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Welcome to our very first Swing Collective Community Newsletter! This is the sister program of the Trash Moon Collective from Hot House West. Both are dedicated to nurturing and expanding our local acoustic music community. Here we will have an emphasis on Swing and Jazz. However, the great thing about both of these programs is that they can (should and will) blend the lines between each other as we work toward the common goal of building Salt Lake City into a world-class hub for acoustic music.



Dr. Brian Woodbury

 We're excited to pick back up the community member spotlight! We would like to start with someone near and dear to the organization because there is exciting news and we want to formally celebrate him. Dr. Brian Woodbury has officially accepted the position as the Director of Jazz Studies as BYU! We are thrilled for him. 


Brian is a trombonist, composer, arranger, ice-cream lover, and educator from Salt Lake City. Whenever we are on a gig small or large and Brian takes a solo, the band is generally looking at each other in awe because of the incredible stuff that Brian plays. He could absolutely be playing top-call trombone in any city in the world. For a group of elementary school students, I once heard him masterfully improvisationally blend ten Christmas melodies into 'I've been working on the railroad' with perfect tone and time.


Besides being the best trombonist I've had the pleasure of playing with, two other traits really set Brain apart: he is hilariously funny and humble. We're lucky to have him here in Utah and we are excited for the jazz program at BYU under his leadership.



is right around the corner

One of the exciting things about the Hot House West Swing Orchestra are the doors of collaboration that it opens. With Dr. Woodbury joining the faculty at BYU, we officially have four directors of major Utah university music programs playing together in the band (BYU, University of Utah, Utah Valley University, and Weber State). All four of these guys are great musicians, leaders, and friends and we are excited for Utah music students as we work together to build a culture of collaboration rather than competition in Utah. So we hope you'll come hear them next Thursday, June 27th at the Clubhouse on South Temple. 


(Let us know if you'd like to sit in and have the chance to play some music with them)

We are partnering with the Jazz Mentors Foundation to bring you this night of music, dance, and friendship. They are doing great work bringing big jazz names to Utah. Their season will pick back up again in the fall, but in the meantime, we are excited to party with them!


Here is a little more info about JMF and their mission.


"Jazz Mentors Foundation is a Salt Lake City, Utah based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2023 to encourage junior high, high school and university student musicians to study and play jazz. And to encourage awareness and appreciation for jazz in our community."



Tcha Limberger and Call-and-Response

We think the whole world could benefit from a little more Tcha Limberger. If you don't know where to look, it can be challenging to find great current jazz violinists. Among them, Tcha is singular as a musician.


Listen to his take on this Louis Armstrong original, particularly at the call and response solo that he performs with himself at 2:54.'


Call and response in music is a conversational form where one musical phrase (the “call”) is played or sung by one performer or group, and another phrase (the “response”) is answered by a different performer or group. It creates a dynamic, interactive musical dialogue, often found in folk, gospel, and jazz traditions.



Cosmic Hootenanny II

Our next Hootenanny Fundraiser at the Commonwealth Room is going to be Friday, September 6th! Tickets are not on sale yet, but we are starting to get the word out!


If you missed out, last February we threw the biggest party for our dear friend Megan Nay and we want to keep the spirit of that heartwarming, chaotic, community uplifting event alive by doing a Hootenanny once or twice a year. These shows will be opportunities to come together in the most righteous of ways and for us to put together an over-the-top theatrical and musical performance that includes a large swath of our community and helps support our organization.


We'll be raising money to further expand our community programming across the acoustic music landscape in Utah.


Shoutout to Ginny Cunningham for creating this amazing poster!



We have a Spotify Playlist with common Swing tunes played in town. If you're looking to shred with our community, start with the tunes below! We'll keep adding to the list.We are currently working on creating a Swing Collective Tunes book, so stay tuned.

(Note, the TUNE OF THE WEEK will be posted in the Hot House West & Trash Moon Collective Weekly Event Newsletter, not this Swing Collective Community Newsletter. The Swing Collective Community Newsletter will only go out about every other week, whereas the Event Newsletter will be sent weekly and include all events related to Hot House West)


Thank you for hanging our with us in our new Swing Collective Community Newsletter! The Swing Collective is a program of Hot House West committed to fostering and nurturing Salt Lake City's blossoming acoustic music scene. Run entirely by volunteers who share a passion for music, we believe in the value of making acoustic music accessible to all. From Jazz to bluegrass, old-time and swing, acoustic music has the power to unity people and proivde opportunities for connection, learning, and joy!

If you've ever wanted to dust off the ol' trombone, meet new players, or even just find more live acoustic music, follow us, spread the word, and join our Swing Collective Community! We hope to see you soon!



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.

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