[Dixielandjazz] The October 23 San Francisco salute to YBJB

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 15 06:04:11 PDT 2004

The below Post is copied from the Yahoo "Traditional Jazz" Chat List,
originally posted there by "Duaniac". For those in the Bay area, I urge you
to attend this session. This group should should play as close to the
original fire and energetic sounds of YBJB and/or Turk Murphy as one can
get. Much more so than most of today's so-called "San Francisco Style" trad
bands that have de-balled the music and are merely a pale imitation. If you
heard/saw either YBJB or Murphy "live", you know what I mean. They were

Hey Wiggins, Giffin, Romans, Ringwald, et al., put on your dancing shoes and
check it out.  

Steve Barbone

"A group of traditional jazz greats will present music from San
Francisco's glorious jazz era of the 40s and 50s in a
special "Concert/Tea Dance" performance honoring Lu Watters, the Bay
Area jazz legend. The event will take place on Saturday, October 23,
from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Townsend Center in San Francisco, 650
Townsend Street in the SOMA district. The San Francisco Traditional
Jazz Foundation is sponsor for this event.

Watters, a brilliant trumpet player, had a profound effect on the
jazz scene locally, nationally and internationally, when his group,
the Yerba Buena Jazz Band, opened up at the Dawn Club in San
Francisco in the fall of 1939, performing "righteous jazz" based on
the New Orleans style. Later, the group moved to Hambone Kelly's in
El Cerrito. Watters's band featured musicians like Turk Murphy, Bob
Scobey, Bob Helm and Clancy Hayes. Murphy played at Earthquake
McGoon's well into the 1980s in the basement of the last house of ill
repute in downtown San Francisco, the William Tell Hotel at 630 Clay

The band for this tribute concert will showcase a number of top
musicians who played with Turk -- Leon Oakley, on cornet, Bill Carter
on clarinet, and John Gill on banjo. The rest of the band includes
Turk's favorite trombone player, Tom Bartlett and the young
traditionalists Clint Baker, drums; Marty Eggers, piano; and Ray
Cadd, tuba. Leading the group will be Jim Cullum, cornet, whose band
performs every week on Public Radio International's radio series,
Riverwalk Jazz. The program, now in its 15th season, originates from
KSXT in San Antonio and can be heard on over 150 public radio

The "Dance" format also pays tribute to Watters's fundamental belief
that "Classic Jazz was originally performed for the Dancers."

Tickets for the concert are $20 and may be obtained from City Box
Office, by phone, 415-392-4400 or on the website at

For background on Lu Watters and Jim Cullum, or for photos, visit our
website: sftradjazz.org/watters81304.html / "

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