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Boogie down to that old school rhythm at Swingin' Soul presented by Eastside Radio 897. With a line up not to be missed featuring ten-piece band Little Egypts Burlesque led by Lucian McGuiness and a special performance by soul diva Lily Dior, Swingin' Soul is set to be a night to remember.
McGuiness is the brainchild behind Little Egypts Burlesque; the musical troupe pays tribute to the sounds of the black underground 50's music. Inspired by the music of The Coasters and The Robins from a time when the music charts were segregated by black and white yet today are rearranged with a contemporary edge. The band leader is a master trombonist and composer who dabbles in funk, jazz and soul. His repertoire can be heard in acts ranging from the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra to the Crusty Suitcase Band and his own group My Goodness, McGuiness!
The ensemble comes complete with burlesque belly dancers inspired by the Little Egypt act of the 1890's, who first brought the "danse du ventre" to the US.
Little Egypt (dancer)
Lily Dior, one of Australia's finest jazz and soul artists is making her debut performance with the group to launch Eastside Radio's annual radiothon Soul Support 2011.
Dior is a graduate of Jackie Orszaczky's Godmothers. Her career highlights include her highly acclaimed performance in Testimony at the Sydney Opera House and singing with Brazilian guitarist Oscar Castro Neves and his all star band for the Sydney Festival's Jazz in the Domain. She is a regular contributor to a series of local and international jazz festivals including Bellingen, Manly, Thredbo, Darling Harbour and New Zealand.
Dior brings her distinctive soulful sounds across the globe such as performing with The Manhattan Jazz Quintet and US Jazz great Mark Murphy. You can also see her perform live on June 25 at 505 with the Soul Contenders.
Lily Dior's dulcet tones can be heard on Eastside Radio's program Voices every Tues 2-4pm. Her upcoming guest is UK-based jazz singer Norma Winstone.
Swingin' Soul will also feature dancers from Gallery BurlesqueJingle Jangle DJs, DJ Burn Hard (Sounds of Soul), Swing kids and special guest Mr Percival at Tone nightclub. The Spirit Moves: A History of Black Social Dance doco will be screening in the background all night long – inspring all dancers to get on the good foot.