Impressions is delighted to be kicking off the 2019 WestCoast Big Band Festival with a swing dance on Friday, November 15th. This is a rare opportunity to dance to swing music as it’s meant to be played – by a big band! And not just one big band – Impressions will be joined by fellow community band FAT Jazz. Both bands feature stellar vocalists and selections from Swing Era dance band greats like Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, and Benny Goodman.
Rising Star Vocalist
Also joining Impressions will be Rising Star vocalist Pressley Murillo. Pressley hails from Los Angeles, where she was a co-director of the International Peace Choir in Long Beach, CA. She studied voice at Cypress College in Cypress, CA, and now attends Capilano University as a Bachelor of Jazz Studies candidate with an emphasis in Music Education.
Impressions’ regular vocalist Peter Juric will also be treating you to his expressive Sinatra/Ray Charles influenced style.
Dance Lesson With Maria
Popular dance instructor Maria Morlin will also be on hand to lead a lively one-hour swing dance lesson.
Maria has trained in a variety of swing styles, including East Coast, West Coast and Lindy-Hop. She’s won awards in ballroom dance competitions and performed jive and jazz with a couples’ dance formation team and all-girl chorus line. She’s also taught dance aerobics for many years. Maria believes that everyone can catch the rhythm and dance in no time, with just a little joyful guidance to get started. Dancing with Maria will put a smile on your face!
A delicious 3-course meal is optionally available with advance tickets to the dance. See details on the ticket site. Dinner tickets must be purchased by November 1st.
19 Big Band Performances Over 3 Days
Check out the other concerts and events at the 2019 WestCoast Big Band Festival . The festival is the premier performance, networking, and educational event for community big bands in the Vancouver area. Now in its fifth year, the festival will showcase the Lower Mainland’s best community and professional big bands. Musicians at all levels will also benefit from free jazz improvisation workshops by leading jazz educators. Performances and workshops are all FREE except for the evening concerts. Proceeds from the festival are donated to the Fraser McPherson Jazz Fund for up-and-coming jazz musicians.