RiseMagazine | Sarasota

The Premier Lifestyle Magazine of Florida's Black Communities

The Legendary Queen of Swing is HERE!

The North Sarasota Library Welcomes
the Legendary Queen of Swing
Ms. Norma Miller

On Thursday, April 12th at 3:30 p.m., come and bring friends of all ages to the North Sarasota Library to meet Ms. Norma Miller, see her on film in the National Geography 17-minute documentary, Jitterbug, and feel the power of the beat!

Norma Miller (born December 2nd, 1919 in Harlem, New York) is an American swing dancer known as “The Queen of Swing.” The daughter of parents from Bridgetown, Barbados, Ms. Miller was born and raised in Harlem, New York.

Norma Miller and Billy Ricker

She was interviewed along with dance partner Frankie Manning in Ken Burns’ documentary Jazz. The author of several books, Norma Miller’s Swing Baby Swing chronicles the evolution of the swing dance culture into the 21st century. Norma Miller’s biography, Swingin’ at the Savoy: A Memoir of a Jazz Dancer, recollects her youthful encounters with Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Ethel Waters, and other jazz musicians.

In the 1960s, Miller began working with Redd Foxx at his comedy club and later joined him on his 1970s television series Sanford and Son. Norma Miller has also worked on film and TV with the likes of Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, and Ella Fitzgerald. She has been featured performing in a number of movies, including: the Marx Brothers’ A Day at the Races (1937) and Hellzapoppin’ (1941); Spike Lee’s Malcolm X (1992); Stompin’ at the Savoy (1992), John Biffar’s Captiva (1995), along with documentaries such as the National Geographic’s Jitterbug (1991) and the Smithsonian Jazz series on NPR.


Share Your Thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on 04/11/2012 by in Agenda, Culture, Entertainment, Local Interest and tagged , , , , , .


Enter your email address to follow Rise Magazine Weekly and receive our weekly newsletter by email.

Join 197 other followers

About RISE MediaWorx

Contact Us

EMAIL ADDRESS: RiseMediaWorx@live.com MAILING ADDRESS: RISE MediaWorx 1661 Ringling Blvd, #2754 Sarasota, Florida 34236


For information on advertising on www.RiseMagazineWeekly.com contact us via email.
%d bloggers like this: