Keith Crossman Band
After a million miles of traveling and touring, ten thousand gigs and eleven records with the Tommy Castro Band, Keith Crossan broke out on his own in 2008 with his album, Beatnik Jungle. The title refers to the North Beach neighborhood in San Francisco, famed as the area where Beat poets and writers like Kerouac, Ginsberg, Corso, and Ferlinghetti produced their culturally defining works. It’s an area still buzzing with writers, poets, painters and musicians, but also a place with a dark, mysterious, and sometimes even dangerous vibe. Throwing that edgy energy on the table and mixing in danceable Big Band jazz, R&B, blues, and funk, it’s this tremendous combination of musical history, mystery, and power that infuses all of Keith Crossan’s music.
With a more than 30 years of experience in the Bay Area music scene, saxman Keith Crossan has played, toured, and recorded with some of the most renowned figures in music. As a long-time member of the house band at Slim’s in San Francisco, he played behind legends like Albert Collins, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis & The News, Elvin Bishop, and John Lee Hooker – and before that, he gigged with The Coasters, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Percy Sledge, Del Shannon, and Frankie Valli, among others. During the ’80s, he was on stage every year at the Bill Graham Civic Center in the house band for the Bay Area Music Awards, and in the ‘90s he was featured on the late-night TV show Comedy Showcase as a member of the house band, The Tommy Castro Band. Lately, Keith has been a featured performer at Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco.