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California’s Swing Fever gets the island temperature rising tonight at SJCT

Swing Fever ... performs tonight at San Juan Community Theatre. - Swing Fever
Swing Fever ... performs tonight at San Juan Community Theatre.
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"In the Mood" for swing?

California’s Swing Fever will likely get the island temperature rising and lots of feet moving at the San Juan Community Theatre on tonight at 7:30.

With its more than 1,000-song repertoire of swingin’ jazz from the 1930s and ‘40s, the “small swing band with a big band sound” (five players and one vocalist) will keep the Whittier stage jumpin’. A special dance floor will be provided on stage for those audience members ready to cut a rug.

Swing Fever has been a popular San Francisco Bay Area group since 1978 when band leader Barry Gould gave up his job at the Marin County Probation Department and focused on music. He’s recruited players who have performed and recorded with such legends as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and Tony Bennett.

The band itself has toured with renowned musicians like Count Basie/Duke Ellington trumpeter Clark Terry and clarinetist Buddy DeFranco.

Critic Phil Elwood of the San Francisco Examiner said the band plays “as though the numbers are on today’s Hit Parade.” Check out their sounds at www.swingfever.com.

The Business Partner for Swing Fever is Whidbey Island Bank. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for student reserved, with $5 student RUSH one hour before the show if there are still seats available.

The Box Office is open Tuesdays through Fridays from

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.sjctheatre.org.

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