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Our music is featured now in Disneyland, at the California Experience! Stroll down Main Street and hear the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra's beautiful renditions of 1920s jazz classics Stardust, Georgia On My Mind, I Ain't Got Nobody, China Boy and others from our popular CDs If I Had You and Stardust.
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Hot Jazz Of the 1920s 

Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

Hear the very first recording by Don Neely's 11-piece Royal Society Jazz Orchestra!

On Hot Jazz Of The 1920s, hear and feel the TESTOSTERONE! The boys play it HOT and THEN SOME! Or shall I say, the needle is all the way into "RED DANGER" zone on the Jazz-O-Meter. The songs are all 1920s Jazz, some are standards, others obscure, but all are worthy of renewed appreciation. Have some fun with this rompin' stompin' expression of youthful enthusiasm for vintage jazz. Recorded in 1978 at San Jose University.

Don Neely,- leader, alto sax, clarinet, soprano sax, vocals; Dick Randolf - cornet; Tom Brozene - cornet; Manny Alcantar - cornet; Howard Myata - trombone, vocals; Ron Deeter - alto, clarinet; Lin Patch - Tenor, clarinet; John Benson - Piano; Pat Durtrow - Banjo, tenor Guitar; Rick Siverson - Tuba, Bass, vocals; Jimmy Hurt - Drums.

1920s jazz cd, vintage jazz, dixieland
  • Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie
  • I'm Comin' Virginia
  • Everything Is Hotsy Totsy Now
  • Livin' In The Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight
  • Go Joe, Go
  • San
  • Tiger Rag
  • Louise
  • The Payoff
  • Walkin' My Baby Back Home
  • Copenhagen

What A Perfect Combination

Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

And indeed it is! Our most recent recording is a beautiful combination of Songs, Style, and Musicianship.

We've received glowing reviews for What A Perfect Combination from patrons all over the globe. You'll love the lively and artful way the RSJO plays musical gems from 1920s Jazz and 1930s Big Band Swing by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Harry Warren, and others.

The song list features many longtime RSJO favorites, and some that are newer to our repertoire.


Don Neely, leader, alto sax, clarinet, vocals; Carla Normand, vocals; Rhythm Section: Frederick Hodges, piano, vocals; Steve Apple, drums; Dix Bruce, guitar, banjo; Marty Eggers, string bass, tuba; Brass section: Andrew Storar, 1st Cornet; Kent Mikasa, 2nd Cornet; Brent Bergman, trombone; Reed Section: Bob Embry, tenor sax, clarinet, viola; Mike Young 1st alto, clarinet.

What A Perfect Combination
  • 42nd Street
  • You Do Something To Me
  • Stay Out Of The South
  • Love, You Funny Thing
  • You Can't Have Your Cake
  • Shout 'Em Aunt Tillie
  • It's Delovely
  • Dames
  • You've Got That Thing
  • Avalon
  • Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart
  • I Wanna Camp At The Ahwahnee
  • What A Perfect Combination

Deja Vu?

Includes songs of Yosemite — Hetch Hetchy, Redwood, and Wawona Waltz

Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

Don Neely has honed his song-writing talents in the past several years, to the delight of many RSJO fans. Deja Vu? is a unique and entertaining collection of songs in 1920s Syncopated Jazz and 1930s-Big Band Swing styles. Songs by Mr. Neely are played with heart-stirring spirit and finesse. Indeed, the RSJO has never sounded better. Among the types of songs on the CD are mid-thirties-style romantic swing, a tribute to Ellington's 1920s Cotton Club style, jaunty 1920s syncopated jazz, a sad and slyly witty song about a dog named Rover, a pean to the Redwoods, a rousing song about Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite, an authentic old-time  polka with sardonic lyrics, tender ballads and more. Don's songs receive considerable audience appreciation at the RSJO's performances in San Francisco and elsewhere. People are astonished when they learn that the songs are new and written by Neely. Singing with the RSJO on the rousing Hetch Hetchy, The Wa-wo-na Waltz, title song Deja Vu?, and others is Tom Bopp, singer/pianist and historian at the Wawona Hotel, and Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite. You'll also enjoy scintillating vocals by Carla Normand, Don Neely, and Frederick Hodges. Additional Don Neely songs can be heard on CDs Sweet and Low-Down and Jump Start. Compact Disc and Download.


Don Neely, leader, vocals, reeds; Carla Normand, Vocals; Rhythm Section: Frederick Hodges, piano, vocals; Steve Apple, Drums; Dix Bruce, Guitar, Banjo; Marty Eggers, String Bass, Tuba; Brass Section: Andrew Storar, 1st Cornet; Kent Mikasa, 2nd Cornet; Brent Bergman, Trombone; Reed Section: Dick Mathias 1st alto, clarinet; Bob Embry, Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Viola.

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Deja Vu?
  • Hetch Hetchy
  • Redwood
  • Eureka!
  • Deja Vu?
  • Try Try Again
  • Tip of the Iceberg
  • How?
  • When Lulu Does that Zulu Dance
  • Tequila Mocking Bird
  • Ashkenaz
  • Do What You Can
  • Obligatory Polka
  • Lin's Lament
  • Wawona
  • Rover Got Run'd Over

  • Review by Paul Mehling, Leader of the Hot Club Of San Francisco

    Hi Don,
    I'm not even finished with the CD yet it's imperative that I write
    while still listening:

    In my humble opinion, this is GREAT STUFF (you may quote me).

    First of all, everyone is playing & singing great- very relaxed,
    well-rehearsed extremely sincere. This is often not the case when
    bands play 'original' tunes- they get bogged down in various sticky
    issues like interpretation, feel, concept, familiarity, etc.
    You've got quite a crew there, and they're all giving 101% for your
    tunes, which -to get to the point of things- are GREAT!.......

    Click here to read the rest of the letter

    Just You, Just Me

    Carla Normand

    Carla Normand, known for her memorable work with the RSJO has made a remarkable solo recording,
    Just You, Just Me.
    Backed by Don Neely and a swinging sextet of San Francisco's best musicians - some from the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. Carla sings some of the most evocative songs ever written. Performed in a style and spirit of the great Swing Combos of the 1930s. Personnel: Don Neely, Bob Schulz, Ray Skjelbred, Steve Apple, Dix Bruce, Steve Hanson.

    Just You, Just Me
  • Just You, Just Me
  • Soft Lights And Sweet Music
  • Somebody Loves Me
  • A Sailboat In The Moonlight
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • My Ideal
  • The Nearness Of You
  • A Shine On Your Shoes
  • You Hit The Spot
  • What Is This Thing Called Love?
  • Time On My Hands
  • What A Little Moonlight Can Do
  • Willow Weep For Me
  • Who Cares?
  • My Old Flame
  • No Strings

  • Sweet and Low-Down

    Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

    "Sweet and Low-Down" captures the essence of what the RSJO is all about. You'll hear Carla Normand's moving rendition of the torch song "Can't We Be Friends?" and her jaunty singing of Gershwin's "Sweet and Low-Down." Don Neely treats us to humorous send-up of his new hit song, "Bungee Jump." Frederick Hodges is back with his inimitable piano playing and sings "What A Day!" Andrew Storar joins Carla on "If I Had A Million Dollars." And the band ... is swingingly superb! Big Band Swing and 1920s jazz at it's best!

    Sweet and Low-Down
  • Ain't Misbehavin'
  • The Boy In The Boat
  • Bungee Jump
  • Can't We Be Friends?
  • At The Gatsby
  • How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
  • I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
  • Oh, Lady Be Good
  • If I Had A Million Dollars
  • Paper Moon
  • Paramount Waltz
  • Sweet and Low-Down
  • Sweet Sue
  • What A Day
  • Old Yazoo

  • Rhythm and Romance

    Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

    We've received many requests for a romantic, all-instrumental recording by the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. And here it is - Rhythm and Romance - just in time to ignite your next romantic soireé. We present you with a charming collection of beautifully performed songs: tangos, ballads, waltzes, rumbas, foxtrots - perfect for romantic background or dancing. Songs composed by Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart and more. Come enjoy these delicious songs and taste the sweeter side of the RSJO! Compact Disc Only.
    Rhythm and Romance
  • You Do Something To Me
  • I've Got You Under My Skin
  • Body And Soul
  • The Moon Was Yellow
  • Shadow Waltz
  • Orchids In The Moonlight
  • Confessin'
  • Isn't It Romantic?
  • There's A Small Hotel
  • Change Partners
  • Brazil
  • Moon Of Manakoora
  • Pagan Love Song
  • This Can't Be Love
  • As Time Goes By.

  • Jump Start

    Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

    Jump Start has a wonderfully interesting selection of Big Band Swing songs and more, performed with amazing style by the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. And, that's not all. For the first time, you'll hear five of Don Neely's memorable songs, including the mesmerizing title song, Jump Start. Songs by Mr. Neely include the amazingly joy-inducing Record Skip Hop, a 1920s jazz-style sensation at concert halls and jazz festivals. Vocal artistry by Carla Normand and Don Neely. Compact Disc Only.

    Jump Start
  • Jump Start
  • Rhythm Is Our Business
  • Somebody Loves Me
  • If Dreams Come True
  • Sweet Georgia Brown
  • Why Don't You Do Right?
  • It's Been So Long
  • Record Skip Hop
  • Goody Goody
  • Ac-centuate The Positive
  • On the Sunny Side Of The Street
  • Sing Sing Sing
  • 720 In The Books
  • When I Dance With You
  • Yes-sir-ee-Bob

  • A Sunny Disposish

    Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

    Talk about great songs performed with spirit, artistry, style, and skill- the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra's A Sunny Disposish has all that and more. And as the George Gershwin title song implies, your mood will likely brighten when you slip this wonderful recording into your car stereo. Works way better than Prozac! Vocals by Don Neely, Carla Normand, Steve Apple, Jeff Gilbert, and Frederick Hodges. Compact Disc Only.

    A Sunny Disposish
  • You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
  • Sunny Disposish
  • Sweet And Lovely
  • It's The Girl
  • Hal Roach Medley (Good Old Days)  (Laurel & Hardy, Little Rascals) 
  •     Dash and Dot
  •      Rockin' Chair
  •      In My Canoe
  • Digga Digga Doo
  • You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
  • Smile When The Raindrops Fall
  • Falling In Love Again (Can't Help It)
  • Shanghai Shuffle
  • You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
  • Turn On The Heat
  • Por Una Cabeza (By A Head) Tango
  • Stormy Weather
  • Casa Loma Stomp

  • 20th Live!

    Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

    By popular demand, Don Neely and the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra created their first live recording. Capturing the special excitement and energy of live performance, on the night of the RSJO's 20th anniversary at the San Francisco Press Club. It is the next best thing to being there in person. A night of musical joy, spirited dancing and socializing. Enhancing 20th Live with their vocals are Don Neely, Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges, Lin Patch, and Jeff Gilbert. Compact Disc Only.

    20th Live!
  • Broadway Melody
  • Learn To Croon
  • Under The Moon
  • Pennies From Heaven
  • She Reminds Me Of You
  • Rhythm Man
  • Honeysuckle Rose
  • About A Quarter To Nine
  • Let's Fly Away
  • Young And Healthy
  • Some Of These Days
  • Moten Swing / You're Driving Me Crazy
  • Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now
  • Exactly Like You
  • Zonky
  • The Best Things In Life Are Free

  • Roll Up The Carpet

    Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

    Here we present the popular and captivating collection of songs performed by the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. A spirit-lifting musical pleasure awaits you. Roll Up The Carpet features many of our fans' favorite songs from the RSJO repertoire. It's got lots of hot 1920s jazz syncopation, early 1930s gems, and mid-1930s big band swing. Featuring the singing talents of Carla Normand, Frederick Hodges, Don Neely, and Lin Patch. Compact Disc Only.

    Roll Up The Carpet
  • I'm Sitting On Top Of The World
  • The Old Man Of The Mountains
  • Roll Up The Carpet
  • Music In My Fingers
  • Skirts!
  • You Turned The Tables On Me
  • Yes! Yes!
  • You've Got Everything
  • Sunny Side Up
  • Cheer Up! Smile! Nertz!
  • Long About Midnight
  • It Had To Be You
  • Bend Down Sister
  • That's My Weakness Now
  • Music Makes Me
  • Now's The Time To Fall In Love
  • All My Life
  • Limehouse Blues
  • The Sheik Of Araby

  • Radio Rhythm

    Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

    Have you ever encountered a recording that you simply can't stop listening to? And despite countless playings, it continues to draw you in? The RSJO's Radio Rhythm is one of those rarities. It's overflowing with great songs and beguiling surprises. Featured with great style are vocalists Carla Normand, Don Neely, and Frederick Hodges. One of the band's most popular recordings. Compact Disc Only.

    Radio Rhythm
  • Goin' To Town
  • Hello Beautiful
  • Love Is Good For Anything That Ails You
  • 'Taint So, Honey 'Taint So
  • When It's Sleepytime Down South
  • Thumpin' And Bumpin'
  • Honolulu Baby
  • Moanin' Low
  • Mood Hollywood
  • Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia
  • 'Taint No Sin
  • Slumming On Park Avenue
  • Throwin' Stones At The Sun
  • Three Little Words
  • Radio Rhythm
  • How Deep Is The Ocean
  • Swing Mr. Charlie
  • I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  • Big John Special
  • Lazy Bones
  • Do The New York

  • Don't Bring LuLu

    Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

    The fun begins the moment you pop this baby into your player. The RSJO will set your mind and your feet to dancing and soon you'll feel like a new person. Hard to believe-but people tell us so, all the time. Don't Bring LuLu is chock full of zesty 1920s jazz syncopation. Special guests include Jeremy Cohen on violin and Bob Schulz on Cornet. Carla Normand, Don Neely, and Frederick Hodges lend their creative spark to the vocals. Compact Disc Only.
    Don't Bring LuLu
  • Crazy 'Bout My Baby
  • There's A Wah Wah Gal In Agua Caliente
  • Don't Be Like That
  • Bashful Baby
  • South
  • Ridin' To Glory
  • Big Boy
  • Don't Bring LuLu
  • Vine St. Drag
  • I'm Wonderin' Who?
  • Buy Buy For Baby
  • Will You Won't You?
  • Hello Montreal
  • Come On Baby
  • He's The Last Word
  • Peggy
  • Variety Stomp
  • Dusky Stevedore

  • Harlem To Hollywood

    Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

    Discover a goldmine of sparkling songs in Harlem To Hollywood, played with effervescence by the talented members of the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. As the title implies, the music skips from coast to coast, gathering musical gems along the journey. Special guest pianist, Peter Mintun, lends his high-style artistry to this colorful collection of songs. Expressive vocal solos are provided by Carla Normand, and Don Neely. Compact Disc Only.

    Harlem To Hollywood
  • We're In The Money
  • China Boy
  • Stuff
  • Let's Do It
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me
  • Swamp Fire
  • Was That The Human Thing To Do?
  • Rockin' In Rhythm
  • Sing You Sinners
  • Clementine From New Orleans
  • You Don't Like It Not Much
  • High Society
  • Black and Tan Fantasy
  • Let's Face The Music And Dance
  • Nashville Nightingale
  • Pass Out Lightly
  • I'll Never Be The Same
  • 'Leven Thirty Saturday Night
  • I'm Gonna Charleston Back To Charleston
  • Mysterious Mose
  • Hot Mustard

  • Ain't That A Grand And Glorious Feeling?

    Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

    That's just what this great recording by the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra will give you. The exuberance and flair of their performance will amaze and delight you. Special guests The Jesters, the vocal trio known for their "Jazz Age" vocal harmonies, team up with the band on several numbers. And if that's not enough, Ain't That A Grand And Glorious Feeling features the winning vocal talents of Carla Normand, Don Neely and Frederick Hodges. 
    Ain't That A Grand And Glorious Feeling?
  • Shakin' The Blues Away
  • Boogie Woogie
  • Conversational Man
  • The Breakaway
  • Waitin' For Katy
  • Make My Cot Where The Cot Cot Cotton Grows
  • Sweet Jennie Lee
  • Positively Absolutely And How
  • My Kinda Love
  • New Moten Stomp
  • Wob-A-Ly Walk
  • I Know That My Baby Is Cheatin' On Me
  • Changes
  • Ain't That A Grand And Glorious Feeling?
  • My Cutey's Due At Two To Two
  • Sunday
  • I'm Tickled Pink With A Blue-Eyed Baby
  • What Do We Do On A Dew-Dew-Dewey Day?
  • Things That Were Made For Love
  • Mule Face Blues

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    Sophisticated Swing

    Is Swing really the thing? If so, you'll love how the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra plays it on Sophisticated Swing. This collection promotes the idea of Swing in all its glory. As with all RSJO recordings, you'll find a number of charming surprises. Contributing their distinctive, period-perfect vocals are Jeff Gilbert and Carla Normand. Compact Disc Only.

    Sophisticated Swing
  • Sing Me A Swing Song
  • Them There Eyes
  • Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
  • I Double Dare You
  • The Lady Is A Tramp
  • By Heck
  • Goody-Goody
  • If Dreams Come True
  • Lady Be Good
  • I'll Never Say Never Again
  • Let's Get Together
  • Truckin'
  • Swinging On The Reservation
  • Sophisticated Swing
  • You're A Heavenly Thing

  • Stardust

    Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

    Featured now at Disneyland! Stroll down the main street of the California Experience and you will be delighted to hear the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra's rendition of the jazz classic Stardust playing. We think you'll want to add this wonderful Royal Society Jazz Orchestra recording to your personal collection. After discovering and falling in love with other great RSJO works, you'll just have to get Stardust, too. Recorded in 1980-82, this compact disc is brimming with that special RSJO quality and personality beloved by so many - from the classic Stardust to the obscure but extrememly joy-inducing My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes, their most frequently requested song. Vocals by Don Neely and band. Compact Disc Only.

  • The Mooch
  • Crazy Words
  • Crazy Tune
  • Stardust
  • Varsity Drag
  • Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
  • Alabama Stomp
  • My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes
  • Stampede
  • Lazy Weather
  • Black Bottom Stomp
  • Whispering
  • Miss Annabelle Lee
  • East St. Louis Toodle-oo
  • Shake That Thing
  • Happy Days Are Here Again
  • Mississippi Mud
  • Rockin' In Rhythm
  • Yes Sir That's My Baby
  • Home
  • Happy Feet
  • Too Bad

  • If I Had You

    Royal Society Jazz Orchestra Recording

    You've probably noticed that the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra offers you a distinctive and classic style of music.  Here is the CD counterpart to Stardust. If I Had You, was also recorded in 1980-82. Packed with enthusiasm, verve and excellent musicianship, this compact disc features a cornocopia of classics from the RSJO's colorful and varied repertoire. Vocals by Don Neely, Manual Alcantar, Howard Miyata, Rick Siverson, and more. Compact Disc Only.

    If I Had You
  • If I Had You
  • Static Strut
  • Am I Blue?
  • China Boy
  • Dardanella
  • Creole Love Call
  • Eccentric Rag
  • I Ain't Got Nobody
  • You Rascal, You
  • Georgia On My Mind
  • Putting On The Ritz
  • Song Of India
  • Black Maria
  • Singin' In The Rain
  • Sophisticated Lady
  • Anything Goes
  • Some Of These Days
  • Nashville Nightingale
  • Slippery Elm
  • Twelfth Street Rag
  • Big City Blues
  • Chinnin' And Chattin' With May

  • Crazy Rhythm

    Don Neely's Royal Society Six


    Don Neely presents the Royal Society Six, who with a wonderfully talented crew of jazz players, perform jazz and swing era songs with stylistic influences of New Orleans, Harlem of the 1920s, and of course San Francisco Jazz. They had the luxury of refining their sound five nights a week, for three years at the famous New Orleans Room, at the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel. On Crazy Rhythm, they play a splendid array of selections, from vintage jazz to Swing classics. Vocals by Don Neely, Bob Schulz, and Carla Normand. Personnel includes Don Neely - Reeds, Bob Schulz - Cornet, Tony Marcus - Guitar, John Hunt - Trombone, Jim Maihack - Piano, Bing Nathan - String Bass

    Crazy Rhythm
  • Crazy Rhythm
  • From Monday On
  • East St. Louis Toodle-oo
  • Plenty Of Money And You
  • Jersey Bounce
  • Rockin' Chair
  • Sweet Georgia Brown
  • The Joint Is Jumpin'
  • Tumamu Mama
  • St. James Infirmary Blues
  • Love Me Or Leave Me
  • The Very Thought Of You
  • I Would Do Anything For You
  • Two Sleepy People

  • Frederick Hodges

    Manhattan Serenade - Piano Solos

    The first decades of the twentieth century witnessed the flowering of an exciting new style of piano composition that fused European classical music traditions with the popular music styles of the New World. George Gershwin’s music is highly representative of this tradition, but with this CD, Frederick Hodges presents a major recital of some of the lesser known gems of piano writing that emerged during the flood of creativity that distinguishes this era. $20 Compact Disc.
    manhattan serenade
  • Manhattan Serenade
  • Dolly Dimples
  • Syncopated Love
  • Serenade To A Skyscraper
  • Shreveport Stomp
  • Willow Moss #1 From Aquarium Suite
  • Moorish Idol
  • Fantail
  • Whirligig
  • The Joker
  • Sweet William
  • Estelle
  • Silhouette
  • Sapphire
  • That Futuristic Rag
  • Aunt Jemima's Birthday
  • Society Blues
  • The Cyclone
  • Chromatic Capers
  • Feeding The Kitty
  • Russianova
  • Variations on Waiting For The Robert E. Lee

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