THE JC JAZZ CREW
The JC Jazz Crew traditional jazz and swing trio made up of three good friends who share a love for vintage jazz. Born out of living room jam sessions a few times a year when they all happened to be in the same city, they started to record and post some videos of their jam sessions to youtube. One afternoon they decided to try Justin's arrangement of John Williams' "Cantina Band Song" from Star Wars, and the video took off.
The group continues to make videos on those few instances when they are able to hang out and the next time the gang will be together will be November 2015 for the annual San Diego Jazz Festival and to launch their debut CD, "Four on the Floor" in Los Angeles.
Justin is a versatile musician who has played with symphony orchestras, big bands, trios, traditional jazz bands, gypsy jazz bands, brass bands, funk bands, and more. For over a decade he has performed for audiences all over the world at jazz festivals, swing dances, weddings, corporate events, restaurants, cafés, cruise ships, and more. He is also passing the torch on the next generation by teaching student youth bands in the Sacramento area.
Justin plays with a number of bands, including The Au Brothers Jazz Band, The Red Skunks, Element Brass Band, The Nibblers, The West End Stompers, City of Trees Brass Band, the Harley White Orchestra, High Sierra Jazz Band, and more.
At the young age of 23, Chloe has been playing music for about 13 years. She got her start in San Diego, and continued on to Los Angeles performing with various jazz bands, Youth Symphonies, and festivals. While in school at Webster University in St Louis, Third Man Records (Jack White's label) artist Pokey LaFarge saw her play around town, and asked her to be on his album and tour in support of it. Over the last 3 years she has traveled the world with Pokey and his band, performing at places like Late Night with David Letterman, the Grand Ole Opry, Prairie Home Companion, Ireland's Late Late Show, The Marty Stuart Show, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Wayne Shorter Tribute and many others.
Conrad plays mainly guitar, but also plays upright bass, drums, and washboard for various traditional jazz bands in the Los Angeles area. In addition to the JCJC, he leads The Big Butter Jazz Band and plays with string swing band Django Foxtrot. Still new to traditional jazz, Conrad was introduced to it in 2011 at the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Camp (which Justin and Chloe both attended in their youth), where he met some of Justin's bandmates in the Red Skunks, and later Justin. Not long after he met Chloe while she was part of Los Angeles' roots orchestra Dustbowl Revival, and they quickly became friends.
In addition to playing around Los Angeles, Conrad often travels to New Orleans and sits in and occassionally plays some gigs with many of the young bands there.