Phoenix Lindy Exchange November 12th, 2005


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1.jpg OK for Saturday I decided no more screwing around and brought my huge 70-200mm f2.8 zoom lens which I normally use for football.
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2.jpg Fortunately Mighty Aphrodite in the Pavillion was perfect to practice on!
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16.jpg A little later Titan Hot 7 was back in the ballroom again again.
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19.jpg They seemed to be in an extra-goofy mood.
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20.jpg I guess they wondered how much garbage could fit in a tuba. Quite a lot.
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23.jpg Out on the patio were The Wildcats. This band is mostly made up of ASU professors and students (Wildcats. Get it?)
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31.jpg Then back in the Pavillion, this was Fulton Street I think.
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32.jpg Plenty of dancable music but no Lindy dancers of course. Listen to a low-fi clip of them playing some very swingable music.
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36.jpg Then Clint Baker was back. Man, these stage lights make everyone look like they have a bad sunburn.
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38.jpg Check out more of the great dance music that the Lindy folks missed out on.
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44.jpg I asked Kathie Cavera if she ever stops smiling on stage. "Never!"
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45.jpg Look out. More dangerous music by the Titan Hot 7. Will Jofflyn and Amber cheat death two nights in a row?
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49.jpg I think Amber is dead and Jofflyn is just holding her lifeless body upright so as not to cause a scene.
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50.jpg OMG! The unthinkable has happened! Jofflyn and Amber died right before our eyes! The horror! The humanity! The embarassment!
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51.jpg The audience didn't seem to be bothered by the sight of two lifeless bodies. Must be from New York. Listen to this crackly soundclip of the music responsible for their deaths.
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52.jpg OK I was kidding. They're not really dead.
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53.jpg Quick run as fast as you can to the ballroom to catch the end of Mighty Aphrodite's last set!
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55.jpg What's this? Nina Ferro was playing drums? She's everywhere!
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56.jpg Nina decides to sing instead.
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57.jpg She also admitted that she hadn't picked up a drumstick since she was six years old.
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59.jpg Clint Baker again. For some reason they played a more Dixieland set there making me look like a liar after telling the Lindy people about all the dancable music they had played that weekend.
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60.jpg Kathie plays a killer banjo solo. Her face is going to be sore tomorrow.
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64.jpg Whoops, I accidently got a good shot of a lead instead of the back of his head. That rarely happens.
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65.jpg This was High Sierra. They were a little too comical for my tastes but they did do a great job of trying to get the Senior Citizens pretending to be enthused by the music.
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66.jpg When we Lindy dancers finally started to show up, I overheard a guy in the audience asking another who these dancers were. "Lindyhoppers they call themselves." Didn't make me feel welcome there.
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67.jpg Oh, then there was Sine Qua Non. Imagine the Benny Goodman Quartet plus bass and that's what they sounded like. Listen to the sound clip if you don't believe me.
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73.jpg Listen to one last clip of Titan Hot 7 playing some music that was perfect for us Lindy dancers.
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74.jpg For the record, Gail from Sactown normally doesn't look this bored.
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75.jpg And Sandy, formerly from D.C., normally has a face you can see.
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76.jpg Here's the Solo Charleston Contest. Um, you know, solo Charleston does not make for especially good pictures. I know that now.
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77.jpg Damn, why did I bring that stupid football lens? I nearly had to stand in Mesa to shoot these.
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78.jpg Ouch, did he mean to do that?
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79.jpg Yes he did. He's OK, folks!
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82.jpg This contestant was nothing more than a shameless advertisement for the Utah Lindy Exchange which will be happening January 12-15. I refuse to show her sneaky stunt because I won't be going although I hear about a zillion other people are so you should check it out.
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84.jpg If you look closely, you may also see London and France.
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91.jpg OK final heat. Look in the background and you'll see two musicians from a band I have mentioned quite a number of times.
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95.jpg While breakdancing is a legimate dance form, I'm not sure it qualifies as Charleston!
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102.jpg Look, it's the adorable Binks announcing the winners!
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103.jpg Second place got to kiss Binks on the cheek and hold her hand.
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104.jpg The winner!
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105.jpg Two more gratuitous shots of Binks in her flapper outfit.
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106.jpg That's all folks!