We're the San Francisco band who Loves and Lives Diversity!"
- Ernest East, vocalist and bandleader
SF Rainfall performs the music that great memories are made of - Motown, Jazz, Funk, RnB, and Blues.
Plus great originals!
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SF Rainfall celebrates R&B and jazz like no other band in the Bay Area, with a full specrum of seasoned pros led by vocalist Ernest East.
Ernest East, Vocals
In addition to leading his own band, Ernest has recorded with Blue Note artist Donald Bailey, performed live at Yoshi’s Jack London Square, and been featured by SF City College Big Band and Oakland Public Conservatory of Music.
He's also been featured on 6 O’clock News as the Singing Bus Driver, with original songs such as "Back to the City" and "I'm a Bus Driving Man".
Here's one of Ernest's most celebrated compositions. He's on a mission: to help people think WE instead of just Me!
While earning his living driving Muni buses, Ernest became known as 'the singing bus driver'. Here's a song he performed live at the commencement ceremony for graduating drivers!
Ernest LOVES his hometown San Francisco. He wrote this in celebration of how good it feels to come home from life on the road.
Les Carnegie, Trumpet
Les rhymes with success. As a Music Educator, Musician, Conductor, and Orchestrator with his own SF-based enterprise 'Fade II Black Entertainment', Les has performed and collaborated around the world and on the big screen, even winning an MTV award in 2000 for his production work on the film "Romeo Must Die" starring Jett Li and the late Alliayah.
Born in East Orange, New Jersey and raised in Harlem, Les was introduced to music at a very young age. With his mother an established vocalist and his grandmother an accomplished pianist, Les was born with a musical drive and attended in the famous Performing Arts High School in NYC. Already performing professionally by the time he finished high school, Mr. Carnegie studied Music Performance and Education at Rutgers University, taught music in the Trenton NJ Public School System, and toured the country with his own band each summer. Concert promoters and musicians urged him to take a hiatus from teaching to perform in Europe, after which he began teaching privately while performing throughout the US and abroad.
Now living in San Francisco, Mr. Carnegie continues to grow his long list of performing credits while staying active in music communities in both New York and California.
Forrest Jensen, Keyboards
A recent college graduate with a rhythmic style resembling Chucho Valdez, Forrest has already made a name for himself on the SF peninsula's Savanna Jazz scene. He started playing piano in the second grade, performed often while attending Menlo Atherton high school and earned a Bachelor's in Music at Whitworth University in eastern Washington. When not playing keyboards he works as an instructional aide for the Palo Alto Unified School District.
Drue Wilson, Drums & Percussion
A.K.A Mr.D is the time machine behind SF Rainfall. He is the man with the beat and the heat.
Carl Herder, Bass
The man with all the low end and funk.
Bert Keely, Guitar
Bert wears many musical hats, having released his first record of original music at just 21 ('Take me Home', now reissued on CD by Big Pink, licensed for 180g vinyl by Numero, and streaming by Spotify). Exploring jazz, blues, folk, and psychedelic rock genres with an uncommon passion, his guitar is influenced by many legendary players he's shared the stage with: Jorma Kaukonen, Warren Haynes, GE Smith, and Bob Weir to name a few. With Ernest East and Rainfall, he does his best to channel a man they all learned from - BB King.
Bert has also engineered or produced more than a dozen releases, including the feature film How to Grow a Band plus three albums in recent years: The Ones That Got Away by Alex Stanley and Daniel Silveira, Sanchez Sessions by Syd Williams' Midnite Flyte, and Retrospectometer by folksinger Lillian Malek. For more visit BertKeely.com