THE 9TH WARD MILLIONAIRES
"New Orleans R&B, Dixieland, Jazz and Zydeco."
Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs - sax
Charlie Hickox - piano
Tim Eschliman - bass
Larry Vann - drums
After being forced to leave his home in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina, where he was highly in demand as a sideman and bandleader for over 25 years,, Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs arrived in the Bay Area in 2005 , .He studied music at Berklee, as well as privately with Tony Dagradi and John Handy. He has recorded with the Neville Bros, Jr. Brown, Marva Wright, Kinky Friedman and performed live with The Band, The Temptations, the Dells, Martha Reeves and Gatemouth Brown.Since arriving in the Bay Area, Snakebite has played with Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines, Country Joe McDonald , Dan Hicks, The Christmas Jug Band, among others.
After arriving in the Bay Area in the early 70's Charlie Hickox played the Farfisa with Crazy Mike and the Bad All-Stars at the legendary Minnie's Can-Do Club on Fillmore and Bush St. in S.F.. He moved on to play with the street Gospel group, Gideon and Power.
Gideon recorded on Bell Records, releasing an album, Live at Keystone Korner. He also toured with the Supremes. In the later 70's Charlie joined Marty Balin(Jefferson Airplane founder and lead singer) in Bodacious, a raucous experiment of Marty's, recording an album, Bodacious D.F., on RCA records. Marty also sang Charlie's 'Second-Hand Information' on the Bodacious album. Marty later recorded Charlie's song Cruising, with the Jefferson Starship. Most recently, Hickox was a member of The California Honeydrops.
Tim Eschliman is a musician, composer, producer, record company administrator (for Globe Records), and web developer from Yellow Springs, Ohio, currently located in Northern California. As a singer and bass-player he recorded and toured with Etta James, Jesse Colin Young, Commander Cody, The Moonlighters, The Christmas Jug Band, and Rhytmtown-Jive. Recordings with some of these bands had him working sessions alongside Nick Lowe and Fred Catero.
Larry Vann has toured and recorded with The Whispers, Martha Reeves, The Marvelettes, Charles Brown, Buffy Saint Marie, Randy Crawford, Charlie Musselwhite, Brian Auger and many more. His work with Ron Thompson & The Resistors contributed to the band earning two Bammy awards. Vann's honors include The Blues Society's West Coast Hall of Fame "Blues Drummer of the Year" and The Jazz Institute's "Man of the Year".Visit Event Website for More Info