here are some of the bands and musicians I associate with:
"Forget the definitions, and simply think of the music of the Tin Hat Trio as compelling entertainment, rich with whimsy, imagination and intelligence. No wonder the crowd responded so enthusiastically."
-The Los Angeles Times
"...the group blends elements of jazz, folk and classical chamber music to create unique, yet often eerie compositions that seem like the perfect movie score."
"Their haunting and strangely familiar music...is a soundtrack for the kind of puzzling dream which leaves you sitting awake in the middle of the night..."
-The New Yorker
"Gaucho scores high marks for integrating the rhythms of world cultures in their music while also retaining a slice of Americana with elements of ragtime and the old-time country-swing of riverboat bands. They offer more than a typical gypsy-jazz ensemble and their love of this music is inspiring." - Susan Frances, Jazz Review
voted "Best Jazz Band" in the 2009 SF Weekly Reader's Poll
The Nice Guy Trio
"This ragtag band of street poets would sound at home under a Montmartre streetlamp. Daniel Fabricant's susurrant bass, Rob Reich's apache dancer squeeze-box and Darren Johnston's half-valve circus trumpet saunter through cobbled rambling see-saw ditties, mascara-ed and striking poses for a post-Godard film." - Fred Bouchard, Downbeat Magazine
voted "Best Jazz Band" in the 2008 SF Weekly Reader's Poll
click here for info on the Nice Guy Trio CD!
click here for the high quality video of us on the Chasing The Moon podcast
click here to watch BayTaper's video from our Yoshi's Cd Release show in November 2009
an open air, one-ring circus featuring contemporary, high-level acts set to an original score performed by live musicians
"The good news out of one-year-old Circus Bella, based in Oakland, is that some of the best musical scoring you will come across on any lot is on this lot." - David Lewis-Hammerstrom
classic blues and jazz vocalist
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