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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 Keith Crossan 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.

BACKGROUND

Stompy Jones came into existence in May of 1998 at the Hi Ball Lounge in San Francisco. I talked the owners of the Hi Ball into letting me host a swing jam session on Tuesday nights with the intent of finding musicians interested in helping me form a rhythm and blues dance band. After a month of Tuesdays, I was set with a six-piece jump band that could recreate the jaunty blues sound of Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five.

This same scenario could have been told in the 1940s by Roy Milton, Joe Liggins, or T-Bone Walker. These musicians, all former big band members, crafting a small group sound based on the enormous success of Louis Jordan, created the Rhythm and Blues Era, as well as, the independent record industry. This West coast phenomenon became the foundation of Top 40 radio and what is now called Rock 'n Roll.

These small group sounds, the shuffle drumming, bounce piano, arpeggiated bass lines. were also the basis for Louis Prima's success in Las Vegas in the late 1950s. Prima put lounge music on the map with his revved-up jump style.

I have endeavored to recreate these historic sounds, as well as, combine these vintage elements with a contemporary sensibility, to craft the solid sound of Stompy Jones.

~ Little David

MOTION PICTURES & AWARDS

Stompy Jones band leader interviewed on KQED California report about his original San Francisco song, "New Direction" Click here to listen in

Stompy Jones is featured in the full length motion picture, and soundtrack - Deuce of Spades

Stompy Jones is featured in Film Short, All About Alice - Winner of Genesis Film Festival 2010

Stompy Jones was inducted as Great Blues Band from San Francisco in The Blues Hall of Fame, an Americana Heritage, Nonprofit Organization, April 2010

Stompy Jones original tune "Don't Lie to Me" is featured in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified -- "The Burn Room" Live Action Trailer (Uncut) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=XyGvBzQ9nNI)

PRESS REVIEWS

Read a review of Stompy Jones Viegas Casino, San Diego Show!

Grin hell! This freakin' CD kicks so much ass I was laughing. Literally!

- Jeff Parker, KAAT 103.1 FM

Authentic...brimming with precision and heart.

- Joe Viglione, All Music Guide

More jump than a kangaroo convention.

- Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine

Delivers some jumpin', hard shufflin' blues-imbued swing sounds

- Lee Hildebrand, East Bay Express

This ain't no novelty band. This is a sextet of swing survivors.

- Dan Dion, SF Weekly

A Jitterbug party waiting to happen.

- Jazz West.com

The best small band sound I've heard in years!

- Les Brown, Les Brown & his band of Renown

Red hot cool.

- Linda Paulson, Cool & Strange Music Magazine

This ain't the stuff of highfalutin' society gigs. Instead it's the after-hours sound -- like the Kansas City Five's famed wee-hour jams.

- Rob Pratt, Metro Santa Cruz

FESTIVAL & CONCERT APPEARANCES

Lincoln Center, New York City
San Jose Jazz Festival
Sacramento Jazz Jubilee
Half Note Jazz Club, Athens, Greece
Leerer Beutel Jazz Club, Regensburg, Germany
Nautilus Club, Schonenwerd, Switzerland
Milwaukee 50's Diner, Milano, Italy
Pentastic Jazz Festival, Canada
Coos Bay Dixieland Jazz Festival, Oregon
Redwood Coast Jazz Festival, Eureka
BlueJean Bop Music Festival & Classic Car Show, Fremont
Oneida Casino, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Satin Ballroom, Los Angeles
The Derby, Los Angeles
Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney Land, Anaheim
Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concert
Century Ballroom, Seattle, Washington
Freedom Festival, USS Hornet, Alameda
Crystal Ballroom, Portland, Oregon
Avalon Casino Ballroom, Catalina Island
Cocoanut Grove Ballroom, Santa Cruz
Cal Poly Pac Pavillion, San Luis Obispo
Ventura Theatre, Ventura
Apple Blossom Festival, Sebastopol
Fiesta La Ballona, Culver City
North Beach Festival, San Francisco
Carillo Center, Santa Barbara
Novato Art & Wine Festival
Festival of the Arts, Duncan Mills
Capitola Twilight Concert Series
Jazz at the Landing, Larkspur
Juliard Art in the Park, Santa Rosa
Art & Wine Festival, Millbrae
Art & Jazz Festival, Burlingame
Polk Street Festival, San Francisco
Fiesta on the Hill, San Francisco
Harvest Moon Ball, Palm Springs
Mardi Gras Festival, Sacramento
Del Valle Theatre, Walnut Creek
Styles of Trad. Jazz Concert Series, Sacramento
Concert on the Pier, Eureka
KXBX Summer Concert, Lakeport
San Anselmo Art Festival
Bay Street Art & Music Festival, Emeryville
San Francisco 4th of July Bash, Pier 45
Town Center Summer Concert Series, Valencia
Twilight Concert Series, San Mateo
Performance in the Park, Tracy
Sacramento Zoo Summer Concert Series
Bodega Bay Seafood, Art & Wine Festival
American Lindy Hop Championships, Phoenix, Arizona
Academy of Sciences 150th Ann., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Concert in the Hills, Concord
Music at Noon Concerts, Concord
Viscount Ballroom, Portland, Oregon
Music on the Green, Windsor, California
Clarendon Ballroom, Arlington, Virginia
Berkeley City Club, Berkeley
Ashkenaz, Berkeley
Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco
Glen Echo Park, Maryland
Aquatic Park, San Francisco
Sundays in the Park, Eureka

and many many many more!

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