Little David Rose’s thumping stand-up bass, the double-shuffle drumming of Lee Beary, and the bounce piano of Scott Lawrence 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 Christopher Binnings’ soulful vocals have become a trademark of Stompy Jones.
Stompy Jones came into existence in May of 1998 at the Hi Ball Lounge in San Francisco with a swing jam session. After a month of Tuesdays, the band 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.
Stompy Jones recreates these historic sounds, as well as, combine these vintage elements with a contemporary sensibility.
This San Francisco sextet is renowned for their jumping rhythm, wailing improvisations, and relentless energy. They’ve been driving up the cultural temperature in California with their hip charm, retro style, and explosive stage show. These coast to coast journeymen of jump have been playing boogie-woogie, vintage jazz and blues to crowds of all-ages. From the Lincoln Center in NYC, the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens, Greece, the Santa Monica Pier, Eureka’s Concert on the Pier, to the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and holding down every Tuesday night at the Broadway Studios in San Francisco for the over 5 years.
With their vintage attire and romping small-band swing, these fellas have injected a healthy dose of Central Avenue inspired Rhythm & Blues into the current roots music scene.
Whether they’re appearing at a posh supper club, concert hall, or a little place just down the road apiece these fellas deliver high-fidelity, high flying, eight-to-the-bar romance with every performance. Stompy Jones delivers the romping, joyous style of jazz.