|Swing City Zurich
23 June - 30 June 2001
Short Event Report by Jill Benz
|Opening Party 22 June 2001
The opening party for this one-time international swing festival, took place in the buildings of Zurich main train station. The bands: George Gee and his make believe Ballroom Orchestra and the Count Bassie Big Band - both from New York. Although the setting looked promising the acoustics were poor. As it was free entrance the place was over-crowded. For our tastes both bands, although excellent, played a little to much modern swing and not enough authentic original 40’s sounds.
Each band that I saw during the swing city week was in my opinion, highly professional with excellent musicians and gave a high quality performance. My taste is not everyone’s but here are my own comments to some of the bands that I saw myself:
The Swing Gates (Switzerland):
Del Sasso and the Rossos: Certainly excellent
musicians and performers but too many modern jazz numbers for my taste
(particularly the second set).
Jennz Löbel and the Swing Kings
(Sweden): Good swinging sounds. I loved Jenny’s renditions of the old jazz
George Gee and his Jump Jive and Wailers(New York): George Gee has great stage presence and personality. When the band played original style swing classics they were fantastic - pity they had to play so much modern swing and jazz though.
The DJ’s: Again for my taste too much modern swing was played, too many new versions - not enough of the old originals - shame.
My special thanks to the organisers of this event - and the wonderfully
helpful bar staff and door staff at the Gessnerallee.
Disappointing that this event was not better supported. Everyone I know seems to complain that there’s nowhere to go and when there is they don’t bother!!!
Now for a few photos from the week of “Swing city’ : Photos thanks
to Roly, Rolf, Hugo, Gabi, Brigitte, Astrid, Thomas, Jens.