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All Lindy-Hopped Up


I just had the pleasure of joining Chester and Linda Freeman on their radio show “The Swing Shift” on the Hudson Valley AM Station WHVW. Passionate Lindy-Hoppers (and professional dance instructors), they turned me on to a YouTube clip I’d somehow missed until now: the legendary George “Shorty” Snowden dancing to the music of the equally legendary Chick Webb, filmed all the way back in 1929.

You can read more about Webb, Snowden, the Lindy-Hop and the place where it all happened – the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem – in chapter 1 of my book, All Hopped Up and Ready To Go: Music from the Streets of New York, 1927-77. That chapter is available, via scribd, for free, here. You can hear a couple of Music mixes to accompany that chapter and see a map of late 1920s Harlem in my Music and Maps section at iJamming!, here. And you can learn more about Webb via this YouTube clip. Within the first minute, you’ll understand that he was the Keith Moon of his day.

Thanks to Linda and Chester. Their radio show is archived here and is an excellent resource for all fans of true jazz music and dancing.

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