Tickets are now on sale for Juneau Jazz & Classic’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Swing in the New Year! The annual event will include musical entertainment by Juneau’s Thunder Mountain Big Band, Patricia Hull and the Mis’ Ain’t Behavin’ Trio (Scarlett Adam, Rebecca Albert and Pat Belac), as well as hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar, complimentary champagne to toast in the new year at midnight, and -- back by popular demand -- dance lessons.
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 8 p.m. will have the opportunity to learn a few dance steps – or brush up on what they already know -- with Belac, owner of the Dance Loft.
Linda Rosenthal, artistic director of Juneau Jazz & Classics, said the event is also a great way to get people excited about the upcoming festival in May. The majority of performers for the 28th annual festival have been booked and tickets will soon be on sale for all of the performances, including singer, songwriter and folk/blues legend David Bromberg and his band, who will kick off the festival on May 2, and Manhattan Transfer, who will perform the finale on Saturday, May 17.
Also booked are The Attacca String Quartet, blues singer Nikki Hill, violinist Paul Rosenthal and jazz trumpet player Dominick Farinacci.
Tickets for Swing in the New Year! are available at jazzandclassics.org, the JACC and Hearthside Books. The benefit is made possible with the 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 2-17, visit jazzandclassics.org or call 463-3378.