A passionate student of the big band era and swing music as a living art form, George is also well known for his deep knowledge of music and cultural history, and has delivered numerous fascinating history lectures to groups of swing fans or school groups. His more than three decades’ experience as a big bandleader, complemented by his relationships with top jazz and dance artists, has provided a unique understanding of the culture, lifestyle and creativity of the swingin’ life.
George is proud of his stature as an authority on swing-era music and history. He has lectured at the New School University, led clinics and master classes, and is a popular source for reporters, bloggers and TV productions on the subject. For example, George appeared in several segments in the two-hour 2000 Bravo TV documentary, “This Joint is Jumpin.’’ More recently, he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and local CBS affiliate online.
And if you want a night of big band sounds without the big band, George is also happy to create a different sort of set list: His extensive collection of recordings has created a demand for his DJ services at parties, dances and special events. He specializes in an “All Big Band, All The Time” format. His experiences as a bandleader transfer to his DJing, so he can flawlessly keep the music flowing and the dance floor packed. He has DJed dance parties for Yehoodi.com’s Frim Fram Jam, the New York Swing Dance Society and Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing festival in New York City; Lindygroove and Swing Camp Catalina in southern California; and for swing dance societies in Tokyo, Seoul, and Zurich.