The John Hunt Jazz Band is a collection of solid professional musicians dedicated to the performance of Jazz. The vast experience of these players allows us to play music across the broadest spectrum of American Popular Song from traditional to swing, jump blues, be-bop, and beyond. Our particular interest and area of concentration is Swing Music of the 1930’s and 1940’s To demonstrate the greatness of this era one has only to list a few names : Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, George and Ira Gershwin, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Cole Porter, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Rodgers and Hart, Jack Teagarden, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Irving Berlin, Lester Young, Count Basie, Fred Astaire…….only the tip of the iceberg.
John Hunt has been a professional musician since 1967.He arrived in San Francisco in March 1982 with no money and quickly started playing on the street with the San Francisco Medicine Ball Band. From that toehold he gradually became well established in the club and casual scene. From then until the present he has worked numerous casuals throughout Northern California as well as steady engagements: 5 years with the San Francisco 49ers Band, 13 years at the Gold Dust Lounge, and 2 1/2 years at the New Orleans Room of the Fairmont Hotel with Don Neely’s Royal Society Six. In 1998 this thirty-one year musical journey culminated in the formation of the John Hunt Jazz Band , a group of solid professionals dedicated to the continuance of the great American Jazz and Swing tradition played with enthusiasm and joy.