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PERFORMER / TEACHER / PRODUCER

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.
Jan
23

My Thoughts on the Passing of Jerry Coleman

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I could easily write thousands of words about what Jerry Coleman meant to me as a kid born in San Diego who grew up watching the brown and orange Padres of the 80s and hearing his voice on the radio. After graduating from UCSD in the mid 2000s I was living in L.A. beginning my music career. At that time I managed the print department of a music store and would stay after hours to get work done while the store was empty. One night in 2005 I somehow stumbled upon the Mighty 1090 and was floored to hear the voices of Jerry Coleman and Ted Leitner calling the game. I had been going to Padres games throughout the 90s and 00’s but I hadn’t listened to the Pads on the radio since I was a kid. And now these same two voices from my youth were giving me an enthusiastic, anecdotal and descriptive account of the games that were happening that moment 122 miles away. I don’t exaggerate when I say the following: The very moment I heard their voices again, my casual fandom was transformed into a deep passion and cemented for life. That year was a tough one as my dad passed away in January of ’05, and on many of those lonely nights as a transplanted fan, Jerry and Ted provided a real warmth and comfort.

Years later I now have a part time dream gig with this same organization. I count myself beyond fortunate that I get to actually be a part of it in some way. I have gotten to meet both Jerry and Ted, though both meetings were brief hallway exchanges that I initiated and didn’t take place under circumstances that provided an appropriate atmosphere to recount my lengthily stories of what they meant to me. But as I’ve been around the press box a handful of times a year for the past couple seasons, I’ve had occasion to see Jerry going about his business and walking nonchalantly to and fro like the living legend he was. And at the age of 89, I’d known he wouldn’t be around forever. That’s why every single time it happened, I would relish the moment I got to be in the same room with him or spend an afternoon listening to him call a game. No more. The tenor of everything Padres has shifted and my sorrow is deep. But change defines life, and broadens our understanding of what it means to be human. Thank you for giving me a love of baseball Jerry; that will live on forever.

I called Darren Smith’s show on The Mighty 1090 the day after Jerry’s passing. I may have expressed my thoughts more eloquently there than I did above, and I also have a story about the time I met Jerry. If you’d like you can hear it here:

My call to Darren Smith’s show on 1/6/14

Jan
22

2013 Year in Review – Looking forward to 2014

As the new year begins I always write a short review of the previous year with its accomplishments and ups and downs . This year I’ve been lagging because I’ve smashed my way into 2014 with an onslaught of live performances and new projects. There has been none of the customary New Year’s downtime since 2014 started. I did have a solid three hours to reflect on my flight back from my New Years gig on Jan 1. At that time I studied my journals from the year before (which I had brought along for this exact purpose) and considered how the year went.

In 2013, I:

-Played some heavy reggae for the ‘Tribute To The Legends’ with Jamaican Music legends Fully Fullwood and Tony Chin
blog post here

-Playing in the house band for Gilbert Castellanos’ Latin Jazz Jam

-Did some public speaking at a school

-Had music in a major motion picture Thor The Dark World

-Started making fresh music with Some New People

-Played my 4th year of organ for the San Diego Padres

-Elevated my game as a jazz organist and started a residency at a restaurant playing jazz organ

-Wrote another batch of hip hop cues for MTV

-Recorded music for a video game for the first time for SONY (can’t say more right now)

-Made an awesome and inspiring Trip to Chicago

-Was part of a gnarly music video cover of TLCs Waterfalls

This review comes late as we’re already 22 days into 2014 and onto newer things. 2014 is already great.

Dec
30

That Time You Were Joking Around w/ a Celebrity And Didn’t Know It

I’ve done my fair share of hanging out with famous folk, and I am not really phased by it. I’ve played with tons of well known performers and chilled with all kinds backstage. This has nothing to do with my merits as a player, it simply has to do with the fact that if you play music in L.A. for enough time, you see that everybody is hustling and we all live in that continuum between the A and Z list. That has certainly been my life for the past decade.

What happened to me when I was filming with Jane Lui for her ‘Waterfalls’ cover video was a different sort of celebrity encounter- the one where you find out after. I spent an entire evening creating music and joking around with an actress from one of my favorite childhood movies and I didn’t even know it. That actress was Tamlyn Tomita, and she played the girl in Karate Kid 2. Truly that seems like no biggie, but you have to understand I watched that movie 1000 times when I was a 9 year old boy practicing Karate on my 4 year old brother. I know every line from it and every kick, punch and drum roll. And here I was goofing around with the main character, telling her to feed me grapes as she fanned me with a piece of cardboard. The boldness of ignorance.

Here is a link to the video I’m talking about

Dec
18

Vid from Padres PCL Throwback night. Baby Elephant Walk.

Here’s some video from the Padres PCL throwback night that I played earlier in 2013. This was the first night game to feature the organ. I had about 50 people in the stands that I brought so it was a fun night. Unfortunately the fedora and oversize jersey make me look like a member of the band Smashmouth.

This is the song ‘Baby Elephant Walk’ by Henry Mancini. It’s a famous baseball song, especially so since being immortalized by the Dancing Homer in ‘The Simpsons’.

LIVE PERFORMANCES

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MUSIC ON FILM/TV

-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.