Keyser Soze

Keyser Soze


Keyser Soze has emerged as a top ska band in the West Coast music scene. Keyser Soze blends roots reggae, ska, dub, dancehall, soul, and jazz. For bookings please call Jammal @ 775 762 1848 email:


Keyser Soze has emerged as a top ska band in the West Coast music scene. Keyser Soze blends roots reggae, ska, dub, dancehall, soul, and jazz. Based out of the Reno/Tahoe area, Keyser Soze has built a presence throughout California and the western states via regional touring, CD sales, press and internet coverage, and radio airplay.

Keyser Soze has produced two independent CDs and expects to produce a third by Fall 2007. Revenge has already sold 6000 copies and continues to sell at shows and regional record stores. Revenge follows the successful debut EP, Who Is Keyser Soze?, which sold 1000 copies itself before the seven songs were reproduced for Revenge. Both CDs have been reviewed favorably in the regional press and supported by commercial and college radio stations. Revenge features 16 energy-packed Keyser Soze originals plus samples, turntables, guest musicians, and is available at live shows, regional record stores and online.

Keyser Soze has shared the stage with many successful international, national and regional artists, playing nightclubs, concerts, and festivals. Headliners include Steel Pulse, Hepcat, The Wailers, Fishbone, Toots and the Maytals, English Beat, Michael Franti/Spearhead, The Specials’ Neville Staple, Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Eek-a-Mouse, Abbysinians, Anthony B, The Descendants, Save Ferris, Dubcat, and Ozomatli. Other successful regional acts Keyer Soze has performed with include The Debonaires, Monkey, Warsaw, Chris Murray, Bargain Music, The Ziggens, Uprite Dub Orchestra, B-Side Players, Satori, and The Soul Captives.

Keyser Soze features solid musicianship and writing from seven talented and promising young artists: Jammal Tarkington, vocals and alto/baritone saxophones; Rodney Teague, trombone and vocals; Ruben Garcia, trumpet/flugelhorn; Kevin Lum, keys; Anthony Postman, guitar; Mike Mayhall, bass; Justin Kruger, drums. Future goals include producing more CDs, national touring and merchandise distribution, nationwide radio and video coverage, extensive press, and international travel.


Who Is Keyser Soze? (1998)

Revenge (2000)

Set List

Keyser Soze plays predominately original music. However, when appropriate Keyser Soze can more than double the amount of time a typical set lasts with live dubs, and covers of traditional ska, reggae, and jazz tunes from the likes of: Skatallites, Roland Alphonso, Charlie Parker, Gregory Isaacs, Bad Brains, and Ken Boothe.

A typical 6o minute set list includes:
Artibella (cover)
Soul Tuff
Why I'm Here
But Not For You