MUSIC

Pianist and band leader Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the Lindy Hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide. Drawing on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, Webster serves up a smorgasbord of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible danceability.

Born in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Webster began playing the piano at age 4. He moved to Toronto in 1993 to study jazz piano at University of Toronto. In 2001, while still living in Toronto, he became obsessed with the Lindy Hop and began traveling to exchanges and camps as both a musician and a dancer. In 2002, Gordon met his wife Katie, a Lindy Hopper, at Swing Out New Hampshire. In 2004, he moved to New York City to pursue his Masters of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated in 2006.

One of the most active and versatile musicians on the scene, Webster maintains ongoing collaborative relationships with a diverse array of jazz/blues and lindy hop luminaries, and is an associate member of one of the most popular traditional jazz bands on the U.S. lindy hop scene, the Cangelosi Cards.

Photo by Devon Rowland

DJ’s

Kara Fabina (Colorado Springs)

One thing that you can count on from this DJ is a vast understanding of genres. Because of her background in various dance styles, Kara brings a depth of musical knowledge appropriate for dancing. Her loves vary from House to Funk, Old School Hip Hop, Vintage Jazz, Blues and Soul. She has a not so secret adoration for mashups, and has even dabbled in beat production and mixology. With a desire to be a jill of all trades, she began Dj’ing at house parties in 2011. Since then she has gone on to DJ at local dance venues and events throughout the country. Based in Colorado Springs, she works to provide dancers with a variety of blues, jazz, and swing music in her sets. Find out more at www.AmosandKara.com

Patrick Kierkegaard

Patrick is passionate about social dancing and brings that same love and drive to his deejaying. With the experience of deejaying countless hours at several national and international venues and events, he has developed a knack for when it comes to reading a crowd and delivering music guaranteed to keep the energy in the room high, toes tapping, and the audience smiling throughout the night. As a DJ, his desire is to bring the best and most inspiring music (both old and new recordings) to every floor he deejays and he works relentlessly to keep the floor swinging.

Sean Krazit

Sean Krazit has been collecting and spinning hard swinging jazz since 2012. While living on the east coast, Sean regularly DJed at Philadelphia’s Jazz Attack, Baltimore’s Mobtown Ballroom, and New York’s Frim Fram Jam. Now based in San Francisco, he can be heard at venues throughout the Bay Area. Sean loves to categorize his music with some unconventional labels: “sneak jazz,” “Austin drive,” and “deep pocket.” When you find yourself dancing hard on the floor, you just might see what he means.

Luke Lebkisher

My name is Luke. Three years ago I was was blessed to discover vintage jazz. Before that I was only aware of the sort jazz done by Miles Davis, John Coltrane and others from that era – bop and straight-ahead jazz.

The first song  that really moved me was a rare track I happened upon called “Trouble”, by Clarence Williams. It had such a raw gritty deep emotional quality to it. The musical composition was serious, complex and was contrasted with the rustic instruments and homespun playing. It was dark, silly and sexy all wrapped into one. This perfect blend of humor, sadness and sensuality was transcending.

From then on I was on the hunt for more songs like it. I became obsessed with discovering jazz music, looking for all different tempos and feelings.  Some of my current favorites are “Troubled” by Frankie Trumbaur or “Ridin and Jivin” by Earl Hines, or  “Old Man From the Mountain” by The Mills Brothers.

My love for this music is only multiplied when I get to share music with others.  Whether it’s  playing for the elderly at the nursing home I work at, or the thrilling experience of enjoying dancers expressing themselves artistically to the music I love so dearly.

Other DJ’s include: 

  • Elijah Ryberg