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Welcome to Swing and Strings Weekly # 19

Hello and thank you for patiently awaiting this week's newsletter. We were having too much fun making music to write this last week but we want to make sure you know what's going on this week so you can join us! So let's dive in.


First off, a call to action. If you are or you are friends with a Utah artist who has a vinyl pressing of their music, please reach out to us at We are working with the Millcreek Common to create a a local artist booth for their upcoming Vinyl Revival and we would love to include your music.

May the stoke never die! 




A Swing Renaissance Series

March 28th

Hot House West(ern) Swing Night

It's finally here! Western Swing night is going down this Thursday at the Clubhouse! Come join the Swing Renaissance.


We'd like give a huge thank you to our sponsors for making this happen.


The Tippins Family Bandleader Chair

The Tiffany and Jared Quilter Rhythm Guitar Chair

The Cori Fabian Reed 3 Chair

The Roy Donk Trumpet 1 Chair

The Scott Hansen Trumpet 2 Chair

In Honor of Marvin D. Loflin Trumpet 3 Chair 

The Woodbury Family Trombone 2 Chair

 The Jack and JoAnn Turner Drum Chair

The OTW Safety Violin Chair

The Feldman's Deli Vocal Chair

We have a delicious cocktail/mocktail menu cooked up featuring Utah's very own, Dented Brick Distillery spirits!


The Amblin' Grog, Smoke Signals, and Tall, Cool Drink specials will be featured this month and this month only. Come try the recipes our incredible bartender, Michael Montoya has brewed for the occasion.


How do you make a music scene great? Build a strong community around it! That’s what we’re working on down at Millcreek Common on Monday nights.We host a free workshop from 6-7 and then turn people loose to connect and play music from 7-9. Our hope is that you’ll walk away with some new tools, chords, and ideas to discuss with your newfound friends.


Our mission and vision center on connectedness, learning, and joy with the ultimate goal of making Salt Lake one of the best places in the world to live and play music. With this in mind, we cordially invite anyone with an interest in swing music on any level to attend. Go here to learn more.Come join The Swing Collective!


Upcoming Community Events

  • A Swing Renaissance Series: Hot House West(ern) Swing Night

  • Thursday, March 28th, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.

  • Salt City Stomp - A Lindy Hop Weekend Feat. The HHW Swing Orchestra

  • April 5th-7th - A full weekend of workshops and dances.

  • Come see HHW on 4/6!

  • The Swing Collective Presents: Balajo at Sicilia Mia

  • Monday, March 25th, 6-9 p.m. (on-going)

  • We will be hosting Swing Collective trios every Monday night at Sicilia Mia! Come Enjoy some great food and excellent acoustic music!

Weekly Events

  • Parlor Swing Jam at Millcreek Common hosted by the Swing Collective

  • Monday, March 25th, 6-9 p.m. (on-going)

  • Jazz Jam - Hopkins Brewery (21+)

  • Wednesdays (March 27th) 8 - 11 p.m. (on-going)

Our newsletters will go out every Monday as we begin to build a running list of jazz, swing and acoustic roots-related community events. If you would like to submit anything to this list, please message by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday prior. We will review it and add it to our events if it is a good fit. Thanks.




Dr. Josiah Boornazian

Meet Dr. Josiah Boornazian. He is an award-winning saxophonist, composer, educator, and music scholar, known for his innovative use of technology in jazz. Currently the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Utah, his career spans various roles in education across the United States and involvement in the music scenes of Utah, Europe, and more. Boornazian holds advanced degrees in music and has taught a wide range of subjects from saxophone to music technology. His artistic output includes original compositions, two modern jazz albums, and nearly thirty self-published works. A collaborator with many notable musicians, he is also a respected jazz researcher with numerous publications. Boornazian lives in Salt Lake City, enjoying the outdoors and church activities alongside his professional endeavors. 


Josiah is a grounding force for the University of Utah's jazz program. We're excited about his stewardship and the effects it will have on the jazz scene in Utah! It was at that very school that Hot House West found its start. It is great to see it flourish with Josiah at the helm!


Our Purpose

Our purpose is to create experiences of connectedness, learning, and joy through the language of acoustic music.


Our Vision

We envision Salt Lake City as a hub for world class acoustic music. We accomplish this by building a healthy community-oriented ecosystem that’s accessible for all.

Thank you for hanging out with Hot House West! We are an organization devoted to growing and supporting Utah’s swing and acoustic roots music community. We believe that acoustic music—from swing and jazz to bluegrass, old-time, country and western— brings people together and creates opportunities for connectedness, learning, and joy.

Our goal is to provide and promote weekly and monthly events, from dances, to jams, concerts, and workshops, that support and build our acoustic community. If you’ve ever wanted to dust off the ol’ guitar, meet new players, find a dance partner, or even just find more live acoustic music, follow us, spread the word, and join our Hot House West community! We hope to see you soon!

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