J-Bob & Lefty have been swinging up slick, colorful tunes and plenty of good-time music up and down the east coast since the Stone Age. We are a vocals/guitar and string bass/percussion duo with a solid beat-driven delivery. We purvey our usual, unusual repertoire of Blues, Swing, R & B, plus re-imagined standards from the ‘30s-‘60s, B-sides, original music…and the occasional tango. Guest musicians often show up with us to rock your world. We also perform as a Big Band, J-Bob & the Whole Shebang, with a variable lineup of talented musicians(strings/reeds/horns) and backup singers. We play arenas, theaters, opera halls, clubs, bars, restaurants, festivals, weddings, parties and house concerts. In his review of their album, J-Bob & Lefty Are Comin’ To Town - Acoustic Blues and Swing A. J. Wachtel of Boston Blues Blog writes:
J-Bob is the lead character in this duo and his vocals, reminiscent of Tom Waits meets Leon Redbone, and his acoustic blues and swing sound is the best. And like any acoustic player his performance is only as good as his physical ability and repertoire and in this case the mix of familiar and obscure tunes from the ’30's on up and his compelling voice result in a great cd. Lefty plays a knockout bass with a 22 -inch bass drum of his own invention and his percussion hits the mark with its “dozens of improvements” especially in songs like “Besame Mucho”. Basically a balladeer who sets his versions to acoustic shuffles with a hint of rock and roll, his unique style is best heard on “Steamroller Blues” (remember James Taylor’s version ?) , “Sittin’ On Top Of The World” (remember Creams’ version ?), and “Willie The Weeper” (remember Louis Armstrong’s version ?). And he can play guitar. Check out the great guitar work in the opening of “Sweet Substitute” or the jazzy opening of “Send Me Someone to Love”. First rate material done in a very different way. Good stuff!
Members of the Band
Jason (J-Bob) Eisenberg – Guitar, Vocals Den (Lefty) Poitras – String Bass, Percussion