.....................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. For a listing of current performance dates, see our Facebook Page.

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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 an active member in the San Francisco bay area creative music scene, performing as a bassist in a range of styles from swinging jazz to rock n' roll to country to rhythm and blues. A Registered Piano Technician by day, musician by night, and dad all the time, Brandon has also spent time as a live sound technician, recording engineer, and microphone builder. Some of his other current projects and collaborations are ECHO SPECTRE, CHRIS O'CONNELL AND HER SMART ALECKS, THE COTTONTAILS, MR. LONESOME AND THE BLUEBELLES, and COSMO ALLEY CATS.

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. Carrie is an official Canopus Drums and Bosphorus Cymbals artist.


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: 
info (at) nocoasters (dot) com
(279) 346-5387

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Help us keep our video projects going!
Our newest video, "No Place But Home," was directed and produced by renowned animator Eli Noyes, with each NoCoasters member recording separate footage on a green cloth background to allow for the creative merging of shots.

Click on the video below to view ďAugust 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!


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.