Midsummer Night Swing New York | Sisterhood of Swing

New York City is well known for its diversity welcoming people from around the world in one place. That makes this vibrant city a celebration of cultures where people get together as a community regardless of their background, ethnicity or beliefs. 

This year, the Lincoln’s Center iconic social dance party, Midsummer Night Swing, brings an array of sounds and dance styles that all New Yorkers and visitors will enjoy for 15 nights starting on Tuesday, June 26th to Saturday, July 14th at Damrosch Park. This exhilarating event will be filled with outdoor dance lessons and incredible live performances, paying tribute to the histories of music and dance styles such as Lindy hop, swing, mambo, salsa, blues, and more. Everyone is welcome to experience the joy of social dance, a great reason to embrace our sense of fellowship New Yorkers are so proud of.

Midsummer Night Swing New York | Photography by Kevin Yatarola

“Midsummer Night Swing celebrates the rich diversity of New York City by inviting the entire community to connect through social dance—all ages, ethnicities, skill levels, and backgrounds can meet on the dance floor,” says Jill Sternheimer, Director of Public Programming for Lincoln Center.

To make the opening night on June 26th unforgettable, Sisterhood of Swing, an all-female jazz group was created especially for Midsummer Night Swing. Inspired by the groundbreaking International Sweethearts of Rhythm who paved the ground for female musicians, this star-studded tribute is formed and lead by renowned trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg, virtuoso violinist Regina Carter and Grammy-nominated clarinetist Anat Cohen.

Skonberg Bria | Photography by Carolina Palmgren

“Midsummer Night Swing is a beautiful, unique summer highlight from its setting to the style both on and off stage. Swing music was really a collaboration between musicians and dancers so it’s a chance for us all to feel that authentic synergy again,” says Bria Skonberg.

The Wall Street Journal has described Bria as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” This New York-based Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter, as a child was encouraged by her dad to play the trumpet as he did back in school. She instantly fell in love with the range of bold and lively sounds she could make. As a true New Yorker, Bria is inspired by its diverse people reflected in the City arts and culture.

Virtuoso Violinist Regina Carter | Photography by Christopher Drukker

Violinist Regina Carter originally from Detroit and based in New York, established herself as a force in the jazz world through her sophisticated technique and exuberant tone.

Regina says, “There are times when I get into the zone and completely absorbed in the music. These moments are incredibly special, an out of body, spiritual experience and it can’t be forced.”

Her latest album Ella: Accentuate the Positive, was inspired by a sermon given by Father Divine. In his sermon, Father Divine stated: “you got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.” Then she knew, this had to be the title of this CD.

Grammy-Nominated Clarinetist Anat Cohen | Photography by Shervin Lainez

About the clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen, the Chicago Tribune says, “The lyric beauty of her tone, easy fluidity of her technique and extroverted manner of her delivery make this music accessible to all.”

Anat was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and raised into a musical family. She entered the prestigious “Thelma Yellin” High School for the Arts and the Jaffa Music Conservatory where she majored in jazz. After graduation, Anat attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and during one of her visits to New York she fell in love with this City and made it her primary residence.

 This all-female jazz group makes it a perfect rendezvous to celebrate The International Sweethearts of Rhythm with an incredible night of music, dance, and enjoyment.

Tickets: Midsummer Night Swing New York | Sisterhood of Swing
Cover Image | Photography by Kevin Yatarola | Courtesy Lincoln Center New York