BBX Press Corner

Taste New Orleans: S.F.’s Finest Mardi Gras Grub

Originally published March 3rd, 2011 in City's Best San Francisco (AOL) by Jill K. Robinson Click for full text of article.

We may not have bands playing on every street corner or at every bar, as they do in New Orleans, but Cafe Van Kleef is the next best thing. Stop by for a stiff cocktail and performances that include soul, jazz, blues and R&B. Get in the Mardi Gras mood on the first Saturday of the month with Crescent City-style brass music by the Blue Bone Express. Continue reading

East Bay Express — Critic’s Choice

Originally published September 30th, 2009 in East Bay Express by Claudia Bauer Click for full text of article.

“Clad in kittenish heels, tiny two-pieces, and alluring accessories, [Hot Pink Feathers] shimmy through an exuberant original revue that mixes Brazilian samba, showgirl moves, cancan kicks, and lots of cheeky moves. On Saturday, Oct. 3, see them shake their tail feathers at Cafe Van Kleef during their monthly First Saturday showcase, accompanied by the New Orleans/barrelhouse-brothel party jazz of Oakland-based Blue Bone Express.” Continue reading

Second line rides again in Oakland – Blue Bone Express

Originally published April 21st, 2009 in by T. Richard Newcomb Click for full text of article.

New Orleans style jazz is often related with the great figures of jazz such as Louis Armstrong or more recently Harry Connick, Jr. However, Oakland-based bandleader jara Queeto and his Blue Bone Express band are reinterpreting the music of New … Continue reading

Brass N Burlesque: A heady blend of New Orleans jazz and showgirl shimmy

Originally published April 9th, 2009 in by Kristina Cañizares Click for full text of article.

“Their eclectic mix of original tunes and old favorites (I was grooving to Axel F and the funky music from the Star Wars bar scene) guaranteed that even the creakiest knees were flexing and bouncing on the narrow dance floor.” Continue reading

Blue Bone Express — The Early Years: 2004-2007

Originally published March 24th, 2009 in Underworld Rag by R. Lee Click for full text of article.

“This isn’t Be-bop or Swing or the New Thing. This is the Real Thing. This is living, breathing, spitting Jazz music. It’s not revival music. It’s not museum music. It’s music inspired by a tradition and informed by it’s own time.” Continue reading

SF Bay Area Rock — Blue Bone Express @ Cafe Van Kleef

Originally published February 9th, 2008 in SF Bay Area Rock by Stephanie Shira Click for full text of article.

” Remember the geeks in the marching band that we all used to tease so much? Well, watch out, because they’re back and somehow they’ve become talented and sexy party boys…

They are (dare I say) as entertaining as any rock show I’ve seen in the Bay Area … Overall, this show is a must see … even if you aren’t a big jazz fan.” Continue reading

San Francisco Chronicle — 96 Hours, Bandwidth

Originally published January 31st, 2008 in San Francisco Chronicle by Delfin Vigil Click for full text of article.

“The coolest jazz brass band in Northern California.” Continue reading

East Bay Express — Critic’s Choice

Originally published May 2nd, 2007 in East Bay Express by Larry Kelp, j. poet, Sam Prestianni, Kathleen Richards and Nate Seltenrich Click for full text of article.

“Oakland-based, New Orleans-style jazz and parade brass band Blue Bone Express and SF dance troupe Hot Pink Feathers will somehow cram themselves into Oakland’s Cafe Van Kleef.” Continue reading

Eros EZine

Originally published April 17th, 2007 in Eros EZine by Thomas S. Roche Click for full text of article.

“Blue Bone Express [is] an eccentric little combo mixing NOLA-style Dixieland with bop, blues and bachelor-pad improvisation…. One song and you’ll know these people love to play jazz as much as anyone’s ever loved anything..” Continue reading

LiveJournal – Musings, on Motion

Originally published February 21st, 2007 in LiveJournal – Musings, on Motion by l_stboy Click for full text of article.

“Even though it’s a bunch of white guys from California, they know what they’re doing, from the shuffling pace of their dirges to the joyous bang the tuba starts when he just can’t hold back any longer.” Continue reading

Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria, & the Indians

Originally published November 29th, 2005 in Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria, & the Indians by Zach from Chesapeake Click for full text of article.

“Once you hear [Blue Bone Express] you’ll only wanna hear them for the rest of your life, whenever you walk down the street you’ll wish they were at your side. They play your biography, they play everyone’s. No matter what mood you are in somehow they tell your story.” Continue reading

Originally published November 27th, 2005 in by sean Click for full text of article.

“Straight outta Oakland, Blue Bone Express — nothing but lively traditional Dixieland jazz here.”

Underworld Rag — A Traditional Jazz Record Diary

Originally published November 10th, 2005 in Underworld Rag by R. Lee Click for full text of article.

“If there’s any hope for the future of [traditional jazz] music it’s going to come from musicians like these. Players who are willing to do something more with the music than simply ape past masters. There’s nothing hackneyed or contrived in what these guys play. They sound utterly natural doing what they do.” Continue reading

San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade 2005

Originally published May 29th, 2005 in Carnaval SF Awards by Carnaval SF Judges Click for full text of article.

2nd Place, World Contemporary Music (with Hot Pink Feathers) Continue reading

7×7 Magazine — Seven Things to Know Right Now

Originally published May 1st, 2005 in 7x7 Magazine by Melissa Goldstein Click for full text of article.

“Oakland-based jazz band Blue Bone Express spices up the already caliente Carnaval SF” Continue reading