Barrelhouse Gang started in the summer of 2015 as a street jam session with various dixieland jazz players from around the country, who happened to be hanging around Seattle for the summer. Saxophonist James Walls noticed that people always danced and had a great time wherever we would play, and was inspired to get this act off the streets and into the live music market. Since then we've played over 100 performances around the Puget Sound, a great number of them weddings and private parties. Barrelhouse Gang is especially popular with weddings since it is such an upbeat, happy music that people can't help dancing to.
Barrelhouse Gang is made up of various great trad jazz players from around the Seattle area. James Walls is the band leader, saxophonist and vocalist. Frequent other players with the group include Dennis Staskowski - Bass, Kevin Johnston - Banjo, Dave Brown - Banjo, Eric Likkel - Clarinet and Saxophone, Eric Vanderbildt-Matthews - Clarinet/Piano/Saxophone, Roy Brown- Trombone, Bert Barr - Cornet, Rosemarie Barr - Piano, Victor Horky - Guitar, Paul Gabrielson - Bass.