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Swing in Place, Volume 2: Balboa in Place

by The Grand St. Stompers

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    Originally produced for CalBal Live 2021 (calbal.live).

    Includes digital liner notes (PDF).

    ★ All album profits in 2021 (including donations above the recommended price) will go directly to the musicians, to support them during this difficult time of cancelled events, lost gigs, and uncertain futures. We appreciate your support!
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The Grand St. Stompers have been making music for over a decade. While their 10-year anniversary landed in the middle of a pandemic, a quarantine, and a national crisis, they have found a way, through the magic of self-recording and remote collaboration, to continue to SWING…IN PLACE. They hope this music will help you do the same.

Following “Volume 1: Originals,” this Volume 2 E.P. contains songs arranged and recorded especially for balboa and up-tempo dancing (and are wonderful to listen to as well), that premiered at CalBal Live 2021. Featured on vocals are the wonderful MOLLY RYAN and the inimitable TAMAR KORN.

The musicians thank you for helping to keep music alive! 💙


released January 23, 2021

1. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (200 BPM / McHugh–Fields)
2. You Went Away Too Far (and Stayed Away Too Long) (200 BPM / Monaco–Bryan)
3. I Would Do Anything For You (190 BPM / Hill–Williams–Hopkins)
4. Don’t Let It Bother You (184 BPM / Gordon–Revel)
5. Riverboat Shuffle (195 BPM / H. Carmichael)

All tracks arranged by Gordon Au (Gordonburi Music – ASCAP)

Molly Ryan: vocals (3,4)
Tamar Korn: vocals (1)
Gordon Au: trumpet/leader (all)
Dennis Lichtman: clarinet (5), alto sax (4)
Matt Koza: soprano sax (1-3)
Ricky Alexander: tenor sax (1-3)
Matt Musselman: trombone (all)
Nick Russo: guitar (1,3-5)
Dalton Ridenhour: piano (2)
Rob Adkins: bass (all)
Rob Garcia: drums (all)

Produced by Gordon Au (GordonAuMusic.com)
Recorded remotely and independently in December 2020
Edited, mixed, and mastered by Gordon Au
Cover art by Kelsey Ballance and Gordon Au
Photography by Jack Grassa, Jessica Keener, Lynn Redmile, and April Renae

Many thanks to: California Balboa Classic, their team, and attendees, and song sponsors including Jenn Lee (“I Can’t Give…”), Tara Sliwinski (“You Went Away…”), Jennifer Barnett and the NYC Bal Scene (“Riverboat Shuffle”), and anonymous; All Souls Bethlehem Church and Vannah Oshun; the musicians for once again rising to this challenge; in NYC, our fellow NYC musicians and swing dancers, and Michael Steinman; our dear friends and families and always to Kelsey; and our listeners and all those who help support us, this music, and the arts! We can’t wait until we can play live for you again. Until then, keep on swinging in place!…

Copyright ©℗ 2021 Gordon Au / Gordonburi Music


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Gordon Au New York, New York

Called “comfortable in any idiom and fearless” by the press, Gordon plays and composes modern and trad jazz. He leads the Grand St. Stompers, called “a pillar of New York’s hot jazz scene” by the NYTimes, and appears with the Grammy-winning Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, the Armstrong Eternity Band at Birdland, Dandy Wellington, and others, and performs worldwide at festivals, dance events, & more. ... more

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