Tue, Nov 30


Crystal Ballroom

Savoy Night (weekly series)

Welcome to Savoy Night at Crystal Ballroom, a new weekly Tuesday series! On 11/30/21 we present: Vince Giordano, special guest with Warren Ertle and The Hot Peppers.

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Savoy Night (weekly series)

Time & Location

Nov 30, 2021, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144, USA

About the event

Welcome to Savoy Night at Crystal Ballroom! This new series honors the legacy of The Savoy Ballroom, and features the finest live swing, big band, and classic jazz music.

Ultimate big band legend Vince Giordano (bandleader of the legendary New York-based Nighthawks Orchestra, as heard on Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire) will be joining already-superhot 7-piece swing band Warren Ertle's Hot Peppers on Tuesday November 30th. Not to be missed!

Vince Giordano

Grammy-winner, New York native and multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano has played in New York nightclubs, appeared in films such as The Cotton Club, The Aviator, Finding Forrester, Revolutionary Road, Cafe SocietyHBOs Boardwalk Empire and for concerts at the Town Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the Newport Jazz Festival and the 92nd St Y for the past four decades. Recording projects include soundtracks for the award-winning Boardwalk Empire with vocalists like Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, St. Vincent, Regina Spektor, Neko Case, Leon Redbone, Liza Minnelli, Catherine Russell, Rufus Wainwright and David Johansen. Vince and his band have also recorded for Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages, Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd, Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, Michael Mann’s film Public Enemies, and John Krokidas’ debut feature, Kill Your Darlings, along with HBO’s Grey Gardens and the miniseries Mildred Pierce. The Nighthawks are also seen and heard in the USA Network series Royal Pains and in the PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook. The band’s has also worked on Todd Haynes’ Academy Award nominated film Carol; the Emmy-winning Bessie bio-pic on HBO, and Cinemax’s The Knick starring Clive Owen. The guys have also recorded music for Maggie Greenwald film called Sophie and the Rising Sun that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

Warren Ertle

Warren Ertle is a composer, arranger, bandleader, and jazz pianist based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at The University of Alabama. A native of Central Mississippi, Ertle earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Mississippi College (2016) and a Master of Music from The Boston Conservatory (2019). He has a passion for early American popular music from the 1920s-1940s, and has an interest in writing compositions that are influenced by, and interact with this body of work. Ertle has written for various soloists and ensembles and his music has been performed internationally, as well as across America. He is an avid performer of both classical and jazz styles and has been seen with the Mississippi Wind Symphony, the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra of Jackson, The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Dan Gabel & the Abletones, Brigade Big Band, and regularly with Category VI Jazz Combo. In 2019, Ertle founded GreenLight Jazz Orchestra, a Boston-based early jazz and new music ensemble for which he served as bandleader and pianist, until 2020. He is married to vocalist, actor, and educator, Jamie Shannon Ferguson Ertle, and the duo perform various jazz and musical theater styles across the southeast. Ertle currently serves as the pianist and staff arranger at the Forty-First Army Band, and is in the process of founding a new ensemble in the Greater Birmingham area. He is a board member of the American Big Band Preservation Society, Inc., and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.

Want to learn how to swing dance? We got you. We start the evening with an introductory lindy hop dance lesson, available to those who sign up, from 6 to 7pm.

We will get you up and dancing with an introduction to basic lindy hop six-count and eight-count footwork patterns, partner connection, and moving between open and closed position. The aim of this lesson is to give you the tools you need to express yourself to the music and have fun in a dance partnership. No partner required to join the lesson. Dancers will be required to wear a mask while dancing.

Dan Gabel and The Abletones take the stage at 7:30 and the live music will continue until 10pm.

Presented by The American Big Band Preservation Society, Inc.

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