Rolf WilkinsonÂ writes the tunes, by and large, sings them and plays guitar,Â Larry LeightÂ plays trombone and Safa Shokrai plays bass.
Nashville Music News glowingly reviewed their most recent album, using the phrase â€œexuberant melancholyâ€ and that pretty well describes the tone of it. Â They quote Rolf, who saysÂ â€œEvery song on the album has a bit of pathos and a bit of sunshine. Thereâ€™s no sadness without happiness, no comedy without tragedy. I like the complexity that results from conflicting emotion.â€ Â The songs, says NMN. evoke a Tin Pan Alley melange of New Orleans Jazz, Calypso, Swing, Mariachi, ragtime, early Country, and traditional Cuban Music.
Check the bandâ€™s website at this link, and listen in on a few cuts.
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
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