Jambo is a muscial journey that transports you though the roots of American music. One part Mississippi Delta, one part New Orleans street corner, and one part Chicago juke joint, JAMBO is all parts fun. The songs speak to children's imaginations. They are about growing up, sharing, and the inclusion of all children. They promote self-esteem, independence, and celebrate individuality. And, of course, some are just about dancing and having fun.
Based in Los Angeles, Jambo has become a staple of the LA Kids music scene playing regularly at venues across the city including the Skirball Center for the Arts, The Grammy Museum, and The Geffen Playhouse's Saturday Scene. Jambo has also played all over the country including recent appearances at The Austin City Limits Music Festival, and The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama.
Jambo draws it's influences from the Roots music that built the foundation for American music today. Their mission is to give children a taste of "the good stuff" early on in their lives in an effort to fill the void left out by vanishing music programs in the schools. To do this, Jambo put together an amazing band of accomplished musicians that's credits include; The Steve Miller Band, Tower of Power, Joe Walsh, Steve Via, Wings, Kenny Loggins, Van Morrison, and many others.
Jambo was created by former "Blues Head" front man, slide guitar virtuoso and soulful blues singer, Steve Pierson. Steve's daughter, Lucy, served as the inspiration to write songs for a younger audience. The songs are clever, funny and sincere, and many give children the chance to interact with the music and the performances. Steve is an engaging leader of the band who's wit and smile entertain young and old(er) alike!
Jambo's debut CD, "Lucy's Parade" received a Parents Choice Recommended award and features the powerhouse band led by Steve Pierson, and joined by drummer Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller Band, Van Morrison), bassist Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai), and keyboardist Michael Murphy (Joe Walsh). The album also includes special guests: Grammy winning guitarist, Laurence Juber and Bluegrass banjo luminary, Herb Pedersen.
Jambo's eagerly awaited second CD, "Hootenanny" was released in February 2013 and received a Parents' Choice Silver Award. In addition to the regular lineup includes more special guests including The Texicali Horns, drummer, Herman Mathews (Tom Jones), percussionist David Leach (Ben Harper) and Kindie music pioneer, Tor Hyams.