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The Bay Area-based early jazz group John Brothers Piano Co. perform “Marionnettiste/Crab Fight” from their 2017 album “Fastball!” during their concert on November 11, 2022, as part of the 2022-23 Season, broadcast on Fridays Live.
About the concert:
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 incongruous as possible, with the pair dragging their Wurlitzer spinet around to busk on street corners around San Francisco and the East Bay. The John Brothers Piano Company have built a devoted fan base 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. They’ve graduated from performing on the street to headlining many Bay Area venues The Chapel, Great American Music Hall, Bimbo’s 365 and performing at a multitude of festivals and events SFJAZZ, Stern Grove Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Oakland Art + Soul, Outside Lands and more. In addition to headlining their own shows they’ve performed alongside phenomenal artists like Karen O, Booker T, Joan Osborne, Sugar Pie Desanto, to name a few. Asked to describe their sound and approach by The Bay Bridged, the band responded, “This group is a punk band with jazz instruments and classical inclinations.”
John Thatcher Boomer: piano, clarinet
Arlo Perlstein: piano, trumpet
Dustin Smurthwaite: trombone
Tyler Miller: bass
Jimi Marks: drums
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