The streamlined version of the Smokin’ Section (5 pieces) had a blast celebrating Franny’s birthday at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Hackensack.   Franny’s wife Jennifer did a great job putting together this surprise party on very short notice.  We got the call (or should we say e-mail?) about it the Tuesday before it was going to happen.

Franny got her surprise when she walked into the room with Jennifer at about 6:30.  The band broke into Sam Cooke’s “We’re Having A Party” after the guests ushered Franny in with a big “Surprise!!” and hearty applause.

The select gathering of 20 special people enjoyed the fine cuisine at Maggiano’s. Donna (the maitre’d) there ran a smooth party.  The people at the party dug a wide range of music from the band including some Italian favorites such as “Volare”, Sinatra and other tunes from the Classic American Songbook, doo wop and ’50s, Rock n Roll, Soul Music, Funk and Current Dance, too.  The hostess and the guest of honor really got dancing on our version of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” coupled with “Jump Jive and Wail”.

Jennifer and Franny had been married this past October at Clark’s Landing in Pt Pleasant and the Smokin’ Section reprised their first dance from the big day, Neil Diamond’s “Play Me”.

People got up, dancing and shaking to our medley of Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”, Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” (G rated version :-)) and Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back”   We finished our music for the evening with the Louis Prima classic “Buona Sera”.

The band had a great time celebrating with Franny & Jennifer and their guests.  The Smokin’ Section wish them all the best for many more happy and memorable birthdays together and look forward to seeing them again sometime.

Banquet Facility: Maggiano’s Little Italy, Hackensack, NJ 201-221-2030      www.maggianos.com