Jeff Jolly grew up on a dead end street in Brooklyn
. Watching his grandmother and sister one Christmas, playing piano and
entertaining the family, he found what he was looking for; Music! The
music was it. Got a banjo for Christmas and started to play. First song
he wrote was “You Can’t Play the Blues on a Banjo”.
When Neil Young played in Manhattan he was so impressed with his
performance he went out and got a guitar the next week. Later, the
neighborhood gang would bring what they called “The Bible” to their
gatherings, singing while Jeff worked out every chord to the works of
that book whose author was Bob Dylan. Jeff honed his skills at these
“sacred” meetings, held in the public school parks, often brought to an
abrupt halt by police raids called out by irritated neighbors who could
take the serenading no more!
Jeff has traveled the country, writing songs, playing in the street for
change and anywhere else he could find to express his life and love for
music. When he hit San Francisco in 1994 the Jeff Jolly Band was created
and his first CD was released entitled “The Runner”. The CD received
airplay at KFOG Radio in San Francisco and at KHUM Radio in Northern
California. It got rave reviews from such national trade magazines as
Album Network and Relix Magazine. Since then, Jeff Jolly has released
two more CD’s: “Raw Material” and “Jeff Jolly Live”, the latter being
recorded in Paris, France at a ten-night packed house.
2007 ended with a bang playing for 60,000 people at the 40th Anniversary
of “The Summer Of Love” in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. 2008 brings
a new CD where Jeff draws on friends from the road. Guests include Bill
Payne (Little Feat), Joe Craven and The Uptown Horns, to name a few.
2008 looks like a great year for the Jeff Jolly Band! From California to
New York to Europe, Jeff has opened for
George Thorogood, Little Feat, David Crosby, Edgar Winter,
Elvin Bishop, Bad Company, and many
others. The band ranges from solo acoustic to 4 to 10 players depending
on the venue. They have played for crowds ranging from 10 to 60,000
people who have enjoyed Jeff’s style and the unmistakable influences of
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tom Petty,
Bob Dylan and Hendrix.
Just good time Rock and roll! For more info and reviews see
www.jeffjolly.net. You can also find the Jeff Jolly Band on myspace.com.