Nothing like some grisly #SVU to put me in a sleepy mood.
ABOUTBobby Cressey -- Pianist / Keyboardist / Organist / Producer / Teacher
At 31 years of age, Bobby has years of experience professionally performing and producing at the highest levels in multiple styles of music. He currently plays with the world famous DJ Skee's Skeetox band, plays organ for the San Diego Padres, and has performed with Ice Cube, Jesse McCartney, Xzibit, Lil' John, Snoop Dogg, Paul Wall, Warren G, Bobby Brown, The Glenn Miller big band and the Tom Kubis Big Band at Goldenwest. He also performs with several original projects including the L.A. based electro pop trio 'Smashtronauts' as well as his own jazz combo. Bobby composes and produces music in his studio as well as the studios of various clients. His music can be heard through multiple outlets including television, movies, terrestrial, streaming and satellite radio. He also maintains an active roster of students, teaching a wide range of styles to students of all ages and walks of life. Since 2010 he has lived in the University Heights area of San Diego, although he continues to work extensively in Hollywood and all of Southern California. He has a passion for moving others through his music, whether it be through performing, teaching or composing.
Back at it tomorrow for the first time since September. See you at the ballpark at 12:40!
I’ll be playing in the house band this Wednesday 4/10/13 for Gilbert Castellanos’ Latin Jazz Jam. This is a huge deal. It is the best jazz jam session in town and the level of players that sit in is no joke. I am subbing for Irving Flores who holds down the gig regularly but is playing in ‘The Federal Jazz Project’ along with Gilbert Castellanos himself (and Rob Thorsen). Me and my friend the talented drummer Mike Holguin will be holding it down along with a great line up of Latin Jazz musos.
Right now I am shedding hard on all things Afro Cuban to get my brain into that mode.
I’d love to see everybody at Seven Grand on Wednesday night. It’s a phenomenal venue and there is an awesome vibe there for the jam sessions.
I had my piano tuned yesterday and was inspired to mic it up, sit down and play. This is an off the cuff version of a jazz standard called ‘Alone Together’.
Spring Training is here and it’s time to fan the coals of baseball fandom that die down over the winter. I’ve been doing so by trying to memorize all 69 players on the Padres Spring Training squad (right now the best I can do is 55/69. If you want to try to guess them, go HERE for a rad quiz created by GLBer Jbox).
I’m also getting fired up for the return of baseball by getting my organ material in order. I’ll officially be returning for a fourth year as the Padres organist. It astounds me to think that I’ve been doing this for four years now. This year the day game schedule is a little whacky, so there’s a mix of Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in there. If you want to come check out a game, make sure you peep the calendar on the ‘Padres Organ’ part of my site.
Last year I worked on a ton of new material in the off season. This year I’ve been doing the same. As always, I’ll be trying to include a little something for everyone. The Norteños and Mexican songs I added in 2012 have gone over really well. Not everyone in the crowd gets them, but those that do have expressed huge appreciation. I’ve been doing some video game medleys that have been popular including Angry Birds/Tetris (good for when the Cardinals come to town. Get it? Angry Birds = Cardinals) and a number of themes from Super Mario Bros, Zelda and Street Fighter II. And as always, the Jazz standards and organ classics are always a hit and form the back bone of what I do.
If you have any song ideas, e-mail me or send me a tweet at @bobbycressey. Last year I got some brilliant suggestions like ‘L.A. is Burning’ for when the Dodgers come to town. And it seems like everybody always requests the theme from ‘The Muppets’. It sounds bodacious so I don’t have a problem with it. I’ll be posting some videos of this organ madness this year. I also hope to hear from people who like the organ and consider it an important part of the baseball tradition. I definitely do.