The Significance of Celebrating Heritage Month with The Pebble Shakers at District.

Mary-Anne SlezacekHistory

There are many things I love about South Africa: the dramatic landscapes, the wild oceans and springtime flowers for a start. Then there’s the fact that traffic lights are called “robots” (and that you can do some shopping while you wait for them to turn green), there’s wine at children’s parties, you’re expected to be thirty minutes late to everything …

Women of the Swing Era.

Mary-Anne SlezacekHistory

In the third instalment of CTS’s Women in Jazz blog series, we turn the spotlight on the pioneers of jazz and swing in the USA. Two of our members, Alisa and The Funky Dak, showcase some remarkable women who made a huge impact. Not only in did they help create the Swing scene that we know and love today; these …

The Shim Sham: A Brief History of a Lindy Hop Institution.

Mary-Anne SlezacekHistory

You’re taking a sip of your drink, in need of a break after some particularly swinging swingouts, when a familiar stomping intro kicks in. There’s something so alluring about that bold and rhythmic statement from the brass section, with its syncopated motif, and you find yourself abandoning your drink to run back to the dance floor and join in the …