Loading Programs

Back to Calendar

  • This program has passed.
Photo of musician Rob Reich playing the accordion

Rob Reich Swings Left

Thu, Aug 22, 2019
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 543-1718


Facebook Event URL

** Updated 08.12.19: Show time corrected to Noon–1:30pm. **

** Updated 08.06.19: Pre-show swing music starting at Noon from DJ Tanoa added. **

A key member of some of the Bay Area’s most exciting improvisational ensembles, pianist/accordionist Rob Reich is known for keeping company with adventurous players eager to explore new sonic territory. Looking to meet the needs of the Bay Area’s thriving swing dance scene, he launched Swings Left, a band that puts its own spin on the classic swing era sound of the late 1930s. Starting with a book of hits by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Artie Shaw, the sextet has evolved into a vehicle for Reich’s beautifully crafted originals that combine cool sonorities with hot rhythms. Guitarist Craig Ventresco, a master of ragtime and early jazz idioms, keeps Swings Left chugging no matter what detours the horn players take.

The Bay Area’s DJ Tanoa (aka Samoa Boy), who earned a devoted following spinning discs on the Radio Valencia’s “Get On the Beat” and “Retro Radio,” gets things jumping starting at Noon before the show with his wide-ranging repertoire of old-school hip hop, 1960s soul jazz and mellow funk.

Explore more in these Festival series: