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Here's what folks are saying about Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums

"Superior Musicianship…Lucky makes a splendid front man - every bit as righteous is Miss Carmen Getit, who breaks it up on vocals and jazzy guitar…The Rhumba Bums seem to abide by Cab Calloway's advice: "Live what's in your soul and sing your friggin' heart out.”
4 STARS, Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat

"Steve, Carmen, and the entire band are consummate musicians and entertainers"
Rebecca Weller, Producer, Lincoln Center's Mid-Summer Night Swing Festival, New York City

"Great musicians playing the hell out of great songs...and putting on a show that matched the energy of the music. Steve Lucky and his guitarist, the stunning Carmen Getit, ought to be world famous."
Joe Getty, The Armstrong & Getty Show, San Francisco, Sacramento

“Instant crowd favorites” Tom Mazzolini, Producer, San Francisco Blues Festival

"What makes the act outstanding are the humorous interactions between Lucky & Getit. Band members display rock-solid musicianship while also dressing impeccably…" Alternative Press

"San Francisco's top jump-swing band" San Francisco Weekly

“Carmen Getit wrings a mean, meaty moan from a Gibson.” Adam Levy, guitarist Norah Jones, from an article about Carmen in Guitar Player Magazine

"…there's nothing quite as mad and frenetic as a live Rhumba Bums show…featuring the vivacious duo of Steve Lucky and guitarist Carmen Getit" V. Vale, Pulse

"at the forefront of the swing revival."
Jim Moret, Showbiz, CNN

"Carmen Getit tears it up on her hollow-body, playing chords light years beyond anything found in a Mel Bay book. More importantly, their [Lucky & company] banter and interplay onstage demonstrates a perfect union of skilled and fueled merry-making." Howard Myint, San Francisco Bay Guardian

"…Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums throws down revved-up blues beats with brassy outbursts…"
James Hunter, Rolling Stone

"During his hot piano solo the piano keys literally left the piano as his foot came upon the (piano)…"
Len Kunstadt, Blues Life Journal, Germany

"Lucky is a nimble and soulful pianist" Bill Kisliuk, Jazz Now

"Both Lucky's and Getit's lead vocals nail their decidedly "little big band" sound just perfectly and when they share vocals on a tune or two, their delightful interplay will have you thinking you're eavesdropping on an intimate but juicy lover's spat" Joseph Jordan, 4 STARS, Blues Access

"Steve Lucky singing and playing Pete Johnson boogie woogie style piano combined with the showmanship of Harry the Hipster…" John Tumpak, LA Jazz Scene

"Vibrant piano style that explores R & B, boogie woogie and jazz influenced blues, …swinging style that impresses…rocking slabs of '50's r & b" Mick Rainsford, Blues & Rhythm Magazine, England

“Carmen Getit is one of the most striking young blues guitarists in the country.” Experience Hendrix Magazine

"Steve Lucky boasts not only a precision keyboard attack but a smooth baritone croon as well." JazzIz Magazine

"This disc is an absolute knockout! It won't be long before this band becomes one of the swing circuit's top ranked heavyweight champions." Jeff Scott Fleenor, KUCI radio, Orange County, CA
- Downbeat, Blues Access, CNN etc


Discography

Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit appear on:

"Come Out Swingin'!", Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums
Rumpus Records RR-65902

Hipsters, Zoots & Wingtips: Volumes I & III
various artists, Hip-O/MCA/Universal HIPD-40129, US & Canada

Swing This, Baby! various artists
Slimstyle Records/Beyond Music/BMG 63985-78000-2

JAZZIZ on Disc
various artists, 1998, JazzIz Magazine Production

Swing 123
various, Universal Music Special Markets

Swing Sucks
various artists, Liberation Records L-37814

San Francisco Jazz Festival Volume III
various artists, Jazz In The City Records JITCR003

Swing On The Wild Side
various artists, Wolverine Records, Germany

Ultra Swing Nouveau
various artists, DM Records DMR79464

Swing Time!
various artists, jazzfm Records, London England

Got Swing?
various, Wanna Dance Productions WDR73001

The HiBall Lounge Sessions, Volume 1
various artists, HiBall Records 1001 San Francisco

2) Steve Lucky appears on:

What the Hell Is Going On, Elvin Bishop
2004 Release

Long As I Have You, John Hammond
Virgin Records Dpro-12793

That’s Big!, Little Charlie & the Nightcats
Alligator Records (2002)

You Can't Do That, Dave Myers
BlackTop Records BT-1142/Alligator

Sista Monica,Sista Monica
Mo Muscle Records MOR042756

Golden State Blues, Mark Hummel
Electro-Fi Records E-FI 3375

Sittin' & Waitin', Rusty Zinn, Kim Wilson special guest
BlackTop Records BT-1134/Alligator

Married to the Blues, Mark Hummel
Flying Fish Records FF 70647

Low Down to Uptown,Mark Hummel
Tone-Cool Records/Rounder, Boston, MA

Miss Carmen Getit appears on:

"Ladies Man", Pinetop Perkins
MC Records, Nominated for a Grammy February 2005 .
with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bob Stroger
plus guests Elvin Bishop, Ruth Brown, Susan Tedeschi, Ann Rabson,
Odetta, Angela Strehli, Deborah Coleman, Madeleine Peyroux, Marcia Ball.

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Bio

Called "Instant Crowd Favorites" by the San Francisco Blues Festival and "Consummate musicians and entertainers" by New York City's Lincoln Center, Lucky and Getit really shine before a live audience, bringing an intense energy and sheer personal magnetism to the stage, exercising wit in a continuous battle of the sexes. They've earned a reputation as captivating entertainers with "superior musicianship" (Downbeat), engaging audiences at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens, Greece, the San Francisco Blues Festival, as the house band at the Derby in Hollywood, and hundreds of nightclubs, festivals, and performing arts centers around the world.

Their presentation of high-energy jump-blues, '50s R & B, swing, vintage jazz, and boogie-woogie is aimed at engaging the audience. The San Francisco Bay Guardian describes Lucky and Miss Getit as a “perfect union of skilled and fueled merrymaking". The two are natural entertainers and they put on a great show. Fans say "they rock". Look for them in MGM's "Be Cool" with John Travolta and Uma Thurman. Their new CD will be released this summer featuring two songs from "Be Cool". And legendary pianist Pinetop Perkins' called Miss Getit his "favorite guitarist"; she appears on his 2005 Grammy nominated CD "Ladies Man".

Drawing from the likes of such legends as Big Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Dinah Washington, T-Bone Walker and Ruth Brown, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums have a true respect for the original roots of Jazz and Blues. Whether the band is rockin’ the blues, jumpin’ or swingin’ them, listen and see why Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums make In Style Magazine’s short list of “coolest bands” around.

Born in Seattle and raised near Detroit, Steve Lucky started playing piano at age eight and was playing and singing professionally by the time he was thirteen. He founded and led the six-piece Blue Front Persuaders through the ‘80s, playing swing, jump-blues, and ‘40s and ‘50s R & B, while living in Ann Arbor and attending the University of Michigan. Their novel sound and wild show was a big draw on the Midwest college circuit, earning them a spot on Star Search and a notable review for one of Lucky's original songs in Billboard magazine.

In 1987 Lucky moved to New York City to play keyboards for Grammy award-winning guitarist and vocalist Johnny Clyde Copeland. During the next five years he was active in the Greenwich Village music scene, was hired to score performance art and theater, and performed with a diverse group of musicians including Joan Osborne, Blues Traveler, and the Spin Doctors.

Sticking to his musical roots, Lucky formed his own band in New York City working the nightclubs and touring throughout Europe. In 1993 he moved to San Francisco and started the Rhumba Bums as a quintet, but admits the band really took shape in ‘94 with the addition of Miss Carmen Getit on vocals and guitar.

In Carmen's powerful vocals, one can hear echoes of her idols Ruth Brown, Etta James, and Dinah Washington. Miss Getit is a dynamic performer and versatile vocalist, interpreting "slick jazz a la Dinah Washington" or shouting down-and-out blues according to the Ann Arbor Observer.

Miss Getit got her musical start plucking out melodies on the piano before she learned to read. Piano lessons soon followed, and at age ten Carmen began singing and playing acoustic guitar with a group of girl guitarists at her local church. Over fifteen years later Steve Lucky bought her an electric guitar and turned her on to early blues and jazz. In 1998 she recorded a critically acclaimed release with the Rhumba Bums, "Come Out Swingin'!", earning four stars in both Downbeat and Blues Access Magazines and accolades from the press. Getit is recognized for her more swinging styles in Guitar Player Magazine as "smooth and steady", and her grittier blues playing in Experience Hendrix Magazine, where Frank-John Hadley calls Getit "one of the most striking young blues guitarists in the country".

Carmen has performed and recorded with Elvin Bishop, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and piano blues legend Pinetop Perkins on his 2004 release “Ladies Man”, and is featured in productions like "Queens of Boogie Woogie", "Women In Blues" and "Divas of the Blues" with other women artists including Lavay Smith, Carol Fran and Ruth Davies. Carmen graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, and received awards as a professional dancer and dance instructor.

The band is rounded out with some brilliant musicians including Scott Petersen, Matt Cowan and Doug Rowan on saxophones, Brian Fishler on drums, and Lukas Vesely on bass. They have performed and recorded with a diverse group of musicians including jazz greats Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Rosemary Clooney, Weather Report's drummer/percussionist Alex Acuña, classical clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, reggae legends The Abyssinians and Don Carlos, and pop stars Aretha Frankli