Story last updated at 12/11/2013 - 3:08 pm
Tickets are now on sale for Juneau Jazz & Classic's annual New Year's Eve celebration, Swing in the New Year! Whether your taste runs to dancing to the sounds of Juneau's Thunder Mountain Big Band or just sitting with friends to enjoy the vocals of Patricia Hull and the Mis' Ain't Behavin' Trio (Scarlett Adam, Rebecca Albert and Pat Belac), the annual event promises to be the perfect addition to your New Year's Eve celebration - complete with hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar, complimentary champagne to toast in the new year at midnight, and back by popular demand, dance lessons to begin the evening!
The Juneau Thunder Mountain Big Band, led by trumpeter Ron Maas, is composed of clarinet, sax, trumpet, trombone, percussion, string bass and piano. The band plays a variety of dance favorites from swing and jazz to Latin and waltzes. Those arriving at 8PM will have the opportunity to learn a few dance steps - or brush up on what they already know - with Ms. Belac, owner of the Dance Loft and a perennial dance/dance lesson favorite.
"Swing in the New Year! is not only a great way to kick off the new year, but it's also a great way to get people excited about the upcoming festival," said Linda Rosenthal, artistic/executive director of Juneau Jazz & Classic.
The majority of performers for the 28th annual festival have been booked and tickets will soon be on sale for all of the performances. Singer, songwriter and folk/blues legend David Bromberg and his band will kick off the Festival on the 2nd of May. For the next two weeks audiences will enjoy another great mix of classical music, jazz and blues, such as chamber music artists, The Attacca String Quartet, the fast-rising blues singer Nikki Hill and her band, violinist Paul Rosenthal and jazz trumpet player Dominick Farinacci are among the artists Ms. Rosenthal has already booked. She is "...also thrilled to announce our grand finale will be Manhattan Transfer on Saturday, May 17th."
Tickets for Swing in the New Year! are available at jazzandclassics.org, the JACC and Hearthside Books. The benefit is made possible with the generous support of the Maas Family, as well as the Alaskan Brewing Company, the Baranof Hotel, the Juneau Empire, the Juneau Radio Center stations (KINY, KJNO, KXJ, KTKU, Mix-106) and the K-3 stations (KTOO, KRNN, KXLL).
For more information about Swing in the New Year! or the 2014 Festival, May 2-17th, visit jazzandclassics.org or call 463-3378.