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Black Swan Classic Jazz Band

Featuring Marilyn Keller

April 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm

- $20 – $25
Mission Theater

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Black Swan Classic Jazz Band is an entertaining, artistic group that loves performing hot jazz, ragtime and old-time gospel with a distinctive, original flair. Formed in early 1989 by leader Kit Johnson as a hot dance band dedicated to the preservation and performance of early jazz styles, Black Swan expanded its repertoire to include ragtime with the addition of pianist John Bennett in 1992, and to include blues and old-time gospel when elegant vocalist Marilyn Keller joined the fray in 1997. Black Swan has performed for numerous jazz societies, festivals, performing arts groups, and community events in Oregon, Montana, Arizona, Washington, Missouri, Iowa, California, the Caribbean, Alaska and British Columbia. Their book features nearly 400 selections, most of which were arranged by Kit, John and clarinetist Steve Matthes. The rhythm section is anchored by banjo/vocalist Alan Phillips and drummer Ron Leach. Rounding out the front line is Don Stone on trombone and Rick Holzgrafe on cornet. Black Swan is a versatile group with the ability to tastefully and softly caress an intimate room, fire up a large hall and keep the dancers cutting a rug. For this special performance, the BSCJB will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the very first jazz recording.