The Tim McMahon Jazz Ensemble

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The Tim McMahon Ensemble specializes in performing jazz and R&B, as well as the very best in pop music with a variety of different configurations. We provide everything from a piano trio jazz group to quartet, quintet and even a six piece ensemble setting with horns. We also have several of San Diego’s most talented vocalists available who specialize in singing jazz standards and pop-classics.

If you’re looking for background jazz for an office function or a band for a wedding, we hope you’ll take a minute to browse through the site. We pride ourselves on professional attitude and attire and hope you’ll consider us for your next event!

Big Band Jazz Machine


This band is incredible and what an amazing experience to play with them!!  I have been singing with them for about 10 years now and my singing partner, Nathan Fry just joined us this year.   The band has been together more than 30 years and is truly one of the best big bands around.  We don’t do the old swing style that people think of when they think “big band”.  We do high energy modern arrangements for this 17 piece band.  Our CD, “It’s About Time”, was just released about a month ago and has already gotten lots of airplay around the country as well as noticed in Europe and Japan.  The CD features some heavy guest stars including Wayne Bergeron (trumpet), Eric Marienthal (saxophone), Dean Brown (guitar), Bill Cantos (piano), Bernie Dressel (drums), and Gilbert Castellanos (trumpet) as well as the best of San Diego’s musicians.




Patented gets its name from the leader of this extraordinary vocal jazz quartet, Leonard Patton. What a phenomenal singer he is!  He has the vocal style of Bobbie McFerrin and has done tons of theatrical productions in addition to his solo career.  Matt Falker, our tenor, is a professional arranger, publisher, clinician, vocalist, jazz pianist, professor, music director and the list goes on.  Nina Flowers is our soprano and has the voice of an angel.  What style… wow can she swing!  I am really honored to sing with these incredible singers.



The band was formed by Sonny Moon (Joel Hile) and Guy Wonder (Mike Werner), who met in an earlier jump blues project called Chase Lounge and the Lazy Boys. Sonny was steering the band toward a lounge jazz sound, and Guy’s addition to the band cemented the jazz transformation. The band then became nutty, and so became Nutty, focused on jazz renditions of familiar classic rock songs.
It’s “mash-ups” – rock / jazz tapestries performed against a backdrop of what feels like a Rat Pack show in the Copa Room at the Sands, circa 1960.

If you have seen the hit TV show Mad Men, then this is the band for you!



Euphoria Brass Band

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The Euphoria Brass Band is the latest musical force to be reckoned with in San Diego. Part New Orleans tradition and street beats, part West Coast attitude and flow….and a lot of love! Created in 2011, when two longtime New Orleanians, David Bandrowski (banjo/guitar) and Ron Bocian (snare drum) who now call San Diego home, had an idea to build a New Orleans style brass band on the West Coast. The idea came to fruition when they approached KSDS Jazz 88.3’s “Second Line Parade” host Drew Miller (bass drum) with the idea. Through Drew’s connection with some of San Diego’s top horn players, soon Euphoria Brass Band was born. EBB boasts a top shelf horn section: Steve Ebner (trumpet), April West (trombone), Dave Jackson (tenor sax), JP Balmat (clarinet, alto and baritone sax) and sousaphonist Wayne Rice holding down the bottom. With reverence to tradition while bringing the unique multi-layered modern street sounds of New Orleans and letting the Southern California vibe shine through, Euphoria Brass Band is an undeniably unique and exciting musical force! Join the parade drenched in the sweet tones of Euphoria Brass Band….coming soon down a street near you!


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The Third Coast Band

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 12.29.02 PMThird Coast Band has been providing entertainment for weddings and private events since 2003 and are familiar with the needs of events of all types and sizes. Though known as being passionate for all styles of Jazz, they are able to offer so much more! They can easily change directions to cover dance and popular material so that making it easy for clients that require one group to handle all phases of their events. That makes them a band for all!

The Third Coast Band can adjust to almost any desired format. They have a variety of popular options such as their instrumental trio (guitar/sax/keyboards) and can add or subtract players as desired. From solo guitar (perfect for weddings ceremonies) all the way to and 8 or 9 piece group, they have the ability to adjust to the needs of any venue. They can provide both male and female vocals and work with some of the most talented performers in Southern California.Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 12.29.13 PM

Their repertoire covers all styles of jazz (big band era, straight-ahead classics, hard bop, blues, bossa nova, smooth, latin, etc.) as well as Motown, R and B, Disco, Soul/Funk, and high-energy dance. With thousands of songs to choose from, they can take almost any request and are happy to accommodate. Do you love jazz but worry your guest may fall asleep in their drinks? They love to spice up the old favorites with a very contemporary feeling so that both young and old have a great time!




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Sue Palmer Queen of Boogie

San Diego’s Queen of Boogie Woogie, Sue Palmer, has amazed audiences all over the world with her unique style and phenomenal left hand. She delights in creating an atmosphere reminiscent of the small clubs and cafes of 1932 Paris, Harlem, West Texas and Hawaii. Her first CD, which features many of her own compositions, has been described as “full of fun, and cool enough to cause crop damage to orange groves.” Her second CD, “Soundtrack to a B Movie” was called “a steam of sultry sound.” “Live at Dizzy’s” was voted the Best Blues Album at the San Diego Music Awards, 2002-2003. “Palmer has come into her own on this wonderful new release, “In The Green Room,” 2005, with studio and live tracks redefining her rep as “just” a gifted pianist-bandleader. Palmer may now add producer and visionary to her resume.” Her 2007 release, “Sophisticated Ladies,” has won the 2008 International Blues Challenge (IBC) Award for Best Self Produced CD, awarded by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, and many think its her best album yet.

Sue & Her Motel Swing Orchestra are renowned for their highly energetic shows… …and have received rave reviews for their live performances, including the Mammoth Jazz Festival, Ocean Beach Jazz Festival, LaJolla BytheSea Concerts, KSDS Jazz Radio 88.3, and many others. While her band plays a wonderful combination of swing, blues, New Orleans, and boogiewoogie styles, Sue’s talented crew are also capable of several Specialty Shows including a 20’s Flapper style show.

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Danny Green

San Diego has launched some amazing jazz artists and Danny Green, a native of Southern California, is swiftly following in their footsteps. At twenty-eight years old he has managed to carve out a place for himself in the lineup of young jazz artists who seem to have a pulse on keeping the tradition of jazz piano alive while stepping boldly into the future through the use of cultural sounds and world music rhythms.

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Rhythm Lounge

Rhythm Lounge Band plays smooth jazz music, standards, show tunes, swing, pop and  rock hits from all decades. The Rhythm Lounge jazz band is perfect for welcome receptions, dinners, conventions, award ceremonies and dancing for any corporate event as well as a wedding band, social events and parties. When the image needs to be upscale and topnotch, and the best in San Diego jazz musicians is what you’re looking for, Rhythm Lounge is the band you need. Addition of Vocals, optional.

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Side Street Strutters

Since 1983, the Side Street Strutters have captured the excitement, vitality, and spontaneity of JAZZ-America’s musical heritage! The ensemble has brought to the stage an exciting, entertaining and educational show experience that has been enjoyed by audiences in Theaters and Performing Arts Centers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Feel the searing rhythms of Sing, Sing, Sing, and savor the lush harmonies of Stardust and Mood Indigo. Music associated with 16-piece orchestras is beautifully crafted specifically for the Strutters, resulting in powerful musical arrangements and an exciting performance, which breathes new life into the classic hits of the jazz age.

In addition to exciting musical arrangements that showcase the extraordinary talents of each performer, the Strutter’s entertaining show-style presentation also includes colorful costumes, tap dancing, vocal selections, novelty numbers, and the use of rare and unusual musical instruments.

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Dixie Red Devils


Band leader Stan Watkins has outdone himself again! The DIXIE RED DEVILS play Dixieland jazz; a joyful noise for any occasion. This jubilant style of music never ceases to evoke smiles and joy. Toe tapping and timeless. The original and true American art form. Born on the levees and deltas of New Orleans and spread up the mighty Mississippi all the way to Chicago where it came of age. This is the music for your festival, grand opening or theme party. Share the music of DIXIE RED DEVILS with your friends and guests. Share a piece of Americana.


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George DeMott

George DeMott

Hailing from Rochester, NY, George DeMott began his musical career by receiving performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and UC Santa Barbara. In the Opera world, he has had the privilege of performing several classic tenor roles with various opera companies, including Orlando, Glimmerglass, and several others.

George has also been the winner of several awards and competitions that include the 1993 Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition?s regional finals in Los Angeles and he was also a recipient of the National Italian-American Foundation?s Luciano Pavarotti Scholarship.

Since heading out to sea, George has had the good fortune of expanding his vocal repertoire courtesy of Crystal Cruises where he was a member of the Crystal Ensemble of Singers and Dancers. Additionally, he has been a featured Guest Entertainer aboard several cruise ships on the high seas.

George is proud to also have two CDs available. The first being SERENADE, a collection of classic tenor serenades, and most recently TWO FOR MY BABY which showcases several pop-opera favorites as well as Broadway and jazz classics.


Dynomite 5

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Band leader Stan Watkins and this great band will take you on a journey with some of the hippest music this side of Neptune. Grab your best girl (or guy), a cocktail and a good cigar and enjoy the rich ecclectic mix of funky latin rythms, jump jive swing, cool post bop and whatever strikes the bands and your musical fancies. No musical waters are too treacherous for this crew.




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Dan Papaila

Dan Papaila

Dan is an award winning guitarist with over 20 years of experience.

His recordings have received international acclaim. “Positively!” reached
#11 on national radio and was named “Best Jazz Album” at the San Diego Music Awards. Dan’s televised performance at the awards airs regularly on BET, the cable jazz network. “Full Circle” spent 10 weeks on the national charts and was nominated “Best Jazz/Blues Album” at the SD Music Awards – Dan’s fifth nomination.

What people are saying:

“Papaila’s bluesy blowing is convincing. In his book, swing, phrasing, round tone, and ensemble interaction apparently come before technical displays. As one bit of jazz wisdom goes, you spend years learning all you can, and devote the rest of the time deciding what to leave out, Papaila has done just that.”


“A highly talented and woefully undersung player.”

Sacramento News & Review

“One of the finest jazz musicians to come out of San Diego in recent

Jazz News

“Beautiful musical articulation and sonic warmth.”

Rocky Mountain News

“Papaila provided the most honestly soulful and
creative guitar sounds at the Winter Park festival.”