Ragtime

Fog City Blues: Tumbledown House

Apr 18, 2017
Photo by Anthony Foiani

Bay Area songwriting deviants Tumbledown House have never been easy to describe: modern speakeasy, saloon jazz, parlor pop, and Tom Waits in a cocktail dress are just some of the terms used.

Fog City Blues: John Brothers Piano Company

Feb 8, 2017
Photo: Kala Minko

The innovative sounds of the John Brothers Piano Company are the colors of timeless energy – early jazz meets stride and swing, waltzed through a Barbary saloon, laid to rest on a bed of rambunctious roses.

John Brothers Piano Company live on Fog City Blues tonight

Oct 7, 2015

The unique, original music of Oakland's John Brothers Piano Company has been described as "a throwback sound that evokes the honky-tonk ghosts of Barbary Coast" (SF Chronicle). The explosive symphonic experience births from a simple combination of piano and clarinet reflective of Bebop jazz, contemporary pop, and Russian classical music, with an ever-present sentimentality for the roaring 20s. The band joins host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 10/07 at 9 pm.

Cheap Suit Serenaders this Saturday

Mar 6, 2013

The Cheap Suit Serenaders - on Folk Music & Beyond this Saturday at 3 pm, recorded live in Berkeley in January - entertain us with a collection of up-tempo Hawaiian stomps, ragtime, & Italian polkas as they recreate the music of the golden age of jazz.  

With Robert Armstrong, Allan Dodge, Rick Elmore, Tony Marcus, and Terry Zwigoff performing on ukeleles, Hawaiian steel guitars, fiddles, cellos, banjos, mandolins, accordions, and musical saws, the band brings alive some really great music.   

The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, built in 1910, is a rustic theater with 328 old-fashioned seats and high wooden beams. It’s not exactly the kind of place you’d expect to see a spirited performance from a troupe of teens, but that’s what happens there.