The Creole Syncopators, one of the West Coast's leading (authentic) Traditional Jazz bands play hot jazz and blues from the 1920's. They include some of the spirited music from Chicago's South Side, as well as early New Orleans. They specialize in great (undeservedly) obscure tunes originally performed by artists such as Johnny Dobbs, Junie Cobb, Punch Miller, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and the State Street Ramblers.
Featured with the band is Valerie Johnson, one of today's great world-class blues and jazz singers. Ms Johnson, who also performs with Big Brother and the Holding Company and has been chosen to be the lead singer in the All Star California Sunshine Band, is undoubtably one of the most authentic and powerful blues singers on today's traditional jazz scene. When she performs with the Syncopators, the result is jazz that sounds as alive and fresh as it did during the Prohibition era.
The Creole Syncopators, who have 3 CD's to their credit, led by reedman Jeff Beaumont, hail from California's Central Coast. At the 2001 Morro Bay Jazz Festival they were voted "Best Jazz Band". In 1999 they toured Japan and garnered rave reviews. In addition to leader Jeff Beaumont, the band's personnel consists of Dave Caparone, trombone; Marc Caparone, cornet; Geoff Hyer, bass; Al Ingram, banjo; Bob Vincent, washboard; and, of course, the phenomenal Valerie Johnson, vocals.