The Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 22, 2001
January 22, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 18


Swing Dance Event Will Celebrate Hopkins' 125th Anniversary

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Save the date--'Swingin' into the 125th! A Johns Hopkins University 125th Anniversary Celebration' will be presented by the Office of Special Events at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, in the Newton H. White Jr. Athletic Center on the Homewood campus.

Swing dance music will be provided by Paul Cosentino & the Boilermaker Jazz Band and George Gee's Jump, Jive & Wailers, with a guest appearance by Hopkins' own Sixth Dimension. During intermission, the Fabulous Grit Grinders will offer swing dance instruction.

Founded at Carnegie Mellon University in 1988 by Paul Cosentino and steeped in the New Orleans tradition, the Boilermaker Jazz Band offers renditions of classics with special attention to the detail and authenticity of swing-era playing. The group, which has performed at major jazz festivals throughout the world, has four critically praised CDs and has been featured on National Public Radio's jazz series.

Deeply rooted in the Count Basie tradition, George Gee and a number of his band members are former players in Basie's orchestra; others are alumni of the Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington bands. Veterans of New York's Apollo Theater, the Rainbow Room and the Waldorf-Astoria and Plaza hotels, George Gee and his players have appeared in an NBC-TV movie and on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.

The media sponsor is WJHU 88.1 FM. Support is provided in part by the Office of Residential Life. Tickets are offered at a special Hopkins birthday price of $5; advance ticket purchase is recommended. For information, call the Office of Special Events at 410-516-7157.