Our email address: crustyjazz@gmail.com
Person to contact: Anne Abler 805-748-0139

We are happy to talk with you
about your event

How our music might add
to its festivity and charm

(Listen to recordings below)


Crustacea Jazz Band plays danceable and swinging tunes in the New Orleans jazz style, tunes which were popular between about 1900 and 1935 and whose melodies are often still familiar. SLO audiences like and respond to this music first because it is upbeat, happy, humorous and romantic; and second because the creative act is happening right in front of the audience: Right Here, Right NOW!

In this “old fashioned” Jazz, the players improvise and develop variations around a familiar melody line and the unique variations result in a fun time for the audience as well as the players. “We never play this tune the same way once,” is how one band leader described this jazz style.

Over a hundred years ago this “small band improvised jazz style” originated in New Orleans. Throughout the twentieth century this music worked its way up the River to Memphis, and Chicago, and was spread by great local players to New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco and all the towns in between. Crustacea’s repertoire showcases this original music, as well as spirituals and gospel music, blues, and early pop tunes--all played in the New Orleans jazz style.

There are bands playing this legacy of music all over the United States, as well as in England, Holland, France, Japan and elsewhere.


Crustacea Jazz Band

Anne Abler, washboard & violin
Del Gomes, clarinet, soprano & tenor sax, keyboard
Brenna Parker, tuba & flute

Bryan Pearson, banjo & guitar
Richard Woodworth, soprano & tenor sax, clarinet
Steven Saavedra, washboard

We are available for your event:
wedding parties, anniversaries, birthdays,
winery parties, residential concerts.

Our email address: crustyjazz@gmail.com
Person to contact: Anne Abler 805-748-0139

Here are a few recordings of the band.
Listen by clicking on the title.

1. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon

2. Midnight in Moscow

3. Shim-me-sha-wabble

4. Si tu vois ma mere

5. The Fish Vendor

Our Performance Schedule
(The events marked in color are open to everyone)


Sept. 22: 5-8 Family Party at Paso Robles Park Gazebo
June 22:
6-8:45 SLO Farmers Market, Corner Osos & Higuera
June 8:
6-8:45 SLO Farmers Market, Corner Morro & Higuera

May 20: Wedding Party Madonna Inn
May 13: 2-4 Tweed Ride, Triangle Park SLO
Apr 6:
6-8:45 SLO Farmers Market, Corner Morro & Higuera
Mar. 30 : 6-8:45 SLO Farmers Market, Corner Morro & Higuera
Mar. 3: 3:30-4:30 pm Casa de Flores
Feb. 25: Culinary Carnival Benefit, Veterans Hall, SLO
Feb. 2: SLO Farmers Market -- Cancelled for rain.
Jan 19: 6-8:45 SLO Farmers Market on Morro

A Short History of the Band

We are essentially a local jazz band playing the music of America. Since 2009 we have performed at over 200 celebrations, parties, and weddings. Our public performances for farmers’ markets and festivals always draw an appreciative and enthusiastic crowd. We invite you to check us out at the any of the public performances that are listed on this website.

As our band has become known we have played birthday parties (among others, the 50th, 80th, 90th, 99th, and in July 2016 we will be playing a 100th birthday party), anniversaries (several 50th, one 70th), eight wedding parties, and several winery shows. We have performed several times each year starting in 2010 for the residents at Casa de Flores and Bayside Care Center and at Garden Creek and The Palms in The Villages and at The Manse. Three years since 2011 we performed for the Tweed Ride in SLO in May, and five times since 2010 we played the Shell Beach Christmas Parade. In 2013 and 2014 we played Christmas parties at the Avila Yacht Club. We played at the Strawberry Festival in 2012, 2013 and 2015. We are also repeat performers at Cayucos Senior's Luncheons. And in April 2015 we entertained the Santa Maria Model A Ford Car Club. Some of their members heard us at a wedding and wanted our tunes and our style for their Car Club party.

We appeared at the 2010 Boatzart Festival and performed two concerts for the Beth David Congregation—a klezmer concert (2010) and a tribute to Oscar Hammerstein (2011).

In 2014, in 2015, 2016 and again in 2017 we played for the Culinary Carnival Benefit for the Prado Day Center. We also played these benefits: People Helping People (2011), League of Women Voters (2011), Elephant Seal Benefit (2012), SARP (Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center) (2010), Toys for Tots (2013), North County Women's Shelter, and Art After Dark (2014).

Our players all live in the San Luis Obispo area. Our tuba player, Brenna Parker, lives in Los Osos. Bryan Pearson on banjo and guitar, Anne Abler on washboard and violin, and Richard Woodworth on sax all live in Los Osos. Our clarinet and keyboard player, Del Gomes, lives in Arroyo Grande. Our youngest member is Steven Saavedra on washboard; he lives in San Luis Obispo.

Crustacea Jazz Band at the San Luis Obispo
Thursday Night Farmer's Market

(Thanks to Marsha Korobkin for her photos.)

At Garden Creek in The Villages

A great band for any celebration!


Call this number to discuss possible dates for your events:
Phone: Anne Abler 805-748-0139
Email us at: crustyjazz@gmail.com