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Swing in the New Year! with the Thunder Mountain Big Band

Posted: December 26, 2013 - 1:02am

Juneau Jazz & Classic’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, Swing in the New Year!, will be held Tuesday evening at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The event begins at 8 p.m. with a dance lesson led by Pat Belac, owner of the Dance Loft, and continues at 9 p.m. with music by the Thunder Mountain Big Band, Patricia Hull and the Mis’ Ain’t Behavin’ Trio (Belec, Scarlett Adam and Rebecca Albert).

The 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.

Hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar will be available, as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

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, 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).

The 2014 Jazz & Classics festival, the 28th annual, will be held May 2-17 and will feature performances by David Bromberg, Manhattan Transfer, The Attacca String Quartet, blues singer Nikki Hill, violinist Paul Rosenthal and jazz trumpet player Dominick Farinacci.

For more information, visit jazzandclassics.org or call 463-3378.

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