About Hot GingerLast modified: June 7, 2011
Hot Ginger began life in 2009 as a night of ‘retro style, retro dance, retromance’ in Birmingham, UK and now attracts huge crowds of swing dancers and vintage style fans every month.
It is also a weekly internet radio show devoted to swing and hot jazz from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
Andy Conway and Stephen Badham haveĀ been keen collectors of pre-war jazz for more than a decade, and the show features well known US swing orchestras like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and renowned singers like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, but they also use the show to highlight a host of less well known treasures like Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy, Lil Armstrong, Jimmie Lunceford and Mildred Bailey.
Andy has a particular passion for UK dance bands of the 1930s, while Stephen has been known to drop the odd tune from his enormous collection of 1930s German swing.
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Our Hot Ginger nights have been a massive success, but we wouldn’t be able to run them without the help of the Hot Gingerettes – a magnificent group of ladies who dress up the venue and run the door. Thank you to Lorna, Kerstin, Zoe, Emma, Mel and Kim, who’ve all helped out on various nights.