinger (left) and Melody Jane. Photo: Don Spiro.

The July 25 Wit’s End party at Flute Midtown, with the Pre-War Ponies performing, will also see the debut of our newest hostess, Melody Jane. She’s a performer and singer, most recently in the revival of the Marx Brothers show, I’ll Say She Is, which is coming back in 2016 at the Connelly Theatre. Melody is stepping into the ruby-encrusted shoes this month of her pal, Dandy Dillinger.

We conducted an interview with these two charming ladies in their bathtub.

Dandy, you’ve been hostess for the party for a few months now. What’s a secret you can share with Melody, to help her make her debut?

Always have fun, you are there to bring the room together and keep the party going. If you’re not enjoying yourself how do you expect anyone else to.

Melody, what’s something you bring to the party that no other hostess can bring?

I am a Vaudevillian American Sweetheart that will sing, dance, and charm any crowd into the wee hours of the morning.

Melody, any questions for Dandy?

How on earth do you always manages to look so stunningly beautiful?!

Melody Jane (left) and Dandy Dillinger. Photo: Don Spiro.

Melody Jane (left) and Dandy Dillinger. Photo: Don Spiro.

Dandy, does Melody have your sense of style?

Melody has her own since of style and its one of the things I love most about her. She doesn’t care what people think, and she has a nice mix of a little bit of every era along with her own touch but can morph into the parts she plays very well.

Melody, what can we expect to see on July 25?

This July I will be hosting the greatest vintage-style champagne party in New York City! In addition to the fantastic live jazz music and vintage cocktails, you can expect me to sing a tune or two and dance the night away.

Dandy, any advice for this woman?

Just be you girl.

Advance tickets are available via Ticketweb, or get them at the door for $15. More information here.

Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies Headline July 25 Party

Saturday, July 25, 2015 in NYC, come to Wit’s End™ “Midtown Melodies” and drink Prohibition era cocktails and celebrate the Jazz Age with music from Vintage Barber & Radio Host, DJ Mike Will Cut You and LIVE hot jazz from Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies!

Come in your finest jazz age or vintage inspired attire to drink specialty cocktails and dance to jazz age songs in an authentic 1920s speakeasy. Our party is at Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street, formerly Texas Guinan’s Club Intime! Advance tickets here!

Meet our new hostess, Melody Jane. She’s a songstress and burlesque star, wanted in six states for her monkeyshines and outlaw ways!

Midtown Melodies

Midtown Melodies

Our co-sponsor is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

About this month’s live band: The Pre-War Ponies was formed in 2007 by Daria Grace, who wanted to put to use her growing collection of sheet music and repertoire of not-quite hits from the 20s, 30s and 40s. She quickly recruited her old friend, trombonist and soprano uke player J. Walter Hawkes to be a part of the madness, and they have become the core duo of the band.

As for the band’s mission:

We see no reason to re-hash standards that have already been done so beautifully so many times. We like to dig deep. You have likely heard of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer, but you probably haven’t heard some of their under-rated chestnuts like “Pardon My Southern Accent” or “Find Me A Primitive Man.” We don’t just stick to the famous songwriters, either. There are plenty of gems from that golden era by the likes of Fred Ahlert, Joe Young, Chas Tobias, and Eddie Jones, none of whom are exactly household names. But maybe they should be…

Visit their Facebook Page and listen to their music here.

Dress code: Jacket and tie, vintage or vintage-inspired, Jazz Age, evening wear, cocktail attire is encouraged!

Just $15 at the door! Advance tickets on sale via Ticketweb.

Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.

Doors open at 7:00 PM. Free dance lesson at 8:30 with Jeri Lynn Astra Turner-Barnes and Neal Groothuis!

Tell your friends. Visit our new Facebook Page.

Gotham Easy and Manhattan Moonshine Together on June 27

Moonshine in Manhattan

Moonshine in Manhattan

Saturday, June 27, 2015 in NYC, come to Wit’s End™ “Moonshine in Manhattan” and drink Prohibition era cocktails and celebrate the Jazz Age with music from Vintage Barber & Radio Host, DJ Mike Will Cut You and LIVE hot jazz from The Gotham Easy.

Come in your finest jazz age or vintage inspired attire to drink specialty cocktails and dance to jazz age songs in an authentic 1920s speakeasy. Our party is at Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street, formerly Texas Guinan’s Club Intime! Advance tickets here!

Meet our hostess, Dandy Dillinger. She looks sweet but this salty vamp can spice up any party. A 21st Century flapper with a dash of Jazz Age gangster.

This month our sponsor is Manhattan Moonshine, Prohibition-Style Whiskey. Try a vintage cocktail made with Manhattan Moonshine, you won’t forget it!

Our co-sponsor is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

About this month’s live band: The Gotham Easy members are Janelle Reichman (clarinet) Chris Cortier (trombone), Chris Johnson (banjo & piano) and TubaJoe Exley (tuba). While being completely at ease playing classic standards in the time-honored New Orleans tradition, the band brings a brash vitality to music that is all too often treated as a delicate museum piece. The Gotham Easy’s members have been playing together since 2006. Whether revitalizing the traditional jazz canon with their excitement and energy, or whipping an audience into a frenzy with their raucous original compositions, the Gotham Easy brings the music of the early 20th century into the early 21st century with a fresh style and attitude. Visit their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

Dress code: Jacket and tie, vintage or vintage-inspired, Jazz Age, evening wear, cocktail attire is encouraged!
Just $15 at the door! Advance tickets on sale via Ticketweb.

Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.

Doors open at 7:00 PM. Free dance lesson at 8:30 with Jeri Lynn Astra Turner-Barnes and Neal Groothuis!

Tell your friends. Visit our new Facebook Page.

May 30 Don’t Miss ‘Mischief in May’ With Glenn Crytzer’s Quartet

Saturday, May 30, 2015 in NYC, come to Wit’s End™ “Mischief in May” and drink Prohibition era cocktails and celebrate the Jazz Age with music from Vintage Barber & Radio Host, DJ Mike Will Cut You and LIVE hot jazz from Glenn Crytzer’s Quartet! Download their free song here.

Come in your finest jazz age or vintage inspired attire to drink specialty cocktails and dance to jazz age songs in an authentic 1920s speakeasy. Our party is at Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street, formerly Texas Guinan’s Club Intime!

Meet our hostess, Dandy Dillinger. She looks sweet but this salty vamp can spice up any party. A 21st Century flapper with a dash of Jazz Age gangster. Our co-sponsor is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

About this month’s live band: Glenn Crytzer’s Quartet represents a stable of vintage-style jazz ensembles directed by Glenn Crytzer. These ensembles focus on authentic performance of the styles of American Jazz performed prior to and during World War 2. Their music is influenced by artists like Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Christian, King Oliver, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, and their contemporaries.

Despite the influence of these jazz luminaries, Rhythm Club Ensembles always have their own distinctive sound due to musical director Glenn Crytzer’s unique approach to bandleading. Glenn eschews modernizing it with sounds like electric basses, ride cymbals, monitor speakers, and over amplification as these techniques change the sound of the music. At the same time, he avoids the idea of becoming a recreationist who attempts to make an exact copy of someone else’s sound as that would be antithetical to the individualist spirit of jazz music. Rather, Glenn’s approach is to use the musical language and techniques of the golden age of jazz in creating ensembles with unique styles and personalities – exactly the approach taken by musicians in the 20s, 30s, and 40s! As a result, critics, dancers, and listeners have praised Rhythm Club ensembles as “amazingly authentic,” “like some newly discovered band dug out of the Savoy vaults,” and “a rare organization dedicated to playing this (swing) music with such integrity to the original style.”​

Dress code: Jacket and tie, vintage or vintage-inspired, Jazz Age, evening wear, cocktail attire is encouraged!

Just $15 at the door! Advance tickets on sale via Ticketweb.

Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.

Doors open at 7:00 PM. Free dance lesson at 8:30 with Jeri Lynn Astra Turner-Barnes and Neal Groothuis!

Tell your friends. Visit our new Facebook Page.

Wit’s End™ sponsors the New York Hot Jazz Festival 2015 After Party!

Come join Wit’s End™ and the best hot jazz musicians in the east (and some from the west) at the Third Annual New York Hot Jazz Festival! Wit’s End™ is sponsoring the after party at midnight! It will be an amazing Festival Jam Session led by David Ostwald and Gordon Au!

May 3rd at the Players Club!
Noon to 2AM

For tickets, go to
http://www.nyhotjazzfest.com/