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.

Grateful for The Way Things Are Going…

I’ve been really happy about the way this year has been going with the balance I have of different gigs and opportunities. I am continuing the mad pace of gigs that I had last year, having just got home from my 102nd gig of 2015 on the 136th day of the year. This alone is worth celebrating because not all musicians are fortunate enough to live where they can work like this. I live in a town with plenty of work (at least for the time being) and I am so thankful to be able to play gigs that I love. I love playing with my corporate cover band ‘The Mighty Untouchables’ which is really one of the best bands of its kind in Southern California. But man does not live on Top 40 alone, and I am grateful to be asked to play jazz gigs in town with different people. These keep me sharp and feed my creative soul. I play at church which feeds my soul in a different way. I play organ occasionally for my baseball team. And I get to go up to LA from time to time and play with some amazing fresh friends of mine in big situations. In short I get to play a variety of music which keeps things fresh, and I love everyone I make it with. It’s not entirely through my own merits either; I really am a lucky dude with a lot of ‘right place right time’ bringing me fortune. I hope things continue like this!


2015 Been Insane Man

My 2015 has been pretty solid with great opportunities and solid work. It has been non stop.

This week I’m looking forward to:
-Getting in at Petco Park for rehearsals for the baseball season, and a real game on 4/2 for Fanfest.
-Playing for Bethany Joy Lenz’s CD release concert in L.A. with some old friends including Dru Decaro on guitar.

See you soon. Check out the Calendar for upcoming gigs.


Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra live on PBS

On Christmas Eve I had the once in a lifetime bucket list opportunity to perform at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra. We were performing as part of the 55th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, a 3 hour special televised on PBS in Los Angeles.

EDIT: I had a video posted from Youtube, but apparently it’s been removed.


2014 Music Placements

While I didn’t get a song in a feature film This Year, it’s awesome to see your music pop up in different shows and being used in different ways.


-A Hip Hop cue in ‘White Collar Brawlers’, on the Esquire Network.

-A tension piece in an episode of ‘NOVA’ on PBS. Exciting for me because, NOVA is a rad show.

-A jazz piano piece in an episode of a show called ‘Chaos’ on CBS that was cancelled after 3 seconds.

-A piece on ‘Welcome To Myrtle Manor’ on TLC. I don’t know what piece it was to be honest.

-Tons of hip hop in ‘Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory Season 6’ earlier in 2014. Hopefully more of that happening next year.

This is a significant increase from the year before, and with more work and hustling, 2015 should be even more huge. Here’s to finishing out the year strong with lots of production.

Placements 1
Placements 2


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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.