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Saturday, December 28, 2013
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12:00am [12:00am] THE KEITH CROSSAN BAND (cont.)
"Horn Driven Blues"

Keith Crossan-sax (Tommy Castro Band)
Ronnie Smith-drums/ vocals (Tommy Castro Band)
Myron Dove-bass (Santana)
Tony Stead-keyboards (Tommy Castro Band)
Rich Healy-guitar (Delta Wires)
Jeff Lewis-trumpet (The Jacksons, Malo)
In his illustrious career, Keith Crossan has played and/ or toured with Lenny Williams, Tommy Johnston, Mary Wells, Sam Moore, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, Ben E. King, Percy Sledge, Leslie Gore, the Dixie Cups, Del Shannon, Frankie Valli and Steve Douglas.
He was a member of the house band at The Sweetwater for three years, backing up guests like Clarence Clemens, Doc Kupka, Elvis Costello, Huey Lewis and John Lee Hooker.
Subsequently, Keith joined The Marty Balin Band and recorded an album with Paul Kantner and Jack Cassidy.  He then moved on to the house band at Slim’s, backing up Albert Collins, James Cotton, Big Jay McNeeley, Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis, Joe Louis Walker, Elvin Bishop, and once again, John Lee Hooker.
His next move was to join Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen for three years.  After that, Keith joined The Tommy Castro Band, whom he’s been with for 17 years.

Doors open 7:30

11:00pm [11:00pm] THE KING COSBY GROUP

Special guest vocalist - Jack Pollard
Brett Cosby - drums
Doug McKeehan - keyboards
Pete Cornell - sax
John Christensen - trumpet
Karl Hartman - bass

Brett “King” Cosby has performed  in the roles of a  drummer/sideman and band  leader in the Bay Area since 1978 with some  of the most influential musicians of Northern California, covering nearly every style of  music and every type of venue. He has performed with members of Santana, Tower of  Power and the legendary Pharoah Sanders.  

 Jack Pollard is an accomplished vocal  stylist with 40 years of performance experience. Jack performed with a vocal quintet  that opened for The Whispers, and shared the  bill with The Temptations.  He specializes in  Jazz, Blues, and R&B and interweaves the  styles to create a performance that appeals to  a wide audience. His exceptional vocal talent,   versatility and on-stage charisma have endeared him to many fans.  Delight in the  sweet influences of Lou Rawls, Johnny Hartman and Nat King Cole.  

Doug McKeehan, trained in classical piano, has been playing jazz in the Bay area for the  past 20 years at such venues as the Great American Music Hall, Yoshi’s, and Herbst Theater, as well as steady engagements at San Francisco’s Fairmont, Park 55, and the Convention  Center Marriott hotels.

Karl Hartman, an electric and double bassist  has had the good fortune to  perform and record with many of the Bay Area’s finest as well as some of the most important names in modern jazz. He’s performed all over the Bay Area in restaurants and clubs  including Yoshi’s in Oakland and the San Jose Jazz Festival. He’s also played in New Orleans and at the Umbria and Montreux Jazz festivals and has toured China, Switzerland and  Italy.  

 John Christensen, professional trumpeter and music educator for  32 years, currently resides in Martinez, California. John has performed in opening act  shows for Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Ray Charles, Joe Williams, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson and Earl Kluh to name a select few. He has also performed with Joe Henderson, Joel Dorham’s Latin Jazz Octet, Pete & Sheila Escovedo, The Coasters, The Drifters, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Jackie Payne, GTS, Napata & the Kisses, Jimmy James, Maria Alcina, Lefty Perez, Batucaje, Esencia, Orquesta Positiva, The Diablo Valley Symphony, and The Contra Costa Symphony.

Pete Cornell is one of the most versatile hornmen in Northern California.  Playing all the saxes, flute and clarinet, he has performed with Glen Campbell, Ben Vereen,  and Helen Reddy. He has performed at the Monterey, San Francisco, and San Jose Jazz Festivals several times.

Doors open 7:30