Sunday, August 16, 2009

San Francisco Jazz: August 2009

Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project, live at the Riptide

For today's entry, I will single out two of my current favorite bands in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project (A.K.A. The Cottontails) has a new CD,
available via Ralph brings the same blend of fun and stellar musicianship with humor to small group swing-to-bop-jump music that he has to his extremely wide-ranging other projects (including creative accompaniment for silent movies he did with another S.F. Bay Area luminary, Beth Custer, at several shows I produced). There's also some of the fire and intensity you got back in the days when mighty players like Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young and Ben Webster roamed the earth. Buy this recording!

The Realistic Orchestra's recent tribute to the music of Michael Jackson sold out the expansive confines of Yoshi's in San Francisco. Here's just a bit of the excitement from that concert on August 5, 2009.

I sincerely hope the entire set of fresh takes on MJ classics will be issued on DVD or CD sometime. Perhaps we will be seeing more streaming video soon on the Jazz Mafia website. It's a fitting tribute, as well as fantastic music.


Jazz Mafia said...

Thanks for the shout out. Check out some of the Brass, Bows, and Beats action at

paul etcheverry said...

The band's hard work, rehearsal time showmanship and panache is much appreciated. Gil, Miles, George Gershwin and Marvin Gaye would have approved.