Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the
lindy hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his
first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at
hundreds of dance events worldwide. Drawing on influences as diverse as
Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, Webster serves up
a smorgasbord of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible
Best of all, Friday is the West Coast CD release party for his new CD,
"Happy When I'm With You."
Dave Workman honed his craft, and built his reputation in the
midwest, opening for established legends like: B.B.King, Muddy
Waters, Howling Wolf, and James Cotton. He learned his lessons well
enough to be asked to back up blues icons like Albert King, Chuck
Berry, Junior Wells, and Robert Jr. Lockwood.
Fil's little BIG band w/ Hale Baskin
Saxophonist Fil Lorenz has been swinging Bay Area
audiences since 1998. His star-studded "little BIG band"
bridges the gap between the classic big bands of
the 1930's and the smaller, lighter groovin' bands of
Downbeat award-winning vocalist Hale Baskin brings
her own brand of sultry style to the stage by channeling
the goddesses of swing - Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn,
and Anita O'Day. As Forrest Bryant of the Jazz Observer
put it, "her rich, sassy alto voice fits this band like a glove -
uninhibited, brassy, and ready to rumble".
Johnny Bones and the Palace of Jazz
Johnny Bones cut his teeth on the Bay Area jazz scene back in 1992.
As a sideman he has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Percy Heath, Eddie Palmieri,
and Nell Carter, among others.
The band has entertained audiences up and down the coast with its special
blend of wah-wah trumpets, soaring clarinets, thumping bass lines, and
novelty drums and percussion.
Big Bones no stranger to the blues world. Bones is one of the San Francisco bay area's premiere harmonica playing Blues men. He's a player of uncommon sensitivity and style. His funky gruff rap-blues vocal style is compelling whether he's covering standards or his own compositions which features more urban ghetto-influenced lyrics. Bones recently returned to San Francisco from Germany where hes been living & touring throughout Europe extensively for several years. While honoring traditional blues, he shows his versatility by being a part of the new vanguard style. This is the blues. It's not an imitation, not a reheated cover cd. So don't be confused about the content, It still features love gone wrong, love gone right, trials and tribulations, anticipations and resolution.
Originally born "The Jelly Roll Souls," the California Honeydrops are
a local favorite, headed by a passionate Lech Wierzynski on Guitar and
swinging sounds across the band all the way down to the soul tub!