Little David Rose's thumpin' stand-up bass, the double-shuffle drumming of Lee Beary, and the bounce piano of John Cocuzzi provide the rhythmic foundation of the band's jump style. Riffing on top is the trumpet sound of Robert Dehlinger and Erv Ervin 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.
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 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
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
and many many many more!
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