Jump City Productions presents Earl Oliver

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: 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 2001, he was called "one of San Francisco's undiscovered treasures" by San Francisco Arts Magazine. From May, 2005 until August, 2013, Oliver was an entertainer on the Skunk Train, which runs daily from Fort Bragg and Willits, California.


"He can shout the blues with the best of them, scat like Ella, or croon like Old Blues Eyes."
Nite Out column, The Daily News
Watch Streaming video of Earl at The Heritage House Thursday Music Series (9/18/16) and with Dorian May's Little Big Band (7/17/16)
Here's audio of Earl singing "There's Christmas in the Air" with the Symphony of the Redwoods at Cotton Auditorium on December 30, 2014
"A Salute to Ole Blue Eyes" w/the orchestra at Eagles' Hall on May 26, 2012 | "Night & Day" and "All of You" from the May 8, 2010 Cole Porter Night
Visit the Earl Oliver & Friends Video Library | Check Out Uncle Earl's TV Channel! | Read about Earl on Wikipedia
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Heritage House Thursday Music Series in Little River, CA - 9/18/16


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The Dorian May Little Big Band on July 17, 2016 at The Willits Community Theater


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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!

  • 2nd Friday Blues & Jazz with Earl Oliver at MacCallum House
      On Friday, December 9th at 7:30 PM, Earl will perform for his regular 2nd Friday engagement in The Grey Whale Bar at this historic hotel and restaurant located at 45020 Albion Street in Mendocino. Have a drink and enjoy the music!

  • The Groovinators at The 2016 Festival of Lights
      On Sunday, December 11th, 5:00-7:30pm - The Groovinators, featuring Earl Oliver on guitar and vocal, Erick Kolberg on the bass, and Tom Rickard on drums, will perform for this annual Christmas Time event at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. The Gardens are located about 2 miles South of Fort Bragg, on Highway 1.

  • 2nd Wednesday Blues & Jazz with Earl Oliver at Cucina Verona
      Earl Oliver will be doing the solo dinner music thing for his for his regular 2nd Wednesday engagement on December 14th at 6:00 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 Coffeehouse. Come on out for Hot Blues, Cool Jazz and Bawdy Love Songs!

    Trip Advisor Review of Earl at Cucina Verona:

      Perfect dining experience! 5 of 5 stars - Reviewed March 24, 2013
      The food was excellent. The service was impeccable. They have live music every Friday and Saturday night. The night we ate there, the entertainment was a musician named Earl Oliver who played blues and country 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!

  • Friday Nite Blues & Jazz with Earl Oliver at Crush in Ukiah
      On Friday, December 16th at 8:00 PM, Earl will perform for in the Pub at this high-class italian steak house located at 1180 Airport Park Blvd. in Ukiah. Come on out for a great meal with a side-dish of Jazz & Blues!

  • Sunday Afternoon Blues & Jazz with Earl Oliver at Django's Rough Bar Cafe
      On Sunday, December 18th at 1 PM, Earl Oliver will be the featured performer for the afternoon show. Django's is located at 32096 N Harbor Dr, Fort Bragg, CA. Come on down for Harbor ambiance, a great lunch and music as a bonus!

  • Heritage House Thursday Music Series
      Earl will be entertaining in the lounge at Heritage House on Thursday, December 22nd from 5:00 until 8 PM. Heritage House, the Coast's Most Spectacular Venue, is located at 5200 North Highway 1 in Little River, CA - 5 minutes South of Mendocino. Come on out for Hot Blues, Cool Jazz and Bawdy Love Songs!

  • 4th Thursday Blues & Jazz with Earl Oliver at Cucina Verona
      Earl Oliver will be doing the solo dinner music thing for his regular 4th Thursday engagement on December 29th at 6:00 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 Coffeehouse. Come on out for Hot Blues, Cool Jazz and Bawdy Love Songs!

  • The Groovinators at Headlands Coffeehouse
      On Thursday, January 12th at 7 PM, The Groovinators, featuring Earl Oliver on guitar and vocal, Tom Rickard on drums and Erick Kolberg on the bass, will perform at this legendary jazz venue for their bi-monthly 2nd Thursday engagement. Headlands features live music 7 nights a week and is located at 120 E. Laurel Street in Fort Bragg, CA.

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.

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    The Groovintors at Headlands Coffeehouse - September 8, 2016. Fort Bragg, CA.
    Groovinators Dance REVIEW: "It was an absolute big-time blast. The band was over-the-top great! We had so much fun. I barely remember sitting down.
    Those guys are fantastic!"
      --Sunshine Taylor - Member of the Mendocino Swing Dance Society
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
The Skunk Train | Art in the Gardens | North Coast Brewing Co. Jazz at the Sequoia Room | The MacCallum House | Festival of Lights


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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!


Dorian May - Leader of Bongo Latte and the Dorian May Trio.


John Gilmore - Pianist extraordinaire!

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


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

Patrick Landeza

Michael Masley


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!


TrainWeb - the web site for Train enthusiasts

Sports Fans! Visit Solie's Vintage Wrestling


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