Category: Jazz Band Gainesville Florida

I Love Jazz Festival – Brazil

The Vivacity band has just returned from the I Love Jazz Festival in Belo Horizonte, Brazil where they performed for an appreciative audience of 5,000 Jazz listeners, Swing and Lindy Hop dancers!  They are still raving about what a wonderful weekend of music that was enjoyed there! Heather Thorn and Vivacity were the headline act for the Saturday evening performance playing classic Jazz and Swing tunes like Five Foot Two Eyes…

Xylophone: The Original Dance Band Instrument

About the Xylophone The xylophone has thick, hardwood bars to create a sharp, short, crisp notes.  Many are made of hardwood, but some are constructed from other woods including maple and bamboo.  Each wood gives it a different sound. The bars of the xylophone are laid out in the pattern of the piano.  The length of the bars determines the pitch; shorter bars are higher, longer bars are lower. Beneath…

Jazz Fun Facts

Jazz came about as a blend of African and European musical traditions. Jazz became wildly popular across the United States in the 1920s when radios became a household item and spurred “The Jazz Age.” Louis Armstrong is considered a large influence in increasing the popularity of Jazz and became known as the Ambassador of Jazz. Jazz has many different styles (sometimes based on the location they were played) including Swing,…

Come enjoy the sweet sound of live Jazz in Orlando!

Orlando is well known for its family friendly entertainment and theme parks, but its Jazz culture is often overlooked.  Orlando is home to many amazing musicians who often perform at the theme parks as well as Jazz clubs, lounges and other venues throughout Central Florida.  The Jazz music scene is thriving in Orlando and here are some places to look. Timucua Arts Foundation – 2000 S Summerlin Ave, Orlando, Florida…

Suncoast Jazz Festival – Clearwater Beach, Florida

Heather Thorn was excited to play at the Suncoast Jazz Festival in Clearwater Beach, Florida alongside great jazz musicians including drummer Ed Metz, trumpeter Charlie Bertini, trombonist Pat Gulotta, tuba player Dan Howard, pianist Jeff Phillips and the Adrian Cunningham. Xylophonist Heather Thorn lead a hard-charging small group that spanned the generations from the Roaring ‘20s to the Swinging ‘60s at the Suncoast Jazz Festival in Clearwater Beach, Florida on…

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