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.