Posted by: Rolf | September 29, 2013

Swing Girls

Swing Girls 01Ever heard of the “Swing Girls”?

“Swing Girls” is a 2004 comedy film, co-written and directed by the Japanese filmmaker Shinobu Yaguchi, about the efforts of high school students to form a jazz band.

They are from the rural Yamagata prefecture, in northern Japan.

Above anything, the movie is about teamwork and overcoming challenges to reach a shared goal.

One of the best things about this movie is that the actors actually performed their own music, many after only five months of training.

The film ranked 8th at the Japanese box office in 2004, and won seven prizes at the 2005 Japanese Academy Awards, including “Most Popular Film” and “Newcomer of the Year” awards.

The film was not particularly popular outside of Japan, but was released onto DVD in region 4 format after its release in Japan.

“Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” is a 1936 song, written by Louis Prima, an Italian, first recorded by him with the New Orleans Gang.

The song has since been covered by numerous artists, most famously by Benny Goodman in 1937.

Turn up the volume and listen to the clip below as the band plays the “Sing, Sing, Sing” classic.

Benny Goodman would be smiling.

Kudos to these Japanese kids.

Be sure to watch the teenager’s expressions when the performance is over.

The Japanese take American culture very seriously, and excel at just about everything they try.

As many know I’m a huge Jazz and Big band aficionado.

For comparison here is the original performance with Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Harry James and Lionel Hampton.

Enjoy this trip down memory lane, especially wild man Gene Krupa, the “King of the Skins”

In His Grip and Serving Grace…


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