Imperial Jazz Co.
Origin: Oakland, CA
Genre: Jazz, Standards
Years Active: 2017 - Present
Label: Imperial Jazz Co.
Official Websites: ImperialJazzCo.com
Imperial Jazz Co. is a new-on-the-scene super group that brings together some of the brightest lights on the Bay Area music scene in an elastic grouping. Their repertoire includes a broad swath of vocal and instrumental American standards, performed with maximum swing, scorching solos, and delightful vocals. The band includes Phillip Greenlief (Lost Trio, Orchestra Nostalgico, Animals & Giraffes), John Finkbeiner (Les Gwan Jupons, Franco Nero), John Hanes (Smith Dobson V, Dream Kitchen and Actual Trio with John Schott, Orchestra Nostalgico), Myles Boisen (Past-Present-Future, Fred Frith, Orchestra Nostalgico, Franco Nero, Club Foot Orchestra, Miniwatt Trio/Quartet), Kurt Ribak (Kurt Ribak Trio), Chris Grady (Orchestra Nostalgico), John Ettinger (Miniwatt Trio/Quartet) along with vocalist Jill Rogers.
Jill Rogers has been singing jazz standards since she was a girl in high school. Fronting Imperial Jazz Co. in both a dream come true and an easy fit. Listening to IJCo, you can't help but wonder what took so long for this to happen.