A great Stockton band

The jazz genius Gil Evans played in Stockton for 10 years with a band. So no one can make sweeping statements about bands being “the best band ever” from Stockton.  

But the Stuart Little Band is on the short list.

I happend to see one of their intimate UOP gigs as a teenager.  I never forgot it, mostly because the virtuoso lead guitar player, David Kemp, played ”Aqualung”-level guitar solos. But their whole approach of poetic musicality over rock bombast was memorable.

Here’s their logo, which member Gordon “Grody” Clark appropriated from Scandanavian Christmas iconograpy.

 Here’s the post-Clark band with frequent collaborator Bernie Bang. A mime who studied pantomime in Paris with Marcel Marceau, Bang (his real name) still lives in Stockton, I’m told.


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