electric jazz from some of the hottest musicians in silicon valley
The name taken from the Swahili for "good band", Zuribendi is a five piece electric jazz group from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Skylar Campbell, Drums — This in-demand drummer is from Monterey and is a product of the Monterey Jazz Festival clinician program of the late 1990s/early 2000s. Berklee College of Music Alum, returned in 2007 to the Monterey area where he has worked consistently as a sideman and bandleader in every situation imaginable: Recording and performing with artists in genres spanning from R&B to Country. Recently tapped by Jazz Saxophonist Gary Meek (Dave Weckl band, Jeff Lorber, Al Jarreau) for his debut solo project. In addition to keeping a busy music work schedule, he is a commercial fishing boat captain where he works seasonally offshore traveling up and down the west coast fishing Dungeness Crab and King Salmon.
Greg Burris, Bass — Greg began playing bass in his early teens in San Jose, Calif. Greg was influenced by jazz-funk. He has recorded and toured with many renowned artists and bands from the Bay Area, such as New Riders, New Life, Brothers Day, The Jazz Project, Hoyt Axton, Brian Adams, Bobby B, Vern Davis, and Atlantis—to name a few.
Jerry Shanahan, Guitar — Jerry started his music career at the age of ten and was performing and recording professionally by the age of twelve. Having studied advanced jazz theory, he has led jazz ensembles over the last twenty years. He enjoys writing and recording his own music. He lives in Aptos with his family and performs regularly in the Monterey Bay area..
Bill Murphy, Saxophonist — Bill Murphy comes to this fine band with a long list of experience and abilities.Bill has played jazz and blues gigs for years with great players like Chris Cain, Tommy Castro and John Wedemeyer as well as Sam Moore of Sam and Dave. Bill fits well with this veteran group of hard grooving players with an extensive knowledge of jazz and blues and rock. There is much excitement moving with this project and a feeling that this is a must see band for audiences in the bay area.
Bob Schuster, Keyboards — A transplant to the Bay Area, Bob was born and raised in Indiana. With a long family history of career musicians, Bob’s musical destiny was a matter of genetic engineering. At age 7, Bob became enamored with the French horn and went to Ball State University on a performance scholarship. It was there that the “orchestra dude” succumbed to the electric lure of a career playing keyboards. He scrounged a Hammond B3, a Fender Rhodes, and a couple of synthesizers and hit the road for the next eight years or so, sharing the stage on occasion with Ramsey Lewis, Ben Vereen and The Limeliters.
Together, these musicians are Zuribendi, creating the new sound of very electric jazz and funk covers.