March 27, 2019
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.
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 24, 2019
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 22, 2019
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 16, 2019
Stephanie Trick and Paolo Aldergighi
June 26, 2019
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 13, 2019
Dixieland Jazz Club - Fun Bus to Cline Jazz Festival
For $ 70.00 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 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
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.