THE 9TH WARD MILLIONAIRES
"New Orleans R&B"
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 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.
Charlie Hickox 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.
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".
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 and Elvin Bishop. Recordings with some of these bands had him working sessions alongside Nick Lowe and Fred Catero.
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