New bands continue to be added. 

Visit the Redwood Coast Music Festival website for a complete up to date listing of all bands performing in 2017.

 

Redwood Coast Music Festival

 

 

Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang

Dave Stuckey & the Hot House Gang - one of the hottest dance bands in LA!    Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang is a hard-swinging, take-no-prisoners aggregation, playing standards and not-so-standards from the 1920's & 30s ...and whose main objective is to bring the heat, get you out of your seat, and provoke you to move your feet.   Bringing with him a Murderer’s Row of torrid trad jazz operators from the wilds of Los Angeles, Stuckey’s outfit channels an Eddie Condon small-group drive with jiving vocals that may conjure thoughts of Wingy Manone or Fats Waller.   Calling all cats - that stuff is here and it's anything but mellow!  Sound of with Dave Stuckey's Hot House Gang!  Dave Stuckey, Josh Collazo, Carl Sonny Leyland, Nate Ketner, Corey Gemme, Wally Hersom.

 

Stompy Jones

 Little David Rose's thumpin' stand-up bass, the double-shuffle drumming of Lee Beary, and the bounce piano of William Beatty provide the rhythmic foundation of the band's jump style. Riffing on top is the trumpet sound of Robert Dehlinger and Erv Irvin on the saxophone. These two fellas create the fireworks of vintage rhythm and blues. The charming Hank Maninger on vocals and lead guitar have become a trademark of Stompy Jones.

 

Le Jazz Hot

Le Jazz Hot is an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians who celebrate the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France with style and panache.  Paul Mehling, the leader of HCSF, Le Jazz Hot, and the Ivory Club Boys, has been dubbed the godfather of American gypsy jazz. He discovered the music of Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France in grammar school, and decades later the music that took root in his young soul finally bore fruit.  Paul is joined by some of the best Jazz musicians on the West Coast with grammy award winning violinist Evan Price, Isabelle Fontaine and Sam Rocha.

 

The Grand St. Stompers with Molly Ryan

New York-based New Orleans-style hot jazz band, reviving and refreshing the music of the 1920s onward for today’s listeners, swing dancers, and music fans. With the talent and experience of NYC’s top traditional jazz singers and players, they delight audiences.
The Stompers are loved not only for their authentic performances of vintage jazz tunes, but also for their jazzy versions of songs from classical music, Disney, TV, film, and even pop music, as well as their own exciting originals.
Gordon Au - Trumpet, vocals           Dennis Lichtman - clarinet, violin, electric mandolin
Molly Ryan – vocals                        Rob Adkins - bass
Nick Russo – Guitar / banjo             Brandon Au - trombone
Danny Coots / Bill Moehnke - drums

 

 

Au Brothers Jazz Band

Gordon, Brandon & Justin Au have been playing the traditional jazz of New Orleans ever since their uncle, High Sierra trombonist Howard Miyata, turned them on to the music at an early age. Among them, they have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Preservation Hall, Cafe Carlyle, and the Sydney Opera House, as well as jazz festivals around the country. The brothers' unpredictable and entertaining selections include a variety of traditional tunes, originals, and even movie/TV themes arranged in the trad jazz style."

 

Kris Tokarski Quintet featuring Chloe Feoranzo

Two of the most in demand musicians in New Orleans backed by an all-star rhythm section and playing small-band Jazz, inspired by the music of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Charlie Christian, Earl Hines, Jess Stacy and other icons of Swing.

Kris Tokarski is comfortable in any piano style from Classic Ragtime to Modern Jazz.  He frequently appears at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival and is the music director for the Bombay Club in New Orleans.

Chloe Feoranzo (reeds, vocals) started out sitting in with traditional jazz bands in Southern California at the age of just 15.  She quickly established a reputation as an exciting and inventive performer on both sax and clarinet.  She played with numerous Southern California bands before touring the world for three years with pop star Pokey LaFarge.  She has appeared on David Letterman, A Prairie Home Companion and at the Grand Ole Opry.

Kris Tokarski - Piano            Chloe Feoranzo - Reeds, vocals      Hal Smith - Drums               Steve Pikal - bass     Jamey Cummins - guitar

 

Jacob Miller & The Bridge City Crooners

Among the finest young roots-oriented acts on the west coast, Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners have taken the hot jazz of the 20's & 30's and combined it with country blues, western swing, and ragtime styles to create an irresistible sound that satisfies dancers and listeners alike. Leaning heavily on their expertly crafted originals, this 6-piece outfit based in Portland, OR also creates stunning arrangements of traditional material.

Along with the timeless vocals of their guitarist/leader, Jacob Miller, each band member contributes to make every performance a memorable event. Evidenced through their live performances and own studio recordings, Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners are a breath of fresh air in both the Americana and trad jazz worlds.

 

Carl Sonny Leyland & Friends

Carl Sonny Leyland is a master of blues, jazz and boogie woogie piano. In 1988, he visited New Orleans and settled there for the next nine years, quickly earning a reputation for his authentic blues and early rock-and-roll. In 1997, he moved to southern California, where his repertoire grew to include rockabilly, western swing, ragtime, and early jazz. In 2010 he was inducted into the Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame.  Sup¬por¬ted by this diversity of influences, Leyland plays with an infectious spontaneity, providing plenty of surprises that is guaranteed to keep the audience rocking!  

He’ll be joined by festival allstar musicians and when they get together, the music is over the top!  If you’ve never heard him, you’re in for an enormous treat. It’s a genuine pleasure to welcome Sonny back to the Redwood Coast Music Festival.

 

 

Cocuzzi & Coots Courtet

Northern California multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Kristy Reed Cocuzzi and John Cocuzzi join with dynamic drummer Danny Coots to bring the classic sounds and music of Miss Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Pete Fountain and Sydney Bechet, Nat "King" Cole, Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo with a little Jelly Roll Morton, among others, to the stage for sets filled with classic swing and jazz.  In two special sets titled "Tribute to the Kings of Swing" - John will be featured on vibes and joined by an amazing all-star jazz band including clarinetist Dave Bennett, Hal Smith on drums, Jason Wanner on piano and Shelley Denny on bass.  These two sets are not to be missed!

 

Dennis Lichtman's Mona's Hot Four +

Originally from Boston and currently living in New York City, Dennis Lichtman is a multi-instrumentalist (clarinet, violin, mandolin) who is deeply entrenched in early American music, from traditional jazz and swing to bluegrass and western swing. His elegant voice carries through on all three instruments, lending a thread that weaves together the various genres he navigates. Since 2007, Dennis has been the clarinetist and bandleader of the famed Tuesday night traditional-jazz jam session at Mona's in downtown New York, which was recently profiled in The New York Times, and has been described by The Wall Street Journal as "ground zero for an emerging late-night scene of young swing and traditional jazz players."   At Redwood Coast Music Festival, Dennis will be joined by Mona's regulars Nick Russo, Gordon Au and other festival All-star musicians for a special evening jazz jam session.


 

Bob Draga & Friends

Clarinetist Bob Draga is arguably one of the most popular and talented jazz musicians in the country. A consummate entertainer, he has mastered the art of pleasing an audience with his classy appearance, his seemingly unending list of jokes, and his superb musical talent. He intuitively understands what an audience wants to hear and provides it, whether hard and driving or exquisitely beautiful and soulful. In addition, Bob is a friend to young jazz musicians everywhere, taking time to coach and encourage whenever asked.  His quartet includes Jason Wanner, Shelley Denny and Ron Jones - all accomplished musicians in their own rights.  Throughout the festival they will be joined by other guest artists.