The World's Finest Apples

The World's Finest Apples is a California and New Orleans based hot jazz quintet striking a precarious balance between deft musicality and playful whimsy while trying to recapture the intrinsic experimentalism of 20s and 30s jazz. Though all the members are under 30, they each individually have over a decade of experience with early jazz and swing styles, and a deep affinity nurtured by its presence in their coming-of-ages.

Clarinetist Chloe Feoranzo, accordionist Keith Penney and guitarist Nahum Zdybel serve as lead melodic voices, engaging in New Orleans-inspired interplay that can range from delicate subtlety to wild exuberance. The playful interaction of these longtime collaborators sits atop the fiercely-swinging New Orleans-based rhythm section of guitarist Molly Reeves and bassist Josh Gouzy, both of the New Orleans Jazz Vipers.

Uninterested in recreating the past or merely cashing in on a vintage aesthetic, The Apples bring a stubborn irreverence and punk sensibility to the music of Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Fats Waller, avoiding both the codified genre-fication of gypsy jazz and the caricature of Dixieland. Instead they loot the museum, taking whatever they find that demonstrates intense swing, clever humor, and profound beauty to be re-appropriated in their vital approach to the old music.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the door, or you may reserve your seat in advance by emailing sam@backroommusic.com and using the word "Tickets" in the Subject line of your email. Please indicate the number of seats you would like us to hold, in the body of your email. If you have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808.