Concert Review: Swinging in Crestview: VIDEO

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:07 PM.

While 6-year-old twins Rex and Sydney’s dancing might charitably be described as “athletic,” Trevor, 8, whom Mom Julie said was “channeling his inner Gene Kelly,” whose movies are among Trevor’s favorites, displayed his “juke” dancing.

“When you juke, you’re able to do stuff real fast,” Trevor said, explaining the Chicago-born sideslip moves. “You can do a lot with your feet.”

“I enjoy seeing the children dancing, especially to this kind of music,” Gina said. “Our parents motivated us to (enjoy) big band music and it’s just so important, it doesn’t die for today’s kids.”

Some, however, found the children’s exuberance distracting.

“It was cute at first,” Pamela Tousserchamp said. “But after a while, all that running around got to be annoying.”

The evening’s second half kicked off with a spirited version of “In the Mood.” Gina led the band into a great version of “Straighten Up and Fly Right” that contrasted — nicely — with Nat King Cole’s original, and an emotionally satisfying rendition of “At Last,” made famous by Etta James, that sent chills up many a spine.

The band cut loose with a fantastic instrumental medley of several Leonard Bernstein songs from “West Side Story.” Like good little Jets and Sharks, the Bywater kids danced throughout. Daggs returned for a lovely “Why Don’t You Do Right” and “a little ballad,” “The Nearness of You.”



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