July 24, 2019
Mike Slack - San Francisco Feet Warmers
Legendary Bay Area musicians playing joyful classic jazz from the foot- stomping roaring twenties. Top draw music for parties, weddings, festivals, jazz clubs, faculty clubs, fund raisers, dances, business events, street fairs .......
This fine band has been featured at the Sacramento Jubilee, the Fairmont on Nob Hill and has had a long residency at the historic Baltic Restaurant in Point Richmond..
Formed in 1993, they are the hot band to hear at jazz festivals and clubs all over the Golden State. Their repertoire spans the wonderful music of Morton, King Oliver, Bechet, Armstrong, Fats Waller and early Ellington. The San Francisco Feetwarmers will get your toes tapping, put a smile on your face and their driving four beat rhythm will get you dancing to all your Dixieland and New Orleans favorites.
July 28, 2019
Frederick Hodges - Music and Silent Movies
Acclaimed concert pianist Frederick Hodges returns to Rossmoor to present a musical tour of Gershwin's greatest Broadway shows and Hollywood Musicals, with a special emphasis on great songs made famous by Fred Astaire. Classically trained as a concert pianist, Frederick Hodges has established a reputation as one of the most talented pianists in the world, specializing in Broadway and Hollywood musicals of the first half of the twentieth century by America’s best composers, such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Additionally, he is a much sought-after silent film accompanist for both live performances and on DVD. He performs regularly at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in California, the Cinecon Film Festival in Hollywood.
August 18, 2019
Brian Holland & Danny Coots
Exciting, exhilarating, and exhausting!” is probably the best (and most alliterative) way to describe the jazz duo of Holland & Coots. Brian Holland and Danny Coots began performing together in 2010 after spending decades individually on the jazz and ragtime circuits honing their skills on piano and drums, respectively. Since joining forces, they’ve been on a mission to introduce audiences all over the world to their style of music and fun. With a delightful mix of jazz, blues, stride, boogie, pop, and ragtime, Holland & Coots have created something for every taste. This winning duo has been the driving rhythmic foundation for bands like the Titan Hot Seven and B.A.D. Rhythm, and has several recordings to their credit.
August 28, 2019
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.
September 15, 2019
Carl Sonny Leyland Trio
September 25, 2019
Bill Badstubner - Gold Coast Jazz Band
When it comes to the hot and happy American popular music of the early 20th century, the “jazz age”, one can truly say that every song tells a story, and there’s a story behind every song. Our program for February 22 provides a look into that amazing period of our cultural history through many different musical windows. Ragtime, “jazz”, novelty songs and songs from the stage collectively represent the radical popular music of a time of tumultuous social change in our country. We hope Rossmoor dancers will find the urge to strut their stuff as irresistible as did the young people of the 1920s when they first heard these tunes, and listeners will find the music interesting, engaging and worthy of some serious toe-tapping.
We’ll be telling the stories behind these songs as we go along, while our vocalists let the songs tell their own stories through the lyrics, often clever, witty, naughty, frivolous, serious and romantic. The Time Machine is now boarding at the Event Center…
October 23, 2019
Tom Belmessieri - Fog City Stompers
October 27, 2019
The Ragtime Masters featuring the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra
Hop aboard a musical time machine and experience America’s rich musical heritage like you’ve never heard it before! The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, hailed as “the premier American ragtime ensemble” by The Washington Post, plays the rollicking rhythms of the early 20th century, featuring the music of Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, and the creators of America’s first popular music: Ragtime. Featuring music from their latest album Jazzin’ The Blues Away (recorded with ragtime pianist Adam Swanson), PRSO will celebrate popular favorites and rarely heard gems, all played off of the original historic orchestral scores! Come and see PRSO’s first ever concert appearance in California!
November 13, 2019
December 11, 2019
Ken Keeler - Devil Mountain Jazz Band
DEVIL MOUNTAIN JAZZ BAND continues to develop their multi-style approach to preserving the popular music of the late 1800's through the 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 Lu Watters bands and the orchestrated "hot dance" music of the late twenties. You'll also hear 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.