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Welcome to Swing and Strings Weekly # 20

What a doozy the last few weeks have been. After a massively successful Western Swing Night we dove headfirst into wrapping up our... (drumroll please)!!! 

Our good friend, Harleigh Roberts, has been working tirelessly on designing this beautiful new site. Hot House West has evolved rapidly over the last year with the creation of our Swing Orchestra, Trash Moon and Swing Collective programs. The full-scale of our ambition and growing community engagement are finally properly reflected! Poke around, learn what we're up to, and get involved. We'd love to see you at our events.


If you would like to be immortalized on the site, we are still looking for testimonials! They could be about the organization as a whole, one of our programs, or any of our bands or events. We would love to share your voice!


May the stoke never die. 




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. This week will feature Dr. David Baker.


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!


Jazz Mentors Foundation - James Morrison

April 22nd - Brighton High - 7:30pm

Come hear James Morrison at Brighton High as part of the Jazz Mentors Foundation concert series! They are doing great work bringing incredible artists to Utah to perform and mentor high-school aged students. We love them, and you can too!


A Swing Renaissance Series - April 25th

Swing Into Spring!

We are partnering with Utah Clean Energy to bring you the next in our Swing Renaissance Series. With Earth day right around the corner, we are excited to use the power of music and dance to make a difference for the climate. We'll be donating 10% of our ticket sales to this wonderful organization. Here's a bit about them:

"Founded in 2001, Utah Clean Energy is a leading nonprofit accelerating the clean energy transition through advocacy, education, and partnerships. With values like respectful collaboration and integrity, they aim for a future powered by clean energy, ensuring thriving communities. They've expanded their influence across Utah and the Western Region, becoming a key resource in clean energy policy and education."

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


Upcoming Community Events

Weekly Events

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

  • Monday, April 15th,

  • Workshop 6-7 p.m.

  • Jam Session 7-9 p.m.

  • Jazz Jam - Hopkins Brewery (21+)

  • Wednesdays (April 10th) 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. Steve Call

Dr. Steve Call isn't your ordinary music professor; think of him as the jazz whisperer of Brigham Young University, where he jazzed up the place from 1979 until his retirement in 2018. If traditional New Orleans jazz has ever tickled your ears around town, chances are, Steve was behind it. As a vocal champion of the roots of jazz, he has sparked interest in a generation of local musicians.


Not only has he directed the BYU Jazz Legacy Band, leaving a footprint across the United States, Europe, and Asia, but he's also the maestro behind the viral "Jazz for Cows" video—yes, cows that dig jazz, clocking in over 23 million views on YouTube! With his roots in Utah and scholarly jazz chops from Utah State University and the University of Utah (with a dash of North Texas State University for good measure), Steve's penned chapters in The Tuba Source Book and helped kickstart the Tubists' Universal Brotherhood Association.


We're lucky to work with him throughout the year through our partnership with Arts Inc! With Jazz Swings, Steve's enthusiasm and playing continues to inspire elementary aged students to learn to recognize the elements of jazz in the world around them.


Tune in next week for our Nerd Corner and Listening Room!

We've been too busy site building :)


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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