A couple of minor things that caught my eye. I like the way Rikard Ekstrand recovers from his slip at 0:31. He’s also dancing with a woman listed as Ulrika Ericsson, who I think is an old school Rhythm Hot Shot, the forerunner to the Harlem Hot Shots.
Andy Reid loaned me all of his old VHS tapes and I watched a tape from Hop the Millenium which was an event in Mexico City over New Year’s 1999-2000. The Rhythm Hot Shots put on a floor show and they were pretty f’n good even by today’s standards. The Hot Shots in its various incarnations have been a part of this scene since the begining, but it feels like there was a chunk of time around then when they were overlooked here in the US.
Also on that tape is a performance by Rusty Frank and Peter Flahiff from Southern California. They do a tap dance to a newer version of 24 robbers, but its not Fats Waller. It sounds really good, but I’m having a little trouble tracking it down.
Anyway, I’m going to try to get all of these videos online when I can.