Click here for the Dancing Reform page

 

Zort Music and its principal Alan Sugarman have been a part of the New York City music and dance scene since 1998.

In 1996-98, Zort created Swingout-NY, which was the filst calendar of Lindy Hop events in New York City, which included what is now known as a blog of opinon about the scened. Initially, the Calendar was printed every week until the web became more prevalent. In 1998, Zort yielded the calendar to Yehoodi.com

In 1999, Zort and its principal Alan Sugarman, produced the 85th Birthday Celebration for Frankie Manning at Roseland Ballroom, which yeilded a live CD or the event, Swingin' Away and a Blurb Photo Book "A Birthday Celebration." The event attraced 1800 peopel and featured the Count Basie Orchestra and the George Gee Orchestra. The CD was issued under the Zort Music Label. Video of Roseland Expressing Regrets for Having Barred Manning from Roseland in 1935.

 

In 2001, Zort and Sugarman were the managers for George Gee's Orchestrat at Swing City Zurich, held at the gorgeous train station in Zurich, Switzerland, with a resulting CD issued on the Zort Music Label.

In 2002, Zort and Sugarman produced an 80th bithday celebratioin for famed Trombonist Eddie Bert at Town Hall, New York City. Featured at the celebration were artists such as Clark Terry and the George Gee Orchestra.

In 2014, Zort and Sugarman produced the Savoy Ball at Edison Ballroom Celebration the 100th Birthday of Frankie Manning. The night featured five bands including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, the George Gee Orchestra, and the Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet. Leading dancers such as Dawn Hampton, Ryan Francois, Chester Whitmore, and others performed.

Zort and Sugarman during this period were active supporters of non-profits such as Dancing Classrooms, Inc. and Tango For All, Inc.

In 2017, Zort and Sugarman are continuing their 20 year effort to reform the cabaret and dancing laws in New York City. Click here for the Dancing Reform page.

 

In Memory of Frankie Manning (1914-2009)

"A Birthday Celebration"

Frankie Manning's 85th Birthday Celebration

Roseland Ballroom, May 26, 1999

A Photo Book by Alan D. Sugarman

60 Pages of Memorable Photographs!!

 

Available from Blurb.com

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Articles and Video Concerning Frankie Manning's Memorials Events

"Honoring the Man Who Helped Make the Lindy Hop", May 22, 2009, New York Times.

Frankie Manning: Never Stop Swinging, WNET/PBS Documentary -
Initially Aired May 21, 2009.
Ten percent of the video is from Frankie's 85th Roseland Birthday Celebration and Was Supplied by Zort Music

"Frankie Manning Swing Dance Legend

What I learned from the Late Frankie Manning"
Julie Cohen,
May 14, 2009, Our Town and Westsider (New York City Local Newspapers).

 

SWINGIN' AWAY RECORED LIVE AT FRANKIE MANNING'S 85TH BIRTHDAY ROSELAND

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"Swingin' Away - Celebrating Swing Legend Frankie Manning"

What reviewers have been saying ...

 

Our First release:  "Swingin' Away" ... the LIVE recording of George Gee and His Make- Believe Ballroom Orchestra at Frankie Manning's 85th Birthday Party, May 26, 1999 at Roseland Ballroom. 

12 page poster of photos from the event, choreography for the Shim Sham and the Lindy Chorus, and Frankie Manning calling the Shim Sham to Stompin' at the Savoy.   Not to be missed. 

This CD will be sold out soon and is a collector's item.

 

 


Available from Amazon.Com Click Here

"SWINGIN' AWAY"  TRACK LIST (Total Time 1:00:14)

Tr Title Songwriter Solos Time BPM
1 TAKE THE A TRAIN Billy Strayhorn Szymanski 2:56 192
2 INTRO TO BLUES Gee 0:58 144
3 BLUES FOR STEPHANIE John Clayton, Jr. Wiseman, Germanson 4:15 144
4 SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE Charles Calhoun Lance Bryant vocals 3:00 142
5 BASIE BOOGIE Frank Foster Germanson 2:58 198
6 LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL Fleecie Moore, Sam Theard Carla Cook vocals; Pazant 2:27 156
7 SHE'S NEVER SATISFIED Lance Bryant Lance Bryant vocals 5:33 148
8 ROLL EM Mary Lou Williams Pazant, Germanson 4:53 200
9 FOUR FIVE SIX Frank Foster Szymanski, Bryant 4:30 144
10 THE LADY IS A TRAMP R. Rodgers, L. Hart Carla Cook vocals 1:56 184  
11 PENNIES FROM HEAVEN A. Johnston, J. Burke Carla Cook vocals; Bryant, Germanson 2:35 154  
12 720 IN THE BOOKS Jan Savitt , Johnny Watson, Harold Adamason Pazant, Stephens 2:16 206  
13 EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES Peter Chatman aka Memphis Slim Lance Bryant vocals 6:05 130
14 BLUES IN HOSS' FLAT Frank Foster, Gardner, Ghee, Trowers, Germanson 5:15 148  
15 THE CONTINENTAL Con Conrad, Herbert Magidson Szymanski vocals 3:40 160  
16 WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOP Leslie John Akins, Andy Kirk Germanson, Stephens, Pazant 2:48 190  
17 STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, Edgar Sampson Bryant, Szymanski, Pazant Frankie Manning Calling the Shim Sham, 4:01 172

 

 

 "SWINGIN' AT SWING CITY ZURICH"