The Jump Jax and The Talia Ortega Quartet LIVE in Concert!

The Jump Jax

The Jump Jax are an electrifying quartet bringing their own fresh take on goodtime tunes to the Central Coast music scene. Consisting of four seasoned, professional musicians, this group brings an energetic and danceable mix of classic jump blues, swing, soul and rockabilly along with tasty originals that are guaranteed to get feet moving and hearts pounding.

Songwriter Ted Waterhouse leads the band on fluid electric arch-top and slide guitars and vocals. Reed man Sam Franklin lays down swinging jazz and soul riffs on tenor, alto and baritone saxes and clarinet. Ace drummer Wes Starr provides the cookin’ beat while Bassist Dave Block locks into the grooves while providing more great vocals. All together these four exceptional musicians bring a sound that is sharp and focused with dynamics suitable for any size venue. The band’s performances convey their deep love for classic American musical styles delivered with their own unique jumpin’ spin. You’re going to love the Jump Jax! And for the July 30th show at the Pismo Vets Hall, the Jump Jax will be joined by a special guest, vocalist Sharon Doran, AKA Miz Buffy, formerly of the legendary Viper Six band. It’ll be a sweet and swingin’ afternoon!

The Talia Ortega Quartet

Talia Ortega is a multi-instrumentalist (flute, saxophone, vocals), dancer, and perpetual student. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and alongside great jazz musicians such as Dave Douglas, Wayne Bergeron, Donny McCaslin, Randy Brecker, Ada Rovatti, and Grammy Award winner Louie Ortega. Born and raised in San Luis Obispo, her studies at Cuesta College, Cal Poly, and the Central Coast Jazz Institute have helped her become an active and versatile working professional in the local music and dance communities.

During her Cal Poly career, Talia was a vocalist and featured improviser with the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and Cal Poly Jazz Ensemble as well as first flute in the Cal Poly Symphony (thanks to the tutelage of Suzanne Duffy). Talia is a former winner of the SLO Jazz Federation’s Young Jazz Scholarship Award and a winner of the Cal Poly Symphony’s annual concerto competition. She currently teaches music and dance in San Luis Obispo County and is honored to be a part of a flourishing creative community. Talia realizes that both music and education are boundless and has pursued a career sharing her love of music with the community that raised her!

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Jul 30 2023


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


$10 for members, $15 for non members

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