· Bryan Gould ~ Trombone ~ Vocals ~ Bandleader
Bryan Gould is a San Francisco native and the founder of Swing Fever.
Bryan has spent the last 30 years developing and maintaining the unique musical
style that is Swing Fever and endeavoring to provide a living for its
players. Bryan’s passion for Swing-era music and jazz has kept his intense
focus over the years. His love and knowledge of the music is evident from his
on-stage anecdotes and jazz history catechisms, and his vocals have added to the
band’s popularity. For the past 18 years Swing Fever has played
every Tuesday night at the beloved Panama Hotel in Marin County, where the band
continues to test and expand its repertoire, which at last count was exceeding
1700 songs. Swing Fever keeps a touring schedule averaging about 30 concerts
a year, having played more than 400 concerts during the band’s lifetime.
Bryan has produced all
the Swing Fever CDs, and keeps a Bay Area office for the band, run by
the band’s Manager of Operation, Paula Helene.
· Steve Campos ~ Trumpet, played with Stan Kenton for
three years and has had numerous engagements with Woody Herman, Joe Henderson,
Benny Carter, Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme and Dr. John. Except for
touring, he has spent nearly all his playing years in the Bay Area.
· Ruth Davies ~ Bass
Ruth Davies has a Bay Area career spanning more than 30 years and with Swing Fever
since 1997. Starting life with a music teacher Mom, inspiring her to earn a BA
in music, she continues the teaching tradition by bringing music to public schools
and is on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Ruth has performed, toured
and recorded with jazz and blues greats, that include Charles Brown, Clark Terry,
Bonnie Raitt, Dmitri Metheny, Jay McShann, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Terry
Gibbs, Etta Jones, Jackie Ryan, Toots Thielmans, Ernie Watts, Buddy DeFranco,
to name a few. She performed at Bill Clinton’s Inaugural, and has done concerts,
TV and many major Jazz Festivals around the world. Ruth was spotlighted at a successful
“Ruth Davies Blues Night” at the Stanford Jazz Festival. The S.F.
Symphony’s “Adventures in Music” program and the “Just
Say Jazz” project exhibit her commitment to delivering music education to
· Noel Jewkes ~ Saxophone/clarinet Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz music.
Noel has recorded with John Hendricks, Wesla Whitfield, Mary Stallings, Paula West, Mike Greensill, Lavay Smith, Bobbe Norris, Larry Dunlap, Larry Vuckovich, Pat Yankee and Jerry Hahn, and so many more, as well as his own ensembles.
"I don't know a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere" ~~ Phil Elwood, Jazz critic San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner
· Tony Johnson ~ Drums, is a native Australian who came
to San Francisco in 1960. He recorded and performed with Pony Poindexter and Bev
Kelly for Riverside Records, played The Hungry Eye with Bobby Short, and various
other artists. He played on the Ed Sullivan Show with the Vagabonds (of which
he was musical director) and with Sammy Davis Jr. Tony has toured with Earl "Fatha"
Hines, worked with Peggy Lee at the Venetian Room in the Fairmont Hotel and was
a member of the House band at the Hyatt Regency Jazz Concerts for 5 1/2 years.
He toured and recorded with the Claude Williamson Trio and was part of Mike Vax's
Great American Jazz Band for 6 years.
· Ray Loeckle ~ Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, and Flute
Originally from Kansas, Ray played at North Texas State before coming to San Francisco
in 1972. Since then he has played with Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis,
Frank Sinatra, George Burns, Bob Hope, Gladys Knight, Charles Brown, Brian Setzer.
He toured with Mel Torme and for 12 years with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine.
Ray has been featured in numerous Pops Concerts for the San Francisco Symphony.
He has toured and recorded with Buddy DeFranco and Swing Fever, and has
been featured saxophonist on numerous Swing Fever concert dates over
the past dozen plus years, along with writing many of the band’s current
· Ron Marabuto ~ Drums
Ron Marabuto is a native of the East Bay and son of the famous and beloved pianist
John Marabuto. Ron played in New York City from 1977-86 with Pepper Adams, Roland
Hanna, Tommy Flanagan and many others. Since returning home he has performed with
many local favorites, including Buddy Montgomery, Mark Levine, Steve Lucky, Dave
Mathews and Bruce Forman. He has led several of his own bands, including XnY.
Ron has played with Swing Fever over the past 12 years.
· Jeff Massanari ~ Guitar
A native of Goshen, Indiana, in the Amish countryside, Jeff attended
the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Since moving to the Bay Area, Jeff has
performed with Paula West, Brenda Boykin, Denise Perrier, Kenny Washington, Charles
McNeil, Vince Lateano, Jeff Chambers and many others. His skills have been called
for at Yoshi’s International Jazz House, Davies Symphony Hall, San Jose
Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, North Beach Jazz Festival. Internationally
Jeff has performed in Japan, Sweden, Finland, Guam and Italy at the Umbria Jazz
Festival. Jeff’s original compositions have been featured on network television,
notably with the “Save the Oceans” program sponsored by environmentally
conscious Patagonia. His first four CDs received excellent reviews in Guitar Player
and Cadence Magazines. Jeff has been a member of Swing Fever since 2004.
Jim Rothermel ~ Saxophone ~ clarinet ~ flute ~ recorder ~ harmonica, was an active part of the San Francisco music scene since 1978. He is was an accomplished and talented musician and has toured and performed extensively with numerous major artists in the United States, Europe, Japan and Canada. He is was a seasoned studio-recording artist with featured performances on more than 100 recordings. San Francisco Examiner critic Phil Elwood calls Jim "the Bay Area's most versatile and brilliant woodwind performer - among the best instrumentalists in the country, and in the studios." Jim died of Leukemia in 2011, he is, and will be missed.
"If you've ever been in love, if you've
ever had the blues, Denise Perrier will speak to your heart. She will enrich your
soul time and time again."
… Hugh Martin, Composer of “The Trolley Song,” “The Boy
Next Door” and other hits of the Great American Songbook.
Denise Perrier, a native of Louisiana, has been singing in
the San Francisco area for more than 30 years. She has appeared on stage as the
legendary Bessie Smith, has sung tributes to Dinah Washington and Duke Ellington.
Her many tours have taken her to Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines. Her recent
tour schedule has taken her to Russia for more than 15 tours in four years.
Swing Fever and Denise Perrier have
performed since 1994, at countless private events, and more than 100 concert performances
throughout the West including two tours in Alaska, and the notable 1999 tour with
clarinetist Buddy DeFranco.
Here is what Philip Elwood, the late music critic for the San Francisco Examiner
and Chronicle had to say:
"Perrier's work is big, rich, melodic and hits home with a remarkable
punch. She has the swirling, dancing, integrating intimacy usually associated
with Continental vocalists…Wherever she sings, somehow she makes it her
turf -- the sign of something special, a real pro. Perrier has the guts of a blues-jazz
singer and tile gloss of a cabaret-saloon singer. She'll tackle tough stuff and
make it her own, mixing Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Stephen Sondheim and Duke Ellington
songs into a set effortlessly. She sings with a soft intimacy in cabarets but
can belt out a Bessie Smith blues lyric, in a stage show; Perrier's blues become
ballads, the ballads become blues."
Ms. Perrier's critically acclaimed theater production of "Unforgettable,"
a tribute to Dinah Washington, and musical tributes to Duke Ellington and George
Gershwin have received enthusiastic responses from listeners everywhere from San
Francisco to Washington, D.C. She performed in the extended San Francisco production
of the black vaudevillian musical "One Mo' Time!," at the Mabel Mercer
Cabaret Convention at Town Hall in New York City and San Francisco, and with the
Smithsonian Duke Ellington Tribute and Exhibition.
”Artistic integrity is behind the sincerity you hear in Denise's singing.
Denise wants you to feel the emotions a song can arouse. She opens herself to
her audiences and invites them to participate in the ambience she's creating.
The lady is a class act.”
… Nina J. Hodgson and Robert Tate, Jazz Now
Jackie Ryan, is "one of the essential female vocalists on the scene today!
Her voice is a priceless sonic masterpiece, and her capacity to use it across
five octaves and an equal number of languages is, simply put, stunning." - JAZZ
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Jackie Ryan has been singing professionally
since the age of fifteen. She has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia,
Japan, Hawaii, Italy and most recently Spain and England. She has sung with both
Eddie Jefferson and Jon Hendricks. Jackie maintains a regular presence in San
Francisco nightlife, appearing nowadays at the Ritz Carlton. She has performed
for five years with Swing Fever, including the 1999 Monterey Jazz Festival
date with Clark Terry and Swing Fever's tour with clarinetist Buddy DeFranco.
Along with trumpeter Clark Terry, she is featured on Swing Fever's CD,
"A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird." She will still occasionally join them for
Dean Reilly On August 8 and 22, of 2006, Swing Fever celebrated
the talented and beloved bassist Dean Reilly, the Dean of Bay Area
bass players, in two special performances, Tuesdays August 8 and August 22, at
the Panama Hotel in San Rafael. These performances will featured Dean on the bass
and his renowned pocket trumpet, accompanied by Swing Fever, the band
in which Dean has played since 1983.
Thirty-eight musicians and 100 other well wishers attended the two evenings.
Dean never plays a note that doesnt mean something, said drummer
Pete Magadini recently.
Deans extraordinary knowledge and musicianship has made him one of the
busiest musicians in jazz. Dean is a musical sage, possessing an uncanny recall
of the Great American Songbook, which he exhibits on a daily basis.
His career, which began in 1945, has included notable associations with the
Kingston Trio, Eddie Duran, Vince Guaraldi, Cal Tjader, Earl Fatha
Hines and Wesla Whitfield. Reilly also performed with an illustrious list of musical
greats including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, Thelonious
MonK, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Rosemary Clooney. He recorded 12 albums
with the Kingston Trio (nearly his only foray outside jazz) and nearly 30 albums
altogether. Deans first Swing Fever CD included saxophonist Noel
Jewkes and vocalist Mary Stallings; the second featured Clark Terry and Pee Wee
Claybrook (both are still available through Swing Fever.
Dean Reilly can be heard most Tuesdays with Swing Fever at the Panama
Hotel in San Rafael, California. At 17 years, (in 2006), this is one of the most
venerable jazz gigs in the Bay Area. Each Tuesday is devoted to a different composer
or jazz artist.
What follows is an abbreviated list of the artists Dean Reilly
has performed or recorded with:
Earl Fatha Hines
Philly Joe Jones
Eddie Lockjaw Davis
Terry Gibbs, vibraphonist, began his career at the age of 12 after winning
The Major Bowes Amateur Hour Contest. After World War II, Gibbs toured with Chubby
Jackson, Buddy Rich and Woody Herman. He co-led a sextet with Louie Bellson and
Charlie Shavers. In 1950, he formed his own band for Mel Torme's TV show. In 1951
he joined the Benny Goodman Sextet. Subsequently, he toured with his own band
where he won acclaim as "#1 Vibraphonist in the World," in both the Downbeat and
Metronome polls from 1950 to 1955. Settling in Los Angeles in 1957, he formed
his big band known as "The Dream Band." Comprised of Mel Lewis, Joe Maini, Frank
Rosoline, Conto Candoli and Richie Kamuca, they were named the "Best Band in the
World" in the Downbeat '62 Critic's Poll. In the 60s, Gibbs was Musical Director
for the Regis Philbin Show and for Steve Allen. Gibbs also taught Steve Allen
to play the vibes.
Terry Gibbs has enjoyed world acclaim playing with greats such as clarinetist
Buddy DeFranco and was nominated in four categories of the Playboy Jazz Poll:
Best Vibraphonist, Best Quartet, Best Big Band and Best Band Leader. His association
with DeFranco has spanned the decades (since 1986) and is still an invigorating
collaboration today. Other musician Gibbs has played with are Charlie Parker,
Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Max Roach, Art Blakely, Elvin Jones and Tito Puente.
With 65 albums to his credit, winner of 3 major jazz polls and creator of 300+
compositions (recorded by Gibbs, Nat Cole, Les Brown, Cannonball Adderly, Count
Basie, George Shearing, etc.), Gibbs has left an indelible mark in the world of
vibes. On September 14, 1997, the LA Jazz Society, in conjunction with the Mayor
of Los Angeles and the City Council, set aside "Terry Gibbs Day" in honor of his
vast contributions to the community and the music industry.