NorCal Big Band Preservation Holiday Gala to be held Dec. 16 at Elks

the Pocket News

Photos courtesy of Lou Coppola

Photos courtesy of Lou Coppola

Celia Cottle’s 21-piece J. Street Jazz Cats from Davis gets dancers in a nostalgic and festive mood at the 1-2 p.m. kickoff of the holiday gala ball on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Sacramento Elks Lodge, No. 6, located at 6446 Riverside Blvd. Following their presentation is legendary bandleader Buddy Harpham, 91, who follows from 2 to 5 p.m. with an array of Christmas songs, plus hits of the 30’s, 40s, and 50’s in swing, fox trot, waltz and Latin tempos.

Cottle’s band of 13-15 year old musicians, who rehearse weekly, will play such holiday treats as “Let it Snow”,  “Jingle Bells”, “Santa Claus”, “Silver Bells”. Celia formed her first “J Street Jazz Band”, renamed the “Cats” by the teen members for Cottle’s SPCA housing more than a dozen cats in her spacious home.

Photos courtesy of Lou Coppola

Photos courtesy of Lou Coppola

Harpham’s will be playing these and other favorites like “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”, “White Christmas”, “Chestnuts Roasting”, “Christmas”, and other dance favorites during the three 15-minute segments of ladies’ tags beginning at 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Regular admissions is $12, groups of 10 people are $11 each, with Society’s Gold Card holders for $10. Singles and couples are welcome with dance hosts available. Snacks at 3 p.m., door prizes at 4 p.m. More details are available by calling 444-6138 or emailing  loucopp45@gmail.com.

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