MARCH 6 - 8, 2015

At the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center

Welcome to Monterey Bay, where we’ve been presenting the best in early jazz, big band, swing, ragtime, blues, zydeco and gypsy jazz for 35 years!

Royal Society Jazz Orchestra


SATURDAY ONLY, the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra will be introducing our annual Dance Marathon as usual, where they will perform for two consecutive sets and electrify dancers with their exhilarating sound. Songs in their repertoire include those written by 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.

Don Neely and the ten-piece Royal Society Jazz Orchestra from San Francisco, are renowned for authentically capturing the exciting sound of big band swing, hot syncopated jazz, blues, and music of the Cotton Club. Innovators such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Paul Whiteman, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Bix Biederbecke and Louis Armstrong are among the RSJO's inspirations. Yet, you will discover immediately upon seeing them live or listening to their recordings, that the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra has an intriguing personality and style of its own. 

Don Neely – leader, reeds, vocals
Carla Normand – vocals
Frederick Hodges – piano, vocals
Steve Apple – drums
Marty Eggers – string bass, tuba
Dix Bruce – guitar, banjo
Andrew Storar – first cornet
Kent Mikasa – second cornet
Brent Bergman – trombone
Bob Embry – tenor sax, reeds
Richard Mathias – first alto sax, reeds

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