Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the lindy hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide. Drawing on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, Webster serves up a smorgasbord of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible danceability.
Born in Ottawa, Canada, Mr. Webster began playing the piano at age 4. He moved to Toronto in 1993 to study jazz piano at University of Toronto. In 2001, while still living in Toronto, he became obsessed with the lindy hop and began traveling to exchanges and camps as both a musician and a dancer. In 2002, Gordon met his wife Katie, a lindy hopper, at Swing Out New Hampshire. In 2004, he moved to New York City to pursue his Masters of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated in 2006.
One of the most active and versatile musicians on the scene, Webster maintains ongoing collaborative relationships with a diverse array of jazz/blues and lindy hop luminaries, and is an associate member of one of the most popular traditional jazz bands on the U.S. lindy hop scene, the Cangelosi Cards.
The Ronnie Shellist Blues Band
featuring Gerry Hundt
Ronnie Shellist has been honing his harmonica skills for the past 16 years. He made his first big splash in 1997 working with singer/songwriter Hugh Fadal from Austin,TX. Blues great Gary Primich, living in Austin at the time, was a huge influence on his music as well. Guy Forsyth and Walter T. Higgs were other big blues/harmonica influences at the time in Austin. “If it weren’t for those guys, I never would have pushed as hard as I did to learn how to get that sound out of my harp”, Ronnie Shellist
In 1998, Ronnie moved to Colorado where he teamed up with the band Available Jones and toured the US in 2000. He has worked with many greats in Colorado throughout the past 15 years including such locals as John Alex Mason, Lionel Young, Rich Reno, and Erica Brown.
By 2006, Ronnie began posting performances on YouTube which currently have over 7.5 million views. Ronnie’s live performances include opening for such greats as BB King, Charlie Musselwhite, Robert Cray and the Neville Brothers. His style is a combination of mostly Chicago and West Coast blues influenced by funk and jazz as well. The last CD that Ronnie recorded on was in 2007, titled Chicago Sessions: Blues Revue said: “the show belongs to Shellist’s toneful harp..” Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine. His newest CD “Till Then” was released in March 2012 . On the CD you’ll find mostly originals with a few well known blues covers from some harmonica greats. Ronnie’s rules for playing music: “be passionate while you play, be free, know your instrument intimately, and relax it’s just blues!”
Sean Hunting Morse came to play blues music first as a lindy hopper, then as a blues dancer. Being a dancer first, Sean “gets it” when it comes to what dancers need to feel comfortable on the dance floor. Every event Sean plays is a true collaboration between performer and dancer. His improvisation is laced with wit, musicality, and always laughter. Every show is one-of-a-kind, blending inspiration from the venue, the mood, and, most importantly, the dancers themselves.
Sean has shared the stage with such accomplished blues and swing musicians as Erica Brown from Denver, Solomon Douglas from Seattle, Gerry Hundt from Chicago, and Ronnie Shellist of Denver’s The Shuffletones. He has been playing around the country at small and large events since 2006ish. 2011 saw Sean in NYC, DC, TX, CA, OR, CO, WA, MO, and BC, performing at Seattle House Wars, Blues Brews and BBQ, Dance Dance Resolution, FUSE in Vancouver, Portland Blues Experience, and SFFX, as well as many other local dance events.