SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ PIANIST JEFF ORCHARD, one-time sideman to legendary trumpeter Roy Eldridge, brings New York's long-lost 52nd Street sound to any gathering--- at clubs, restaurants, private parties, weddings, black-tie galas, dinners, museum events or music festivals.
A superb vocalist in his own right, Jeff can hook up with a bevy of vocalists at a moment's notice. A piano soloist par excellence, Jeff can easily provide a band of the best sidemen in the Bay Area.
Jeff's music crosses generations and cultures. Performing as a single atop San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel, Jeff entertained a dinner of top transplant surgeons from Latin America. His swinging jazz was the perfect backdrop and filled the dance floor.
At a wedding for 50 in Silicon Valley in the backyard of the bride's parents, Jeff put together a jazz quartet--- keyboards, sax, drums and bass--- for an entire evening of entertainment and unmatched ambiance. The bassist even played classical guitar at the ceremony.
Jeff recreates the sound heard in 1940s jazz clubs squeezed into old speakeasies along New York's West 52nd Street.
Jeff grew up to the sound of jazz musicians jamming after hours in his family's Manhattan apartment. For 40 years, Jeff's dad, Frank Orchard, played valve trombone with such jazz greats as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Bobby Hackett, Lips Page and many others. At Nick's in Greenwich Village, Jimmy Ryan's on 52nd Street, Minton's in Harlem or on the road with Joe Thomas' band (rooming with Omar Simeon) Frank Orchard's music filled the air.
Jeff's mom, Peggy Lane, was the featured singer in The Frank Orchard Hot 4 with Ginger Added. Her parents were Broadway show folk. Jeff's grandfather Jack Reinhard was a leading man in the Ziegfield Follies and early silent films. Jeff's grandmother Viva Renaud toured the European continent with her dance act Haskell and Renaud.
While still a youth, Jeff made his professional debut in the summer of 1976 as a sideman for Roy Eldridge at Jimmy Ryan's, the last remaining 52nd Street club. After his stint with Roy, Jimmy Ryan's kept Jeff as a single. Forming a duo with his dad Frank, Orchard & Orchard played four nights a week at Cafe Un, Deux, Trois on West 44th Street while filling their free nights at Jimmy Ryan's or the Star & Garter. Jeff also kept busy playing solo in hotels like the Algonquin and at private parties and catered affairs.
By the mid-1980s Frank died; clubs closed. Jeff got a job at a hospital, worked his way through college, went to law school and became a public defender. When the 21st century dawned, Jeff started playing again. Only now, he's even better.
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