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Work off those Thanksgiving calories with some swing dancing at the SCV Senior Center, as Lenny LaCroix’s band fills the multipurpose room with the sounds of yesteryear on Sunday,  Nov. 25.

The Santa Clarita Swing Jazz Club hosts a different band the fourth Sunday of every month. Entrance fees are $7 for jazz club members and $10 for non-members.

There is a free dance lesson with admission from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., a musicians’ jam session from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Lenny LaCroix’s band from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“The monthly Swing Jazz Club events are a wonderful time of music and dancing at the Senior Center,” said Robin Clough, the center’s director of recreation and volunteers. “The musicians and dancers bring a lot of energy, and the fact the club holds this as a fundraiser is much appreciated.”

The Senior Center is located at 22900 Market St. in Newhall.

For more information call Robin Clough at the Senior Center at (661) 259-9444, or Russ Evans at 661-254-4220, or visit www.santaclaritaswingjazzclub.com.

 

About Lenny LaCroix

Lenny LaCroix was born in Chicopee, Massachusetts too many years ago. At age six he began playing the piano and shortly thereafter started piano lessons. At age twelve he formed his first band, which he lead, played and arranged for. At age 17 he attended the Hartt College of Music of the University of Hartford. He completed the four-year course in three years. He was first in his class for the first two years and graduated cum laude. During his undergraduate years he formed his second band, a jazz quartet, which competed and won second place in the Georgetown Intercollegiate Jazz Festival. After graduation he went on to attain his Masters degree.

In 1969 he relocated to Los Angeles where he has worked as a pianist, arranger, conductor and composer for a rather eclectic group of clients who include but are not limited to:

The Academy Awards (6 years)

Frank Sinatra

Michael Jackson

Barbra Streisand

Debbie Reynolds

Donald O’Conner

Ice Capades

Julie Andrews

Bette Midler

Jim Henson

Shirley MacLaine

Ann Margret

Sid Caesar and Imogene Cocoa

Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Siegfried and Roy

Carol Burnett

Lucille Ball

He has done film projects with Blake Edwards, Mark Rydell and Gene Saks.

He has written dance music for choreographers Michael Kidd, Gene Kelly, Onna White, Joe Layton, Gene Nelson and Danny Daniels to name a few.

He has worked on television projects with producer/ directors Nick Vanoff, Marty Passetta, Don Misher, Pierre and John Cossette, George Slaughter, Lee Mendleson , Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion.

He has produced music for Royal Caribbean, Radisson, Holland America, Silverseas, and Oceanea cruise lines.

In his spare time Lenny loves to sail his twenty-eight foot sloop, Fox Hunter, around the Channel Islands off the California coast. Travel is also very high on his “down time’ list. This is rounded out by a love of cooking.

 

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