Gordon Webster – Piano (USA)
Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the lindy hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide.
Drawing on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, Webster serves up a smorgasbord of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible danceability.
Born in Ottawa, Canada, Mr Webster began playing the piano at age 4. He moved to Toronto in 1993 to study jazz piano at the University of Toronto. In 2001, while still living in Toronto, he became obsessed with the lindy hop and began traveling to exchanges and camps as both a musician and a dancer. In 2002 Gordon met his wife Katie, a lindy hopper, at Swing Out New Hampshire. In 2004, he moved to New York City to pursue his Masters of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated in 2006.
One of the most active and versatile musicians on the scene, Webster maintains ongoing collaborative relationships with a diverse array of jazz/blues and lindy hop luminaries, and is an associate member of one of the most popular traditional jazz bands on the US lindy hop scene, The Cangelosi Cards.
Hetty Kate – Voice (AUSTRALIA)
Pure of tone, sweet sounding and dangerously infectious, Melbourne jazz vocalist Hetty Kate has fronted jazz bands across Australia and internationally for many years, and recently has been embraced by Australia’s lindy hop dance community as a swinging vocalist and band leader with a wicked sense of humour and a big repertoire.
Born in England, Hetty Kate came to Australia when she was 11 years old and has lived in Melbourne, Australia (with many extended sojourns internationally) since then. Since beginning her musical career she has sung across Asia, South America, Europe and North America with her own groups and as a featured vocalist, and has released five independent albums. 2014 has seen her perform alongside Australia’s jazz luminary James Morrison AM and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and she has released her debut recording ‘Dim All The Lights’ through Australia’s premiere jazz label ABC Jazz.
Singing for dancers is one of her very favourite things to do, and she is always grateful to be invited to be a part of the lindy hop and blues scene to help keep lindy hop live and well around the world! She’ll see you on the dance floor!