Dance Hall Pimps
Dance Hall Pimps
"Add banjo to the moody organ and poetic vocals of the Doors, shake in the rock beats and riffs of the early Kinks and Rolling Stones, stir in the playful darkness of The Cramps, add a dash of the Preservation Hall horn section and indulge yourself in the swampy rockin' good time spirit of the genre-bending Dance Hall Pimps."
Created in February 2009 by blues singer/songwriter RJC and guitarist Jeff Jourard (formerly of The Motels), the Dance Hall Pimps fuse high-energy roots rock with twisted New Orleans-style RazzmaJazz. The killer horn section of Brother Bruce Mann and originally Matt "Slim" Lilly and now Steve Carr is inspired by the blistering sax in X-Ray Spex and the jumpin' horns of the Louis Jordan Orchestra.
Our inspirations include The Kinks, The Cramps, Electric Flag, and the unseen dark side of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The killer horn section of “Brother” Bruce Mann and Steve Carr is inspired by the screaming sax in X-Ray Spex and the jumpin’ horns of the Louis Jordan Orchestra. Mann also plays organ, drawing inspiration from Alan Price and Baby Face Willette, but delivering a distinct Bruce Mann style that is both melodic and percussive.
Our sound has been described as:
-- The soundtrack to a lost weekend dancing with lost souls in southern swamps, sideshows, and psych wards
-- A banjo-playing swamp rock vampire fronting a Louisiana graveyard jam session with The Doors, The Kinks, The Cramps, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
-- We were once introduced by a transvestite MC in Hollywood as a "Pimpological phenomenon of musical mayhem."
MEET THE PIMPS
RJC is the band’s charismatic front-man. He created the Dance Hall Pimps and leads the band on-stage and off. RJ’s music passion comes from three wildly different directions, starting when he was a young boy singing in church. His mother was a big band singer in the late 40’s and 50’s and taught RJ the great American songbook. His father was into bluegrass and gospel music, which sparked RJ’s interest in the banjo. Elvis Presley and Lux Interior taught him the rest.
Jeff Jourard is barely used to the gravity on our planet. His distinct and undeniable guitar skills are truly out of this world. It was Jeff’s third grade talent show that sparked his continuous love for music. He played the guitar for the class, and received a screaming reception from the girls. Hook, line and sinker; Jeff was determined to make music his life. Jeff left Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to form the New Wave sensation The Motels. Thirty years after leaving the The Motels, Jeff is back making music with the Dance Hall Pimps.
“Brother” Bruce Mann was born in Britain and now lives in sunny California. He has played the horn and organ ever since he was a child but his passion developed when he heard John Fogerty singing “Have you ever seen the rain” during a road trip with his father. Bruce claims, “Well I don’t know about the rain, but I certainly saw the light . . . and damn the light was loud.” Bruce has since worked in more bands, orchestras and sessions than he cares to remember.
Eddie Fish was born into music, his father being a music professor in Seattle. He started playing jazz professionally at the age of 15, studying with the great Gary Peacock. At 17, he was seduced to the dark side by a whisper of a woman who screamed rock & roll. Eddie then studied with Tim Bogart for a bit and played with many different bands over the years when, by chance, he stumbled upon the debauchery of the Dance Hall Pimps. Seeing kindred spirits in the wickedness of thought and talent, he’s home.
Vic “Baron” Migenes was once a drummer for the extended dysfunctional family of The Bay City Rollers, although gratefully never officially inducted. Accomplishments include movie soundtrack work for Madonna’s “Who’s That Girl” and studio/ghost drumming for acts signed to Sire and Metal Blade Records. Vic’s earliest musical inspiration came from the great R&B artists of the 60’s and mimicking them in his room. However, it was the track “Sorrow” by David Bowie that made him never look back.
Steve Carr has worked with many notable composers including Lalo Schifrin, Charles Fox, Benny Carter, Lenny Neihaus, John Parker, Buddy Collette, John Cacavas and David Rose. A personal highlight was playing tenor sax on the Benny Carter Band’s Japan tour with Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Griffen, Marlena Shaw and Phil Woods. He was a featured soloist on Buddy Collette’s 2001 Grammy nominated “Big Band in Concert” album. Why an accomplished life-long jazz-cat like Steve enjoys playing with the Dance Hall Pimps is becoming one of the great mysteries of Jazz legend and mythology.
DHPs support organizations that fight the sex trafficking of children in America and provide services to child victims. Pimp Music Not People
"This great band is breaking all the rules" — Tony Sweet
— On Air With Tony Sweet (Feb 8, 2012)
"I have to say that at first I didn’t know what to expect from the Dance Hall Pimps… but have no fear, they are in fact a fantastic band, with sounds ranging from blues to rockabilly, from groovy sinister rock to New Orleans-style stomps they will make you ask for an encore…" — Damian A
— Limited Release (May 5, 2011)