Steve Lucky and The Rhumba Bums
In 1993 Steve Lucky and The Rhumba Bums started as a quintet playing jump blues, swing, jazz and rare gems inspired by the '30s, '40s and '50s. Steve Lucky admits the band really took shape a year later with the addition of Miss Carmen Getit on vocals and guitar.
In Carmen's powerful vocals, one can hear echoes of her idols Ruth Brown, Etta James, and Dinah Washington. Miss Getit is a dynamic performer and versatile vocalist, interpreting "slick jazz a la Dinah Washington" or shouting down-and-out blues according to the Ann Arbor Observer. In 1998 she recorded a critically acclaimed release with the Rhumba Bums, "Come Out Swingin'!", earning four stars in both Downbeat and Blues Access Magazines and accolades from the press. Getit is recognized for her more swinging styles in Guitar Player Magazine as "smooth and steady", and her grittier blues playing in Experience Hendrix Magazine, where Frank-John Hadley calls Getit "one of the most striking young blues guitarists in the country".
The band is rounded out with some brilliant musicians including Scott Petersen, Matt Cowan and Doug Rowan on saxophones, Brian Fishler on drums, and Lukas Vesely on bass. They have performed and recorded with a diverse group of musicians including jazz greats Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Rosemary Clooney, Weather Report's drummer/percussionist Alex Acuntildea, classical clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, reggae legends The Abyssinians and Don Carlos, and pop stars Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops and the Temptations.
Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums appeared on CNN's "Showbiz" with Jim Moret, PBS' "CD Highway", a Bravo! documentary "This Joint Is Jumpin'!", and Locals Only on FOX, and on CBS' Good Morning America. Look for the Rhumba Bums in "Be Cool", MGM's sequel to "Get Shorty" in 2005.
Home Base: San Francisco