.....................innovative jazz group.....................


NoCoasters is an innovative jazz group comprised of three core top-call musicians who all escaped their Midwestern (i.e. no coast) upbringing for a life in the San Francisco bay area: Lee Bloom (piano), Brandon Essex (bass) and Carrie Jahde (drums). They take on original compositions, jazz, Latin, New Orleans, pop and even country standards and reinvent them in ever changing ways. Their approach is highly improvisational, playful, and communicative.  At times they are joined by a horn player to form the NoCoasters Quartet.

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Lee Bloom (piano)
A San Francisco-based pianist, composer, arranger and producer, Lee has worked with a variety of creative artists in many genres including MADELEINE PEYROUX, PETE ESCOVEDO, HAL STEIN, MARY STALLINGS, JONATHAN PORETZ, TODD PHILLIPS, STEVE HECKMAN, JAMIE DAVIS, DAN HICKS, among others. As pianist, Lee contributed to the forthcoming tribute recording to bluegrass icon Hazel Dickens, accompanying vocalists ELVIS COSTELLO, ROSANNE CASH and MADELEINE PEYROUX.

Brandon Essex (bass)
Brandon Essex is a tour de force bassist in the San Francisco bay area music scene, performing constantly with musicians ranging in styles from jazz to pop to Latin to R&B. Also an expert piano builder/tuner, sound engineer, and composer, Brandon has truly earned his "MacGyver" status amongst the NoCoasters. Some of his current projects are THE DOPPLER TRIO, CHRIS O'CONNELL, and SUZANNA SMITH.

Carrie Jahde (drums)
Carrie Jahde is a San Francisco-based drummer and composer who has performed professionally across the East Coast, West Coast, Latin America and Europe. Her recording credits include twenty-eight albums spanning jazz, funk, Latin, R&B, and world music styles.  She is an honors graduate of Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and has won multiple national awards including the Eubie Blake Music Award and the John Kittredge Grant for Artists. Currently, Carrie plays for several Bay Area creative music projects including SHUGGA, PLANET LOOP, and the MAIKEL GARCIA GROUP.


NoCoasters have collectively performed at venues, festivals, and private events throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Clients include the San Francisco 49er's at Levi's Stadium, the Consulate-General of Mexico/SF, the Ciudad de las Ideas Festival in Puebla, Mexico, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California College of the Arts, Global Events Ltd, People in Plazas, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the MexIAm Festival.

Booking contact:
(719) 235-3679

NoCoasters pursued a recording experiment over several years to capture songs and open improvisations directly to analog tape machine in the funky music laboratory fondly known as the "Jet Cube." Songs from this album display the quirky and varied influences of the group in full force.
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Zoo's Blues
Last Date
Diamonds and Gold
Black Velvet
Big Chief


Click on the video below to view ďAn August Without The Sun.Ē Watch what happens when NoCoasters move a grand piano into the forest - itís our first collaboration with filmmaker Brian Sweet!

NoCoasters perform "Afternoon Song" below, joined by quartet member Lincoln Adler. This video was a special collaboration with Lincoln Adler recording and producing the video, and renowned animator Eli Noyes contributing video animation.

Quartet member Lincoln Adler joins NoCoasters again to perform his original composition "Under One Sun" below - he also recorded and produced the video!


Friday, March 24, 2018
    7-10 pm
    Cafe Claude
    San Francisco, CA

Friday, February 2, 2018
    7-10 pm
    Cafe Claude
    San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    5-7 pm
    Private Event
    San Francisco, CA

Thursday, January 4, 2018
    8-11 pm
    Cigar Bar
    San Francisco, CA

Saturday, December 2, 2017
12-4 pm
    California College of the Arts Winter Fair
    Oakland, CA

Friday-Sunday, November 17-19, 2017
La Ciudad de las Ideas Festival
    Puebla, Mexico

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
    8-11 pm
    Cigar Bar
    San Francisco, CA

Thursday, October 19, 2017
6-9 pm
    Pier 23
    San Francisco, CA

Thursday, September 14, 2017     7-10 pm     Pier 23     San Francisco, CA
Thursday, September 7, 2017     8-11 pm     Cigar Bar     San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
8-9:30 pm
    Impulse Room
    Walnut Creek, CA

Wednesday, September 20, 2017     8-9:30 pm     Impulse Room     Walnut Creek, CA