Rob Reich is quintessentially what makes the San Francisco music scene a vibrant and vital mecca for independent music; he’s become one of its stalwart underground artists. His music defies genre, combining strong melodic ideas, rhythmic drive, and a spirit of irreverence and experimentation. He is best known for his work with Tin Hat, Gaucho, and Circus Bella.
Vic Wong photo credit – With Sean Krazit and the Juniper Jazz Band. Photo credit: Grant Fukui
Vic Wong is a jazz guitarist, double-bassist, tenor banjoist, and ukulele(ist?) in based in San Francisco. He specializes in early jazz styles of the ’30s and ’40s. Sometimes, in the comfort of his home, he makes horrible noises on lap steel when nobody is around to hear.
Vic proudly plays regularly in a wide variety of local bands, including jazz/blues/swing combo the Cottontails, earth’s only theremin-lounge band: Project Pimento, and swing-era Hawaiian group the Alcatraz Islanders. He wont bother to list every band because that would be unproductive use of our time.
Also, if you twist his arm not very hard, you can find him playing solo jazz guitar, reggae, ska, soul, R&B, funk, rock, folky singer-songwriter, bossa nova, choro, top-40 or whatever the paycheck is sufficient for. He’s likes everything and is versatile, is what I’m saying.
For much of 2020, Vic recorded short solo arrangements of his favorite jazz standards and songs that get stuck in his head while he had coffee. He dubbed them “Morning Coffee Sessions”
It has been great creative practice, and I’ve done over 100 of them! Check them out in this playlist.