Harlem Renaissance Orchestra Swings Lincoln Center

Lincoln’s Center’s Midsummer Night Swing 2011 will end with a tried and true act: the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra. The group will close the event for the seventh year in a row on Saturday, July 16 .

This year, the group will be accompanied by award-winning saxophonist Billy Harper, who has recorded more than four dozen albums and toured with artists including jazz percussionists Max Roach and Art Blakey. The event is a tribute to tenor saxophone player Illinois Jacquet, who is best known for his solo on the song, “Flying Home.”

The evening will also include the festival’s Third Annual Ambassador dance contest during intermission, which honors late lindy-hopping great Frankie Manning, known for popularizing that form of swing dancing. The dance festival also features lessons by swing dancer Margaret Batiuchok.

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