Monday, May 19, 2008

Ol' Factory Rehearsals

We've been holding our weekly rehearsals at Morgan Christopher's Ol' Factory Cafe in Sand City for the past couple of months instead of at my photo studio. The thought was to bring the interesting interaction of a rehearsal to a public space so our fans, friends and the general public could witness the process while enjoying a nice meal and/or a beer or a glass of wine. As usual, Morgan has created a very open, friendly and creative space (he previously operated Morgans Coffee & Tea and Cafe Noir), and the band has been enjoying the fruits of his labor.

Biff continues to blow us all away with his amazing composition skills and his creative titles. His latest, "Fanny Fangboner's Fortuitous Flight of Fancy," is not only a mouthful but also one his best tunes to date. It's yet another waltz, which seems to be a very "common" time signature (pun intended) in his writing, so much so that we're considering an album of just waltzes. The problem will be narrowing it down to only twelve tunes.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Friday, February 1, 2008

The Ol' Factory Cafe in Sand City

Photo by Cole Thompson

We had a CD Release Party at the Ol' Factory Cafe on May 12, 2007. The Cafe is Morgan Christopher's new establishment in Sand City. The venue was amazing, the food was great, the crowd was very supportive, and we sold lots of CDs. Patrick and Pete also performed at the Cafe with Storm Nilson last summer, and the band is currently rehearsing there on Monday evenings at 7 pm. While we are practicing new tunes or pulling older charts from our book, you can enjoy the music and take advantage of the excellent selection of food, beer, wine, coffee, and tea! For more information, visit

Monday, October 8, 2007

ACB on iTunes Essentials

Check out this "Deep Cuts" playlist on iTunes. It includes twenty-five tracks from various artists who performed at the 50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Brad Mehldau's Monogrammed Guest Towels is number eighteen on the list!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Friday, June 22, 2007

Along Came Betty on

You can now download Apple Brown Betty and Brad Mehldau's Monogrammed Guest Towels on a site called For MP3s, songs are $.88 each, and each album can be purchased for $8.88. For WMAs, songs are $.77 each, and the albums are $7.77 each. Check it out!

Friday, May 18, 2007

ACB Now Available on iTunes

Our second and third albums are now available through iTunes. To download songs from Apple Brown Betty, click here. For Brad Mehldau's Monogrammed Guest Towels, click here.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Purchasing Music

Our second and third CDs, Apple Brown Betty and Brad Mehldau's Monogrammed Guest Towels, can now be purchased by visiting our website at In addition, those two albums will soon be available for digital distribution through the following companies: Bitmunk, BuyMusic, Inprodicon, Apple iTunes, MP3tunes, Napster, Ruckus, Verizon, AudioLunchbox, Daiki, Interia, MP3-Extension, MusicIsHere, PayPlay, Tradebit.

Monday, May 7, 2007

CD Release Party on Saturday, May 12

To celebrate the release or our new CD, Brad Mehldau's Monogrammed Guest Towels, we will be performing at the Ol' Factory Cafe (Morgan Christopher's new place) in Sand City on Saturday, May 12. The show starts at 7:30 PM, and there will be a $10 cover charge at the door. Copies of the new CD will be on sale for only $15. Come join us for a great evening of jazz!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Along Came Betty on

Our music is now available on, an Internet radio station and music recommendation system. For more information, visit All three albums are available for streaming via the radio. Check it out!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Purchasing Music

Our first CD, Along Came Betty, is currently sold out, but our second release, Apple Brown Betty, is still available and can be purchased by sending a check or money order for $18 to the following address: P.O. Box 2478, Monterey, CA, 93942, USA.

Welcome To Our Blog!

Along Came Betty is a jazz quintet from Monterey, CA that was formed in 1998. It's current members include Biff Smith (piano), Patrick Tregenza (drums), Brian Stock (trumpet and flugelhorn), Paul Tarantino (saxophone), and Pete Lips (bass). Stu Reynolds (saxophone) was a member of the band until recently and appeared on our first two albums, Along Came Betty and Apple Brown Betty. Storm Nilson (guitar) will be making a guest appearance on our upcoming album, Brad Mehldau's Monogrammed Guest Towels.