Golden Gate Rhythm Machine

Golden Gate Rhythm Machine

 San Francisco, California, USA

The Golden Gate Rhythm Machine (GGRM) plays trad jazz and popular music of the teens, 20s and 30s in a listenable and danceable style performed by professional musicians with more than 40 years experience each. We're ready to play your festival, party, wedding or any event you can think of.


Now performing together for over 20 years, the GGRM is composed of veteran Traditional Jazz and Big Band players each with more than 40 years experience. Our influences range from King Oliver and Louis Armstrong of the 20s in Chicago to the sounds of the Eddie Condon bands in New York. Our "book" consists of at least 1000 songs and compositions from the ragtime era through that of of the big bands including jazz, old blues, vintage pop, and standards.

Wedding and special events planners and caterers give us a try! By dealing with us directly, we will be less expensive than going through an agent, and we absolutely guarantee a professional, crowd pleasing package presented by sober, non-smoking musicians with many, many years of experience. In addition, we are mostly acoustic with no loud electric guitars or keyboards, a feature that usually makes proprietors and their neighbors happy.


"When My Dreamboat Comes Home" 1989
"I Wonder What's Become Of..." 1997 (out of print)
"Big MachinE" 1998
"Standards" 1999
"I Ain't Got No Body" 2006 (available online at CDBaby and many other digital distribution sites)

Set List

Our repertoire includes hundreds of Jazz standards, popular songs, and "novelty" tunes of the teens, 20s, and 30s and later. These typically include compositions like Canal Street Blues (King Oliver), Tin Roof Blues, Memories Of You (Eubie Blake), and The Saints Go Marching In (traditional). We vary tempos and keys to provide both dancers and listeners with a varied and enjoyable experience.

A three hour job generally breaks down to 3 sets with 2 15 minute breaks. The first set is almost always a full hour (about 16 selections) followed by 2 45 minute sets.