Oakland-based Blue Bone Express has held a unique place in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene since formed in 2004 by pianist/trumpeter Jara Ra. Their music is a mix of jazz, blues, and R&B, inspired by the deep legacy of New Orleans music culture. Rags and stomps are played and sung effortlessly alongside blues jumps and more modern rock & TV theme covers, as well as a host of original compositions. Their signature sousaphone and rollicking piano sound keeps the party hopping with infectious 2nd line and shuffle rhythms of traditional New Orleans parades. Not a jazz band to simply sit and sip wine to, Blue Bone Express gets your bones up on the floor and keeps the vibe at an ecstatic high.