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Imagine stepping back in time to the 1920's when ragtime-based traditional jazz was the thing, fresh and original, rollicking, funny, tragic and, in essence, a party waiting to happen, and you got Hobo Paradise, a super band of the Bay Area's finest horn players and rhythm section.
The band consists of:
JL Stiles on guitar and vocals. Stiles fingerpicks the ragtime style like he was born of the era and croons it with authority. His guitar takes the role of piano with his unique thumb rolling stride style few can duplicate. Stiles just opened for BB King on Halloween 2010 and also for Keb' Mo a month prior.
Doug Ellington (the Great Duke Ellington's great nephew) on trumpet. There is something to genetics as Doug is very much his own man on the trumpet and plays with a controlled reckless abandon that paints a perma-smile on all within earshot.
Mike Rinta on trombone. Not only is Mike the Bay Area's top arranger, Mike can play the trombone with more range and fluidity than most trumpeters and he brings a New Orleans feel that is a great foil for the swanky Ellington sound.
Ben Doitel on clarinet/sax. Ben plays the straight guy in this band of maniacs but make no mistake, Ben is a monster.
Ben Bernstein is the Bay Area's most celebrated string bass player and his numerous tenures included a few years with New Monsoon. Bernstein's playful nature shines in this outfit with surprising bass lines that stop the crowd.
Zachary Morris plays with a loose funky feel that has all the tone of the great drummers on those old recordings we love so dearly. Fun and unpredictable yet solid and steady as they come, Morris is the fuel who lights your feet on fire.