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
We specialize in the classic jazz arrangements of the 1920s & 1930s, including transcriptions and arrangements of the Bix Beiderbecke recordings, as well as original compositions and arrangements in the traditional dixieland jazz style. We perform at jazz clubs and festivals around the SF Bay area, and are available for private events. We invite you to discover our music through our recordings or by coming out to hear us play live.
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
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.
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.