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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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