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Updated: 02/26/2014 11:34:02AM

Daily dances are a draw at Senior Friendship Center

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Senior Friendship Center dancers enjoy some line dancing to music provided by Tom Madden's Upbeat Gang. Madden's wife is at left in foreground. Center manager Tom Harlow is at right.

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Upbeat band leader Tom Madden at piano withm back row from left, bassist Ron Parnigoni, reedmanDoug White, drummers Lee Palfrey and Fred Harriott plus snger Robert Hosfeld.

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Jimmy Jay is at keyboard. From left, band members include saxophonist John Wheatley, guitarist Ernie Litz, drummer David Sanders and singer Eve Hill playing maracas.

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Drummer Tom Porter, left, trumpeter Les Gowen and Pianist Clarice Dell'anno comprise the Les Gowan Trio, which performs each Wednesday at the Senior Friendship Center of Venice.

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Pianist Tom Madden protects sensitive fingernails with white gloves, which also get the attention of his fans.

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The Al Pierce Band includes, from left back, trumpeter Jack Demmink, trombonist Jim Fitzpastrick, trumpeter Bob Delfausse, bassist John Cole, pianist Clarice Dell'anno and singer Monica Wolf. Al Pierce is at the drums. The Pierce Band performs each Friday

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Trumpeter Eugene Trigipani is a nonagenarian who still plays a strong horn.

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Josie Thompson, left, singing with Dick Rivers on guitar, performs at the Senior Friendship Center of Venice. Rivers is a regular at the center with various singers each Thursday.

By BOB BYLER

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A Venice version of “Dance Fever” draws young-at-heart seniors to the Senior Friendship Center on Scenic Drive from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday.

Five bands perform: Tom Madden’s Upbeat Gang on Monday, pianist/vocalist Jimmy Jay’s quintet on Tuesday, hornman Les Gowan’s trio on Wednesday, guitarist Dick Rivers and vocalists on Thursday and drummer Al Pierce’s Let’s Do It band on Friday.

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