good jazz, reincarnated
Good Karma finds itself at the intersection of jazz, folk, rock, funk and salsa. With backgrounds ranging from classically trained to self taught, from Paris, France to Los Angeles, CA, their diverse talents and musical tastes create the foundation of their creative style of jazz. Their philosophy is that good music starts with good people and their inspiration is derived from each member’s unique perspective on life. Good Karma’s goal is to deliver an infectious mix of feel-good jazz for all musical tastes. Whether it is Sting or Sondheim, Norah Jones or John Coltrane, Beck or Kenny Barron, Good Karma brings you an eclectic blend of good jazz, reincarnated.
Jill Pierce grew up singing with her family. She joined choirs in high school, and was a vocal major in college, where she sang with the jazz band. She and her husband, Steve, have had the pleasure of playing around San Francisco Bay Area for the past 20 years.
Jill loves singing jazz and blues, and she's enjoyed writing jazzy, folky songs for children and families with "Orange Sherbet." Their five CDs can be found on iTunes and CD Baby. Jill teaches music at Live Oak School, in San Francisco, as well as summer music camps ("Camp" Get Enough Music) around the Bay Area. She's thrilled to be singing with Good Karma.
A Marin County native, Mike Schulist has been playing piano at restaurants, parties and events for over 20 years. He has backed numerous jazz singers, performed with duos and trios for the Bread and Roses organization, graced the grand pianos at Nordstrom’s Department stores, and performed all over Marin as the leader of student jazz combos. His unique style is influenced by pop artists such as Billy Joel and Bruce Hornsby, jazz players like Dave Grusin and Keith Jarret, and contemporary players like George Winston and Phillip Aaberg. He has studied piano and composition with Rick Montalbano, Mark Little, Talc Tolchin and Steve Erquiaga. In 1990, he released a solo piano recording of ‘new age” style originals titled “Stolen Moments.” He is currently working on a CD of original jazz tunes which will feature some of the best musicians in the Bay Area. A graduate of Colgate University with a degree in both Music and Geology, Mike continues to pursue both of these passions, teaching middle school science, and directing student jazz combos. His combos perform regularly at the Marin County Farmers Market, and record and sell CD’s of their music.
Bob was born and raised in Southern California. His first exposure to music was studying classical piano. He later started taking clarinet lessons as well, studying with the principal clarinetist with the Los Angeles Philarmonic. As Bob grew up, there was always music in his household. His interest in jazz was first piqued by the sounds of his parents’ big band LPs, especially the recordings of clarinetists Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. When he stumbled upon some recordings of Charlie Parker, he was hooked and immediately took up the saxophone. After high school and throughout college, Bob performed with many local Los Angeles area musicians running the musical gamut from straight-ahead jazz to Latin jazz and salsa dance music. Bob studied computer science in college and currently works as a software engineer for a Marin County corporation. He considers himself fortunate to have met up with his fellow fine musicians of Good Karma.
Steve Pierce has been playing live music since 1989. After hearing Jimi Hendrix for the first time, he was inspired to start a trio of his own. That trio soon grew into a quartet that would include his future wife Jill on vocals and guitar. In college Steve played in several bands including The Charlie Mars Band with whom he toured throughout the southern U.S in 1995 and 1996. After college his high school band re-formed in San Francisco and produced two albums in 1999 and 2002. Their band JP Orbit played at many San Francisco Bay Area hot spots as well as the High Sierra Music Festival in 2001. A shift to performing children’s music coincided with the start of Jill and Steve’s family. With their band Orange Sherbet, they produced five albums and made an appearance at the 2012 Austin City Limits Music festival. Since 1999 Steve has been teaching early childhood music classes and doing summer music camps with Jill. He holds private classes (www.musicforchildrenca.com) and teaches music at many pre-schools all over the Bay Area. He still performs regularly with his wife (and sometimes their own children) doing shows for families and shows for adults. Steve is thrilled to be a part of Good Karma and is most comfortable with a guitar in his hands.
Christophe Meneau started playing bass in a high school rock band in Grenoble, France. While he loved rock music, he was also drawn to the upright bass and soon began classical music studies at the Paris Conservatory School of Music. His diverse musical tastes eventually crossed over into jazz, Gypsy and contemporary music. Jazz quickly became his passion. He joined the Hot Club Jazz Band in Paris alongside Raymond Fonseque and Jacques Doudelle. Together they played several years touring Paris and the South of France, including stints at the Club Mediterranee, and the Marciac Jazz Festival with Bill Coleman. Christophe has called San Rafael home now for over 30 years, and is thrilled to be one of the founding members of Good Karma. Often times you will see a member of his incredibly talented family sitting in on horns. Christophe has the ability to swing in his own unique way. He is always ready to experiment and take new musical avenues while still maintaining a great sense of what the music is all about.
Jennifer has been studying drums for over 10 years with local teachers Jeff Rosen , Jimmy Sage and Jon Arkin. She has played with local bands and school groups including Pocket Change, Monte Allegre Band, John Cunningham Band, and Branson Alumni Group. Jennifer has recorded original drum tracks for her family band “The Happies” (on UTube),and is currently playing in a Jazz ensemble at the CJC.
Jeff Rosen earned his A.A. degree in Music from the College of Marin and in addition he has studied drumming with master teachers Chuck Brown, Tony Williams and Atma Anur where he learned a myriad of different styles including rock, funk, jazz and orchestral. Jeff has performed in clubs all throughout the bay area with such acts as The Nuns, Echo Park and Pocket Change and has been teaching drumming in Marin County for 30 years.