Lively Music for a Great Gatsby Party

by Robbie Schlosser

Great Gatsby Party  — it conjures up the sights and sounds of the Roaring 20s, the Jazz Age, Flappers, Art Deco, Speakeasies, and Vintage everything!

Magnolia Jazz Band Lively Music for a Great Gatsby Party

Magnolia Jazz Band, Atherton Cocktail Party, 2012

For the last 15 or so years, we’ve been entertaining at one especially wonderful Great Gatsby Party in Atherton, CA, and yesterday we “jazzed up” this year’s party.  Thank you to Kyle Chesser, of Hands On Photography, for the beautiful photo.  If you like this picture, Magnolia Jazz Band Lively Music for a Great Gatsby Party

This one was a pretty casual affair, as these events tend to go.  No Charleston contests, 1920s fashion shows, or gangster raids.  Instead, a strictly low-key cocktail party, hosted by a major venture capital firm that invited about 80 of the busiest “movers and shakers” in Silicon Valley to socialize with their colleagues.

Everyone enjoyed a wonderful evening in a gorgeous prize-winning garden.  Wine, appetizers, a spectacular dinner, and our music kept spirits high and conversations flowing.

At a Great Gatsby Party we customarily confine our music to hits of the 1920s (Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and all the rest).  Yesterday’s party was more casual than most, and we included several bossa novas, tangos, and waltzes.  We even played a few requested Beatles tunes.

This Great Gatsby party has always been a major auction prize at the annual Vintage Affaire, a spectacular event benefiting the Vista Center (formerly the Peninsula Center for the Blind).

All the ladies serving the guests at their party volunteer their time and energy, and you could tell they enjoyed the party just as much as their guests did.  Everyone enjoyed our music, so we had a wonderful time, as well.

How about YOU? Have you ever planned a Great Gatsby Party?

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The Magnolia Jazz Band entertains at weddings and parties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are ever nearby, you’ll love catching us in action, seeing and hearing us create a great mood.

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