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Delbert Bump Trio – Jazz Funk

Pops is very honored to host Delbert Bump Trio on Saturday, June 15 for an evening of Jazz Funk. Delbert Bump will perform on keyboards, Rich Defazio on drums and David EL on guitar. Listen here. 

Advanced tickets are $15. They will be $20 at the door.

Delbert Bump Bio
Delbert Bump began his musical training at nine years old on the piano and was leading bands by the age of 13. At 14 he played ragtime in pizza parlors. During high school, he also learned to play drums, bugle, French horn, trumpet, and the sax. His keyboard abilities took over, and he began playing in his own jazz trios at the age of 17.

When Joe Morrello, the famous drummer from the Brubeck Group, came to town, Bump was able to play with him. “He liked my playing and that was it –I was on my way”, he said. 

Delbert attended Chico State as a piano major and studied with Fred Laxton. In Chico he led various bands and explored rock and roll and free jazz which was popular in the beat era. He played funk with a band called the Big Timers, which he describes as a James Brown-type review with lead singer John Henry and three female vocalists. “We were hot”, he says about this band. 

After Chico, he went on the road playing in funk bands and show groups, but still maintained my interest in jazz music. Delbert graduated from San Francisco State with a Masters degree in composition and upper division piano status. He became college-level music professor, and continued that aspect of my musical life for the next forty years. He was a professor of jazz studies and music theory at Solano College, and taught at U. C. Davis for seven years as Director of jazz ensembles, combos, and improvisation.

Bump  has produced, directed, and performed on over fourteen records of his own music using top-notch sidemen from all over the country.

Richard DeFazio on Drums

Rich DeFazio began drumming at age 7, doing casuals from age 13, performing jazz, latin, R&B, and Top 40.Studied under local teachers and others, such as Mel Brown (who was with Diana Ross), and Murray Spivak in Los Angeles, CA. Jazz band drummer at Sacramento City College (studied for three years under Vern Proctor, as well as Percussion Ensemble under Don Silva), Cosumnes River College, and California State University at Sacramento.He worked with numerous local bands (Sacramento, CA), as well as doing lounge, concert, jazz, and studio dates from Sacramento to the Bay Area. For a four-year period was leader of own band. Toured the West Coast, Las Vegas hotel/nightclub/lounge circuit, across country from the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania to Florida, to the Catskill Mountains of New York, working the resort areas with various groups. At Sahara Tahoe, drummer for FIRE and ICE Dance Review, the GARFIN GATHERING and a six-month stint on the French Riviera with an En Vogue/Pointer Sisters type review. Spent nine years in Las Vegas, working for many bands, including THE COASTERS, sister DEBBIE DE FAZIO, SIDROS ARMADA, COCHO ARBY from Peru (keyboardist for Alex Acuna band), BILLY YOUNG (jazz keyboardist) and PAUL TAYLOR (Paul, jazz saxophonist now with the Rippingtons and his own solo act).

David EL on Guitar

David El

Allison Scull / Victor Martin – Memorial Day Weekend

Allison Scull and Victor MartinPops is pleased to host Allison and Victor on Saturday, May 25, 7 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.

With singer-songwriter, Allison, on guitar and vocals, Victor performs on saxophone and vocals. Together, they create a fusion of musical forms uniquely their own by blending roots music — a fusion of jazz, folk, blues, a little funk, originals and some standards laced with some French lyrics. Allison learned French where she grew up in Belgium while Victor was born and raised in Middletown, Delaware.

The duo have released their fourth recording Nation of Jubilation with a host of stellar area musicians such as bassist Bruce Calin, drummer Patrick Wiseman and percussionist Mike Harris. One listener described their new recording as “ Funky, Fresh, Smooth, Pop, Jazz With a World Music flavor. This one defies Genres! Musicians being Musicians unbounded by definitions of what genre of music they play. They are showcasing their musical journey to this time and space. Get it for a fresh listening”

As a duo, Allison and Victor have shared the stage with The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tuck and Patti, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Craig Chaquico, Shana Morrison, Archie Lee Hooker, Acoustic Alchemy, blues legend John Hammond, Lazy Lester, famed drummer Akira Tana, hall of famer Terry Robb and most recently Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Their constant performance schedule has contributed to their growing fan base on the West Coast, USA. While their music has struck a chord in the wine country of Northern California and Oregon as well as the festival circuit, Allison and Victor also perform in Arizona and in Mexico.  In 2021 and 2022,  they were honored to be invited to perform for the first and second Juneteenth Celebration at the Coos History Museum in Coos Bay Oregon.

To learn more about these artists and to check out their new music visit www.allisonandvictor.com