Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band

Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band was founded in 1990 and began playing at Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park in October 1990. Although continuing to play there as the Café Borrone All-Stars, the New Orleans Jazz Band became inactive in 2000. In 2006 the band regrouped due to many requests from the Bay Area swing dance community. Since then the band has been very active playing swing venues around the San Francisco Bay Area and northern California. 

Highlights of Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band’s career include appearing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1992 and performing by special invitation from legendary trombonist Frank Demond to play at his home alongside Willie and Percy Humphrey. In 1999 Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band performed at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival, one of the few traditional jazz bands ever to perform at this world-renowned festival, joining the ranks of Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden. 

The band has toured and played festivals in the US and Canada extensively and was voted one of the top five Favorite New (Emerging) Jazz Bands in the 1998 Mississippi Rag Trad Jazz and Ragtime Poll. (In the same poll Clint was voted one of the top three Favorite New (Emerging) Musicians.) In Recent times the Band has been featured with great success at the Redwood Coast Music Festival in Eureka.

For the 2020 Monterey Bash By The Bay, The band will celebrate generations in jazz. We feature some excellent young musicians including Riley Baker who is 19 and already sought after as drummer and trombonist. Ryan Calloway, a young clarinetist and artist, is dedicated to the New Orleans Creole tradition and in great demand in the mid west and west coast. Jess King, a rising star on the west coast, is a soulful singer of both blues and popular song; she is not to be missed!

Along with these great young players we have some dedicated veteran musicians, all familiar for their excellence. Hal Smith on drums, ‘The California Sunshine Girl’ Katie Cavera on Bass and vocals, Bill Reinhart on banjo and guitar, and Carl Sonny Leyland and Jeff Hamilton sharing the piano chair.

Clint Baker has been well known for his strong trumpet lead and swinging bands. Come and hear musicians from 19 to 65 all unified in one goal, to play the hard driving New Orleans Jazz.