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No Name Bar, Sausalito Cruising Club, Taste Of Rome and a good party

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2011 by joetatesblog

The Taters returned to the No Name Bar with special guest, Yoshi Takahashi, who had just returned from Japan after surviving the earthquake disaster. He reluctantly told some stories of his experience there

Cole and joe Tate played the blues and sang a bunch of rock n’ roll songs while Takahashi wailed on his Fender Telecaster.  There was a definite edge to his playing and this may be the result of some mild PTSD. It may have been a little loud but everyone survived, just as he had.

Lonnie Walter, Yoshi Takahashi, Joe Tate and Cole Tate at the No Name bar

Lonnie walter was on the bongos, providing just the right amount of percussion for the No Name Bar. The No Name Bar has been open since 1958 and is a popular destination for tourists as well as locals, all mixing very nicely.

John "Coyote" Egan, a regular at Blue Monday

A couple nights later on May 23, there was a Blue Monday jam session at the Sausalito Cruising Club hosted by Joe Tate. The first set was, as usual, played by Joe Tate, Donny Kountz and Willie Riser.

There was some great talent on hand for the jam session that followed, with 18 participating musicians. Starting with Coyote and his students, the bar was immediately set high for those who followed.

Coyote’s students, Kyle Cromb and Travis Lee have become top notch guitarists and it’s always fun to watch them crowding their teacher.

Eugene Huggins also showed up and strutted out some astounding harp solos. Scott Sherman,who brought an amplifier/mic rig, kindly loaned his gear to Huggins for a short set ending with his rendition of Mojo.

Craig Caffal also played his very expert blue style, laying down some one of a kind solos.

Also sitting in were; on guitar: Rich Frost, Dave Rodrigues. Jesse Kincaid, and Gabe Navarre. On Drums: Gary Scheuenstuhl, Andy Mendell, and Jake Baker. Vocalists: Suzie Q, Angelea, Phyliss Kinimaka and Anthony Lincoln who also Played Saxophone. Gary Berger and jim Presta played piano. A guy who signed in as Neal helped out on bass.

Joe Tate and Jerome Phillips at the No Name Bar

The next Saturday, May 28, Joe Tate was back at the No Name bar with special guest Jerome Phillips.

His friends call him Jeromeo for some some unknown reason. His talents are unquestionable though. Playing left hand bass, he deftly lays down a solid accompaniment to every song.

Starting with a basic New Orleans sound, they kick into Blueberry Hill, Rockin’ Pneumonia and Goin’ Back To New orleans in quick succession.

With Lonnie Walter tapping out a rhythm on bongos, it’s hard not to stop watching the ball game and get into the music.

Joe Tate and Lonnie Walter play here every Saturday with various guest artists. The fun always starts at 6PM.

This same night is Boudeeka O’Connors last night with the New Rising Sons playing at the Taste Of Rome, just a couple blocks up the street.

Boudeeka O' Connor and the New Rising Sons at Taste Of Rome

It was pretty much of a love fest for Boudeeka’s friends who packed the place. They had so many requests for her ranging from Janis Joplin and Grace Slick to Aretha Franklin. There aren’t many singers who can cover all this territory, but O’Connor does it with ease.

Joe Tate and Boudeeka O'Connor at Taste Of Rome

She is engaged to be married and the happy couple is leaving the bay area for new prospects. Boudeeka will be missed by many here in Marin, where she has played every single venue over the years.

She was kind enough to invite her friends Joe Tate and David Kemp to the stage where, all together they performed Nasty Little Boy, one of Joe Tate’s own creations.  This is one house rocking song, the audience always joins in on the chorus. If you’ve never heard it, make it down to the No Name Bar any Saturday evening and just tell Joe you’d like to hear it.

The Next day there was a nice party at Cici Wilcoxen’s home in Forrestville, CA. She always invites about 50 musicians who all perform on a little stage in her beautiful garden.

Honey B And The Pollinators: L-R Robert Bailey, Maggie Catfish, CJ Harris, Jesse Bogs and Cici Wilcoxen

Not everyone performed, but most did in small prearranged groups culminating in Cici’s group “Honey B and The Pollinators.”

Cici has developed this band over many years, honing the sound into a concise swing machine with her on vocals and bass. Jesse Bogs, on guitar, is extremely smooth and dexterous, delivering clear melodic riffs that dance on the air.

Teresa Tudury

Sitting in today was Robert Bailey working a partial drum kit and also Maggie Catfish and CJ Harris both assisting on vocals.

Also performing was amazing singer songwriter, Teresa Tudury, who sang her wonderful and  satiric, Chinese Underwear. 

Afterwards everyone retired to the house where sing along songs were performed until sleep overtook the proceedings.

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The Ukulele Friends Ohana at Area 51 41511

Posted in Bay Area Music, Night Beat, Sausalito After Dark, ukulele music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2011 by joetatesblog

The UFOs meet every Friday at a secret location usually referred to as Area 51. It is, of course, a private party and privacy must be respected. However, Night Beat has obtained permission to tell about the kanikapila, which is a music party involving ukulele playing and singing with emphasis on Hawaiian music. It’s also a pot luck dinner which is taken after about a dozen songs have been played.

There’s usually about 20 singer players participating and it makes a wondrous sound with all the voices. There are also several skilled hula dancers who jump right in whenever the right songs are played.

Squadron 1: Kimo B., Rick Creelman, SQL Del Medina, Susan Rogan and Sandy Bailey

Squadron Leader (SQL) Del Medina refers to each player as a pilot and the group frequently undertakes away missions for various other parties and club appearances.

Tonight the first set features many of the traditional Hawaiian songs plus a few of what is called hapa haole songs. These are songs which may be of or about Hawaii, but don’t spring directly from Hawaiian tradition.

Bu, Val and Amy harmonize

Anyway, SQL Medina calls out the songs which the pilots find in their flight manuals which have the chords and words for about 200 songs.

First off is Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight which recounts the last hours the fearless lady on her tragic flight. Then some Elvis tunes like Blue Hawaii and Can’t Help Falling In Love. Just to make sure, Blue Hawaiian Moonlight finishes the King’s set.

Several hulas are then played including Hanalei Moon and Koke’e written by Bob Nelson and Dennis Kamakahi respectively. There are also a bunch of Hawaiian songs with moving rhythms. In A Canoe and Manuela Boy come to mind. Theres also My Little Grass Shack, which never fails to generate excietment.

Pilots Chris Burns, Maggie Catfish and Tom Barr

After dinner volunteer pilots take the stage in groups of one to four and give their renditions of special songs they have prepared for the night. These usually follow a theme.

The theme tonight was songs about mothers and this created some humorous offerings as well as poignant ballads and even a couple hymns. For instance Little Egypt was humorous and Farther Along was poignant.

There were many more songs culminating in Ahi Wela/Lover Of Mine/Aloha ‘Oe, a beautiful mashup of Hawaiian treasures. Alohas were exchanged and everyone left. They would all meet again the next day at the Sleeping Lady Cafe where they play every Saturday at 2PM.

From the UFO archives: hula fun

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The Medicine Ball Band at the Sausalito Seahorse 3/24/2011

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2011 by joetatesblog

The Medicine Ball Band must be one of the best-kept secrets in the Bay Area music scene. Their excellent music far exceeds the notoriety they have been accorded.

Led by guitarist David Sturdevant, who moved here from upstate New York 38 years ago, MBB delivers a versatile repertoire with everything from swing standards to R&B with a distinct New Orleans flavor. If you ask, they will even play Dixieland.

The Medicine Ball Band L-R John Stafford, Ylonda Nickell, Joe Kennedy, John Hunt, Bob Scott and David Sturdevent

Founded in 1971 by Sturdevant, the group started by playing in the street for tips at Union Square in San Francisco. Along with Sturdevant was a pair of banjos played by Dave Marty and Abe Van Der Meulen. The late Amanda Hughes started singing with them later as they moved on to clubs. Their first bass player was Randy Jackson, the world famous producer and arranger who is now a judge on American Idol. Herb Caen used to sit in with them on drums.

John Hunt delivers "Blue Skies"

Tonight the band is a very tight ensemble with Joe Kennedy on keyboards, Bob Scott on drums, John Hunt on trombone, Ylonda Nickell on alto saxophone and John Stafford doubling on clarinet and tenor saxophone. David Sturdevant covers guitar, vocals and doubles on chromatic and blues harmonica. Three of these members are pals from the early days of MBB; David Sturdevent, John Hunt and John Stafford.

Starting with John Hunt’s rendition of Blue Skies, David Sturdevent then sings Nobody Loves You. John Stafford sings Jump Jive and wails on clarinet. Then there was other stuff like Bye Bye Blackbird and Stomping at The Savoy. Ann Hunt also assists on vocals.Her rendition of Orange Colored Sky was especially nice. She also sang a beautiful duet with her husband John on Baby It’s Cold Outside. Bob Scott also did some vocals including Gershwin’s Lady Be Good and Jesse Fuller’s San Francisco Bay Blues.

Ann Hunt assisting on vocals

The drummer, Bob Scott, played for many years on the road with Ray Charles as well as Willie Nelson. More recently he has appeared with Dan Hicks. Bob Scott is substituting for the regular drummer, Larry Vann, who, for some reason, couldn’t make it tonight.

Joining in the fun

The second set started with Careless Love followed by Sturdevant singing It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) with a brilliant solo by John Stafford. Nickell played an instrumental version of Misty in true lounge lizard style. Hunt adds a trombone solo at the bridge and Sturdevant does a chorus on the chromatic harmonica. Very good listening, indeed. Nickell leaves the stage and wanders through the audience playing her sax for a little extra amusement.

There were many more fine vintage songs and the night ended on Duke Ellington’s Don’t Get Around Much Anymore. This was sung by John Hunt but it was an instrumental tour de force, with all the horns wailing New Orleans style. What’s not to like?

There is also very fine food at the Seahorse featuring all the favorite Italian dishes. There’s a full bar and a large dance floor.

The Medicine Ball Band regularly appears at the Sausalito Cruising Club, Taste Of Rome, Cafe Trieste, No Name Bar and many other popular Bay Area venues.

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Saturday Evening At The No Name Bar

Posted in Bay Area Music, Night Beat, Sausalito After Dark, Sausalito night life, ukulele music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by joetatesblog

This Saturday we welcomed Jerome Phillips to the No Name bar for the first time. Jerome is a first class pianist who can play bass with his left hand while doing all the other stuff like melody and vocals. With Joe Tate on guitar, the sounds of New Orleans rang out like the French Quarter for the first set. Lot’s of blues and rock followed and Jerome sang some nice country stuff.

It was one of the coldest nights this year and the Irish Coffees were moving. Joe’s usual friends were there along with some new people who showed up to see Jerome. Also in attendance were numerous unsuspecting passers-by who stopped in for the warmth and grog.

Unfortunately, Lonnie Walter of the bongos, didn’t show. He has been pretty down since Johnny Nitro died and we can only hope that he can get over the hump soon. We missed his wonderful rhythms though. But we made do with what we had. Fortunately, our audience didn’t care and we sailed through it all with jovial ease.

The missing Lonnie Walter, Joe Tate and Jerome Phillips

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Wendy DeWitt and Joe Tate at the No Name Bar

Posted in Bay Area Music, Night Beat, Sausalito After Dark, Sausalito night life, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2011 by joetatesblog

Wendy DeWitt has an unbelievable left hand for the piano. While the left is playing a driving bass line, the right is drawing out a melody. All the while, the voice is singing and sometimes shouting. With Joe Tate laying down some guitar riffs, Lonnie Walter mends it all together with a rhythmic tattoo. Also sitting in was Kurt Harwood who brought his congo drums. These added a nice bass spectrum to the percussion. He also doubled on tamborine and some other small gadgets.

Wendy and Joe took turns on vocals every two songs. Starting off with some New Orleans sounds, the genre drifts to rock, country and a little Hawaiian. Joe sang “Over The Rainbow” while Wendy peeked over his shoulder at the chart. For this, Betty the bartender came out and stuffed money in the tip jar. Others followed her, though it’s not clear why except it’s clear people love this song.

It was a cold and rainy night and the tourists came in shivering. Quite a few Irish Coffees disappeared and there was quite a bit of merriment. There may have been some intoxication too. In spite of this the mood was upbeat with plenty of laughter.

DeWitt’s playing was spectacular as usual. Lonnie Walter played a few bongo solos that were extraordinary. Tate held the middle together as well as possible between the staccato drums and the piano orchestrations.

The evening ended with Joe’s rendition of Minnie The Moocher to which the audience sang along.

Myron Mu was there to pick up Lonnie and he told us that Johnny Nitro had died about an hour earlier. Lonnie, who was really upset, told us we would have to find someone else for March 19 when Nitro was schedule to play at the No Name bar.

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You can also download a PDF of “Last Voyage Of The Redlegs” from this site.

Blue Monday at the Sausalito Cruising Club

Posted in Bay Area Music, Night Beat, Sausalito After Dark, Sausalito night life, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2011 by joetatesblog

NIGHT BEAT on Rhythm Street

With Joe Tate on guitar, Willie Riser on Bass and Donny Kountz on drums, the Monday night jam session kicked of with Joe’s rendition of Blue Monday.

After delivering a one hour set, Joe Tate, who hosts the session, began calling up the various musicians who had come to play. First up was Craig Caffall and a couple of his friends who burned through a few standard blues numbers. They were then joined by Ken Markowitz who delivered up Stormy Monday along with some others in that bag.

Wendy Fitz came with her bassist Tim and performed some very fine old favorite tunes which got the people up off  their seats.

Jessie Kincaid followed with a fetching rap number that filled the dance floor. This was followed by Gabe Navarre and his smokin hot rock n roll.

A very nice trio of singers consisting of David Kemp, Susan Hoffer and Gloria Lopez did some very nice Fleetwood Mac songs followed by Susan Scott singing Fever. Joe Tate finished the night out with some old gospel songs with the trio backing him up.

It was a delightful evening filled with friendship, music and good vibes.