The Cakewalk is a night of live old-style jazz for dancing and romancing, with dance classes, great bands and a jam session that takes place every Wednesday at the Jago in Dalston, london.
Joining us tonight are Frog and Henry the Cakewalk
Formed in New Orleans as a collective of several street performing groups, Frog & Henry perform and record old dance and jazz music from the early 1900's on brass and string instruments, with nearly every instrumentalist contributing to vocals. Most of our repertoire is dug up from forgotten songs dating to the dawn of recorded music, in the form of early dance tunes, or from even earlier 19thC sheet music.
We've borrowed the phrase 'string and brass band' from the descriptions of the earliest dance and jazz bands; and in that tradition we feature violin and mandolin-banjo as melody instruments alongside clarinet, alto and baritone saxophone. We've also designed and built a foot-operated tuba that allows one person to play tuba and six-string banjo simultaneously.
All musician of all levels who play old style jazz, ragtime blues, swing and other pre-war dance music styles are welcome
Swing dance classes every week with Phil and Tine. 7-8 Intermediate, 8-9 Beginners
Opening set from house band 8.30-9.15
Jazz Session/ Singers open mic from 9.15-1am
Dance class £10
£5-10 sliding scale 7-11-30
FREE after 11.30