Village Green Will Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary: Westside Jazz Ensemble to Play

The founding of the Village Green fifty years ago required money and volunteers.
Photo: Courtesy Village Green Board

The Palisades Village Green is turning 50 years old and the board of directors of this triangular private park are asking the community to join in the festivities from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 27.

“We want to celebrate the amazing community that helped bring the Village Green Park to life when it was converted from a gas station to the beautiful little park we all enjoy in the heart of the village,” said Village Green board co-president Cindy Kirven.

Homespun activities will include live music, kids’ art table, flag raising, singing of the National Anthem. There will be CD 11 presentations, and town historians will also participate.

Everyone is asked to submit their favorite Village Green photo to to be entered in the photo contest. Include your name, age (if a student) and contact information. Professional photographer and beloved Palisades Charter High School photography teacher, Rick Steil, has volunteered to judge the submissions.

Businesses who are supporting the event are Amazing Music (equipment) and  Katie ONeill Fine Art.


The Westside Jazz Ensemble will play at the Village Green’s 50th anniversary event.

One of the groups performing on August 27, is the Westside Jazz Ensemble.  This eight-piece combo has been delighting dance and concert audiences on LA’s Westside for more than a decade. They play four horn arrangements of classic swing melodies from the Great American Songbook.

Led by trombonist, Arden “The Rock” Franklin and drummer Greg “Skins” Victoroff, this octet has Palisades roots.

Three of the members also perform with Palisades’ OomPaPa Band and that includes Victoroff, Deputy David “Steel Lips” Schorr on tenor sax, and Paul “Ginger” Wexler on stand-up bass.

As a special 50th Anniversary surprise, former musical director at Mort’s Deli, Gil “Velvet Fog” Lieb is making a special guest appearance on piano and vocals.

The band is rounded out with Marv ‘Dixieland” Hixon on alto sax, Rich “Riverdance” Gossett on trumpet, and Bill “Twilight Tone” Hochberg on guitar.

This group is the Sultans of Swing, the Gentlemen of Jazz.  The Westside Jazz Ensemble loves to entertain at parties, dances and special events like this 50th Anniversary celebration of the Palisades Village Green. The Westside Jazz Ensemble invites families of all ages to fox trot, jitterbug, sing along and enjoy familiar favorites at the end of August.

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One Response to Village Green Will Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary: Westside Jazz Ensemble to Play

  1. Betsy Collins says:

    Thanks so much, Sue, for your continuing coverage of our anniversary celebration! This is one for the whole community…the more the merrier!

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