Royal Society Jazz Orchestra - Big Band Swing San Francisco - 1920s Jazz

     Live Performances - Concerts - Dances - San Francisco Bay Area

    Traditional Jazz - Dixieland - Vintage Music - Art Deco - Calendar 2013


Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Graphic                  Live Music PERFORMANCES


Page updated November 14, 2014


 Home · About Us · Recordings · Live Performances · Special Events & Weddings  Repertoire ·
  Audio Samples · Video Samples · Small RSJO Ensembles · Party Services · Photo Galleries


There's Nothing Like A Performance by the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra!


2015 Public Performances
In Chronological Order


March 7, 2015
Saturday afternoon, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
Don Neely's 10-pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges
Dixieland Monterey Jazz Festival,
33rd Annual
Monterey California, right downtown on the beautiful Monterey Bay
Special Guest Artist Tom Bopp will perform with the RSJO. Tom will sing the great songs he sang with the band at the Ahwahnee Hotel where we played for several anual the Art Deco events. Hear the RSJO in concert in Monterey, and if you'd like, dance to their music on two spacious dance floors located on either side of the stage. The RSJO will be giving it their All, playing their special music from the Jazz Age and Swing Era for their central California fans and all others from far and wide.

DeAnza Ballroom
Monterey Conference Center
One Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831.646.3770

For information please call (831) 633-5053 or toll free at 888-349-6879.
email@dixieland-monterey.com
www.dixieland-monterey.com

May 23rd, 2015
Saturday night, 8:00 to 12:00 midnight
Don Neely's 10-pc. Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges
Art Deco Preservation Ball
Sponsored by the Art Deco Society Of California
Scottish Rite Center, Oakland, CA
Also performing, "The DecoBelles," and surprise artists to be announced.

Hear the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra play their authentic, thrilling, and entertaining repertoire from the
Art Deco Era, the 1920s,'30s and '40s.


This will be a unique and memorable experience because the Art Deco Society of California and their dedicated makers of magic know how to put on a memorable vintage-style event!  And they have proven this year after year! This year's event will be held at the strikingly beautiful Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, on Lake Merritt. It will be a fun and glamorous evening of dancing and cocktails in awesome Art Deco Architecture. This Oakland landmark will be fully alive with swinging jazz, dancing, entertainment, laughter, and period pizazz!

Special guest performers and surprises will delight you before the show and during intermissions. There will be live period-perfect cocktail music prior to the RSJO's downbeat. And there will likely be surprise special guests singing with the band! The exquisitely lovely Decobelles, in their knock-out costumes, will be choreographing another dazzling number to one of our exciting musical arrangements — a highlight of everyone's evening!
More information and ticket pricing is available on the web site visit: www.ArtDecoSociety.org
Find the ADSC on Facebook or telephone them at 415-982-DECO

July 11, 2015
Saturday - 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Don Neely's 10 pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand and Frederick Hodges
Cline Wine and Dixieland Jazz Festival
2437 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95676
Cline Cellars, Sonoma, CA

The Cline Cellar Jazz Festival is located on the beautiful grounds of Cline Cellars in Sonoma, in the Carneros Region. Delicious food, wine, and beer will be available or you can bring your own picnic. This is a wonderfully relaxing experience. Performing there will be many other excellent bands specializing in vintage jazz. The grand finale will be a set with the Jambalaya Big Swing Band.
Admission is $30 advance, (before July 10th) $35 at the gate. Wine Club price in advance is $25.
Cline CellarsShow on map.
Tickets and information on the event: (707) 940-4025 or www.clinecellars.com/jazzfestival or www.jazznut.com

December 11-22
Cruise from Lisbon to Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
Crystal Cruises Presents
Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand & Frederick Hodges
Crystal Cruises has been voted the number one cruise line in the world for several years. The cruise is all-inclusive.
The RSJO will be performing 3-4 hours nightly for dancing and listening enjoyment. Crystal has a galaxy of continuous activities onboard, from lectures, lessons, presentations and much more.

Join us for a wonderful cruise on the Crystal Serenity from Lisbon to Ft. Lauderdale, with a stop at the Canary Islands, and Grand Turk Islands. To inquire about coming along with the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra,
you may call 1-888-722-0021 Explore Crystal Cruises web site here.


2014 Public Performances
In Chronological Order



March 8, 2014
Saturday afternoon, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
Don Neely's 10-pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges
Dixieland Monterey Jazz Festival,
33rd Annual
Monterey California, downtown on the beautiful bay
Hear the RSJO in concert and also dance to their music on two spacious dance floors located on either side of the
stage. The RSJO will be giving it their all playing music from the Jazz Age and Swing Era for their
central California fans and all others from the four corners of the globe.

DeAnza Ballroom
Monterey Conference Center
One Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831.646.3770

For information please call (831) 633-5053 or toll free at 888-349-6879.
email@dixieland-monterey.com
www.dixieland-monterey.com

March 16, 2014, 
Sunday afternoon and evening
Don Neely's Royal Society Sextet with Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges
Norris Center For The Performing Arts, Palos Verdes, CA
Cabaret Concerts - Two performances: 12:15-12:30 PM and 5:45-8:00 PM

We are very excited to be invited to perform in southern California at the beautiful Norris Center For The Performing Arts in Palos Verdes. We shall be playing our music for two separate concerts, the first starting at noon and the second starting at 5:45 pm.  We look forward to a splendid time and will take special pleasure presenting our favorite music from the Jazz Age and Swing Era for our southern California friends!

For tickets please visit: www.norristheatre.org
or call (310) 544-0403, ext. 221*


April 19, 2014
Saturday Afternoon, 11:00 to 3:00
Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Sextet with Carla Normand and Frederick Hodges
150th anniversary of California State Park System
Special Tribute to Julia Morgan designer of many landmark California buildings
Asilormar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA (next to Monterey)
Asilomar is right on the beach and is a charming authentic Craftsman Style lodge. The complex was designed around 1910 by Julia Morgan, famed Hearst Castle Architect. Join the band for a concert at 11:00 AM followed by a historical fashion show accompanied by the band. For information about the event and about lodging: vistasilomar.com 1-888-635-5310


May 10th, 2014
Saturday night, 8:00 to 12:00 midnight
Don Neely's 10-pc. Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges
Art Deco Preservation Ball
Sponsored by the Art Deco Society Of California
Bimbo's 365 Club, San Francisco (North Beach!)
Also performing, "The DecoBelles," and surprise artists to be announced.

Hear the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra play their authentic, thrilling, and entertaining repertoire from the
Art Deco Era, the 1920s,'30s and '40s.


This will be a unique and memorable experience because the Art Deco Society of California and their dedicated makers of magic know how to put on a memorable vintage-style event!  It will be a fun and glamorous evening of dancing and cocktails at the most swank, stylish, authentic, and fun 1930s night club in San Francisco! This San Francisco favorite for a "night on the town" will be fully alive with swinging jazz, dancing, entertainment, and period pizazz!

Special guest performers and surprises will delight you before the show and during intermissions. In the lounge there will be live period-perfect cocktail music. And there will likely be surprise special guests singing with the band! The exquisitely lovely and talented Decobelles, in their knock-out costumes, will be choreographing another dazzling number to one of our exciting musical arrangements — a highlight of everyone's evening!
For more information and ticket pricing is available on the web site visit: www.ArtDecoSociety.org
Find the ADSC on Facebook or Telephone them at 415-982-DECO


May 24-25th 2014
Saturday and Sunday- three sets per day

Don Neely's 10-pc. Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges
Sacramento Music Festival (Formerly the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee)
Hooray, we're back again! See the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra really do their stuff!!
From A to Z! Hot Jazz, grin-inducing novelty songs, swing, syncopated 1920s jazz, heart- melting ballads, avant-garde music of the 1920s and '30s and more! The RSJO wows the patrons of the Sacramento Music Festival year after year, and keep 'em coming back again and again! This festival is a wonderful experience, truly festive and spirited as a festival should be. And may we say Sacramento Music Festival Audiences are the most "with-it" audiences one could wish for
!
There will be a variety of bands performing vintage jazz and swing, blues, cajun, and much more.
Appearing this year, as in all past years, are bands from all over the country and abroad.
For ticket and schedule information go to web site: www.sacjazz.com and call
(916) 372-5277.

July 12, 2014
Saturday - 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Don Neely's 10 pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand and Frederick Hodges
Cline Wine and Dixieland Jazz Festival
2437 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95676
Cline Cellars, Sonoma, CA

The Cline Cellar Jazz Festival is located on the beautiful grounds of Cline Cellars in Sonoma, in the Carneros Region. Delicious food, wine, and beer will be available or you can bring your own picnic. This is a wonderfully relaxing experience. Performing there will be many other excellent bands specializing in vintage jazz. The grand finale will be a set with the Jambalaya Big Swing Band.
Admission is $30 advance, (before July 10th) $35 at the gate. Wine Club price in advance is $25.
Cline CellarsShow on map.
Tickets and information on the event: (707) 940-4025 or www.clinecellars.com/jazzfestival or www.jazznut.com


September 14, 2014
Sunday, 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Don Neely's 10-pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges
Gatsby Summer Afternoon
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
Oakland, California
Sponsored by The Art Deco Society of California
Also performing with the band, "The Decobelles."
The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra has performed at the famous Gatsby Summer Afternoon for over twenty years, and each year it becomes more interesting and fun. Participants get into the spirit of The Great Gatsby's1920s with music, dancing, period attire, picnics, antique cars, and high-spirited imagination. If you saw the new cinema sensation, The Great Gastby then you'll know just what the event is all about. Picture a settomg in rolling hills, vast green lawns, oak trees, wooded paths, and the charming Dunsmuir House for a stunning backdrop. It's the perfect setting for an unforgettable experience. Special surprise guest performers will preceed the band, and also sing with the band. 

For information please call the Art Deco Society Of California 415-982-DECO  or visit www.artdecosociety.org


October 10, 2014
Friday, 6-10:00 pm
Don Neely's 10 pc. Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand
Hosted by Dance Personality Cynthia Glinka!
Grand Re-Opening of Presidio Oficers Club, the oldest building in the SF Presidio!
This event is freeeeeee admission!
The event starts out with cocktails in the new and charming bar in the club.
Cynthia will then inspire us to listen to the beat and move to it. She teaches and refreshes your memories.
The Presidio Officers Club is a beautiful authentic Spanish Colonial adobe structure with a huge dance floor! It has been undergoing a major restoration and to celebrate its completion they have invited the RSJO to do it up right!!
Check back for more info. Also visit Cynthia Glinka's web site for updates. But you know where, and you know when, and you know who!


2013 Public Performances

In Chronological Order


March 2nd, 2013
Saturday afternoon, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
Don Neely's 10-pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges
Dixieland Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey California
32nd Annual
Hear the RSJO in concert and appreciate the artistry...with the dance floor on the side. We'll play music that will knock your socks off...as well as the rest of your undergarments — so hold on to 'em! That will be 1920s jazz and San Francisco Big Band Swing of course!

DeAnza Ballroom
Monterey Conference Center
One Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831.646.3770

For information please call (831) 633-5053 or toll free at 888-349-6879.
email@dixieland-monterey.com
www.dixieland-monterey.com

April 27th, 2013
Saturday night, 8:00 to 12:00 midnight
Don Neely's 10-pc. Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges
Art Deco Preservation Ball
Sponsored by the Art Deco Society Of California
Oakland Paramount Theatre
Also performing "The DecoBelles."

Hear the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra play their authentic, stylish and entertaining repertoire from the Art Deco Era, the 1920s,'30s and '40s.


This will be a unique experience, the result of having the RSJO perform and the Art Deco Society of California create the theme, setting and all the creative touches. A fun and  glamorous evening of dancing and cocktails at the breathtaking Paramount Theatre in the astoundingly grand and fanciful lobby. The architectural lighting effects created for this theatre truly stun and dazzle the eye. Each time we perform there we are entranced by the majesty of the theatre. It's grand yes, but the party itself will have an intimate and cozy ambiance.


Special guest performers and surprises will delight you before the show and during intermissions. And there will likely be surprise special guests singing with the band! The exquisitely lovely Decobelles, with their knock-out costumes, and numbering in the neighborhood of 15- 20 chorus girls and maybe a boy or two, will be choreographing another eye-popping dance to one of our super arrangements — a highlight of the evening!
More information and ticket pricing is available on the web site: www.ArtDecoSociety.org
Find the ADSC on Facebook or Telephone at 415-982-DECO

May 25-26th 2013
Saturday and Sunday- three sets per day

Don Neely's 10-pc. Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges
Sacramento Music Festival (Formerly the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee)
Hooray, we're back again! See the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra really do their stuff!!
From A to Z! Hot Jazz, grin-inducing novelty songs, swing, syncopated 1920s jazz, heart- melting ballads, avant-garde music of the 1920s and '30s and more! The RSJO wows the patrons of the Sacramento Music Festival year after year, and keep 'em coming back again and again! This festival is a wonderful experience, truly festive and spirited as a festival should be. And may we say Sacramento Music Festival Audiences are the most "with-it" audiences one could wish for
!
There will be a variety of bands performing vintage jazz and swing, blues, cajun, and much more.
Appearing this year, as in all past years, are bands from all over the country and abroad.
For ticket and schedule information go to web site: www.sacjazz.com and call
(916) 372-5277.


July 11, 2013
Thursday evening, 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Don Neely's 10-pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand
Outdoor Concert in Guerneville, Sonoma County
Come to the fun and picturesque town of Guerneville on the Russian River, in the redwoods
of Sonoma County. Hear the RSJO perform their hit, "Redwood," the song inspired by the Armstrong Woods
in Guerneville. The nearby Armstrong Woods is a wonderful place to visit and stroll beforehand.

And what's even more amazing... it free admission! That's right...FREE!

July 13th, 2013
Saturday Afternoon, 11:00 to 6:15 PM
Don Neely's 10-pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand
Cline Cellars Wine and Dixieland Jazz Festival
2437 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95676
Cline Cellars, Sonoma, CA

The Cline Cellar Jazz Festival is located on the beautiful grounds of Cline Cellars in Sonoma, in the Carneros Region. Delicious food, wine, and beer will be available or you can bring your own picnic. This is a wonderfully relaxing experience. Performing there will be many other excellent bands specializing in vintage jazz. The grand finale will be a set with the Jambalaya Big Swing Band.
Admission is $30 advance, (before July 10th) $35 at the gate. Wine Club price in advance is $25.
Cline CellarsShow on map.
Tickets and information on the event: (707) 940-4025 or www.clinecellars.com/jazzfestival or www.jazznut.com

September 8th, 2013
Sunday, 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Don Neely's 10-pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges
Gatsby Summer Afternoon
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
Oakland, California
Sponsored by The Art Deco Society of California
Featuring Don Neely, Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges, Andrew Storar
and the rest of the talented RSJO musicians.

Also performing with the band, "The Decobelles."
The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra has performed at the famous Gatsby Summer Afternoon for over twenty years, and each year it becomes more interesting and fun. Participants get into the spirit of The Great Gatsby's1920s with music, dancing, period attire, picnics, antique cars, and high-spirited imagination. If you saw the new cinema sensation, The Great Gastby then you'll know just what the event is all about. Picture a settomg in rolling hills, vast green lawns, oak trees, wooded paths, and the charming Dunsmuir House for a stunning backdrop. It's the perfect setting for an unforgettable experience. Special surprise guest performers will preceed the band, and also sing with the band. 

For information please call the Art Deco Society Of California 415-982-DECO  or visit www.artdecosociety.org







2012 Public Performances (Past Perfomances)


December 21st, Friday, 2012
7:00 to 10:00 PM
Don Neely's Royal Society Sextet with Carla Normand and Frederick Hodges
75th Anniversary Celebration party of Snow White, the first animated feature film
Walt Disney Family Museum

104 Montgomery St. The Presidio of San Francisco
Also featuring The Decobelles, vocalist Ann Gibson, and the screening of Snow White.
For ticket information, 415.345.6800


February 3, Friday, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Don Neely 10-pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand
USO Dance, 1940s Big Band Swing and Hot Jazz
Livermore Reads Together
The Barn, 3131 Pacific Ave.
Livermore, CA 925-373-5500
Sponsored by the Livermore Library


February 18, Saturday, 2012
8:45-12:30 PM
Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Sextet with Carla Normand

85th Birthday Celebration 'Top of the Mark' Hopkins Hotel

San Francisco's Landmark atop Nob Hill. 1920s Theme! Dress in 1920s-style vintage attire or 1920s costume and get in free. Let's recreate the ambience of film sensation The Artist in San Francisco! Hear us play the 1920s jazz and 1930s -1940s Big Band Swing you love!
Cover charge $15
Top of the Mark, Hotel Mark Hopkins-Intercontinental
One Nob Hill, San Francisco

February 25th, Saturday night
6:00 to 10:00 PM
Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Quintet with Carla Normand
"Big Night," benefit for the Noe Valley School, San Francisco
. Location: The Verdi Club, a charming place with a big dance floor, nice old stage, and lovely bar. The theme is inspired by the great movie, Big Night. We'll be playing our best San Francisco Big Band Swing to delight everyone. $25 buys you our wonderful music, gourmet food, dancing and libations. Unbelievable but true! 2424 Mariposa Street  San Francisco, CA 94110-1423
(415) 861-9199Don Neely, Royal Society Jazz Sextet, Carla Normand, San Francisco, Swing, vintage jazz

March 3rd, 2012
Saturday afternoon, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
Don Neely's 10-pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand
Dixieland Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey California
32nd Annual
Hear the RSJO in concert and appreciate the artistry...with the dance floor on the side. We'll play music that will knock your socks off...as well as the rest of your undergarments — so hold on to 'em! That will be 1920s jazz and San Francisco Big Band Swing of course!

DeAnza Ballroom
Monterey Conference Center
One Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831.646.3770

For information please call (831) 633-5053 or toll free at 888-349-6879.
email@dixieland-monterey.com
www.dixieland-monterey.com

May 5th, 2012
Saturday night, 8:00 to 12:00 midnight
Don Neely's 10-pc. Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand
Art Deco Preservation Ball
Swingin' on the Golden Gate Bridge! 75th Birthday Celebration
Bimbo's 365 Club, San Francisco
Also performing "The DecoBelles."

Hear the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra play their authentic, stylish and romantic repertoire from the Art Deco Era, particularly from 1937, the year the Golden Gate Bridge was completed. This includes San Francisco Big Band Swing in the style of 1937.


This will be a unique experience, the result of having the RSJO perform and the Art Deco Society of California create the theme, setting and all the creative touches. A fun and  glamorous evening of dancing and cocktails at San Francisco's landmark nightclub, Bimbo's 365 Club in North Beach.


Special guest performers and surprises will delight you before and during intermissions. And there will likely be surprise special guests singing with the band! The exquisitely lovely Decobelles, with their knock-out costumes and numbering in the neighborhood of 15- 20 chorus girls and maybe a boy or two, will be choreographing another eye-popping dance to one of our super arrangements, a highlight of the evening!
More information and ticket pricing is available on the web site: www.ArtDecoSociety.org
Find the ADSC on Facebook or Telephone at 415-982-DECO
1930s swing, art deco preservation ball, san francisco, don neely


May 11, 2012
Friday evening, 6:00 to 8:45 PM
Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand
75th Birthday Celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge!
de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Cynthia Glinka, San Francisco's Dynamic Dance Diva and Teacher

We have played at the de Young Museum for their special Friday night events twice in recent years, and they have been splendid and highly memorable and uplifting experiences for the band and the patrons. We suggest you come early and stroll the exhibits and dine in the cafe. It is a real San Francisco experience!
Free Admission.



May 24, 2012
Thursday evening, 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Sextet with vocalist Carla Normand
BridgeFest NightLife   Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge!
California Academy Of Science, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Dance among exotic creatures and sip creative cocktails as you come together for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. Explore exhibits and aquarium displays and let exotic animals from around the world transport you to the tropics, Tibet, and dozens of other remote destinations. Special planetarium shows will take you even farther afield. 21+
55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 94118
415-379-8000
http://www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife/
Admission $10 for members and $12 for non-members.



May 26-27, 2012
Saturday and Sunday, day and evening
Don Neely's 10-pc. Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand
Sacramento Music Festival (Formerly the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee)

See the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra really do their stuff!! From A to Z! Hot Jazz, grin-inducing novelty songs, swing, syncopated 1920s jazz, sweet, avant-garde music of the 1920s and '30s and more! The RSJO wows the patrons of the Sacramento Jubilee year after year, and keep 'em coming back again and again! This festival is a wonderful experience, truly festive and spirited as a festival should be. And may we say Sacramento Music Festival Audiences are the most "with-it" audiences one could wish for
!
There will be a variety of bands performing vintage jazz and swing, blues, cajun, and much more.
Appearing this year, as in all past years, are bands from all over the country and abroad.
For ticket and schedule information go to web site: www.sacjazz.com and call
(916) 372-5277.


July 14th, 2012
Saturday Afternoon, 11:00 to 6:15 PM
Don Neely's 10-pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand
Cline Cellars Dixieland Jazz and Wine Festival
Cline Cellars, Sonoma, CA

The Cline Cellar Jazz Festival is located on the beautiful grounds of Cline Cellars in Sonoma, in the Carneros Region. Delicious food, wine, and beer will be available or
you can bring your own picnic. Performing will be other fine bands specializing in vintage jazz.

Cline CellarsShow on map.
Address: 24737 Arnold Dr.
City: Sonoma
State: CA
Zip: 95476
Information on the event: (707) 940-4025
Admission $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

September 9th, 2012
Sunday, 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Don Neely's 10-pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand
Gatsby Summer Afternoon
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
Oakland, California
Sponsored by The Art Deco Society of California
Featuring Don Neely, Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges, Andrew Storar
and the rest of the talented RSJO musicians.

Also performing with the band, "The Decobelles."
The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra has performed at the famous Gatsby Summer Afternoon for over twenty years, and each year it becomes more interesting and fun. Patrons get into the spirit of the 1920s with music, dancing, period attire, picnics, antique cars, and high-spirited imagination. If you saw the movie, The Artist, then you'll know just what the event is all about. Rolling hills, vast green lawns, oak trees, wooded paths, and charming Dunsmuir House provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable experience. Special surprise guest performers will preceed the band, and sing with the band. 

For information please call the Art Deco Society Of California 415-982-DECO  or visit www.artdecosociety.org


October 27th, 2012
Saturday, 8:00 to 10:00 PM, Concert
Don Neely's 10-pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand
El Campanil Theatre
Antioch, CA, Downtown, 2nd and G St.

We are delighted to be returning for a concert performance at the beautiful El Campanil Theatre, built in 1927 and fully restored to its original charm. This is the perfect theatre to see the RSJO! Located on the Sacramento Riverfront in old Antioch. Stop, linger, gaze and ponder the mighty Sacramento River flowing but a few steps away, then enter the beautiful El Campanil and savor the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra in concert in the ideal setting!

el campanil theatre antioch restored 1927 original 1920s jazz, 1930s swing san francisco

2011 Public Performances

September 11, 2011
Sunday afternoon, 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Don Neely's 10-pc Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand
Gatsby Summer Afternoon

Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
Oakland, California
Sponsored by The Art Deco Society of California

Gatsby Summer Affair 2011

Featuring Don Neely,
Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges, Andrew Storar
and many more.

The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra has performed at the famous Gatsby Summer Afternoon for over twenty years, and each year it becomes more interesting and fun. Patrons get into the spirit of the 1920s with music, dancing, period attire, picnics, cars, and imagination. Rolling hills, vast green lawns, oak trees, wooded paths, and charming Dunsmuir House provide the perfect setting for a memorable experience. Special guest performers will sing with the band. 

For information please call the Art Deco Society Of California 415-982-DECO  or visit www.artdecosociety.org


July 16th, 2011
Saturday, 11:00 to 6:15 PM

Don Neely's 10-pc. Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand
Cline Cellar Jazz Festival
Cline Cellars, Sonoma, CA
The Cline Cellar Jazz Festival is located at the beautiful grounds of Cline Cellars in Sonoma, in the Carneros Region. Food, wine, and beer will be available or bring your own picnic.
Cline CellarsShow on map.
Address: 24737 Arnold Dr.
City: Sonoma
State: CA
Zip: 95476
Information on the event: (707) 940-4025

May 7th, 2012
Saturday night, 8:00 to 12:00 midnight
Don Neely's 10-pc. Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand
Art Deco Preservation Ball
Berkeley City Club, Berkeley, California
Also performing "The DecoBelles."
Hear the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra play their authentic, stylish and romantic repertoire from the Art Deco Era.
Join us for a glamorous evening of dancing and cocktails at one of the City of Berkeley's most beloved landmarks, designed in 1927 by Julia Morgan.

Special guest performers will delight you before and during intermissions.
More information and ticket pricing is available on the web site: www.ArtDecoSociety.org
Find the ADSC on Facebook or Telephone at 415-982-DECO

May 28-29, 2011
Saturday and Sunday
Don Neely's 10-pc. Royal Society Jazz Orchestra with Carla Normand
Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee
Sacramento, CA. Convention Center Area

See the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra really do their stuff!! Hot Jazz, grin-inducing novelty songs, swing, syncopated 1920s jazz, avant-garde music of the 1920s and '30s and more! The RSJO wows the patrons of the Sacramento Jubilee year after year, and we keep 'em coming back again and again! This festival is a wonderful experience, truly festive as a festival should be.
Appearing this year, as in all past years, are bands from all over the country and abroad.
For ticket and schedule information go to web site: www.sacjazz.com and call (916) 372-5277.




Art Deco Preservation Ball 2011 Graphic

Join us for a glamorous evening of dancing and cocktails at the beautiful Berkeley City Club designed by architect Julia Morgan, famous for designing Hearst Castle.
Also performing with the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra will be the
The DecoBelles.
Special Theme Entertainment will delight you in the various charming public rooms.
More information and ticket pricing is available on the web site: www.ArtDecoSociety.org
Find the ADSC on Facebook or Telephone at 415-982-DECO


April 3rd, Sunday, 2011
1:30 to 5:00 PM
Don Neely's Rhythm Aces with Carla Normand
Last Day Saloon
Santa Rosa, CA
This event is for the Trad Jazz Meeting which occurs monthly, featuring a different band each month. The performance will be at the Last Day Saloon in downtown Santa Rosa, where they have a delightful club with a nice dance floor, and many amenities including food and adult beverages. Admission for general public is $10
Located at 120 5th St. Santa Rosa, CA.


March 5th, 2011
Saturday afternoon, 1:00 to 3:30 PM
Don Neely's ten-pc. Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand

Dixieland Montery,
31st Annual Festival

DeAnza Ballroom
Monterey Conference Center
One Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831.646.3770

For information please call (831) 633-5053 or toll free at 888-349-6879.
email@dixieland-monterey.com
www.dixieland-monterey.com


Past Events

Saturday February 16th, 8:00 PM - 12:30 AM
    The 6th Annual Shiny Stockings Ball
    Lake Merrit Dance Center
    200 Grand Ave,
    Oakland, CA 94610

    $20 pre-sale; $25 at the door
     

    The Northern California Lindy Society (www.ncls.com) is proud to sponsor the 6th Annual Shiny Stockings Ball in conjuction with the Frankie Manning Weekend. Come spend a great night of dancing with one of the original Lindy Hoppers, Mr. Frankie Manning! The ballroom of the Lake Merrit Dance Center will be packed with swing dancers from all over the Bay Area to boogie the night away to the swinging sounds of the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra.
     

    Pre-sale tickets are available now at http://www.ncls.com/fm2008/reg/index.html
     



    March 3 & 4, 2008, Monday Afternoon, and Tuesday Evening
    Ahwahnee Heritage Holidays 
    Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park

    The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra will be performing once again in Yosemite Valley for the annual three-day Ahwahnee Heritage Holidays at the Ahwahnee Hotel. This is an event to remember! Experience the high-style rustic charm of the Ahwahnee Hotel nestled in the majestic Yosemite Valley, and the heart-stirring music of the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra! This rare event is co-sponsored by the Art Deco Society Of California, and together with historian Tom Bopp, they have organized many fascinating lectures, demonstrations, and musical presentations related to the early years of the last century in Yosemite. This year's special theme is Winter in Yosemite. Special presentations will show that from the start, winter activities were concocted with delightful creativity, indoors and out. Ice skating, tobogganing, ski-joring, and snowshoe-baseball drew guests outside, while ballroom dancing, musical events, and the Bracebridge Dinner enhanced the evening hours.

    Music schedule — these Yosemite events are FREE to the public!:
     

    • March 2, Sunday evening, 7:00 to 10:00 PM, Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys perform in the Ahwahnee Hotel Bar
    • March 3, Monday afternoon, 3:00 to 5:00 PM Tea Dance, Don Neely's Royal Society Sextet with Carla Normand in the Great Lounge at the Ahwahnee Hotel.
    • March 3, Monday evening, 8:00 to 11:00, in Ahwahnee Hotel Bar, Speakeasy Entertainment with Tom Bopp, Sara Klotz de Aguilar, Frederick Hodges, Ann Gibson, and more! 
    • 6:00 PM, Gala Dinner in Ahwahnee Dining Room featuring vintage menu and same line-up of artists.
    • March 4, Tuesday evening, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Royal Society Jazz Orchestra plays for the Grand Ball, Great Lounge, Ahwahnee Hotel. Includes dance performance by the DecoBelles.

     
    • RESERVATIONS. Please call the main reservation number and ask for Ahwahnee Heritage Holidays. Phone number: 559-253-2075. Website is www.YosemitePark.com Also you may call the Art Deco Society Of California for information at 415-982-DECO (3326) or www.artdecosociety.org
    • Briefly, lodging packages are for the Ahwahnee Hotel or Yosemite Lodge, for either two nights or three. Prices are on web site Yosemitepark.com/heritage and include the gala dinner in the breathtaking Ahwahnee Hotel dining room.
    • All music, lectures, and presentations at the Heritage Holidays event at the Ahwahnee Hotel are free to the public, except for the dinner. You can camp in or outside the valley, and still attend the events free.
    • Singer and pianist Tom Bopp, who regularly performs at The Wawona Hotel in Yosemite will be singing with the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra and performing in the Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room during the Gala Dinner and afterwards in the Ahwahnee Bar. Speakeasy music in the bar will feature various artists from the RSJO including Frederick Hodges, plus singers Sarah Klotz de Aguilar, and Ann Gibson.


    The RSJO has an excellent new recording, Deja Vu?, which features songs written by Don Neely that have become sensations at the Ahwahnee Heritage Holidays, including "Wawona Waltz," "Hetch Hetchy," and "Redwood. " 



    March 8th, Saturday afternoon, 2:30 to 5:00 PM 

    Dixieland Montery
    28th Annual Festival

    DeAnza Ballroom
    Monterey Conference Center
    One Portola Plaza
    Monterey, CA 93940
    Phone: 831.646.3770

    For information please call (831) 633-5053 or toll free at 888-349-6879.
    email@dixieland-monterey.com
    www.dixieland-monterey.com



    Sunday, March 30, 2007. 3:00 to 6:00 PM
    Broncho Billy Tea Dance

    Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum 
    37417 Niles Boulevard
    Fremont, CA 94536


    Broncho Billy Tea Dance with authentic dance music of the teens, twenties, and thirties, featuring Don Neely’s Royal Society Five

    • Don Neely, clarinet and sax
    • Frederick Hodges, piano
    • Andrew Storar, trumpet
    • Marty Eggers, bass
    • Steve Apple, drums


    Tickets available during weekend museum hours,
    Suggested donation $20, by phone at 510-494-1411, and through web site: http://www.nilesfilmmuseum.org

    This event is a benefit for the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Boulevard, Fremont, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.



    Saturday, April 19, 2008


    Merced Art Council's Black and White Ball


    7:30 to 11:30 PM

    Don Neely and the Sextet play for the 25th Annual Black and White Ball in Merced. This year's ball is sure to be great fun, because it has the 1920s for its theme! The event is sponsored by the Merced Multicultural Arts Center and the proceeds will go to benefit art programs for youth.

    Attire requested will be vintage-retro style. Use your imagination, be creative! Have fun! 

    Location
    Merced Multicultural Arts Center
    645 West Main Street
    Merced, CA 95340
     

    Tickets
    $75 each 
    Includes two glasses of wine 
    & a dance lesson
    Gourmet Desserts
    Sloe Gin Fizz & Martini Bar 
    Raffle Prizes & Silent Auction

    Music by
    Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Sextet

    Hors d’oeuvres by
    STARFISH CATERING
    7:30 —11:00pm

    Dance Lesson
    Saturday, April 12
    11:30am—1:30pm
     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION click here
    or call the Arts Center at: (209) 388-1090

    Band features
    Carla Normand, vocalist
    Frederick Hodges, piano
    Steve Apple, drums (yes, it is too a real instrument!)
    Dix Bruce, guitar, banjo
    Andrew Storar, trumpet, vocals
    Marty Eggers, legendary bass player


    April 26th, Saturday evening 8:00 to 12:00 midnight
     Art Deco Preservation Ball 

    Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, 10 pieces, with Carla Normand and Frederick Hodges. 

    Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave. Berkeley, CA
    Old California and its Mexican/Spanish History will be the theme of this year's unique event.

    There will be a special performance by the Decobelles dance troupe. You'll also see and hear vocalists Ann Gibson and Sara Kltoz de Aguilar.

    More to be announced. 

    For information please call 415-982-DECO or visit www.artdecosociety.org



    Saturday May 3, 2008

    2:00 pm 

    El Campanil Theatre, Antioch, downtown, 2nd and G St.


    Concert Matinee 

    Community Concerts Present
    Don Neely & The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
    10 pc. with Carla Normand and Frederick Hodges

    Adults: $ 22   Seniors: $ 20  Children: $15

    For tickets, please visit the theatre website:
    www.elcampaniltheatre.com

    or telephone:

    925-757-9500

    We are delighted to be returning for a concert performance at the beautiful El Campanil Theatre, built in 1927 and fully restored to its original charm. This is the perfect theatre to see the RSJO! Located on the Sacramento Riverfront in old Antioch.


    May 23-26, 2008
    We regret to inform our fans that the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra has not been invited to perform at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee this year. We love performing at the festival and with great hope look forward to receiving an invitation to perform there again sometime in the future.

    If you would like to speak or write to the director of the festival, here below is the information:

    Festival Director: Gene Berthelsen
    Phone 916-372-5277 Ext. 11
    email jubileedir@sbcglobal.net
    2787 Del Monte Street
    West Sacramento, CA 95691

    If you have an opinion you'd like to share, please email us rsjo@sonic.net. We appreciate your support.


    July 18, 2008
    Friday Nights at the de Young

    Third Season of Cultural Encounters Friday Nights at the de Young presents

    THE ROYAL SOCIETY JAZZ ORCHESTRA and  CYNTHIA GLINKA 

    FREE ADMISSION!
     

    In Wilsey Court  Cynthia Glinka
    6:00 - 6:30 pm

    Cynthia Glinka dance coach and choreographer, instructs, entertains, and inspires during this event. With her dance tips and tricks, you won't miss a beat! Join us on the dance floor.

    Royal Society Jazz Orchestra 
    6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Don Neely and the 10-piece orchestra, with vocalist Carla Normand, are renowned for authentically capturing the exciting sound of big-band swing, hot syncopated jazz, blues, and music of the Cotton Club. Songs include the compositions of George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Walter Donaldson, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and many others from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, vaudeville, and the silver screen.
     

    The de Young is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in the heart of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

    de Young
    Golden Gate Park
    50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
    San Francisco, CA 94118

    415-750-7694
    e-mail nexcach@famsf.org
    For more information go online to www.deyoungmuseum.org 



    August 6, 2008

    Don Neely's Rhythm Aces ( Our new name for the sextet! )

    Bing Crosby's in Walnut Creek

    August 6th, Wednesday evening

    No cover charge!

    Dancing from 7:00 to 10:00 pm

    Dance lessons by Johnny Lee during intermissions

    Bing Crosby's is a fascinating place to visit with great ambience built on the concept of hollywood and Bing Crosby's career in film and music. 

    They serve marvelous dinners and have a stunning menu of martinis and other Rat Pack libations.

    Rhythm Aces lineup: 
    Don Neely on reeds and vocals
    Frederick Hodges, piano and vocals
    Andrew Storar, Cornet and vocals
    Steve Apple, Drums
    Dix Bruce, Guitar
    Marty Eggers, Stand up bass

    Address: 
    1342 Broadway Plaza
    Walnut Creek, CA 
    94596

    925-939-BING
    Web site www.bingcrosbysrestaurant.com



     

    Sunday, August 24, 2008

    Dance at the Ashkenaz

    5:00 to 8:00 PM 
    The Ashkenaz 
    1317 San Pablo Avenue 
    Berkeley, CA 94702

    Don Neely's 10-piece Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand and Frederick Hodges, will be providing lively dance music for another wonderful dance at The Ashkenaz, Berkeley's legendary dance hall. Ashkenaz has a friendly and relaxing ambience with a great dance floor and excellent sound system. They serve tasty snacks, wine, beer, coffee and more. We'll be delighted to see you, and you'll be happy you came.

    Admission $20.

    For additional information please see web site:

    http://www.ashkenaz.com
    or call 510-525-5054

         Don Neely, leader, reeds, vocals, arranger
         Steve Apple, drums, vocals, sardonic observations
         Frederick Hodges, piano, vocals
         George Hamilton Green, xylophone
         Carla Normand, vocals
         Andrew Storar, 1st trumpet, vocals, attitude
         Brent Bergman, trombone
         Dick Mathias, lead alto sax, reeds
         Kent Mikasa, 2nd Cornet
         Irving Kaufman, vocals
         Dix Bruce, guitar, banjo
         Marty Eggers, bass, tuba
         Bob Embry, tenor sax, reeds



    Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

    5:30 to 9:00 PM

    Don Neely's full-size, ten-piece Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand and Frederick Hodges

    U.S. Hornet, Aircraft Carrier
    Alameda, CA

    707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3
    Alameda Point
    Alameda, CA 94501
    510-521-8448
    www.uss-hornet.org
     
     

    Dinner-Dance Benefit for Center for Elders Independence

    For ticket information, please contact:

    fbridges@cei.elders.org

    Web site: http://cei.elders.org/events.html

    510-839-3100



    September 13, 2008

    7:30 to 10:30 PM

    Dance Under The Stars
    Rose Bowl Dance 2008

    Featuring the full 11-piece Royal Society Jazz Orchestra 
    starring Miss Carla Normand -- America's Radio Sweetheart

    Escalle Winery,
    771 Magnolia Avenue
    Larkspur, California

    Tickets: $50 per person (limit 4 per person)
    Tickets Available Saturday, May 17: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    And Monday, May 19, 2:00 Pm to 7:00 PM at Larkspur City Hall

    Semi-Formal Vinage dress from 1910-1950 encouraged

    www.larkspurcityhall.org


    How to prepare for the dance 

    Find your tickets - View invitation
     

    Ticket Purchases - Unfortunately, due to the capacity of the venue the Rose Bowl Dance is sold out. Please call the Larkspur Recreation Department at 415-927-6746 to register your name on the wait list for tickets. 

    Sign up for dance lessons - View Announcement 
     

    Register at the Larkspur Recreation Department for one or more of our Thursday evening sessions, 927-6746. $15 per couple, $10 for singles, per session. 
     

    - August 28 - Hall Gym 7-8:30 PM
    - September 4 - Hall Gym 7-8:30 PM
    - September 11 - Neil Cummins Gym 7-8:30 PM

    Lessons provided by Cynthia Glinka 

    Select your vintage outfit - pick an era to emulate
     

    - Vintage Portraits Jude Mooney Photography will be on site to capture the moment
    - Remember to pick sensible shoes for uneven landscape
    - Coat check available to check your hats & gloves

    Read up on the history of the Rose Bowl Dance

    Remember the Rose Bowl Story by Jerry Flamm
    Rose Bowl Photographs
    Larkspur Firehouse Museum

    Transportation by San Francisco Trolleys
     

    Travel from City Hall to the dance by trolley all night from 7:30 - 1:00 AM
    Parking available at St. Patrick's church on Locust Avenue.
    Parking also available at the corner or Magnolia & Bon Air Road.
     


    September 14, 2008, Sunday, 2:00 to 6:00 PM
    Gatsby Summer Afternoon
      House and Gardens, Oakland CA.

    The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra has performed at the famous Gatsby Summer Afternoon for over twenty years, and each year it becomes more interesting and fun. Patrons get into the spirit of the 1920s with music, dancing, period attire, picnics, cars, and imagination. Rolling hills, vast green lawns, oak trees, wooded paths, and charming Dunsmuir House provide the perfect setting for a memorable experience. Special guest Tom Bopp will sing with the band, as well as Frederick Hodges, Carla Normand, Don Neely, and Andrew Storar.

    For information please call the Art Deco Society Of California 415-982-DECO  or visit www.artdecosociety.org



    October 17th, Friday

    9:00 to 12:00 PM

    Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand, and Frederick Hodges

    Collegiate Ball (Part of the 2nd annual, three-day "Shag Jam")

    Location:
    Verdi Club in San Francisco
    2424 Mariposa St. 
    San Francisco

    Fast, furious and flying feet will gather from far and near for the San Francisco Shag Jam. Nearly 80 years after the swing kids of the 1930s started dancing the Collegiate Shag, a melting pot of young and old convene to flip, flop and fly on the dance floor.

    The Verdi Club is located in the Portrero Hill district of San Francisco, and was built in the 1930s, and was for many years an Italian social club. 

    They have a huge dance floor, an elevated stage with proscenium arch, and a roomy bar where you can order a refreshing libation in between strutting your stuff on the dance floor.

    The Collegiate Ball features a Vintage Hair Styling Class for the Dolls and Vintage Clothes Styling Class for the Daddy O's, Dance Performances, Collegiate Shag Championships (Prelims & Spotlight Finals), Pin-Ups and Classic Cars! Join in on the history and dress in your best Vintage College/Varsity Sweater wear. 

    To gain more information please go to the delightful Shag Jam web site: 
    http://www.shagjam.com/

    This is going to be a fun event with great dancers!




Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Dance at the Ashkenaz

5:00 to 8:00 PM 
The Ashkenaz 
1317 San Pablo Avenue 
Berkeley, CA 94702

Don Neely's 10-piece Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand and Frederick Hodges, will be providing lively dance music for another wonderful dance at The Ashkenaz, Berkeley's legendary dance hall. Ashkenaz has a friendly and relaxing ambience with a great dance floor and excellent sound system. They serve tasty snacks, wine, beer, coffee and more. We'll be delighted to see you, and you'll be happy you came.

Admission $20.

For additional information please see web site:

http://www.ashkenaz.com
or call 510-525-5054

     Don Neely, leader, reeds, vocals, arranger
     Steve Apple, Drums, vocals
     Frederick Hodges, Piano, Vocals
     Carla Normand, Vocals
     Andrew Storar, 1st Trumpet, vocals
     Brent Bergman, Trombone
     Dick Mathias, Lead alto sax, reeds
     Kent Mikasa, 2nd Cornet
     Dix Bruce, Guitar, Banjo
     Marty Eggers, Bass, Tuba
     Bob Embry, Tenor sax, reeds

Sunday 25 January 2009
 adsc


Art Deco Society of California

Annual Membership and Volunteer Appreciation Party

The Don Neely Trio

Featuring:

Don Neely -- clarinet
Frederick Hodges - piano
Marty Eggers -- bass
Lionel Hampton -- vibes*

*management is not responsible for last minute personnel cancellations.

2-5 PM

Schroeder's Cafe
240 Front Street
San Francisco, CA
www.schroederssf.com
Schroders
Please join us for our Annual Membership and Volunteer Appreciation Party. Hors d'oeuvres, dessert and good cheer will be passed around. There will be entertainment and dancing of course (we are the ADSC). But it won't be a proper shindig unless you are there!

Free for Art Deco Society Members.

$20.00 for everyone else.

Art Deco Society of California


February 5th, 2009

The beautiful Fox Oakland Theater has been restored!

Fox Theatre

Come celebrate the Grand Reopening of the Fox Oakland Theater
See the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra on the giant stage!

February 5th, 2009.

7:00 to 11:00 PM

Buffet Dining California Wines Martini Bar
Valet Parking Available $10
Free Parking at Rotunda Garage

Cocktail Attire

Tickets are available at $250 Each

Please visit www.foxoakland.com to purchase tickets
Or leave a message at 510-869-3519

1912 Telegraph at the corner of 19th and Telegraph
Oakland, California

Entertainment Line up:
Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (Ten piece orchestra with Don Neely, Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges)

The Decobelles

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave

Vaudeville Artists
Circus Performers
And many other entertainers


February 20, 2009
The 32nd Annual Viennese Ball
vienna
8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Hyatt Regency in Burlingame

The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra performs for Stanford University's Annual Viennese Ball.

We will be performing in the Swing Ball Room.

For tickets and other information, please visit vienneseball.com

Stanford University

TICKET SALES
Ticket sales open on February 7, 2009 at the Bon Bon Ball during Austria Fortnight. Tickets will be available for purchase in Stanford's White Plaza from noon to 1pm every weekday through February 20, 2009.

In addition, a limited number of Viennese Ball memorabilia, including champagne flutes ($10 per flute, or $8 at time of ticket purchase), t-shirts ($10 per shirt, or $8 at time of ticket purchase), and DVDs ($20 per DVD, or $15 at time of ticket purchase), are available.

PRICING
Ticket prices are $85 per couple for students, $105 per couple for Stanford faculty, staff, and Cardinal Young Alumni, $115 per couple for other Stanford Alumni, and $125 per couple for the general public. A limited number of single tickets are available to students upon request.

ONLINE

Viennese Ball tickets may be purchased online through eGroups. Additional charges may be assessed by eGroups. Tickets will be available online until noon on the February 19, 2009. Tickets purchased online should be picked up at the ball, with receipt and photo ID as proof of payment.

AT THE DOOR
A limited number of tickets will be available at the ball itself. Come prepared with either cash or your check payable to "Viennese Ball Committee."



March 2-3, 2009
Ahwahnee Heritage Holidays 
Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park
Ahwahnee
The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra will be performing once again in Yosemite Valley for the annual three-day Ahwahnee Heritage Holidays at the Ahwahnee Hotel. This is an event to remember! Experience the high-style rustic charm of the Ahwahnee Hotel nestled in the majestic Yosemite Valley, and the heart-stirring music of the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra! This rare event is co-sponsored by the Art Deco Society Of California, and together with historian Tom Bopp, they have organized many fascinating lectures, demonstrations, and musical presentations related to the early years of the last century in Yosemite. This year's special theme is Winter in Yosemite. Special presentations will show that from the start, winter activities were concocted with delightful creativity, indoors and out. Ice skating, tobogganing, ski-joring, and snowshoe-baseball drew guests outside, while ballroom dancing, musical events, and the Bracebridge Dinner enhanced the evening hours.

Music schedule — these Yosemite events are FREE to the public!:
 

  • March 2, Sunday evening, 7:00 to 10:00 PM Don Neely's Royal Society Sextet with Carla Normand in the Great Lounge at the Ahwahnee Hotel.
  • March 3, Tuesday evening, 8:00 to 11:00 PM, Royal Society Jazz Orchestra plays for the Grand Ball, Great Lounge, Ahwahnee Hotel. Includes dance performance by the DecoBelles.
Don Neely has composed a new song to commemorate this year's Ahwahnee Heritage Holiday. He has titled it:

"I Want To Camp At The Ahwahnee"

You are listening to it right now.
 
  • RESERVATIONS. Please call the main reservation number and ask for Ahwahnee Heritage Holidays. Phone number: 559-253-2075. Website is www.YosemitePark.com Also you may call the Art Deco Society Of California for information at 415-982-DECO (3326) or www.artdecosociety.org
  • Briefly, lodging packages are for the Ahwahnee Hotel or Yosemite Lodge, for either two nights or three. Prices are on web site Yosemitepark.com/heritage and include the gala dinner in the breathtaking Ahwahnee Hotel dining room.
  • All music, lectures, and presentations at the Heritage Holidays event at the Ahwahnee Hotel are free to the public, except for the dinner. You can camp in or outside the valley, and still attend the events free.
  • Singer and pianist Tom Bopp, who regularly performs at The Wawona Hotel in Yosemite will be singing with the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra and performing in the Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room during the Gala Dinner and afterwards in the Ahwahnee Bar. Speakeasy music in the bar will feature various artists from the RSJO including Frederick Hodges, plus singers Sarah Klotz de Aguilar, and Ann Gibson.

March 7th, 2009,
Saturday afternoon, 2:30 to 5:00 PM 

Dixieland Montery
29th Annual Festival

DeAnza Ballroom
Monterey Conference Center
One Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831.646.3770

For information please call (831) 633-5053 or toll free at 888-349-6879.
email@dixieland-monterey.com
www.dixieland-monterey.com

April 17, 2009
Friday Nights at the de Young

Third Season of Cultural Encounters Friday Nights at the de Young presents

THE ROYAL SOCIETY JAZZ ORCHESTRA and  CYNTHIA GLINKA 

FREE ADMISSION!
 

In Wilsey Court
6:00 - 6:30 pm

Cynthia Glinka dance coach and choreographer, instructs, entertains, and inspires during this event. With her dance tips and tricks, you won't miss a beat! Join us on the dance floor.

Royal Society Jazz Orchestra 
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Don Neely and the 10-piece orchestra, with vocalist Carla Normand, are renowned for authentically capturing the exciting sound of big-band swing, hot syncopated jazz, blues, and music of the Cotton Club. Songs include the compositions of George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Walter Donaldson, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and many others from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, vaudeville, and the silver screen.
 

The de Young is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in the heart of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

de Young
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

415-750-7694
e-mail nexcach@famsf.org
For more information go online to www.deyoungmuseum.org 

Sunday, 26 April, 2009

3:00 to 6:00 PM

Broncho Billy Tea Dance
Niles Essaney Silent Film Museum
Niles Essanay Silent Film  
37417 Niles Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94536

Featuring The Royal Society Six
Castles
Dance Instruction by Miss Cynthia Glinka

Broncho Billy Tea Dance with authentic dance music of the teens, twenties, and thirties, featuring Don Neely’s Royal Society Five
  • Don Neely, clarinet and sax
  • Frederick Hodges, piano
  • Andrew Storar, trumpet
  • Steve Hanson, bass
  • Steve Apple, drums


Tickets available during weekend museum hours.

Suggested donation:

$30 for adults

$20 for students and seniors

Reservations by phone at 510-494-1411, and through web site: http://www.nilesfilmmuseum.org

This event is a benefit for the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, 37417 Niles Boulevard, Fremont, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.


Tuesday 12 May 2009
Free Open Air Concert

12:00 noon to 1:15 PM

Don Neely's Royal Society Six

Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord
Grant St. and Willow Pass Rd., Concord, CA, 94519


Saturday 16 May 2009
Art Deco Ball

The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra

Appearing Live at the 
Art Deco Society's Annual Preservation Ball

Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway
Oakland, CA
94612
(510) 465-6400

For information please call the Art Deco Society Of California 415-982-DECO  or visit www.artdecosociety.org

Thursday, May 21, 2009
centers
Please join us on the Red Carpet and Swing into our
 
'S Wonderful Celebration
 
Thursday, May 21, 2009
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 

Dunsmuir Historic Estate
Oakland, California
 
Honoring
Mary Hayashi, Assemblymember
and
Gary Tom, PharmD, St. Mary Prescription Pharmacy
 
Featuring Delicious Dim Sum from Tin's Tea House
and the Swinging Sounds of the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra


 
Event Sponsorship opportunities available, please inquire.
 
For more information, please contact Earp Events at
510-839-3100 or events@earpevents.com

martini






22-24 May 2009
Old Sacramento

The Royal Society returns to the

36th Annual Sacramento Jazz Jubilee

The RSJO's Festival Schedule
• Fri. 2:30 PM Holiday Inn Ballroom
• Fri. 5:30 PM Yolo Room
• Fri. 8:30 PM Hyatt Ballroom
• Sat. 1:00 PM Sheraton Grand Nave Ballroom
• Sat. 5:30 PM Betty's Bistro
• Sat. 8:30 PM Hyatt Ballroom
• Sun. 2:30 PM Sheraton Grand Nave Ballroom
• Sun. 5:30 PM Yolo Room
• Sun. 8:30 PM Hyatt Ballroom
• Mon. 1:00 PM Betty's Bistro

Thursday, August 6, 2009

7:00 to 8:30 PM
Swing Dance Workshop with Dance Diva Cynthia Glinka
and music by Don Neely's Rhythm Aces

Free to the public!
Presidio
Thursday, August 6, 7-8:30 PM  Free Admission!

Don Neely's Rhythm Aces (sextet plus Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges, Steve Apple, Andrew Storar, Dix Bruce)

Swing Dance Workshop with Dance Diva Cynthia Glinka
Location: The beautiful Spanish-style Presidio Officers Club, at the San Francisco Presidio
Music, dancing, and period cocktails served by the Presidio Social Club (no-host bar)


A new free exhibit at the Presidio celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Golden Gate International Exposition that marked the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and highlighted the cultural and economic life of the Pacific Region. The fair’s Streamline Moderne pavilions, Art Deco monuments and vibrant arts and entertainment introduced new visions of architecture, art and design to the Bay Area.
 

This exhibit features black and white and early color photographs of the art, architecture, dramatic nighttime lighting and grand landscapes of this memorable pageant of the Pacific.
 

Treasure Island 1939
San Francisco’s Pageant of the Pacific
Presidio Officers’ Club Exhibition Hall
50 Moraga Avenue
Presidio of San Francisco


Exhibition runs from:
July 22 – October 18, 2009
Wednesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Treasure Island Development Authority
www.sfgov.org/treasureisland
The Presidio Trust www.presidio.gov

Presidio Officers’ Club
50 Moraga Ave
San Francisco, CA 94129-1122
Presidio Event Line: (415) 561-5500
exhibition website


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dance
Treasure Island 1939 Exhibition
Presidio Officers' Club
San Francisco

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Free to the public!
1939 Worlds Fair Exhibit and Dance with Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
Free Admission!
Treasure Island 
Thursday, August 27,  7-9:00 PM  Free Admission!
Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (10 pieces with Carla Normand)
Swing Dance Workshop with Dance Diva Cynthia Glinka
Big Band Music, dancing, and period cocktails served by the Presidio Social Club (no-host bar)
Location: The beautiful Spanish-style Presidio Officers Club, at the San Francisco Presidio, 50 Moraga Avenue


We are playing for two events celebrating this new exhibit: August 6th and August 27th.

A new free exhibit at the Presidio celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Golden Gate International Exposition that marked the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and highlighted the cultural and economic life of the Pacific Region. The fair’s Streamline Moderne pavilions, Art Deco monuments and vibrant arts and entertainment introduced new visions of architecture, art and design to the Bay Area.

This exhibit features black and white and early color photographs of the art, architecture, dramatic nighttime lighting and grand landscapes of this memorable pageant of the Pacific.
 
Treasure Island 1939
San Francisco’s Pageant of the Pacific

Presidio Officers’ Club Exhibition Hall
50 Moraga Avenue
Presidio of San Francisco

Exhibition runs from:
July 22 – October 18, 2009
Wednesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Treasure Island Development Authority www.sfgov.org/treasureisland

The Presidio Trust www.presidio.gov

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Dance at the Ashkenaz

6:00 to 9:00 PM 

The Ashkenaz 
1317 San Pablo Avenue 
Berkeley, CA 94702

Don Neely's 10-piece Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, with Carla Normand and Frederick Hodges, will be providing lively dance music for another wonderful dance at The Ashkenaz, Berkeley's legendary dance hall. Ashkenaz has a friendly and relaxing ambience with a great dance floor and excellent sound system. They serve tasty snacks, wine, beer, coffee and more. We'll be delighted to see you, and you'll be happy you came.

Admission $20.

For additional information please see web site:

http://www.ashkenaz.com
or call 510-525-5054

     Don Neely, leader, reeds, vocals, arranger
     Steve Apple, drums, vocals, sardonic observations
     Frederick Hodges, piano, vocals
     Carla Normand, vocals
     Andrew Storar, 1st trumpet, vocals, insight into the legacy of Michael Jackson
     Brent Bergman, trombone
     Dick Mathias, lead alto sax, reeds
     Kent Mikasa, 2nd cornet
     Dix Bruce, guitar, banjo, concert ocarina
     Marty Eggers, bass, tuba
     Bob Embry, tenor sax, reeds


September 13, 2009, Sunday, 1:00 to 6:00 PM
Gatsby Summer Afternoon

Dunsmuir House and Gardens, Oakland CA.

The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra has performed at the famous Gatsby Summer Afternoon for over twenty years, and each year it becomes more interesting and fun. Patrons get into the spirit of the 1920s with music, dancing, period attire, picnics, cars, and imagination. Rolling hills, vast green lawns, oak trees, wooded paths, and charming Dunsmuir House provide the perfect setting for a memorable experience. Special guest Tom Bopp will sing with the band, as well as Frederick Hodges, Carla Normand, Don Neely, and Andrew Storar.

For information please call the Art Deco Society Of California 415-982-DECO  or visit www.artdecosociety.org


September 27, Sunday, 12:00 Noon

Royal Society Jazz Orchestra In Concert
Armstrong woods


Location: Russian River, 17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

You will love the setting of our concert at Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve outdoor amphitheater in the giant redwood forest. This fundraising performance will be a wonderfully memorable experience for everyone.

For tickets please visit the web site at www.oldgrovefestival.org or call 707-869-9177 x2   

Bring a picnic lunch, and sit at a picnic table under the redwoods. Take a stroll or hike in the magnificent park. This is a fabulous, beautiful place!
rsjo
Sponsored by the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
www.stewardsofthecoastandredwoods.org


Saturday October 17 2009
6:00 PM
Mobsters Ball

More info:

mobstersball.com

650-544-4862

Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa
San Francisco, CA
Mobsters Ball 2009



January 22, 2010
9:00 PM to 12:00 midnight

Midtown Stomp's 5-Year Anniversary Party with the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (8pc.)


Time: 9:00 to 12:00 midnight


Admission price $15 (includes dance lesson)

Event Website


Eastern Star Ballroom

2719 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
916-221-1500
www.midtownstomp.com

Celebrate Midtown Stomp’s 5 year anniversary January 22nd with the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra!

It's been five great years since they started Midtown Stomp. It's been a lot of great nights of dancing, classes, and fun! The Eastern Star Ballroom is a historic landmark and was built in 1928.

Featured Line Up: Don Neely, Leader - reeds & vocals, Carla Normand - Vocals, Frederick Hodges - Piano & vocals, Andrew Storar - cornet & vocals, Steve Apple - Drums, Dix Bruce - Guitar, Marty Eggers - Bass, John Hunt - Trombone

If you would like a table for your party or a birthday reservation, please let them know soon.

Directions to Midtown Stomp
MidTown Map
Eastern Star Ballroom
2719 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
916-221-1500


Parking is available at the Sutter General Hospital 24 hour public parking garage for 50 cents per hour. From Business 80 East, exit N Street exit onto 30th Street, turn left on K Street, left on 29th and enter parking structure. From Business 80 West, exit J Street, proceed straight on 29th Street, left into parking structure. Walk down K Street one block to 2719 K Street.
 

Telephone and FAX: 707-765-2055 

 
March 6th, 2010
Saturday afternoon, 1:00 to 3:30 PM 

Dixieland Montery
30th Annual Festival





June 19 2010


                      Big Band Swing San Francisco - 1920s Jazz San Francisco - Traditional Jazz San Francisco - Dixieland Jazz San Francisco