.....................innovative jazz trio.....................

Nocoasters is an innovative jazz trio comprised of three 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 an in-demand freelance drummer and composer who has performed professionally across the East Coast, West Coast, Latin America and Europe.  Her recording credits include twenty-four 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 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 “An August Without The Sun.”  Watch what happens when Nocoasters bring a grand piano into the forest - it’s our first collaboration with filmmaker Brian Sweet!


Nocoasters is available for public performances, private functions, weddings, clinics and studio sessions around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

(719) 235-3679


Thursday, December 1, 2016
7-10 pm
    Pier 23
    San Francisco, CA

Sunday, November 6, 2016
8-10:30 pm
    Rose Pistola
    San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
8-11 pm
    Cigar Bar
    San Francisco, CA

Sunday, September 11, 2016
7-10 pm
    Private Function
    San Francisco, CA

Thursday, August 18, 2016
7-10 pm
    Pier 23
    San Francisco, CA

Monday, July 18
6-9:30 pm
    Mex I Am Festival (private function)
    San Francisco, CA

Friday, July 15, 2016
Noon-1 pm
    People in Plazas (425 Market St)
    San Francisco, CA

Friday, June 17, 2016
6-9 pm
    Private Function
    San Francisco, CA