Noel Jewkes

Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz music. This website contains information about upcoming dates and recent gigs, as well as audio clips, photos, and recording credits. Contact info is at the bottom of every page.

Noel has recorded with John Hendricks, Wesla Whitfield, Mary Stallings, Paula West, Mike Greensill, Lavay Smith, Bill Bell, Mimi Fox, Graham Bruce, Bobbe Norris, Larry Dunlap, Larry Vuckovich, Pat Yankee and Jerry Hahn, as well as his own ensembles.

Eugene Huggins Band 9pm

Eugene Huggins has played and worked on stage with Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Swamp Dog, Marc Benno, Ramblin' Jack Eliott, Tom Waits, Harvey Mandel, James Cotton and many others. In the '80s he played and recorded with the Casuals, opening for some of today's most renowned musical luminaries such as Bonnie Raitt, Chris Isaak, The Stray Cats and more. In the '90s he was pure grass-roots, spreading the word around with "Eugene and the Bluejeans." He also toured with The Harvey Mandel Band, and recorded a CD with him in a band called "Nightfire." Eugene is currently featured on 20 CDs.

In the Casuals, he backed up Buddy Guy and Junior Wells at Bill Graham's club The Old Waldorf. The show got a great review in the Examiner, written by Phil Elwood. A couple of years later, Eugene opened for Chuck Berry at The Stone in San Francisco and at the Keystone in Berkeley. When Eugene went up to Chuck between sets on the first night to tell him how much he worshipped him, Chuck asked him to sit in with him - on both nights. Chuck called him on-stage by saying, "I wanna hear some harmonica, where's that white boy?!?" At Jack's Bar in San Francisco, the Bluejeans backed up James Cotton for two dates, Eugene singing all night with James playing behind him because at the time James wasn't singing.

After playing with the Bluejeans for a number of years, Eugene met Harvey Mandel and toured Texas, Utah and Nevada, and recorded the "Nightfire" CD, which featured Harvey and Freddy Roulette. In 2000, Eugene recorded the CD "Life is a Nightmare" at the "Saloon" in North Beach, which got great reviews in international publications. In 2008, Eugene was on the Nationally Syndicated Television Program the "Conan O'Brien Show" as a featured player with the Tom Waits Band. Eugene is also featured on Narda Michael Walden's newest CD, on the track "At the Beach."

Eugene plays regularly at 19 Broadway and at local clubs in San Francisco, Sausalito and more. He does duo shows, sometimes with his friends Ron Hacker, Austin de Lone, Wendy Dewitt, Cole Tate and others. In addition to Cole, Eugene works and plays with guitarist Felix Bannon, bassist Burt Winn, drummer Robbie Bean, and sometimes guitarist Steve Freund.



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