Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017-7:00 Pm

Rob Verdi - Side Street Strutters

On Feb 26, 1917, a group of moderately successful New Orleans based jazz musicians walked into Victor Recording Studio and recorded “The Livery Stable Blues”, the very first commercially successful jazz recording.  As the world embraces the 100th anniversary of recorded jazz, the Side Street Strutters, with vocalist Meloney Collins invite audiences to explore an eclectic mix of jazz, pop and R & B songs that inspired us, reflected a particular time in our countries history, and played a significant role towards the development and enjoyment of American popular music.  “Vinyl Jazz-A Century Celebration” recognizes the contributions of many talented artists whose famous and innovative recordings influenced an entire century of American jazz and popular music.

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Wednesday Sept 27, 2017-7:00pm

Rich Owens - Thrown Together Jazz Band

The Thrown Together Jazz Band first played during the previous decade when brother-in-law Jim Gould asked me to assemble a group to entertain at his annual De Anza Lions charity crab feed in the southern SF Bay Area. I chose a bunch of good friends that I have enjoyed playing with over the years in various bands. These guys can play just about any style you can name, But, we have primarily focused on traditional jazz. You'll hear some good dance music: jazz, swing, blues, ballads, and Latins. We don't work from arrangements. It's primarily spontaneous.  We just listen and play from the heart. We have fun, share some laughs, and enjoy each other's company. And the audience gets to participate. The following characters will be playing for your musical enjoyment

Larry Blake: trumpet                 Tom Belmessieri: cornet

Jack Gerken: trombone             Guido Fazio: reeds

Carl Lunsford: banjo                 Keith Baltz: tuba

Adam Roderick: drums              Rich Owens: piano, leader

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Wednesday 25, 2017 7:00PM

Mike Slack - San Francisco Feet Warmers

Featuring a two cornet line-up of Mike Slack and Tom Barnebey, expect to hear some great King Oliver tunes plus the wonderful music of Morton, Bechet, Armstrong and Fats Waller.   This fine band has been featured at the Sacramento Jubilee, the Fairmont on Nob Hill, and jazz festivals and clubs all over California. Formed 20 years ago, the Feetwarmers are absolutely at the top of their game.  

 

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Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 7:00 PM

Tom Barnebey - Beyond Salvation Jazz Band
Is it the biggest small combo around? Or the smallest big band? Trad jazz fans discovering Beyond Salvation may debate that point, but there is no argument about the variety of hot jazz sounds this quintet can produce, all evoking the fun and excitement of the Roaring Twenties.  The Beyond Salvation Jazz Band is an aggregation of five versatile musicians performing on about 20 instruments (not counting kazoo and duck call). The combinations go on and on.  There are hot dance numbers with three saxes wailing away, piano interludes, south sea island songs, including a ukulele ensemble, and hot jazz with instrumentation reminiscent of of Bix and his gang.  Beyond Salvation's ever expanding musical repertoire focuses on jazz tunes and songs of the 1920s. An old pop tune like "Pretty Baby" may appear on the program, along side more obscure numbers like "The Merry Widow's Got a Sweetie Now".

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Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 7:00 PM

Ken Keeler - Devil Mountain Jazz Band

 

DEVIL MOUNTAIN JAZZ BANDcontinuestodeveloptheir multi-styleapproachtopreservingthe popular music ofthe late 1800'sthroughthe early 1930's, and the west coast revival jazz of the 1940's.  The eight piece band is best known for the two trumpet sounds of theJoe Oliver and LuWatters bands and the orchestrated "hot dance" music of the late twenties.   You'll alsohear DMJB perform ragtime,  blues,  "Dixieland"  standards, gospel and novelty tunes,   an occasional duck-call by Pete Main, Tom recreating many tunes by Bing Crosby,  and Ken's
"Country Cross-over ".    At this concert we'll include some Christmas classics.

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