Keyboardist Jennifer Jolly and guitarist Steve Gibson lead The Jolly Gibsons on a journey of celebratory roots music. Along with drummer Mark Bernfield, bassist Dave Fischer, and special guest Jean Fineberg on sax and flute, Jennifer and Steve mix original compositions and unsung classics: twangy blues, calypso/soca, African, boogie-woogie, transcendent rock, jazzy funk, New Orleans second-line, and more.
Jennifer Jolly is renowned as a specialist in New Orleans R&B, blues, Americana, and world roots keyboard styles. She is a faculty member at The California Jazz Conservatory and at Cazadero Family Camp. She has performed or recorded with Phil Lesh, David Grisman, Barbara Dane, Hot Links, and many others. In addition to The Jolly Gibsons, Jennifer currently performs with Zulu Spear, Kotoja, Big B & His Snake Oil Saviors, Bait & Switch Blues Band, The Party Monsters, and guests frequently with Tom Rigney & Flambeau.
Steve Gibson is renowned for his masterful jazz, rock, and blues guitar chops. His festival credits include the High Sierra and San Jose Jazz Festivals. He co-founded Bandworks, the Bay Area's premier "school of rock." Steve has taught at and co-directed Cazadero Family Camp, directed and taught in London and Dublin (Ireland), and contributed to Guitar Player magazine. In addition to The Jolly Gibsons, Steve currently performs with the Funk Revival Orchestra, Michelle Jacques, Bait & Switch Blues Band, and others.
Mark Bernfield (drums) has played drums professionally in Bay Area jazz, funk, and rock ensembles for over twenty years. Mark teaches music and directs band programs at Oakland's Redwood Day School. Since 2001, Mark has been the music director of the community a cappella chorus East Bay Harmony. Dave Fischer (bass) performs regularly with gypsy jazz groups and singer-songwriter groups including Eclair de Lune, Douce Ambiance, and Greenwood News. Special guest Jean Fineberg (tenor sax, flute) is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and composer.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!