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!
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