Some of us may have memories of being taught how to jitterbug in the gym during our early school years. Well, grab your dancing shoes and come to the gym for another lesson and a swingin’ dance with some of the best live swing music in western New York.
Little Lakes Community Association is happy to announce this special event scheduled for Friday, November 2 at the old Hemlock school located at 4705 Main St., Hemlock NY.
A full evening of great music and dance will feature Hanna and the Blue Hearts, a group composed of esteemed musicians from the Rochester music community.
Hanna and the Blue Hearts channel a wide variety of the blues, from pre-war styles to 50’s & 60’s Chicago blues, to boogie woogie. Fueled by a love of jazz, this band also really swings! Vocalist/pianist Hanna PK is the leader of the band. Her solid left hand reflects on those traditional blues masters’ rocking’ and shuffling bass patterns, while her right hand grooves along, dancing all over those 88’s and she adds her sultry voice to the band.
The band has three other notable members. Guitarist Aleks Disljenkovic brings decades of knowledge and experience to the band. He is the leader of the White Hots, and worked with Rochester Music Hall of Famer, Joe Beard for many years. In the mid-1980s, Aleks toured the U.S., Canada, and Mexico with a number of blues headliners as well. He’s a quintessential guitarist whose soulful solos never fail to make a statement.
The newest member of the band is organist, Gian Carlo Cervone, who has been in Rochester’s blues and jazz scene for many years.
Tony Hiler takes his seat at the drums. He is a multi-instrumentalist, a music director at his church, and an inspiring teacher.
Hanna released the EP ‘Rearview Mirror’ in the summer of 2016, and the band is currently working on a full-length blues album.
In June 2018, Hanna and Aleks, as a duo, won 1st place in Memphis Bound, a well deserved confirmation of their musical expertise, and will be representing WNY at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next January.
Dance enthusiasts will be very pleased to have the opportunity to kick up their heels on the ideal, spacious wooden dance floor awaiting them at the old Hemlock School. The evening begins at 6:30, and admission is $12 which includes the option of a free “survival swing dance” lesson. Instructors, Kent Divers and Gloria Betlem, promise the lesson will be easy enough for anyone, young or old, to grasp and enjoy, and will get you off to a great start for moving to the music. They say “If you can walk you can dance.” Then the live music of Hanna and the Blue Hearts will entertain you 7:30-10PM.
Bring along comfortable shoes with clean, non-sticky soles for dancing.
Fragrance-free attendance is requested of everyone, so those who require it for medical or personal reasons can safely attend.
Refreshments will be available throughout the evening. For information contact LittleLakesNY.org or call 585-367-1046. Leave a message with your phone number and we will call you back.