The Yerba Buena Stompers will appear in concert at McMillan Memorial Library at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. The Stompers, who are based in San Francisco, are one of the top traditional Jazz bands in the country. They will be joined by vocalist Ida Blue. The concert is provided by George Mead. Admission is free and there are no tickets, but seating in the theater is limited.
When they formed the Yerba Buena Stompers, John Gill and Leon Oakley, both veterans of the Turk Murphy Jazz Band, selected musicians suitably skilled to achieve their goal of creating the best band possible to perpetuate the rousing West Coast style of jazz. The band recreates the twin brass tones of Lu Watters and Bob Scobey from the 1940s. The four-man front line, backed by a superb rhythm section, provides a youthful zeal to the ensemble with passionate precision. The Stompers play with a vibrancy and energy that breathes new life into old favorites. They will be following up their show at McMillan by headlining the Capital City Jazz Fest in Madison.
Ida Blue is an outstanding young artist, founder of her own band and a practitioner of New York style Bodega Blues. Ida can make a sweet song sassy, a bitter song raucous, and a love song raunchy. Part Bessie Smith, part Amy Winehouse, she compliments the Stompers’ lively music.