March 28, 2018 - Wednesday 7 PM
Don Neely - Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
San Francisco is famous for many things. One of them is the City's vibrant and varied jazz scene, with its history going back to the 1890s when Ragtime was played in the red light district of the Barbary Coast. Jazz, and eventually Swing spread to the speakeasies, swank hotels, theatres, and night spots, and continues today. The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra lovingly specializes in the authentic hot jazz that was the rage of the Great Gatsby Era of the Roaring Twenties, and the exciting Big Band Swing of the 1930s Depression Era exemplified by such artists as Benny Goodman and Count Basie whose Swing music ignited a musical craze that is alive today.
Carla Normand, known for her memorable work with the RSJO has made a remarkable solo recording, Just You, Just Me. Backed by Don Neely and a swinging sextet of San Francisco's best musicians - some from the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. Carla sings some of the most evocative songs ever written. Performed in a style and spirit of the great Swing Combos of the 1930s.
April 22, 2018 - Sunday 2 PM
Dowling/Hodges - Dueling Steinways
Back By Popular Demand!
Last Year's Concert Drew the one of the largest audiences in the Dixieland Jazz Club of Rossmoor History!
The telepathic musical chemistry and charisma of Duo Pianist Virtuosos Richard Dowling and Frederick Hodges will be on display in their exciting new program, ranging from magnificent classical works by Gershwin and Rachmaninoff to toe-tapping rhythms of Ragtime and the best Broadway and Hollywood Songs.
Don't miss these master musicians as they effortlessly and joyfully traverse a panoramic landscape of musical excitement.
April 25, 2018 Wednesday 7 pm
Bob Romans - Cell Block 7
Best watch out…the boys have escaped again. Disguised as musicians and armed with a weird collection of antique musical instruments, our favorite cons are on the loose again!
While these “musical delinquents” continue to evade the authorities, we hope you’ll be captured by their unique brand of hot jazz, novelty numbers and general disregard of acceptable behavior.
Until they’re once again behind bars, keep your doors locked, your shades drawn, guard your wives and daughters, and your phone ready to dial 911.
May 23, 2018 Wednesday 7 pm
Clint Baker - Hot Six Jazz Band with Ramona Baker
Clint Baker’s Hot Six is an all star group of Bay Area Musicians playing hot jazz of the 1920’s and 1930’s. The San Francisco Bay Area is where the jazz revival began in the late 1930’s and has been a hot bed of the music ever since, the Hot Six features musicians from all the generations of bay area jazz with Riley Baker at 16 years old representing the future of the music.
June 24, 2018 Sunday 2 pm
Stephanie Trick - Trick & Alderighi
June 27, 2018 Wednesday 7 pm
Ken Brock - Jambalaya Jazz Band
Webster’s dictionary defines “jambalaya” as “a diverse mixture of elements." The Jambalaya Swing band plays that diversity in the styles of arrangements.
For the Rossmoor Dixieland Jazz Club , we will be recreating “Dixieland “ arrangements that were made popular by the bands of: Bob Crosby, Les Brown, Duke Ellington, Dick Jurgen’s, Tiny Hill, and Jan Garber.
While most Dixieland Bands range from 5 in the band up to 8,9, or10, Big Bands were considered to be 11 instruments and larger. The 11 piece band was the most popular size, but dance bands often increased to number 14 in number. The aforementioned bands increased to number 14 in number. The aforementioned bands strived to keep the originality of the “dixie” tunes intact. Bob Crosby often said: “we’re not changing anything that Louis Armstrong played only the size of the band to do it.” In fact the early attempts of the Crosby orchestra in trying to achieve popularity were not too successful. When the arranger’s of the music incorporated “Dixieland” charts into the playlist. The band became an overnight success. In fact, when members of the Crosby aggregation left the band, “The World’s Greatest Jazz Band” was formed. It was 9 strong, with no Banjo, and doubles of trumpets and trombones. The WGJB made it’s most popular recording in 1970.
The aforementioned bands strived to keep the originality of the “dixie” tunes intact. Bob Crosby often said: “we’re not changing anything that Louis Armstrong played only the size of the band to do it.” In fact the early attempts of the Crosby orchestra in trying to achieve popularity were not too successful. When the arranger’s of the music incorporated “Dixieland” charts into the playlist. The band became an overnight success. In fact, when members of the Crosby aggregation left the band, “The World’s Greatest Jazz Band” was formed. It was 9 strong, with no Banjo, and doubles of trumpets and trombones. The WGJB made it’s most popular recording in 1970.
July 14, 2018 Saturday 8:45 am
Dixieland Jazz Club - Fun Bus to Cline Jazz Festival
For $ 65.00 per person you receive Transportation to and from Cline Cellars and Admission to all Events.
Dixieland Jazz Club Fun Bus to Cline Jazz Festival will depart Rossmoor at 8:45 AM and will return approximately 7:30 PM. We will arrive at Cline Cellars early enough to find you favorite spot to enjoy the events of the day. There are tables and chairs or you may bring your own.
Bring your favorite picnic lunch or purchase food from one of the excellent food vendors.
July 25, 2018 Wednesday 7 pm
Earl Scheelar - Zenith Jazz Band
After 50 years leading the Jelly Roll Jazz Band, Ted Shafer in his 90th year, retired and turned the band over to Earl Scheelar, and it is now called Earl Scheelar’s Zenith Jazz Band. The band played every Friday night at a Restaurant in El Sobrante for over 5 years. Except for Ted, the band is the same: Earl Scheelar--Leader/Cornet/Clarinet/Vocals. Tom Barnabey-Cornet/Trombone/Vocals. Pete Main-Reeds, Glenn Calkins-Trombone/Clarinet. Virginia Tichnor--Piano. Jin O’Briant--Tuba. Jeff Green--Banjo/Guitar/Vocals. Lisa Gonick--Ukulele/banjo/Vocals.
It is a hot band playing New Orleans Jazz, the music of the Jazz Masters of the the 1920s: Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Freddie Keppard, Louis Armstrong, etc, As well as marches, hymns, and pop tuned from the20s and 30s.
July 29, 2018 Sunday 2 pm
Frederick Hodges - Piano Concert 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 19, 2018 Sunday 2 pm
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 22, 2018 - Wednesday - 7 pm
Tom Barnebey - Beyond Salvation Jazz Band
Is it the biggest small combo around? Or the smallest big band? Traditional 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 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."
September 26, 2018 wednesday 7pm
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 24, 2018 Wednesday 7 pm
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.
November 14, 2018 Wednesday 7pm
Jim O’Briant and the Zinfandel Stompers Vintage Jazz Band
The Zinfandel Stompers Vintage Jazz Band has been together, with no changes in personnel, for nearly 11 years. The group first came together in April of 2007; Don Abel (Cornet), Eric Siverson (Reeds & Vocals), Howard Miyata (Trombone, Baritone & Vocals), Patrick Dutrow (Banjo, Guitar and Vocals), and Jim O’Briant (Tuba & Leader), and Rich Owens (Piano).
The Zinfandel Stompers have played venues from Carmel Valley to Gilroy to Plymouth, CA. They have played at the Cline Cellars Wine & Jazz Festival, and (on stage with The Pacific Brass Band) at Dixieland Monterey’s Jazz Bash by the Bay. They’ve played multiple engagements at most of the area’s jazz societies, including the Monterey Hot Jazz Society, the New Orleans Jazz Club or Northern California, the South Bay Traditional Jazz Society, the Modesto Dixieland Society, and the Rossmoor Dixieland Jazz Club.
The band’s repertoire also includes special arrangements for Traditional Jazz Band backed by a concert band, a British brass band or a symphony orchestra. You can look forward to hearing an eclectic mix of music from the early 1900’s into the 1930’s, both “standards” that are in most bands’ repertoire, and a lot of lesser known tunes that deserve to be heard more.
December 12, 2018 Wednesday 7 pm
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.