Terrence Brewer: The accomplished Bay Area guitarist is marking the release of a new album, “Setting the Standard: Volume One,” with a high-profile gig. The evening finds Brewer in the company of Melecio Magdaluyo (saxophone), Kelly Park (piano), Brandon Essex (bass) and Micah McClain (drums). 8 and 10 p.m. Yoshi’s, Jack London Square, Oakland. $10-$16.
Jump Jive Bands vary in size ranging from 6 or 8 musicians to play the trumpet, saxophone, keyboards, bass, trombone, drums, and vocalists. You can even hire a 12 or up to 18-piece band depending on your specific requirements and needs.
They should be able to satisfy any concern that you may have. Otherwise, head for the door if they don’t. Take time to mull over their responses before taking the next step.
If you like the band, don’t wait, book them early. Great Jump Jive Bands are in demand. The ideal to book a good band is 3 to 6 months. Don’t also forget to include in your booking a selection of songs you want them to play for the event.
John has recorded on Arista. Roulette and several independent labels, as a member of groups Truth, The Good Rats, and Grover Kemble and ZaZuZaz. “Life Lines, Heart Lines”, a CD of John’s compositions, was released in 2002 and he wrote and performed the original soundtrack for the Mac-based video game, “The Adventures of EI Ballo,” in 2006.
The man who would become Jelly Roll Morton was actually born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe. He was born in New Orleans in a predominantly Creole community in 1890. However, as was common at the time, there is debate over his actual date of birth and even the exact spelling of his real last name. Some say he was born in 1885. There are others who say his last name was Lemott, LaMotte or even LaMenthe. His birth certificate was issues in 1894 which would have been years after his birth even if he was born in 1890.
Update: The “boy” just took his medical school entrance exams. He was deciding between majoring in music or medicine and came to the conclusion that a doctor can play jazz on weekends without a license, but jazzmen who play doctor on weekends get in trouble.