Bees’ Knees Dance is pleased to bring you our latest feature: Song of the Week!


SONG: Dinah

ARTIST: Louis Armstrong

DESCRIPTION: To follow up from last week’s post featuring Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong is Mandi’s other favourite. Though most versions of Dinah are a bit on the speedy side, Louis performed tons of other terrific music that’s perfect for Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz. There’s just something about this particular tune that captures the feeling of the swing era so beautifully that it deserves special mention.

Louis Armstrong was ahead of his time when he started to both sing and play his trumpet in a way that really did swing and hang back unlike anything else at the time. Here’s a clip from 1933.