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Songs of the Silver Screen

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show as you travel through movie history with some of the best-loved songs of the silver screen. Featuring Vivacity’s starlit vocalist Krissy Vavrek along with Heather Thorn – xylophone, Dave MacKenzie – reeds and flute, Greg Zabel – bass and Per Danielsson – piano. Vivacity presents: Songs of the Silver Screen Tickets in Winter Park, FL, United States (ticketleap.com)

CD Release – Jazz Music & A Swinging Band!

Heather Thorn and Vivacity are excited to announce the upcoming release of their new album. Inspired by the band’s performance in the International Festival of Jazz in Brazil, this album is a snapshot in the life of the artist, Heather Thorn. Surrounded by the music, friends, family, and band members she loves, it seemed only fitting to title the album “Taking a Chance On Love.” Boasting marvelous musicians including Heather…

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,…

1920s Slang for a Great Gatsby Party!

Happy Days Are Here Again! Roaring 20s / Great Gatsby Parties are back in fashion. So put your glad rags on and join the fun! “Cut a Rug” –a slang term for dancing in the 1920s meaning to dance so much it would wear a spot on the carpet or “cut a rug” i.e. “The band is swingin’ let’s cut a rug” “Bootlegging” – selling alcohol illegally during Prohibition in…

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