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- J u m p i n' J u b a -

Hand-made music, presented live and in real time. Jumpin' Juba is my outlet for my rootsy-bluesy side, allowing me to write new material inspired by many flavors of American blues music.

New Orleans swamp-rock, classic boogie-woogie, folk, Memphis rock & roll, and a playful use of everything from calypso to country are stirred into the band's blue stew.


Bruce alternately pounds and glides over his piano keys. He's been playing blues and boogie piano for over 3 decades. His musical heroes include Prof. Longhair, Otis Spann and Jimmy Yancey. I get to bend the guitar strings a little harder and sing with a little more pepper than your average folkie. On stage and record, we've been joined by drummer Brian Flan, a dynamically aware player who beats out blues, jazz and rock grooves with real taste and precision.  

In early 2004, the band released its first studio-recorded CD, Bumpity Bump, a diverse collection of original blues and roots-rock tunes (along with a couple of traditional blues numbers). We kept a live feel throughout, because much of it was actually recorded in real time. Steve got to play an odd assortment of vintage guitars and amps throughout. Oh yeah, and we used 100% real acoustic piano, nuthin' digital.

We released another CD in 2011, our 6-song E.P. Slap Happy.   An "E.P." is an "Extended Play" CD single, but really, it's a normal CD that runs for about 27 minutes, and sells for 1/2 the price of a full-length CD.  Slap Happy is a nice little sampler that mixes blues with several related styles, including Latin rock, piano boogie, a weird little story song and more. Get our CDs at our shows, or download tunes from them at cdbaby.com/cd/JumpinJuba1

For the past 6 or 7 years, we have concentrated mostly on playing concerts. On stage, Jumpin' Juba, as a trio or quartet, adds several re-arranged R&B classics to our sets, in addition to our many originals that recall the classic blues, rock & roll, and island tunes that influenced us. People listen, people dance.