What is Zingology?
Well, it’s the study of ZING! The essence of pizzaz. The juice of life, squeezed into a poem. It’s the ineffable feeling of magic you might experience on the dance floor. And it’s a tip of our humble hat to those other famous jazz-ologies, Django Reinhardt’s “Djangology” and Charlie Bird Parker’s “Ornithology.”
The Zingology Combo
We’re a jazz combo based in Ithaca, NY and specializing in vintage swing – all those really great tunes from the 1920’s through the 1940’s. We focus on the gypsy jazz style and manouche vibe of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of Paris. Combo members are Brian Keeler on guitar, Ted Caldwell on stand-up bass, Sue Smith on chromatic harmonica, Joanna Green on violin and vocals and Art Godin on guitar and vocals. We are occasionally joined by guest musicians including Michelle Gordon on flute, Harry Aceto or Doug Robbinson on bass or guitar, Brian Earle on clarinet and Caroline Taylor or Greg Ezra on drums.
Zingology Swing Dance Lessons
We love dancers and dancers love Zingology! We play music for Lindy, Waltz, Fox Trot, West Coast Swing, Salsa Rueda, Tango and Balboa, and just plain free-style dancing. If you’d like us to teach a class before your event, Brian Keeler specializes in Balboa but also can teach lindy, salsa, fox trot, waltz and west coast swing. A beginner level class in one of these styles is a great way to get the audience involved.