42nd Street Moon
This local theater company, say its founders, "is dedicated to digging up, dusting off, and re-presenting" lost or rarely-performed musicals. 42nd Street Moon -- a 1920s nickname for the bright lights of Broadway -- is now in its eighth year, and is one of only three theater companies in the U.S. (the others are in New York and L.A.) specializing in obscure vintage musical revivals, performed "book-in-hand." (415) 861-8972. All performances are at the Eureka Theater, 215 Jackson St., in downtown San Francisco.
For a breath of French air...accordionist Odile Lavault and her group perform the popular music of Paris, circa 1920 - 1940. Their valses musettes, tangos, pasodobles and "realistic" songs are often heard at the Baltic, Freight & Salvage and other venues. To be on their mailing list, write Baguette Quartette at P.O Box 7685, Berkeley, CA 94707
Black Tie Jazz Orchestra
Featuring vocalist Ann Gibson (Theresa LaQuey).
For information about upcoming engagements, call (650) 856-3104
Cats & Jammers
A vocal swing trio (profiled in The Sophisticate, Fall 1998)
For information about upcoming engagements call (510) 534-4683 http://tuxedorecords.com/CJ/index.html
The Hot Club of San Francisco
"Gypsy swing" in a Django Reinhardt vein. For more information call (415) 931-0909 http://www.hcsf.com/
Martini Brothers Band
The Martini Brothers Band has been getting phenomenal response
from Bay Area music and dance lovers who love their smooth 1930s,40s and 50s style of swing from the golden era of "Hollywood Night Life". A favorite of the San Francisco social scene for over ten years, the Martini Brothers Band is both sophisticated and upbeat.
Musical Theatre Lovers United
This group of enthusiasts has sing-along events with a pianist, almost every month, around the Bay Area. Handouts of sheet-music and lyrics from Broadway and Hollywood musicals are provided. Admission is $5 for MTLU members, $8 for non-members; and all attendees are asked to bring pot-luck food or beverages to share. Call the MTLU Hotline (415) 552-2222 http://www.mindspring.com/%7eshowtune/mtlu.htm
This jazz vocalist, influenced by Carmen McRae and Keely Smith, performs what she calls "Sweet 'n' Sour Swing" in local clubs. Call (415)460-6444 for more information. http://www.zeenaquinn.com/
Suzanne Ramsey (Kitten on the Keys)
A versatile and fun pianist with a diverse period repertoire; available for parties, receptions and weddings. Call 415 242-2482 for more information. http://www.suzanneramsey.net/
Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
The Bay area's premiere big band. Pick up a few of their many essential recordings at the (twice a year) Deco-to-'60s Show in June and December. For information about upcoming engagements, the RSJO Hot Line is (707) 765-0631 http://www.rsjo.com/
San Francisco Starlight Orchestra
This 15-piece orchestra (complete with a string section) presents dances at the Strawberry Recreation Center, Mill Valley, on the first Saturday of each month. For other SFSO engagements call (707) 973-6107 http://www.sanfranciscostarlightorchestra.com/
Sara & Swingtime
Pianist and vocalist Sara Klotz de Aguilar leads her 1930s dance band in all your favorite tunes.
Available for parties and events - call 510-541-1069 http://www.gigmasters.com/swing/SaraSwingtime/
Classic Swing of the '30s - '40s. For more information, call (415) 459-2428 http://www.swingfever.com/