John Brothers Piano Co.
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John Brothers Piano Co.
All-Original Stride Piano Compositions

John Brothers Piano Co.

Fri, Nov 16 2018 | 7:00 PM
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A rambunctious blend of ragtime, blues, stride, and swing, the Bay Area’s John Brothers Piano Company brings “a throwback sound that evokes the honky-tonk ghosts of Barbary Coast” (San Francisco Chronicle). Formed by a pair of former Cal Berkeley students who shared a love of early jazz and barroom blues, the band began as humbly and seemingly incongruously as possible, with the pair dragging their battered Wurlitzer spinet around to busk on street corners and in BART stations around San Francisco and the East Bay.

They have built a devoted fanbase one show at a time, blending timeless classics and original compositions with nearly irrepressible energy, and the lineup has expanded to a quartet of prodigiously talented multi-instrumentalists. While retaining the heart and spirit of a guerilla street band, they’ve performed on stages around the country including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Warfield, Bimbo’s 365 Club, the Edwardian Ball, and the Belasco in Los Angeles, and they’ve and released a pair of self-produced albums including their 2017 session, Fastball!.

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While retaining the heart and spirit of a guerilla street band, they’ve performed on stages around the country including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Warfield, and Bimbo’s 365 Club.

A throwback sound that evokes the honky-tonk ghosts of Barbary Coast.

San Francisco Chronicle

A throwback sound that evokes the honky-tonk ghosts of Barbary Coast.

San Francisco Chronicle

Personnel

John “Thatcher” Boomer piano & clarinet
Arlo Perlstein piano & trumpet
Tyler Miller bass
Jimi Marks drums & piano

This group is a punk band with jazz instruments and classical inclinations.

The Bay Bridged

Personnel

John “Thatcher” Boomer piano & clarinet
Arlo Perlstein piano & trumpet
Tyler Miller bass
Jimi Marks drums & piano

This group is a punk band with jazz instruments and classical inclinations.

The Bay Bridged

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