Savoy Night at Crystal Ballroom Warren Ertle's Hot Peppers & special guest Vince Giordano

By Savoy Night (other events)

Tuesday, November 30 2021 6:00 PM 10:00 PM EDT

Ultimate big band legend Vince Giordano (bandleader of the legendary New York-based Nighthawks Orchestra, as heard on Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire) will be joining already-superhot 7-piece swing band Warren Ertle's Hot Peppers on Tuesday November 30th. Not to be missed!

Vince Giordano

Grammy-winner, New York native and multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano has played in New York nightclubs, appeared in films such as The Cotton Club, The Aviator, Finding Forrester, Revolutionary Road, Cafe SocietyHBOs Boardwalk Empire and for concerts at the Town Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the Newport Jazz Festival and the 92nd St Y for the past four decades. Recording projects include soundtracks for the award-winning Boardwalk Empire with vocalists like Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, St. Vincent, Regina Spektor, Neko Case, Leon Redbone, Liza Minnelli, Catherine Russell, Rufus Wainwright and David Johansen. Vince and his band have also recorded for Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages, Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd, Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, Michael Mann’s film Public Enemies, and John Krokidas’ debut feature, Kill Your Darlings, along with HBO’s Grey Gardens and the miniseries Mildred Pierce. The Nighthawks are also seen and heard in the USA Network series Royal Pains and in the PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook. The band’s has also worked on Todd Haynes’ Academy Award nominated film Carol; the Emmy-winning Bessie bio-pic on HBO, and Cinemax’s The Knick starring Clive Owen. The guys have also recorded music for Maggie Greenwald film called Sophie and the Rising Sun that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

Warren Ertle

Warren Ertle is a composer, arranger, bandleader, and jazz pianist based in Tuscaloosa,
Alabama where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at The University
of Alabama. A native of Central Mississippi, Ertle earned a Bachelor of Music degree from
Mississippi College (2016) and a Master of Music from The Boston Conservatory (2019). He
has a passion for early American popular music from the 1920s-1940s, and has an interest in
writing compositions that are influenced by, and interact with this body of work. Ertle has
written for various soloists and ensembles and his music has been performed internationally,
as well as across America. He is an avid performer of both classical and jazz styles and has
been seen with the Mississippi Wind Symphony, the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra of
Jackson, The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Dan Gabel & the Abletones, Brigade Big Band,
and regularly with Category VI Jazz Combo. In 2019, Ertle founded GreenLight Jazz Orchestra,
a Boston-based early jazz and new music ensemble for which he served as bandleader and
pianist, until 2020. He is married to vocalist, actor, and educator, Jamie Shannon Ferguson
Ertle, and the duo perform various jazz and musical theater styles across the southeast. Ertle
currently serves as the pianist and staff arranger at the Forty-First Army Band, and is in the
process of founding a new ensemble in the Greater Birmingham area. He is a board member of
the American Big Band Preservation Society, Inc., and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Music Fraternity.

Warning: Your toes will start tapping and you may feel an urge to dance on the shiny new wooden floor in the beautiful ballroom!

Want to learn how to swing dance? We got you. We start the evening with an introductory lindy hop dance lesson, available to those who sign up, from 6 to 7pm.

We will get you up and dancing with an introduction to basic lindy hop six-count and eight-count footwork patterns, partner connection, and moving between open and closed position. The aim of this lesson is to give you the tools you need to express yourself to the music and have fun in a dance partnership. No partner required to join the lesson. Dancers will be required to wear a mask while dancing.

Presented by The American Big Band Preservation Society, Inc.


Safe Space Policy 

Savoy Night is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, dance skill level, or dance role. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the event organizers or the course instructors.

Examples of harassment include, but are not limited to:

  • Offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, dance skill level, or dance role
  • Sustained disruption of events or unwelcome sexual attention
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event/course instructors and organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, not limited to but including:

  • Logging the incident in a written report
  • Issuing a verbal and/or written warning to the offender
  • A temporary or permanent expulsion from the Savoy Night classes and events
  • Sharing we have issued an expulsion to other dance organizations in town

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an event organizer or a course instructor immediately, or email [email protected] if you'd prefer. Organizers and instructors will be happy to help participants contact local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe during our classes.

COVID-19 Warning

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. There is an inherent and elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place or place where people are present and there is no guarantee, express or implied, that those attending an event at the Crystal Ballroom will not be exposed to COVID-19.

Health & Safety Rules

IMPORTANT:  The rules for entry are subject to local mandates and therefore may vary from venue to venue. Individual events may have additional restrictions or requirements as determined by artists or promoter. 

For all events, all attendees will be required to show evidence of their full vaccination against COVID-19 prior entering the venue.

"Full vaccination" means 14 days or more following the final dose of a US FDA approved or WHO recognized vaccine against COVID-19 (e.g., Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm, and Sinovac). Acceptable vaccination documentation may be either a physical copy of a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or a digital photo / copy of such card.

All attendees are required to wear a mask at all times except while eating or drinking.  This will be strictly enforced. 

Please arrive at the venue early, as entry lines may be longer than usual.

Fragrance Policy

A fragrance-controlled environment helps create a safe and healthy venue. Fragrances have been associated with adversely affecting a person’s health and can contribute to headaches, severe migraines, upper respiratory issues, shortness of breath, difficulty with concentration, and other painful symptoms.

Our goal is to be aware of and sensitive to the needs of community members who experience symptoms from added fragrance. In order to reasonably accommodate individuals who are medically sensitive to the chemicals in scented products, we request that you refrain from wearing scented products, including but not limited to colognes, after-shave lotions, perfumes, body/face lotions, hair spray or similar products. In addition, please refrain from using air fresheners, room deodorizers and scented cleaning products.  We appreciate your cooperation with our efforts to minimize, to the extent possible the barriers and difficulties experienced in shared air by musicians, organizers, instructors, staff and volunteers, students, and general attendees subjected to chemical/fragrance sensitivities.

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All attendees agree to follow venue policies (including health and safety policies) and posted instructions while at the venue. According to the CDC, older adults and people of all ages with serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk of death or severe illness from COVID-19. All attendees should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend the event. By entering the venue, attendees voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and confirm that they will adhere to local quarantine mandates and the CDC quarantine requirements, available at