The BABBLE DJs
Red Jenn Shortway (DJ Coordinator)
Red Jenn (NJ) got her start djing in 2009 at Jookjoint Shimmy Blues in New York City. She has also spun at such venues as Frim Fram, Swing Remix, Philly Lindy Love, Baltimore Blues Summit, Midsummer Night Swing, etc. When she asked her friends for assistance in writing her bio she got: “Jenn is awesome and plays great music when she DJs.” and “Jenn has nice hair.” Both of which she feels are important things for people to know about her.
Whether it is swing or blues Jenn enjoys mixing it up and offering something for everyone. She focuses on playing music that is energetic, dynamic and danceable. She has a soft spot for female artists including Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Ruthie Foster, Aretha Franklin, and Big Mama Thornton.
Based out of NYC, Lainey Silver is a globetrotting jazz era dancer, performer, DJ, and vintage fashionista. Lainey's loves everything Duke Ellington and delights in engaging dancers with bands of yesterday and today. She is a part of the You Should Be Dancing...! Dance Studio team and head DJ at White Heat. She encourages dancing to be our utmost expression of feeling the present moment, sourcing inspiration from the music.
John caught the dance bug during the late 90's swing revival and has been a DJ for ten years starting out in Chicago spinning swing and blues. During his time in the Midwest, he had spun at many swing and blues events around the region. Now hailing from New York City, he has shared his musical tastes with the dancers of the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, and Canada at events like Nocturne Blues, Snowbound Blues, Montreal Bagel & Blues, the Steel City Blues Festival, and Lindy Focus to name a few. He brings a versatile style influenced by the live blues of the Second City and the jazzy blues spun during his days a young Chicago dancer. He is excited to be invited to spin at B.A.B.B.L.E. for the first time.
Odysseus Bailer has been DJing Lindy hop and blues music to dancers going on five years now and is a staple in the NYC community. His style is not having a set playlist, and observing the vibe and feel for the room really adds a special spice to the dances he dj's. He is very fortunate and blessed to be able to DJ the music he loves to dance and teach too.
Tomo has been DJing for over 10 years, mostly in NYC area, but had traveled around the country to DJ for various events in the past. Too short? ... nah.