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Turning Heads Linkup – “In the Mood” to Dress up for a Jazz Night with The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Morning Ladies!

Sometimes i think I am an “Old Soul”. I am not one to say my era is better for this and this, but I do love older swing and Big Band music. Nothing like the sound of a Big Band Orchestra to get your ready to dance.  When hubby and I heard The Glenn Miller Orchestra would be coming to town, we were ready to Stop, Drop and Roll…. to get our tickets!

We did however, just order them straightaway on-line.  I have always loved jazz, swing, big band, particulary when I went to the School of Music for college. Later hubby and I would take swing dance lessons, which were so fun. One of the first Big Band songs i remember having on a 45 record was “In the Mood.” But what was I ‘in the mood” to wear?

If you want to see my location shoot from this week, check out yesterday’s post – Olive Summer T-Shirt Dress Styled with Silk Floral Scarf. 

The Glenn Miller Orchestra- Swing/Big Band

The night began at Wooden Vine, one of our favorite hot spots in downtown Charlotte, as the owner is from Pittsburgh and they have an amazing chef and extensive wine list. We had some small plates and a glass of wine ( tempranillo) before the show, then walked to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

We had 3rd row seats, so it was fun to see the band up-close. I could see the neck muscles pulsate as  the bandleader sang vibrato. Derby like hats were used as mutes for the trombonists. I knew every song but one, as i often played Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and other bands. They began with the song, “Moonlight Serenade.”

As I was on my way back to my seat, a silver-haired lady approached me and said, “we have been admiring your gorgeous red hair from up above.” ( they sat in the mezzanine)  I thanked her, and laughed to myself, as I suppose my hair stood out in the sea of mostly white hair from below.

It was a fun, energetic night, and I enjoyed the vocals on “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” with that 1940s vocal sound.

Just a quick bit of history about Glenn Miller- and his orchestra. From Wikipedia-

Glen Miller was an arranger, a big band trombonist, and bandleader in the swing era. From 1939-1943 he was a leading recording artist, having one of the most popular big bands.  Miller’s recordings include “In the Mood“, “Moonlight Serenade“, “Pennsylvania 6-5000“, “Chattanooga Choo Choo“, “A String of Pearls“, “At Last“, “(I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo“, “American Patrol“, “Tuxedo Junction“, “Elmer’s Tune“, and “Little Brown Jug”.[

The Glenn Miller orchestra plays 46 weeks out of the year- touring in various cities. I don’t think i could do that, it would be tough to be on the road that much!

I love seeing live concerts of bands I love and enjoy, so if you missed my last concern experience, a bit of a polar opposite, with Def Leppard and Journey- Have a read – My Rock Concert Experience.

My Outfit

I wanted to dress up and wear a dress and incorporate a brooch into the look- very vintage but modern at the same time. My blue floral dress is from ASOS a few seasons back, and I love the flounce hem at the bottom. I wore my Baublebar navy floral earrings, a silk neck scarf and added the brooch with different shades of blue on to the center of the scarf. “Jazzed up” the scarf a bit. My quilted Kate Spade bag and floral shoes from Soft Surroundings finished the look.

Confident Twosday hosted by Laura of I Do deClaire

Turning Heads Tuesday hosted by Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish

Emma of Style Splash

#SpreadTheKindness hosted by Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge

What do you enjoy wearing to concerts? Are you a Big Band Fan?


Floral Dress- ASOS

neck scarf- Mango

bag- Kate Spade

Shoes c/o Soft Surroundings

Earrings- Baublebar


Most clicked- Suzanne of A Crazy Blonde Life

Pinterest Pic- Emma of Style Splash

  • kayharms
    Posted at 12:52h, 25 August Reply

    I LOVE big band music, especially live. How fun! And your handbag is to die for! Well, not literally. But you know what I mean! *wink* Loving looking around your blog. 🙂

  • blogthirtyminusone
    Posted at 20:59h, 24 August Reply

    This dress is really pretty. I have never been to a Jazz concert but it sounds like a lot of fun. Jazz is so good to listen to and relax to. 🙂

    Xx, Nailil

  • Cielo
    Posted at 16:30h, 23 August Reply

    I love this look! Perfectly styled!

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 10:43h, 23 August Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful evening Jess! I love your floral print dress and how you’ve it accessorized with the scarf and brooch. Beautiful sandals too! Thank you so much for the feature!

    Emma xxx

  • sepatuholig
    Posted at 22:56h, 22 August Reply

    Such a great look, love the dress… must be a great eve!!!
    IG @grace_njio

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 11:35h, 22 August Reply

    Looks like a fun event! Love your dress, you look beautiful wearing it and the neck tie is a great touch!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:02h, 23 August Reply

      Thank you Nora! I just had to add a brooch to the look and I do love a great neck scarf xx

  • Alina
    Posted at 11:06h, 22 August Reply

    What a gorgeous dress! Love the details


  • Suzanne
    Posted at 10:55h, 22 August Reply

    I’m also a huge fan of Glen Miller and swing music. We’ve gone to a couple of New Year’s Eve events where they had big bands and loved it. We have also taken swing dance lessons.

    The dress you chose was perfect.


  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 15:52h, 21 August Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful & special night! You dressed perfectly! I love everything about your outfit!

    Thanks for the link up & have a great week!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  • HelloIm50ish
    Posted at 15:01h, 21 August Reply


    I bet you had a wonderful evening listening to the music of Glenn Miller.
    I loved how you styled your scarf with a brooch! Very clever!

    I love jazz too and actually found a great jazz club in Nashville of all places!


  • Nancy
    Posted at 14:54h, 21 August Reply

    I was brought up with Glenn Miller and Ella Fitzgerald and al as my grandfather was a huge jazz fan and played in a jazz band.
    What a lovely dress Jess!

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 14:46h, 21 August Reply

    Swing dancing had a huge resurgence when I was in college, and I still think it’s fun! Looks like you were dressed perfectly for the occasion!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • closetplayimage
    Posted at 13:39h, 21 August Reply

    I love big band, as long as there’s a dance floor. You’ve got me coveting your neckerchief! I have one very similar in pink… But could so use that turquoise!

  • Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 12:52h, 21 August Reply

    Ahh, this makes me want to get a neck scarf! So pretty! I love how it matches some of the colors in your dress and your bag!


  • Ashley
    Posted at 11:50h, 21 August Reply

    I love the neck scarf with this, lady! I’m wearing one on the blog today, too- great fashion minds! 😉

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 11:39h, 21 August Reply

    Gorgeous outfit, Jess! And what a fun night out. My husband and I have the rest of this week until Monday completely kid-free, so I think I need to find some kind of live music event for us to attend. It has been ages since we have done something like this together. I spent this past weekend at a music festival and it was tons of fun…except now I am suffering from an overabundance of insect bites on my feet and legs!


  • Nicole Mölders
    Posted at 11:37h, 21 August Reply

    The skirt of this dress is so cool. Perfect for swing dancing. Your sandals are the perfect finishing touch to go with for the concert. Great styling!

  • carmen
    Posted at 11:09h, 21 August Reply

    Fantastic post Jess! Your outfit is perfect for the Jazz Night! I grew up with the sound of Glenn Miller, every song you mentioned was on my mom’s albums that she played non-stop! Music that lasts and always uplifts me! Now I use several of his songs in my dance class! Great music for dancing! We went to see the Artie Shaw Band, just fabulous! James Last and Ray Conniff are also my favourites! I love Big Band!! Does that make me an old soul too!? 😉



  • cheriejamesp
    Posted at 10:04h, 21 August Reply

    Jess, your dress is beautiful and what a perfect look for the concert. I need to listen to more jazz, thank you for the inspiration!! XOXO


  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 09:03h, 21 August Reply

    I’ma huge fan of the Glen Miller Orchestra! Such gorgeous music, isn’t it? And that dress is divine, Jess!
    Suzy xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:51h, 21 August Reply

    I think it’s wonderful that you love jazz music. My husband is a huge fan of that and classical. And he used to be a musician, so maybe it’s that fact that draws you guys to it??
    And that dress is something you should wear often, Jess!! It’s so gorgeous.
    I love that people commented on your hair—talk about such a good feeling!!

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 08:49h, 21 August Reply

    Oh, that dress is gorgeous! I love the ruffled hem and the print.

  • Tatiana Moskatova
    Posted at 08:44h, 21 August Reply

    You look beautiful, Jess! What a great night! I love jazz.


  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 08:27h, 21 August Reply

    You know I’m a big band fan! LOVE this dress and so perfect for a night of great music!

  • Maureen
    Posted at 06:40h, 21 August Reply

    We love jazz! Before our little guy was born we visited jazz clubs just to listen and relax. This concert sounded like so much fun and with a concert hall that big – wow! The details of your outfit all compliments each other and this dress looks amazing on you. I love the flounce hem. It adds that fun and feminine flair while your floral shoes is icing on the cake! Beautiful details and my eyes just like what they see.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • pamelagreer
    Posted at 06:23h, 21 August Reply

    I would have loved that concert!! I love your whole outfit, but I really love that scarf!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:44h, 21 August Reply

    Our youngest son was in jazz band for years and payed the sax. We always loved “In the Mood”! I haven’t been to a jazz concert (other than his, lol) but what fun! The venue looks lovely and so do you. Great dress and accessories Jess!

  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 04:00h, 21 August Reply

    What a beautiful dress for a night out! You have, as always, accessorised it beautifully! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a lovely week so far 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    Posted at 03:45h, 21 August Reply

    Getting us all In The Mood for a tea dance with that sweet tea dress, Jess. Do I see a String of Pearls hiding below that scarf? Perfect outfit for a perfect outing. Glenn Miller sounds have always got my spine tingling. Lovely post. Hugs, x.

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 03:24h, 21 August Reply

    You look wonderful Jess, you’ve picked a super dress. Hope it was fun. x Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 03:14h, 21 August Reply

    Wow Jess, your outfit is beautiful. The vintage brooch is gorgeous and adds a perfect bit of glam for your evening. The Glenn Miller Orchestra sounds fantastic, my son is also an ‘old soul’ and loves jazz. He lives in London and enjoys the jazz bars there. The last time I went to to listen to an orchestra it was at the Royal Albert Hall where they play along side the Harry Potter films! Every one there dresses differently – some very casual, some dressed to the nines! xx

  • Laurie
    Posted at 03:02h, 21 August Reply

    I love Glen Miller! The dress is perfect for the occasion Jess. Beautiful as always! Looks like a fabulous night xx

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