Is it Is or Is It Ain’t Swing!
DeeJay/Competitor/Teacher Swing Music Education
The US Open is excited to have Ken Haebich teach a DJ/Competitor/Teacher Swing Music Education Workshop at our Congress. This workshop will provide a technical explanation of how musicians make a song swing, or not. This information will provide education to dance couples when choosing music for competitive swing routines, teachers when selecting swing music for their classes and Swing DJs when selecting competition music for Jack & Jill and Strictly Swing contests.
Ken Haebich began his professional career in music at age 13 by playing bass in rock and blues bands. He earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at Illinois State University where he studied with the distinguished composer Roque Cordero. After moving to Chicago in 1980 he joined the City Lights Orchestra, an organization specializing in providing music for corporate and fundraising events. As a freelance musician he has performed with a diverse group of entertainers including Ray Charles, Jerry Lewis, Chuck Berry, Garth Brooks, Ken Nordine, Barrett Deems, Khari Parker (drummer with Beyoncé), and many more. Every Friday in Chicago he leads a jazz trio that features Redd Holt (85 years old, original drummer with Ramsey Lewis), and Jim Ryan (pianist, Henry Mancini and Al Jarreau). Since 2001 he has held the position of Adjunct Professor of Music at Elmhurst College where his duties include teaching Jazz Studies, String Bass and Electric Bass, Composition, Rhythm Section Fundamentals; coaching Jazz Combos, and performing with the Jazz Ensemble. He has conducted and written music for the Elmhurst College Percussion Ensemble. In 2003 he revitalized the school’s Chamber Orchestra and was their Music Director and Conductor until 2009. Ken composed all the music for his band NUMBERS. As the co-founder of The Ken and Jim Show he has performed numerous improvisational concerts collaborating with widely disparate groups of artists including dancers, singers, instrumentalists, comedians and even auctioneers.
Ken is looking forward to leading a workshop dealing with aspects of swing music in contemporary dance music Topics scheduled to cover:
- Brief swing music history
- Technical instruction on what makes a song swing
- An exercise to test songs for swing
- How to identify swing in contemporary R&B, Blues, Hip Hop, and Pop music
- The difference between hustle and swing music
- How non-swing music effects swing contests and judging by Bill Cameron.