Bandjango Collectif (Formerly known as French Oak) is a wild-around-the-edges experience, melding French Gypsy Jazz & Chanson, New Orleans Jazz, Global Traditionals & Folk. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, North Bay Native and vocalist, Stella Heath, leads this band of gypsies in their undeniably fun performances! Featuring French/American guitar player, Gabriel Pirard; Reed player, James Inciardi, on Tenor, Baritone and Soprano Sax; Skyler Stover on Standup Bass; and Jamie Foster on Drums and Percussion. With their French-inspired global panoply of sounds spotlighting Heath’s magnetic vocals and the band’s tight rhythms they will transport you to lands unknown!
- We are releasing our second full studio album!! Our first album, Sunnyside, we released under our former name French Oak Gypsy Band in 2016. Just 3 years later we are coming out with our second self titled album BANDJANGO COLLECTIF! This CD features the full band and friends of the band like: Kalei Yamenoha on accordion, Josh Fossgreen on electric bass, and Chris Le Dieph on rhythm guitar.
- We will be having regional CD release parties around the Bay Area in September 2019, check our calendar for CD release dates!
- We have new video out! Captured by Yareen Avni. Check out our youtube page and be sure to subscribe, it is very helpful to the band for you to watch, like and comment on our videos posted on youtube!
"If you haven't seen this band, you should do it before they go big time with a world wide audience...this is a very special band with a very special singer, I say it's "world class music"! And I've seen a lot of bands...."
Robert Roark, FB
"Absolutely loved hearing you channel Edith Piaf ! Such talented musicians, all!"
Judith N., FB