For the last 15 or so years, we’ve been entertaining at a wonderful annual Great Gatsby Party in Atherton, CA. Thank you to Kyle Chesser, of Hands On Photography, for the beautiful photo at one of these recent parties. If you like this picture,
As you can see, 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 any 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). So at a “theme party” like this, it’s an easy matter to plan what songs to prepare, as well as when and where to feature the band.
This Great Gatsby Party was more casual than most, and we included several bossa novas, tangos, and waltzes. We even played a few requested Beatles tunes.
All the ladies serving the party’s guests 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 hosted a Great Gatsby Party? How did you plan the party’s music?
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Meanwhile, 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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