Jambo

Jambo

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandAmericanaChildren's Music

Real American Roots music that is loved by children and their families. Excellent musicianship, feel-good grooves, and fun, kid-friendly, positive songs. We are an experienced award winning band playing dynamic and interactive shows for all ages. 2 Time Parents' Choice Award Winner!

Biography

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 Lollapalooza, 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 second CD, "Hootenanny" was released in February 2013 and has already won a Parents' Choice Silver Award and is one of People Magazine's "Best Kids CDs Now!" 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.

Awards:
2 Parents' Choice Awards
Los Angeles Music Award
Independent Song Competition Award

For more information about Jambo, go to: www.jamboland.com

Lyrics

Lucy's Parade

Written By: Jambo (Steve Pierson)

Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all ages
Welcome to Lucy’s Bug Brigade!

See, the ants go Marching, marching one by one
Blowing on their trumpets, having so much fun

The fleas, are hop, hop, hoping, Marching two by two
I watch my bugs parading, just for me and you.

Solo

We’re marching in Lucy’s parade, We’re marching because she is brave
All the boys and girls, all around the world,
are marching in Lucy’s Parade

We’re marching in Lucy’s parade, with all of the friends she has made
The bugs are all in place, so put on a happy face
and keep marching in lucy’s parade

Solo

We’re marching in Lucy’s parade, We’re marching because she is brave
All the boys and girls, all around the world,
are marching in Lucy’s Parade

We’re marching in Lucy’s parade, We’re marching because she is brave
All the boys and girls, all around the world,
are marching in Lucy’s Parade
Well we’re marching in Lucy’s Parade

Where Do They Go

Written By: Jambo (Steve Pierson)

Where does my Mommy Go?
Where does my Daddy Go?
When they leave me alone at school, you know,
Where do my Mommy and My Daddy Go?

Daddy said he had an appointment
So I’m sure it’s with the President of the whole world
Are they eating spaghetti on a fast rocket ship to Mars
Or maybe he’s building a really, really, really, cool bumper car
Do you think he’ll let me drive it if I don’t go too far?
Where did my Daddy go?

Where does my Mommy Go?
Where does my Daddy Go?
When they leave me alone at school, you know,
Where do my Mommy and My Daddy Go?

Mommy said she was running errands,
But I think that maybe she runs a big zoo
She must be climbing up a Giraffe to make sure it’s teeth are white
Or she’s kissing Rhinos on the nose so they’ll be sweet and they won’t fight
Well she’ll bring me home a Monkey, we could hang around all night
Where did my Mommy go?

Where does my Mommy Go?
Where does my Daddy Go?
When they leave me alone at school, you know,
Where do my Mommy and My Daddy Go?

Dad and Mom said they had a date
That date must be a holiday, like maybe Halloween
Are they dressing up like skeletons and painting their own face
Are they bouncing in a castle with fireworks and bubbles to chase
Why, oh why on Earth didn’t they bring me to this place!
Where did Mommy and Daddy go?

Where does my Mommy Go?
Where does my Daddy Go?
When they leave me all alone at school, you know,
Where do my Mommy and My Daddy Go?
Where do my Mommy and My Daddy Go?
Oh, Where do my Mommy and My Daddy Go?
Where do my Mommy and My Daddy Go?

(Mommies and Daddies always come back)

Ordinary Average Day

Written By: Jambo (Steve Pierson)

Woke up this morning, wiped the sleepies from my eyes
Looked out the window at the warm and welcome sky
Ate up my eggs and bacon that my Mommy made
Just an ordinary, average kinda day

Put on my scuba mask and went out for a swim
I met a school of fish, made friends with all of them
Swam through the coral with a flounder named, Jay
Just an ordinary, average kinda day

Climbed up a mountain and trekked through impossible snow
Just because I didn’t have anywhere better to go
Oh No!

Spun the propeller, took my plan out for a spin
Flew cross a meadow, then high in the sky again
A flock of Toucans wouldn’t get out of my way
Just an ordinary, average kinda day

Rode on my camel through the dessert in the hot, hot sun
To tell the truth, that sandy trip was really not so much fun
Oh No!

It’s dark outside so I put on my new space shoes
I give the moon a kiss before I start to snooze
I catch some stardust that turns into a bouquet
Just an ordinary, average kinda day

Just an ordinary, average kinda day
Just an ordinary, average kinda day
Just an ordinary, average kinda day…

Discography

Jambo - "Lucy's Parade"

Jambo - "Hootenanny"

Set List

We usually play for 45 minutes to an hour. Mostly all of our songs are originals but we sometimes throw in a fun blues tune.