Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys - AT CAPACITY
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
- *Please note that despite what Eventbrite says, you do not need to print out your ticket, just mention your last name when checking in.
5:15-6:30pm: Docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy available to answer questions about the historic site.
Vintage songstress Janet Klein is joined by guitarist John Reynolds, accordionist Josh Petrovich, and bassist Marquis Howell for an evening of 20s and 30s jazz classics.
Janet Klein is a musical archeologist hiding in the body of an F. Scott Fitzgerald heroine. Raised in San Bernardino, Klein's early musical education came from her father Stephen Klein, a teacher and avant-garde animator whose taste ran primarily to Frank Zappa and Classical. Even more importantly, Klein's grandparents regaled her with tales of New York in the 1930s (where her grandfather Marty Klein had worked as a stage magician), instilling in her a lifelong fascination with pre-World War II American popular culture.By the time Klein moved to Los Angeles to start college in the early '80s, this had translated into an interest in both early jazz recordings and the graphic designs styles of the era. Klein's straightforward vocal style places the lyrics foremost, so that the songwriters' clever construction and witty rhymes can be best appreciated. Indeed, her debut album Come Into My Parlor (1998), is almost a solo record, with Klein's vocals and ukulele unobtrusively supported by John Reynold's Django Reinhardt-style guitar. After that album was recorded, Klein started putting together the Parlor Boys, a loose-knit conglomeration that can include up to a dozen musicians or as few as three. "I'm on a mission for charm," Klein states unapologetically. She performs with the Parlor Boys in Los Angeles but also makes appearances in the San Francisco area (in 2007 opening for R. Crumb's Cheap Suit Serenaders), as well as touring Japan regularly since 2002. Janet & the Boys have given concerts in numerous American movie palaces and other historic venues such as the grand Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite and can be found jazzing it up at their regular monthly shows at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood.
John Reynolds picked up the banjo at the age of 11 and played it throughout high school in various dixieland and jug band groups. His focus shifted to the guitar after he heard Eddie Lang on the 1926 Jean Goldkette recording of "Sunday." His enthusiasm for the instrument reached new heights when he discovered the recordings of Django Reinhardt. He studied with George Smith (of the Paramount Studio Orchestra; Eddie Lang's sub when Bing Crosby needed an accompanist). Reynolds has played with Johnny Crawford’s 1920’s style orchestra, Dean Mora’s Modern Rythmists, Rhythm Club Allstars, and with his brother Ralf in the Rhythm Rascals. He hosts a monthly show at the Steve Allen Theater called the “Hollywood Hotshots” where he holds court with the jazzingest musicians in Los Angeles. He is the grandson of the early Hollywood star and character actress, ZaSu Pitts.
Marquis Howell is a newer addition to Janet's Parlor, playing upright bass. Born in Redlands, California in 1980, Marquis was raised to appreciate hand-me-downs, secondhand goods & older influences. He was drawn to the guitar in elementary school, started collecting records at the age of 15, and got his first job at an antique store with a section of records that set off the retro-active chain of events that would change his life. It started with Johnny Cash’s Live At Folsom Prison. From there to early country music to Emmett Miller and Cliff Edwards; then pre-war jazz flooded his ears and he was joyfully treading water. In 2002, Marquis' band Hobo Jazz was formed with no big bravado but a lot of eager charm. With an emphasis on early country, blues & jazz and originals in a decidedly vagabond vein, it led him to trade in his acoustic guitar for an upright bass in 2004 to fill the spot of an absentee hobo. He taught himself how to play by listening to early Willie Dixon records & studying the techniques of Pops Foster, Bill Johnson, and the tuba lines off many early jazz recordings. When the opportunity came to be a Parlor Boy, Marquis jumped at it & hasn't come down since joining in in April of 2008.
Joshua Kaufman (aka Petrojvic) found an accordion one day in the attic of his home in Nashville, TN and it has stuck with him ever since. As a teenager he played many a Jewish function with his synagogue youth klezmer band. He is cofounder of the Petrojvic Blasting Company brass band and a founding member of The California Feetwarmers jazz band. He alternately works as a stay at home dad and gigging musician. Currently he is lucky enough to be working for the upcoming cartoon series Over the Garden Wall as a composer. theblastingcompany.com
Stop by early to save your seat and check out the historic site! Docents available from 5:15pm.
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