Swing music, also known as swing jazz, is a form of jazz music that developed in the early 1930s and had solidified as a distinctive style by 1935 in the United States. Swing uses a strong anchoring rhythm section which supports a lead section that can include brass instruments, including trumpets and trombones, woodwinds including saxophones and clarinets or stringed instruments including violin and guitar; medium to fast tempos; and a "lilting" swing time rhythm. Swing bands usually featured soloists who would improvise a new melody over the arrangement. The danceable swing style of bandleaders such as Benny Goodman and Count Basie was the dominant form of American popular music from 1935 to 1945.
The verb "to swing" is also used as a term of praise for playing that has a strong rhythmic "groove" or drive.
Why Swing for your Event ?
Lightness and joie de vivre are the essence of swing. We take light entertainment seriously and aim to bring out its beauty and depth. The swing groove lilts and flows, generating new and vibrant styles of dance: Dancing to acoustic music is back in vogue.
Swing fever has swept over Berlin in the last few years and we love the fact that it crosses over into so many different scenes.
American swing from the 20s, 30s and 40s is familiar to all, but Europe was also home to a thriving swing movement. We have mainly focused on French swing and jazz played by German Sinti and Roma, known as gypsy swing. During the Third Reich, swing and jazz were classed as “degenerate art” and banned, bringing this cultural development to an abrupt halt.
Our goal is to take up where this movement left off and inject it with elements of chanson, pop and modern jazz, bringing the French-German swing-club tradition into the modern day.