In January 1975, a local nightclub owner heard Robbie at an after-hours jam session, and hired him to lead a jazz band to entertain the customers. Robbie called five friends from the South Bay Traditional Jazz Society and organized the original Magnolia Jazz Band. The job lasted six weeks, every Friday and Saturday. Through the mid '70s, they continued playing, often expanding to nine musicians, and performed at dances, parties, and concerts. In the late '70s and early '80s, they specialized in the New Orleans revival style, popularized by the Bunk Johnson, George Lewis, and Preservation Hall Jazz Bands. The sextet made seven recordings, toured through the midwest and the east coast, and performed at many jazz festivals throughout the country.
Now, in the 21st century, the band is going stronger than ever. Since the late '70s, the trio (clarinet, guitar, and bass) has been working nearly every day. Their clients get swinging entertainment for corporate events, private parties, and wedding receptions at the best local hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs. The band knows how to be flexible -- often adding trumpet, trombone, piano, saxophone, drums, banjo, or tuba, to provide the right size combo for every occasion. Selecting music from a wider repertoire, they play the popular jazz styles from the '20s, '30s, and '40s. Listeners and dancers enjoy echoes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Louie Jordan, Nat King Cole, Glenn Miller, and more.
The Magnolia Jazz Band specializes in entertaining people. Because they help make each event successful, their clients keep coming back for more. Although most of the band's engagements are private parties, they regularly bring fun, elegance, and excitement to public events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Check their Schedule, and catch them soon!