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Upcoming Dates for Dan Barrett and the Blue Swing Family

7-8: Hilton Head, SC (the Jazz Corner), with Rebecca Kilgore; Chuck Redd (leader; vibes & drums); Chuck's brother, Robert Redd (piano); and bassist Neal Starkey.
14-16: Rebecca Kilgore Quartet at Arbors Records Invitational Jazz Party, Clearwater, FL
17-24: Regent Cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale, with the Rebecca Kilgore Quartet (formerly "BED": Becky, Eddie Erickson; Joel Forbes; and me), plus pianist Johnny Varro.

4-6: Rebecca Kilgore Quartet at the Central Illinois Jazz Festival in Decatur, IL
13: Rebecca Kilgore Quartet plays in Portland, OR for a private birthday party.
14: Dan is with Rebecca Kilgore and pianist/vocalist/composer Dave Frishberg in concert in the beautiful, but casual and intimate Recital Hall at Classic Pianos in Portland, OR. (Details at:

18: I'm at the local (for me) Newport Beach Jazz Party (
20: I'll be at The Hamlet in Cambria, CA with vibraphonist/pianist Charlie Shoemake, vocalist Sandi Shoemake, and their terrific rhythm section.
25-27: Rebecca Kilgore Quartet at the San Diego Jazz Party ( or

MARCH 2011
1: I'll be at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, UT as Guest Instructor for a series of clinics and a concert with jazz instructor Steve Call and the university's traditional jazz band.
4-6: Rebecca Kilgore Quartet at Dixieland Monterey's Jazz Bash By the Sea
20: I'll be a guest with the Side Street Strutters at the Norris Center for the Performing Arts, Palos Verdes, CA

APRIL 2011
10: I'm this month's guest at the Sacramento Trad Jazz Society meeting.
24: (Easter Sunday): The Rebecca Kilgore Quartet plays for an anniversary party for a couple of friends in Cleveland, OH
29-30: I return to Hilton Head, SC to play at the Jazz Corner; same band as Jan 7-8.

MAY 2011
1: I fly to Europe, where I'll be for two-and-a-half months, until mid-July: this long trip begins with a two-week tour of Switzerland, Germany, and Sweden with trumpeter Duke Heitger's band; a week at the legendary club, Jazzland in Vienna with my Austrian buddy, Martin Breinschmid; more concerts in Germany, Switzerland and Holland; then to France for a couple for concerts and a Festival in Chatel-Guyon; I'll meet my other three partners of the Rebecca Kilgore Quartet for pianist Bernd Lhotzky's week-long Swing Festival at the beautiful Hotel Schloss-Elmau, in the Bavarian Alps; then on to Ascona, Switzerland (on Lake Maggiore on the Swiss-Italian border) for the JazzAscona Festival with the Rebecca Kilgore Quartet, and other "all-star" groupings; finally, I'll be one of the two American instructors (the other is my friend, guitarist Howard Alden) at Frank Roberscheuten's Jazzin' July Workshop in Jagerhorst (near Eindhoven), in the Netherlands (Holland). Whew!

11-14: an exciting new development for Dan is his recent appointment as Musical Director of the new Jazz at Chautauqua Workshop. This jazz workshop is for jazz students of all ages and abilities, and precedes the annual Jazz at Chautauqua jazz party, held at the Hotel Athenaeum on Chautauqua Lake in beautiful upstate New York. No less than eight world-class jazz performers will be on Dan's staff of instructors. The Workshop will include classes designed to help get fledgling improvisers swinging, and to show more experienced players tips to improve and deepen their playing. The extensive facilities, coupled with the comfortable accommodations and beautiful setting, all insure this will be a fun, unique musical and social experience for lucky students able to attend. For more information, please contact Ms. Nancy Griffith at: or

15-18: Dan joins about twenty other world-class jazz players for a weekend-plus of fun, swinging jazz at the Jazz at Chautauqua jazz party. This long-running event was introduced in Conneaut Lake, PA by the late Joe Boughton, who brought his personal ideas about jazz and the jazz party to the Hotel Athenaeum in Chautauqua, NY many years ago. Emphasis is on—but not confined to—more traditional jazz, and features an all-pro line-up in various interesting and exciting combinations throughout the weekend. The event's price includes hotel accommodation plus all food (excellent) and drinks (strong) served over the course of the four days. In keeping with Joe's original vision, there's music from morning 'til night, but somehow no one seems to get tired of tapping their feet.
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