As one of the most versatile keyboardists on the West Coast, Bobby Cressey often finds himself pigeon holed by people who only know him for one particular style. The straight ahead jazz lovers might have no idea that he is an authority on keyboard playing in Jamaican ska and reggae. People who hear him perform classical piano could be clueless about his skills in programming keyboards and commercial pop chops, or might never guess that he regularly plays the organ for thousands of people at baseball games or backs up lounge singers in his spare time. Bobby has years of experience professionally performing and producing in multiple styles of music. For years he played with the world famous DJ Skee’s Skeetox band, currently plays organ for the San Diego Padres and San Diego Gulls, and has performed with Ice Cube, Jesse McCartney, Xzibit, Lil’ John, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Bobby Brown, The Glenn Miller big band and the Tom Kubis Big Band at Goldenwest. Bobby plays in San Diego's premier corporate top 40 band, The Mighty Untouchables, in addition to several original projects including Tiffy Jane and the Kicks as well as his own jazz piano and organ combos. He's also a founding member of 'Western Standard Time', an 18 piece ensemble that plays the traditional ska of the Skatalites with big band arrangements.

Bobby is also an accomplished composer and producer. His music can be heard through multiple outlets including television, movies, terrestrial, streaming and satellite radio, and video games. He also maintains an active roster of students, teaching a wide range of styles to students of all ages and walks of life. His newest album 'Cali Native' is an entirely self funded release and showcases brilliant horn arranging and a strong ensemble of Southern California's very best musicians with tons of groove based funk and soul.

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.

Happy New Year, 2015 in Review

I haven’t been checking in here much lately, and as I look back on 2015, I find the reason why.

I’ve been too busy GIGGING LIKE CRAZY.

I tallied up the #s, and here is 2015 by the #s.

The Mighty Untouchables Gigs: 115
Church at RB Gigs: 61
Organ at Padres games: 11
Cardiff Struggles: 16
Tiffy Jane gigs: 19
Misc Jazz and everything else hits: 83
Total: 305

I really can’t believe I did this much because it doesn’t seem like I did. It feels more 1 day at a time to me and I DO feel like I have a lot of time that I waste, opportunity that I leave on the table. In 2016 I’m looking forward to tweaking that quality to quantity ratio ––though in truth I feel like I have this pretty well dialed in already–– and getting back into my production more, which is something I’ve really gotten away from in the past two years.

Here’s to a killer 2016.


Sample day:

It’s 12:30 AM and I’m thinking I should call it day. Did I get enough work done today I earnestly ask myself? I then reflect on my hours today:

7:30 AM – 11:15 AM Charting
11:30 AM -2:15 PM Rehearsal
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM chillin
4:30 PM -5:30 PM practice
5:30 PM -6:30 PM walkin
6:30 PM -8:30 PM dinner/Netflix with Deb
8:30 PM -12:30 PM charting

I’m done.


San Diego Session Life

I’ve been doing more recording sessions down in San Diego. Last week I had a cool session for the San Diego Zoo with some heavy San Diego musicians. This is for some show this Summer:


So I’ve been DJing

I’ve been doing some DJ sets with TMU after our normal Top 40 sets, and I’m having a great time with it. It’s amazes me how many people criticize DJs and belittle the musicality and skills that good DJs possess. Though critics would argue the barrier to entry is low, (anyone can DJ if you have a controller and the software) those who DJ at the highest level exhibit tons of refined skill both with the technique of mixing and with the intangible art of judging a crowd of people and keeping them dancing. I would like to think I get a little better at both of those things every time I do this. I also make no claims to greatness with any of it as I know a lot of killer DJs who can do things I can’t begin to understand. Here is a shot from a wedding last month where TMU played and then I spun a set. I dig the stage setup:

DJing Bao Wedding May 2015


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-Had music placed on the new show 'Donnie Loves Jenny' on A&E at the beginning of 2015

-Check out my recent blogpost about placements in 2014

-2013/2014: Had a prominent placement in 'Thor 2: The Dark World'. My cue is in a restaurant scene for over a minute.

-Had music placed on the Sundance Channel at the end of 2013 in 'All On The Line With Joe Zee'

-My music is featured on DJ SKEE's show SKEELIVE on AXS TV throughout 2013 and 2014

-I have multiple hip hop cues on 'Rob's Fantasy Factory' seasons 3-6 airing on MTV continuously.

-I have music on a new show on TLC called 'Best Funerals'. (say what!?) airing in late 2013 / early 2014. The show will feature a handful of gospel cues that I wrote.

-I placed a Dramedy Cue called 'Sneaky Groover' in the season premiere of 'World Of Jenks' on MTV in the Spring of 2013.