CHELLE! And Friends

CHELLE! And Friends

 Oakland, California, USA

CHELLE! and Friends, commemorates the music of Mardi Gras, New Orleans, and celebrate her Creole people and their remarkable music. CHELLE! and Friends mission has evolved into a determination to keep the history and the music of New Orleans alive.


Ask 20 people how to define the music of New Orleans and you’ll get 30 answers. It could be jazz, funk, soul, Creole, Cajun, or gospel, Caribbean, African, Zydeco, rock or the chants and stirring rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians.

New Orleans native, and Oakland's own "Queen of New Orleans Music", MICHELLE JACQUES along some "very special friends" take all of these influences and a few more, and stir it into this stewpot of musical gumbo that is sweet, spicy, aromatic and definitely intoxicating.

CHELLE! and Friends is made up of some of the most distinguished and accomplished musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. CHELLE! And Friends perform music that is vibrant and alive with the driving voices of artistic director and founder, Oakland's "Queen of New Orleans Music" MICHELLE JACQUES, RHONDA CRANE, JAY LAMONT and BRYAN DYER, DONNA VISCUSO and ERIC SWINDERMAN on guitar, SAM BEVAN on bass and BOB SCOTT on drums.


Sweet Bread - 2007
Voodooville - 2010

Set List

Pearly Gates
My darlin New Orleans
Hey pocky way
New suit
Wasted days and wasted nights
You'll lose a good thing
See ya later alligator
You can have my husband
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans
I like it like that
Wang dang doodle
Herc Jolly John (Brother John)
John the revelator
Saints go marchin in
Come ye
How long
Little Liza Jane
Choo choo cha'boogie
Carnival Ball
Dixieland Parade
Baa Baa Little Bo Peep
Don't Mess With My Toot Toot
Sea Cruise
Rip It Up
Come On Baby Let The Good Times Roll
Working In A Coal Mine