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Live Music: WNH’s “Lucky” 13th Birthday w/ Clint Baker’s NOJB
April 4 @ 9:30 pm - 11:45 pm
WNH has been around, dancing, swinging, and making people happy for 13 years now! We started out as a really small group, occupying a room the size of our Balboa room today; and look how we’ve grown! Let’s come together to celebrate 13 years of fun and community with live music from Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band!
Clint Baker’s NOJB was founded in 1990 and began playing at Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park in October 1990. Although continuing to play there as the Café Borrone All-Stars, the New Orleans Jazz Band became inactive in 2000 when the birth of Baker’s twins exacted extensive parenting duties from Clint. In 2006 the band regrouped due to many requests from the Bay Area swing dance community. Since then the band has been very active playing swing venues around the San Francisco Bay Area and northern California.
Highlights of Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band’s career include appearing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1992 and performing by special invitation from legendary trombonist Frank Demond to play at his home alongside Willie and Percy Humphrey. In 1999 Clint Baker’s New Orleans Jazz Band performed at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival, one of the few traditional jazz bands ever to perform at this world-renowned festival, joining the ranks of Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden.
The band tours festivals in the US and Canada extensively and was voted one of the top five Favorite New (Emerging) Jazz Bands in the 1998 Mississippi Rag Trad Jazz and Ragtime Poll. In the same poll Clint was voted one of the top three Favorite New (Emerging) Musicians.