FULTON STREET JAZZ BAND was organized in the mid-60s by pianist Bob Ringwald.
In 1979, Ringwald moved to Los Angeles and turned over leadership of the band to
trumpeter Dean Nelson. Ringwald rejoined the band in 1998 and once again took
over as leader in 2005.
While the FSJB has made numerous recordings, this is the first since 1979 with
Ringwald as leader. In it, you will hear a bit of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller,
Duke Ellington, Clark Terry, Bing Crosby, Turk Murphy and much more. There is
also a special treat: Two ballads by Bob\'s daughter, Molly Ringwald, with the band
members doubling on various instruments to create a lush, big band sound.
BOB RINGWALD, leader/piano/vocals:
Bob began playing piano at the age of 9. He played his first paying gig at age 12.
He was the semi-regular intermission pianist at Turk Murphy\'s famous San Francisco
nightspot, Earthquake Magoon\'s, from 1970-1973. While living in Los Angeles, he
formed and led the critically acclaimed Great Pacific Jazz Band for 17 years.
In 1998 he appeared in the movie \"Twice Upon a Time\" with his daughter,
MOLLY RINGWALD, vocals (special guest):
Molly began singing with the Fulton Street Jazz Band at the age of 3-1/2. At 6,
she made her first LP jazz recording with the FSJB, \"I Wanna Be Loved By You:
At 9, she was cast in the West Coast production of \"Annie.\" She began her film career
at the age of 13 in Paul Mazursky\'s \"Tempest.\" While she has starred in more than 45
films and TV shows, she is best known for the 3 classic John Hughes films;
\"16 Candles,\" \"The Breakfast Club,\" and \"Pretty in Pink.\"
She has starred in numerous Broadway shows, including 13 months as Sally Bowles
in \"Cabaret\" and then as Charity in the touring production of \"Sweet Charity.\"
Molly is currently starring in the ABC Family Network\'s hit series, \"The Secret Life of the American Teenager\".
BOB SAKOI, trumpet:
Bob started his musical career playing in the Dixieland band at the Great America
theme park in Santa Clara, California. In 1977 he relocated to Las Vegas and
performed with headliners including Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr.
PAUL EDGERTON, reeds/guitar:
Paul earned a music degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. There, he
played in Your Father\'s Moustache band and the Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra.
He spent a few years in Florida playing at Rosy O\'Grady\'s and Disney World before
moving to Sacramento in 1995.
BOB WILLIAMS, trombone:
Bob led the very popular Wooden Nickel Jass Band of Sacramento before joining the
Fulton Street Jazz Band. He is the past president of the Sacramento Traditional
Jazz Society, sponsor of the world famous Sacramento Jazz Jubilee.
DARRELL FERNANDEZ, bass:
Darrell was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Active in the Hawaii jazz scene
since 1975, he played with Herb Ellis, Trummy Young, Ernie Washington, and
Dave Liebman. While in Hawaii, he performed in the Kool Jazz Festival.
VINCE BARTELS, drums:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana was Vince\'s first home. He was encouraged to play drums
by his bassist father, Hank, who along with clarinetist Pete Fountain formed the
Junior Dixieland Jazz Band of New Orleans. This youth band eventually became the
Dukes of Dixieland. Vince has been a member of the Fulton Street Jazz Band for
The critics speak:
CAM MILLER - Choice Cuts, \"The American Rag\":
\"A Chicago style sextet boasting blue ribbon musicians... Highlight of the disc
is a torrid take of \"High Society,\" with Williams paving the way for clarinetist
Edgerton\'s nifty work on the difficult part made famous by Alphonse Piccu, and
then essayed by the full Band. Great stuff... Grade A.\"
BRIAN HARVEY - New Hot Jazz Channel Show, Pembrokeshire, UK:
\"This is a very professional band. Like Chris Barber\'s current band, they have a
similar degree of enthusiasm and equal expertise in that every member here is
totally professionally fluent on his instrument... Meanwhile get out and hear
them if you can. They\'re among the best - in the top rank.\"
SCOTT YANOW - \"Los Angeles Jazz Scene,\" October 2007:
\"Bob Ringwald\'s Fulton Street Jazz Band with special guest Molly Ringwald\"
Mountain Gold Recording MGR-004
Bob Ringwald, who lived in the Los Angeles area during 1979-95 and for years
had a highly rated radio show on KCSN, is a superior classic jazz pianist and a
personable and witty singer. He led the Fulton Street Jazz Band during its early
days (1965-79) and in 2005 became its leader again.
This hot jazz sextet also features trumpeter Bob Sakoi, reed man Paul Edgerton,
trombonist Bob Williams, bassist Darrell Fernandez and drummer Vince Bartels.
The Fulton Street Jazz Band plays colorful and spirited versions of Dixieland, Trad.
and Swing standards. This highly enjoyable CD includes many high points, including
the relatively obscure \"Algiers Strut,\" a Louis Armstrong-inspired trumpet feature on
\"Blue, Turning Grey Over You,\" a joyous version of \"Once in a While\" (the 1920s tune,
not the Tommy Dorsey hit), \"From Monday On,\" Duke Ellington\'s \"Shout \'Em,
Aunt Tillie,\" and \"The Curse of an Aching Heart.\"
Bob Ringwald\'s daughter, actress Molly Ringwald, takes effective guest vocals on
\"I\'ll Be Seeing You\" and \"Oh, Daddy\" while her father also sings on a few numbers.
What\'s not to like?