Nursing Homes Swing

Bringing live music to local nursing homes

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Rick LaRue and Noriko Donahue played some classical music and jazz at Monroe Health and Rehabilitation Center in January. They will be playing at the JABA Day Care Center on February 12th.

Rick LaRue and Noriko Donahue played some classical music and jazz at Monroe Health and Rehabilitation Center in January. They will be playing at the JABA Day Care Center on February 12th.

Nursing Homes Swing recently received generous grants from The Bama Works Fund, Charlottesville's Church of Our Saviour, and the Better Living Foundation.

The recent Nursing Homes Swing benefit at C’ville Coffee on November 30th was a huge success with wonderful performances by Richard Adams and his Marching Horns (who began the evening by marching up to the stage while playing “When the Saints Go Marching In”), Haywood Giles and Pals, Brad Sayler and Friends, and wonderful singing by Paulien, Dick Orange, Brad Sayler, and Nursing Homes Swing board member Mary Beth Revak. See this photo album for more pictures of this fun night and our Applause page for some of the wonderful comments we received afterward.

Nursing Homes Swing has recently attained independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. You can now help us to help local nursing home residents hear live jazz by clicking the DONATE button near the bottom of this page to make a tax-deductible contribution.

We have greatly appreciated the help of the Church of our Saviour in coordinating contributions to Nursing Homes Swing since our founding up through our attainment of legal nonprofit status.

Giving Back, a nonprofit advertising company dedicated to promoting nonprofit organizations in the Charlottesville area, recently published their September issue with wonderful article about the work that Nursing Homes Swing is doing and how others can help. See pages 8 and 12 of this issue (use the arrow keys at the bottom to turn pages) for the article.


Take a look: at the videos that we have uploaded to the Performance Videos page.  They will give you a good idea what a Nursing Homes Swing event is like, and we just added some new ones this March. 

Also take a look at Music and Memory, a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. They're doing great work that has a lot in common with Nursing Homes Swing. 

We hope that you will consider giving some of your time to Nursing Homes Swing and enjoy the live music at the same time that you help others to do so. The small staff of people who arrange the Nursing Homes Swing performances could use some help making these concerts go smoothly. If you can show up a little early to one or two of the performances each month, check with the nursing home's activity director to ensure that the residents know about and attend the concert, and take a head count, you can then sit with the residents to enjoy the music knowing that your efforts made it all the more enjoyable for the residents, the staff, and the musicians. Contact us for more information about volunteering.

Musicians: Update or include your information for the Musician Listings. We send periodic reminders to the activities directors of the nursing homes that musicians are listed on our website so that they can contact them directly when they need music for additional events. Fees are negotiated directly with the musicians.  This has worked well for some of the musicians with several events being arranged in the past few months. We look forward to the list being a good resource for other venues—restaurants, wineries, etc.—as soon as we get the word out. If you want to send  your information, I'll be happy to post it to the site. 

Upcoming Events

February 2019

Wed., Feb. 6: Cedars
3:00 Bennie Dodd Trio w/ Tony Fortune, guitar & Penni Walker, bass

Thurs., Feb. 7: Heritage Inn
3:00 Cool Lane w/ Eddie White, guitar & Ayuko White, bass

Sat., Feb.9: Mountainside
2:30 BRIMS Blue Ridge Irish Music School (singers & dancers)

Mon., Feb. 11: C’ville Health & Rehab.
3:00 Monica Worth Trio w/ Bob Bennetta, piano & Larry Bisgaier, guitar

Tues., Feb. 12: JABA Day Care Center
1:00 Rick LaRue, violin & Noriko Donahue, piano

Tues., Feb. 12: Rosewood/Greenbrier
3:00 Zuzu’s Hot 5

Fri., Feb. 15: Lodge at Old Trail
3:00 Carol Carr, piano

Fri., Feb. 15: Our Lady of Peace
3:00 Jim Howe Quartet w/ Richard Adams, trumpet & sax, Lew Morrison, bass & Tom Harbeck, guitar

Mon., Feb. 18: Morningside
3:00 Victor Lee Quintet w/ Steve Baber, piano, Dan Sebring, guitar, Nick Maglione, drums & Joe Tucker, vibes

Mon., Feb. 18: Rosewood/Hollymead
3:00 Royce Campbell, guitar & Bob Bowen, bass

Tues., Feb. 26: Laurels
3:00 Lulu & Friends, guitar & vocals

Wed., Feb. 27: Monroe Healthcare
3:00 Lesly Gourdet Quartet

You are welcome to join us at any event to find out just what Nursing Homes Swing is all about. Just let us know ahead of time (434-973-3956) so that we can inform the residence.

If  you would like to know what else is happening this month in our area, take a look at and click on the “Events in Town” link.

Your tax-deductible donation to Nursing Homes Swing will help us pay the musicians who bring their talents to brighten the lives of local nursing home residents.


Nursing Homes Swing is supported by the following organizations:

Bringing live music to local nursing homes