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.

Tom Kubis Christmas Concert

Last Monday I played the Tom Kubis Christmas concert at Goldenwest college in Huntington Beach.

If you recall, that was the day that I was furiously trying to learn songs for the gig that was never to be. So before, during and after the concert, I wasn’t thinking too much of it. I also knew that my chops were in a pretty bad place, so I didn’t expect much out of myself playing wise, and thought nothing more of the evening than that it would be a fun 90 minute concert, then I would come back home and forget about it. This isn’t to belittle the band or how much I love playing with them, I’m simply saying that my mind was kind of elsewhere that night.

It was really an excellent concert though, and Tom remarked that his band hasn’t sounded that good for a long time. That’s high praise considering that his GW band has featured Jack Sheldon, Jeff Jarvis and Rusty Higgins in the past. Tom also had his daughter Nicole sing with her group, ‘The Swing Kittens’, a female vocal trio. These girls are about twenty years old but they sound like seasoned vets.

Well, apparently the concert was recorded and so Tom E-mailed us two tracks from it this weekend. I was actually very pleasantly surprised by how good the band sounds. Check out this song featuring the Swing Kittens. This one was a blast for me to play because I just got to cut loose in a Dixieland style, blowing over the top of it.


And Just Like That

My Jingleball gig is CANCELLED.

The show is obviously going forward but not with the band. I got a text today that didn’t really explain it, but just said, ‘The gig is off’. How does that make me feel?

I woke up early yesterday, spent the ENTIRE DAY feverishly programming my keyboards, came back and programmed until 2 AM, woke back up at 7 AM and continued the assault until the second I went to work today. I am annoyed that I squandered the day and diverted my energy from composing the music I wanted to for a promising listing today. I am upset that I had to bail on the post concert annual hang last night to come home and program keyboards for a gig that would never happen. Time is a precious commodity and to see it wasted like that makes me angry.

I still don’t know what happened, nor that it’s anyone’s fault. I am imagining that DJ Skee had 2nd thoughts about trying to pull this crazy live act together at the last minute. Probably smart, although I feel like this band is so good that it wouldn’t have been a problem. I’ll be finding out soon though.

At least:

-I get some time back for this week
-I learned how to use Master Mode on the MOTIFs finally. Seriously, that’s pretty cool (and long overdue)
-I can go visit my GF in SD this week.


Monday of Programming playing a concert and programming some more

It’s 1:04 AM and I told my girlfriend I’d be in bed by 12:30 and wake up to hit this again at 6 tomorrow morning. I have energy though, and so I think I should use it. I am sitting in the middle of this mess:

Programming my Rig for Jingleball

All day I’ve been frantically programming my keyboards for the Jingle Ball set, but I have a long long way to go. The good news is I finally cracked the code of the Yamaha Motif’s Master Mode, which allows me to control all the keyboards in my setup from one master keyboard. What that means is that when it comes time to play ‘Bad Romance’ by Lady Gaga, I just pull up the Master setting called ‘Bad Romance’ and it switches all the keyboards and attached synths to the sounds I have programmed in them for the song, so one keyboard will have a punchy synth lead and another will have the trance filter sweep on the pre chorus ready to go with the cutoff knob in the right spot.

Which sounds like this by the way:

I also played the Tom Kubis Christmas concert tonight at Goldenwest College in Huntington Beach. There is more to be said about that, but it will have to wait for another day. Right now I’m going to bed, at least I am after I figure out how to change patches on the Korg MS2000BR remotely. <yawn>


Playing KISS FM Jingle Ball in a Week

Earlier today I was sitting with Debbie at her house in San Diego watching ‘Gran Torino’ when I got a missed call from Dru Decaro. Dru is someone I know from L.A. originally from playing in Ladyfox together. Not only is he a great guitar player, performer and front man, he’s a street smart yet ethical cat who can socialize with the best of them and hustle all day. He’s also in a band called DNA that’s worth checking out.

So he’s been doing some work at the studio of a heavy hitting young DJ named DJ Skee who apparently has big ties to KIIS FM. KIIS FM is a huge local radio station that plays pop, RnB and hip hop in a teeny bopping mix. It’s the home of Ryan Seacrist and Rick Dees. (or at least it USED to be Rick Dees home. Don’t know if he’s still doing his thing). KIIS has a huge holiday concert every year called the Jingle Ball. This year it’s at the Nokia Theater downtown and DJ Skee will be playing the afterparty.

Check It Out:

So after seeing Dru’s missed call, but before calling him back, I get an E-mail on my Blackberry subject line: ‘SKTX Live’. I open it and it’s a 52 minute setlist of 36 or so songs ranging from Lady Gaga, to Michael Jackson to Jay-Z to Bon Jovi to Daft Punk to Pitbull back to Daft Punk back to Lady Gaga with many other stops in between. With only this crazy set list to go on, I call Dru back and get filled in: He tells me that DJ Skee needs a live band to play with him as he merges live performers with a DJ in this fresh live concept he has, which will be debuting at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball at Club Nokia next Saturday. It would be Dru, our friend Carter Wallace on bass, an unknown drummer and me on keys. We’d have to learn this entire crazy set list for a Tuesday rehearsal (ie in 3 days) at some amazing studio on the Miracle Mile. We’ll probably have to have about 3 rehearsals if not more.

But….it pays absolutely nothing. What the heck? KIIS FM is making money OBVIOUSLY. This is KIIS FM we’re talking about. Is all that $ going to Taylor Swift (who’s headlining)? Can’t somebody chip us off at least a bill or two?

It’s a super valid question, but I’m not going to let that be a real point of contention. I am not in a position to negotiate here, and if I wanted I could just turn it down. The gig should be so frikin cool that it won’t matter. But it’s a drag to burn a week of evenings and MANY hours programming and practicing for zero $. We shall see how this turns out, but in my opinion this time the coolness outweighs the monetary burden. Sometimes as a musician if you really love your craft and performing and cool opportunities, you have to take it in the wallet. Great connections could be formed; future gigs could have the groundwork laid, and great music will be made.

I’ll post more about rehearsals and developments as they happen, but suffice to say, for now, I have my work cut out for me!


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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.