J u m p i n' J u b a -
music, presented live and in real time. Jumpin' Juba is
my outlet for my rootsy-bluesy side, allowing me to write
new material inspired by many flavors of American blues
Orleans swamp-rock, classic boogie-woogie, folk, Memphis
rock & roll,
and a playful use of everything from calypso to country
are stirred into the band's blue stew.
alternately pounds and glides over his piano keys. He's been playing
blues and boogie piano for over 3 decades. His musical heroes include
Prof. Longhair, Otis Spann and Jimmy Yancey. I get to bend the guitar
strings a little harder and sing with a little more pepper than
your average folkie. On stage and record, we've been joined by
drummer Brian Flan, a dynamically aware player who beats out blues,
jazz and rock grooves with real taste and precision.
early 2004, the band released its first studio-recorded CD, Bumpity
diverse collection of original blues and roots-rock tunes (along
with a couple of traditional blues numbers). We kept a live feel
throughout, because much of it was actually recorded in real time.
Steve got to play an odd assortment
of vintage guitars and amps throughout. Oh yeah, and we
used 100% real acoustic piano, nuthin' digital.
We released another CD in 2011, our 6-song E.P. Slap Happy. An "E.P." is an "Extended Play" CD single, but really, it's a normal CD that runs for about 27 minutes, and sells for 1/2 the price of a full-length CD. Slap Happy is a nice little sampler that mixes blues with several related styles, including Latin rock, piano boogie, a weird little story song and more. Get our CDs at our shows, or download tunes from them at cdbaby.com/cd/JumpinJuba1
For the past 6 or 7 years, we have concentrated mostly on playing concerts. On
stage, Jumpin' Juba, as a trio or quartet, adds several re-arranged R&B classics to our sets, in addition to our many originals that recall the classic blues, rock & roll, and island tunes that influenced us.
People listen, people dance.