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Big Band Swing San Francisco - 1920s Jazz Great Gatsby - Small Jazz & Swing Combos 
Romantic Background Music
- 1920s Flappers Jazz - Vintage Western Swing - Speakeasy Jazz - New Orleans Jazz
Authentic 1920s Style
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1930s & 1940s Swing - Dixieland Jazz - Traditional Jazz - Carla Normand
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Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Gatsby Summer Affair, Oakland, Carla Normand performing 1920s jazz for art deco society, vintage western swing, bob wills texas playboys, speakeasy jazz, flappers, roaring twenties, san francisco chronicle
"Lovingly and precisely recaptures the sound in an irrepressible, irresistible style ... Neely deserves a
national medal ... for preserving this music with such affection and accuracy ... San Francisco Chronicle

Royal Society Jazz Orchestra at the Great "Gatsby Summer Affair" at Dunsmuir House, Oakland

Don Neely, vocalist Carla Normand, and the ten-piece Royal Society Jazz Orchestra of San Francisco are renowned for authentically performing the exciting sound of Big Band Swing, Hot Syncopated 1920s Jazz, 1930s & 1940s Swing, Blues, Dixieland, Romantic Background Music, Vintage Jazz, Traditional Jazz, and Western Swing. They perform for parties, concerts, weddings, vintage weddings, jazz festivals, and special events with three ensembles: Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, Sextet, and Quartet. They do it all vintage, from romantic background music to the hottest dance band rhythms, swing, and jazz — with a world of musical surprises in between.

Innovators such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Paul Whiteman, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Bix Biederbecke, and Louis Armstrong are among the RSJO's inspirations. They have an unmistakably authentic sound, yet, you will discover upon seeing their live performances and hearing their recordings, that the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra has a colorful spirit-lifting style of its own.

Dancers love the infectious rhythms of the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. Popular dance steps include Swing, Fox Trot, Lindy Hop, Waltz, Tango, Charleston, Balboa, Black Bottom, Rumba, Samba. They play songs by George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Walter Donaldson, Harold Arlen, and Johnny Mercer and original vintage-style songs by Don Neely. Also in their colorful repertoire are songs from Tin Pan Alley, Vaudeville, the Cotton Club, and Art Deco-era cinema and Broadway.

We invite you to experience the scintillating sounds of San Francisco 1920s Jazz and Big Band Swing — played by The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, Sextet, and Quartet.

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Don Neely - Bandleader, arranger
reed player, vocalist, songwriter



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Carla Normand - Vocalist

...the whole idea soars when Normand steps to the mike and, in her lithe voice, sings
"Get Out and Get Under The Moon" (which is so Ettingish it' s spooky)
" San Francisco Chronicle

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Royal Society Jazz Orchestra - In Concert

"Excellent ... Splendid ... First Rate ... Fine ... Wondrous"
 San Francisco Chronicle


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Royal Society Jazz Orchestra at the Fox Theatre, Oakland

"The best band of their type in the world...The Royal Society is solid, tight, brilliant ... It is at once a first-rate dance orchestra, a fine jazz ensemble (with strong soloists) ... Carla Normand is the band's perfect singer ... a bright, sure-pitched gem of a voice."
- Phillip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner, Music Critic

Big Band Swing San Francisco - Dixieland Jazz - Traditional Jazz - 1930s & 1940s Swing - Authentic 1920s Music -
Speakeasy Jazz - Vintage Weddings - Vintage Western Swing - Flappers 1920s Jazz - 1920s Great Gatsby - Romantic Background Music -
Songs of Art
Deco Films and Broadway - Tin Pan Alley

 


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