Jump City Productions presents Earl Oliver

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Earl Oliver
(born June 23, 1948) is an American writer, musician, variety and street entertainer, and graphic artist. An accomplished blues guitarist and singer in the Northern California area. Popularly known as the Walkin' Blues Man, he hosted a cable-access TV program, Live from LaVal's that aired in 16 stations throughout the region from 1992 to 1995. In recent years, Oliver has been an entertainer on the Skunk Train, which runs daily from Fort Bragg and Willits, California.

In 2001, he was called "one of San Francisco's undiscovered treasures" by San Francisco Arts Magazine.


"He can shout the blues with the best of them, scat like Ella, or croon like Old Blues Eyes." - Bill Blake, Nite Out column, The Daily News, 10/2/89
Watch Streaming video of Earl on
Telemendo Live on MCTV | Here's streaming audio of Earl singing There's Christmas in the Air (medley) with the Symphony of the
Redwoods at Cotton Auditorium on December 20, 2014. | Here's "A Salute to Ole Blue Eyes" with orchestra at Eagles' Hall on May 26, 2012
...and this one's from the May 8, 2010 concert!
| Visit the Earl Oliver & Friends Video Library | Check Out Uncle Earl's TV Channel! | Read about Earl on Wikipedia

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The Telemendo Live Telethon took place on September 17, 2011 at MCTV Studio in Fort Bragg, CA


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YouTube video of the Walkin' Blues Man doing his thing on the Skunk Train

The Walkin' Blues Man now offers Singing Telegram service on the Coast. Click here to see our rates


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More Coming Engagements!

  • Weeknight Blues & Jazz with Earl Oliver at Cucina Verona
      Earl Oliver will be doing his solo dinner music thing for his regular 2nd Wednesday engagement on September 9th at 6:30 PM and for his regular 4th Thursday engagement on September 24th at 6:30 PM at this classy Italian restaurant. Cucina Verona is located at 124 E. Laurel Street in Fort Bragg, CA right across the alley from Headlands. Come on out for Hot Blues, Cool Jazz and Bawdy Love Songs!

      Trip Advisor Review of Cucina Verona:
      Perfect dining experience! 5 of 5 stars - Reviewed March 24, 2015

      The food was excellent, the service was impeccable. The night we ate there, the entertainment was a musician named Earl Oliver who played blues and jazz takes on some old favorites, he was wonderful. He is there the 4th Thursday of every month, would highly recommend going to hear him. The ambiance was perfect, quiet enough to both hear the music and still have a conversation. I was so relaxed after my dinner I felt like I had meditated and had a massage!


  • Earl Oliver at Headlands Coffeehouse
      On Thursday, September 10th at 7 PM. Earl will make a special solo appearance at this legendary jazz venue for what would be the Groovinators' regular bi-monthly 2nd Thursday engagement. Headlands features live music 7 nights a week and is located at 120 Laurel Street in Fort Bragg, CA.

  • Sunday Jazz Jam at Headlands Coffeehouse
      Catch Earl Oliver and Tom Rickard at the Headlands Sunday Jazz Jam hosted by Dorian May. The next one will be on September 13th from 2 PM to 5 PM. Tom is a member of the Dorian May Trio. Earl regularly sings at the Jazz Jams, and also appears frequently with the Trio (See Video Below!) and Dorian's Latin Jazz ensemble, Bongo Latte . Come out and spend the afternoon listening to some great jazz with Dorian and his merry band! Headlands features live music 7 nights a week and is located at 120 Laurel Street in Fort Bragg, CA.

  • The Fort Bragg Farmers' Market
      On Wednesday, September 16th at 3 PM. The Walkin' Blues Man, will perform at the market which takes place on Franklin Steet between Laurel and Pine. Earl will perform every 3rd Wednesday through the end of October.

  • The Groovinators at the Sequoia Room
      On Friday, November 6th at 6 PM. The Groovinators, will perform at The Sequioa Room at the North Coast Brewing Co. located at 444 North Main Street in Fort Bragg, North Coast Brewing presents Jazz at the Sequoia Room every Friday and Saturday evening starting at 6 pm. Dinner concerts for those 21 and over feature musicians from the national and local Jazz scene performing live on the Sequoia Room stage.

  • Watch Earl with the Dorian May Trio!


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    Headlands Coffeehouse 9/22/13 - with Dorian May (piano), Dorothea May (bass), Tom Rickard (drums), Kaleo Larson (trumpet), and Earl Oliver (vocal).
    Copyright music and lyrics reproduced by kind permission of Exile.


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    consists of a core trio featuring guitarist/vocalist Earl Oliver - known throughout Northern California as the Walkin' Blues Man, bassist Erick Kolberg - known for his work with the Gypsy Jazz band, Swingnoodle,and also The Swing Doctors, and drummer, Tom Rickard - a veteran jazz player who performs regularly with John Gilmore, Queen Jane, Dorian May, and a host of other bands. The Trio plays a potent combination of original and traditional Blues, Jazz, and Swing rendered into their own inimitable style. We invite you to...

    Whether playing a large dance venue with full sound reinforcement, or an intimate gathering using little or no sound equipment at all...
    are always a crowd favorite.


    Earl Oliver and his Friends have had regular engagements at the following venues since 2005:
    Symphony of the Redwoods | Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens | World's Largest Salmon BBQ | Albion/Little River Fire Dept. BBQ | Caspar Fest
    The Franklin Street Cafe | Headlands Coffeehouse | The Caspar Inn | Shanachie Pub | Frankie's of Mendocino | Ukiah Brewing Co. | Hill House
    Mendocino Stories & Music Series | Winter in the Redwoods | Angelina's | The Westport Hotel | The Coyote Valley Casino | Cucina Verona
    The Mendocino Hotel | Garcia River Casino | Musica Eclectica Concert Series | Mendocino Community Center | Caspar Community Center | Heritage House


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    The Groovinators opening for the Symphony of the Redwoods!


    Eagles Hall, Fort Bragg - May 21, 2011
    Photo by Lonna Oliver

    The Groovinators bustin' up the joint at
    Winter in the Redwoods!

       

         

    Photos by Elizabeth Arnold


    The Walkin' Blues Man doin' his thing on the Skunk Train!


    This photo was taken on the Skunk Train sometime in July of 2008.
    Photo by Danny Swarts

    Earl Oliver and Butch Kwan at Local Licks Live!

    Click on Earl and Butch's photo to listen to the Pipeline Medley, from the Local Licks Live XII concert.


    Here's Earl with Kevin & the Coconuts!

    There's Earl on the right of the photo, playing the cello pans with Kevin & the Coconuts.
    To his right is Steve Paul, on the seconds, and Kevin Grant on the lead pans.


    For booking and other information or if you would like to be placed on our mailing list to receive regular updates of our shows,
    please e-mail us at earl@solie.org


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    Visit our friends!


    Mendocino Coast Television
    My former day job...


    Classic TV Episodes!


    Scenic Photography by Earl Oliver

    My other business...


    Headlands Coffeehouse

    Our home base and hang out. Great friends.


    These guys play our music. Thanks, KOZT!!


    Frankie's of Mendocino
    Great ice cream and pizza - and a great place to perform


    Mendocino Stories & Music Series
    Thanks Pattie!


    A great place for all your party needs!


    Greg Schindel - the guy I alternate with on the Skunk Train

    Morgan Daniel


    Good friends. Great local musician.

    The Badger


    My Bay Area accompanist and one of the best slide players on the planet!

    Jon Emery


    The King of Hillbilly Rock 'n Roll! Earl's former partner.

    Janet Lenore

    Loren Davidson

    Dark Hollow

    The Mud Hens

    Patrick Landeza

    Michael Masley


    TrainWeb - the web site for Train enthusiasts

    Sports Fans! Visit Solie's Vintage Wrestling


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