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.

Been Running Around Like A Madman

I haven’t been able to post much on the old blog because I’ve been busy researching jobs and places to live in San Diego. I’ve been posting on Craigslist looking for students and that has been an interesting experience. After a post 2 nights ago with a link to some videos of me playing, I got three offers to play in different bands, a lame joking e-mail and another e-mail from someone interested in learning how to play ska/reggae. That’s progress!

I also interviewed with the area leader for a job that is entirely unrelated to music, teaching engineering to kids in school using LEGO. It was a great chat, but I had seen the ad too late as they just filled the positions with two great teachers.

So I’m looking for more students and a way to get something steady happening while I work on music in the cracks in between.


El Trio Los Dos

This past Saturday I accompanied my girlfriend Debbie to her family nursery, where her mom Hilda was conducting the annual wreath making workshop. Debbie was needed as a translator slash hot young face to sell product, and I dutifully tagged along to hang at the nursery and help in any way I could. I ended up getting stuck with photography duty which, despite my lack of photography training, I took very seriously, and I must have ended up with over a hundred pictures.

Debbie's Mom Hilda holding a lovely wreath she made for my mom

So after the wreath making workshop (which was from 10:00 to 11:30), we had planned on leaving, but we ended up hanging around in the redwood grove and Debbie’s dad Mike built a fire. Debbie’s cousin Patti then conjured carne asada out of the ether like many women of latina origin can and threw it on the grill, and soon enough we had some tacos to munch on. Joining Mike, Hilda, Patti, Debbie and I was an itinerant wanderer named Hedgehog who is currently staying in his van on the nursery property at Mike’s request. Hedgehog is a wanderer, having spent much time in Mexico and raised goats in Ramona for a number of years. He also has a leathery old voice, and so to conclude the great campfire hang, Mike suggested that we go over to the retail store and sing some songs. Mike and Hedgehog would play guitar and I would get to play Mike’s homemade gut bucket. What’s a gut bucket? A gut bucket is a musical instrument comprised of an upside down tub with a string of gut attached to a stick. It’s basically a hillbilly’s stand up bass, and the Mike Evans variety features an old Manzanita branch instead of a reg’lar non native stick, and a rope instead of animal intestines.

Now I consider myself more of an ivory tickler than a gut bucket player, but Mike assured me that I would be up to snuff. So I said what the hell. We headed over to the retail store and with after a 2 minute gut bucket primer, we were playing and singing. We sang old folk songs and even Polkadots and Moonbeams, to which I surprisingly know many of the words. This is what our ensemble looked like:

El Trio Los Dos con Teej

After about 5 songs I had to throw in the towel, as my skin was starting to get a little raw. But before we disbanded, we were probably the best band to play retail all day, including what they were playing on the CD player. And what was supposed to a quick morning of helping out at the nursery turned into a 6 hour ‘salt of the earth’ hang. We were called ‘El Trio Los Dos’, or the trio of two. I’m not entirely sure why, but I think the name references the fact that Hedgehog, who’s real name is Robert, shares his name with me, who’s real name is also Robert. We could also be El Trio los dos Robert’s con Mike y Teej, although Teej’s contribution was mostly to sleep on the ground.


Signed a track today (well yesterday, but I sent in the contract today)

I signed a track to the Crucial Music library today. It always feels good to sign something to a library where they can use their contacts and presence to expose your stuff and get it placed. The bad news is that it’s a Christmas track, an arrangement of ‘We Three Kings’ to be more exact. That is bad news because as it’s Christmas right now, it probably wouldn’t get used for anything until next year. That means that I probably won’t see a dime from this track for 18 months, a cool 6 months after its use next year.

Truly this is a hurry up and wait kind of business, as well as one in which you need to be active for a year or so before you start seeing any $.


Counting your chickens….

It seems like I’ve been doing a lot of that lately, and it hasn’t been going well.

2 weeks ago, I was furiously writing like crazy because I felt there was a great chance that a good friend of mine who’s name shall not be disclosed here said he could probably get my music onto a major show on ABC primetime. I started writing dramedy cues and dedicated my whole day to it, only to get the call later from him that it wasn’t going to happen.

Then last week, I was all amped for this super cool Jingleball gig and shoved everything aside so I could learn and program, only to get the text the next day that this also wasn’t going to happen.

So Friday I got a call from my friend Chris, the bass player for the Kubis band (and a big shot on the Queen Mary, running a lot of their sound and production), and he told me that he had a possible New Years gig at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. More specifically, at the swankiest club in the happiest place on earth, CLUB 33.

Club 33 a sweet secret Disneyland club with an entrance by Pirates of the Carribean.

Club 33 Entrance

I would be playing wallpaper jazz with a trio of my choosing, and not to get obscene, the gig would pay very well. In fact it would probably be the best paying gig I’ve ever had. And I’d get to be at Disneyland on New Year’s Eve, but V.I.P. style.

And yet, it’s not on the books yet, so why even mention it to anyone else? I’m supposed to hear about it today (which only has 19 minutes left), and no news isn’t really good news. It would be three Mondays of disappointment, but at this point it’s par for the course and I’m not too down about my recent luck. If I get it, awesome. If not, I’m not surprised. But here’s hoping.


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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.