The Sam Rudin Band consists of world-class players—exciting, accomplished musicians who have a great love for the Blues, R & B, Funk, and Swing that they play. In fact these guys are in such great demand that it is necessary to keep two teams of Hotshots rehearsed and ready. Our music is designed to guarantee a sweaty, good time for dancers. But more than that, the depth and subtlety of these great players insure a rewarding experience for listeners as well.

Steve Evans (bass)

One of the most sought-after and respected bass players in Northern California, Steve is best known in the blues community, but is equally comfortable in jazz, pop, and folk settings. His lengthy list of credits include tours with Charlie Musselwhite, Bob Weir, Joan Baez, and Big Mama Thornton. For many years he anchored the band for internationally known guitar-great Roy Rogers. And more recently he has been touring the world with one of today’s biggest blues stars, Coco Montoya.

Jeff Ervine (sax)

Years ago, Jeff was playing classic rhythm & blues with the Zazu Pitts Memorial Orchestra. More recently, he has been touring the West Coast and Europe with the classic swing of Stompy Jones. Along the way he has recorded with Bill Withers and Taj Mahal, among others. He’s a versatile pro, but more than that—Jeff knows how to wail. When he steps up to the mike he blows the house down, and there are plenty of folks who say he is the most exciting saxophonist they’ve ever seen.

Jimmy Hobson(drums)

Jimmy spent his early years carving out a name for himself in the highly competitive world of Los Angeles recording sessions. He earned several gold records there, and his long and varied list of credits include Billy Preston, Hall & Oates, Evelyn “Champagne” King, and even Celine Dion. When he came to the Bay Area, he joined Tom Rigney in the Sundogs, which subsequently became nationally known for their blend of zydeco and rock.

Danny Caron (guitar)

When Jeff is not available, we don’t look for another sax, we turn to Danny (not pictured). Leaving a trail of glowing reviews wherever he travels, Danny is best known as the musical director for the late blues great Charles Brown. He has also toured and recorded with Bonnie Raitt, been featured with Clifton Chenier, neo-swing stylist Dan Hicks, local favorite Mitch Woods, and many others. Admired by aficionados for his taste and versatility, his dynamic stage presence makes him a favorite of audiences everywhere.