NEWS RELEASE: Lord of the Swing

NEWS RELEASE: Lord of the Swing


Photo Credit: Camp Jitterbug, Seattle, Washington


Vernacular Arts Int’l, Inc. is proud to present a high energy blast to the past on a journey to when Jazz exploded and Big Band Swing was king.


Lord of the Swing
— The incomparable, multitalented bandleader, dancer, and choreographer, Chester A. Whitmore, will take the audience on a historic and high-energy entertaining journey to explore African American dance and music, which dominated American popular culture before the explosion of jazz, blues, and the legendary swing band era throughout the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.


Directed and choreographed by Chester Whitmore and co-Produced by Mrs. Toni Ralph-Starks, the showcase features the amazing Opus One Big Band Orchestra, along with the fabulous “Queen of Swing”, Norma Miller; legendary American Jazz guitarist, Kenny Burrell; hailed as one of America’s last great “song and dance Man”, Skip Cunningham; talented music producer and arranger, founder of L.I.F.E. Choir, H.B. Barnum, and last, but not least, L.A.’s original “Gentleman of Jazz”, founder of, James Janisse. Included in this lineup is a chorus of amazing tap and swing dancers and singers, and a highly anticipated multimedia performance by Mr. Whitmore himself. This show will surely have the audience jumpin’ and jivin’.

Saturday, Oct. 1st at 7 p.m.
The grounds open two hours before show time for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site. Patrons are also welcome to bring their own food and drink.

Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA 90068
(just off the 101, between Hollywood and Universal Studios in the Cahuenga Pass)

(323) 461-3673 or


Ticket prices start at $38: Reserved
$100 (VIP – includes premium seating, pre-show reception)
Tickets are available at or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323-GO-1-FORD). To learn about discounts for groups of 10 or more, please visit

Parking at the Ford is stacked and costs $5-$10 per vehicle for evening performances. New off-site parking location: a FREE shuttle services the parking structure located at 1710 N. Cherokee Avenue in Hollywood. Parking is $10 for Ford patrons. Shuttle departures begin two hours before show time and reservations are required. Metro riders: a FREE shuttle picks up from the Universal City/Studio City Metro Station (3913 Lankershim Blvd, Studio City 91604). The shuttle, which cycles every 20 minutes, stops in the “kiss and ride” area.”


  • Dress warmly for outdoor seating.
  • This event is part of the Ford Theatres 2016 summer season, a multidisciplinary arts series presented by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County arts organizations. A complete season schedule, directions to the amphitheatre and parking information can be found at
  • The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request.

Press Contact: Toni Ralph-Starks; 310-502-9810 (for media only)

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