About Jeff Jolly
As the summer comes to great musical end in Europe,
Jeff Jolly Band and acoustic duo (JEZ) looks toward 2013 with a wonderful view.
After touring Amsterdam .Scotland and Germany they have created quite the fan Base. 5 CDS and a new one due next spring "ITS ALL GOOD "
A Succesful tour of the Northwest in the US and sold out shows in NYC things sre on the move
An acoustic tour with Jeff and Desiree have captured the hearts of music lovers from rock to country to soul
Jeff mixes his gritty vocals and songwriting skills with Desiree's Powerful silky one of a kind voice.Also a great songwriter in her own right !
A New Release Called "It Is What It Is" can be heard on the JEZ Site jezband.com
features a blend of original music with a few covers they have made there own .
The Jeff Jolly Band ranges from solo acoustic to four-piece to ten-piece, depending on the venue and the front-man’s whim. They have played to crowds ranging from ten to 60,000 and have shared the stage with such heavies as George Thoroughgood, Edgar Winter, Joan Jett, Elvin Bishop, Little Feat, John Mayall, Bad Company, David Crosby Tajh Mahal and Canned Heat. Once they were even somehow sandwiched between sets from legends Dr. John and James Brown (such is the odd nature of music). For more information and reviews see www.jeffjolly.net or check out the band’s myspace.com page. To contact the Jeff Jolly Band, email; firstname.lastname@example.org
CD's The Runner. Raw Material , Live in Paris, Pizza, JEZ
Jeff grew up on a dead-end street in Brooklyn, and, like most kids in his neighborhood, came up bored and restless and dissatisfied. It didn’t help matters much the day the SWAT team showed up and dragged his father out of the family home. Dad vanished for keeps, the incident was never spoken of and Jeff was left with some serious unexplained questions and the realization his life was far from ordinary.
Things could well have led to the typical story of wasted youth and juvenile rap sheets and etc., etc., if not for the minor miracle at a particular holiday gathering. It was a Christmas morning while watching his grandmother entertain the family on piano that Jeff finally found that unnamable-something he’d been searching for; music. Music was the remedy for the hole in his soul and things suddenly started making some kind of sense. Not long after this revelation Jeff got a banjo, learned how to play it in his bedroom and knocked out his first song “You Can’t Play the Blues on a Banjo,” at age sixteen.
The next great eye-opener came the day Neil Young played Manhattan and so impressed young Mr. Jolly that he was compelled to trade in his banjo, as well as all his savings, for an acoustic guitar. It was the same model Neil played. The neighborhood gang would gather round Jeff with a communal songbook they took to calling the “Bible,” author Bob Zimmerman and sing along while he worked out the chord structures. These “sacred meetings,” held in the local schoolyard, would generally last until irritated natives called the cops on the impromptu noise. These sessions ultimately served their purpose, as Jeff learned to hone his chops among his toughest critics, his friends.
Growing impatient for life to happen, Jeff left New York to travel the country (and later the rest of the world), where he held down day jobs, wrote songs and played anywhere he could find to express his life through and love for music. Landing in San Francisco, he decided to stay put and start up a full band. And so, not long after that, the Jeff Jolly Band hit the local scene and then the studio to cut their debut CD, the Runner. It received moderate airplay from San Fran’s KFOG and Humbolt County giant KHUM and earned enthusiastic reviews from larger industry ‘zines like Album Network and Relix, as well as smaller local papers like the North Coast Journal. It was just one of those rare albums all types could identify with, no matter what their “demographic.” This was followed by Raw Material, a rock-solid sophomore disc that received airplay on over 250 stations nationwide, picked up Album of the Year from Canada’s Blues on Stage, and whose cut “Living Without,” was featured on NBC’s Friday Night Lights. As the title suggests, Jeff Jolly Live was recorded during a ten-night, sold-out residency at the iconic Club Chesterfield in Paris, France, Live has since found a comfortable home on radio in France, Holland and Germany.