Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bill Saitta and "The Funk Junkies" Have Some Jazz Fun At Woody's Burgers & Beer in Palm Springs, Ca

Larry Mitchell Drums, Bill Saitta Bass, Kelly Corbin Sax, John Higgins Keys

Bill Saitta & Kelly Corbin

Kelly Corbin & John Higgins

Bill Saitta, Kelly Corbin & John Higgins

We're back in the California desert doing my first music review of the winter. On Saturday, we traveled to Palm Springs to visit Woody's Burgers & Beer, a new restaurant and jazz club located at 317 No Indian Canyon Drive. Woody's opened 8 months ago and has already become established as a great place for great burgers and great live jazz sounds. You will love the food and the reasonable prices.  You can sit and enjoy the live music with no cover charge.  Sounds just about perfect to me.  Woody's has live Jazz six nights a week from Tuesday through Sunday. So now we can add another great place for Jazz to our list. Call 760-230-0188 for reservations and say hello to the owner, Wayne Woodliff who will take good care of you.

"The Funk Junkies" is a group that was put together by Bill Saitta and it produces some great sounds. Bill likes to describe the group as playing "Funky Eclectic Jazz" but it sounds like "Smooth Jazz" to me. The program tonight was carefully put together with a wide range of sounds and rhythms. Some of the tunes I enjoyed the most were Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" Stevie Wonder's "All In Love In Fair" and the great Cannonball Adderly classic "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy". If you like the sounds of great tenor sax, you have to catch this group and listen to Kelly Corbin. "The Funk Junkies" will be at Woody's on Saturday January 21st and Saturday January 28th from 7:00 to 11:00.

The group consists of Bill Saitta on Electric Bass, John Higgins on Keyboard, Larry Mitchell on Drums and Kelly Corbin on Tenor Sax.


  1. Bill Saitta is an amazingly versatile bassist and he works at Woody's with many great artists, and the venue is a fine spot for listening to live music. What a wonderful and welcome addition to the local scene.
    Chris Gore

  2. You are right on both points. Bill is a great bassist and also is a great organizer of live music in the Valley. At a time when we see so many live venues closing down, it's great to see new places with live music opening up. Live music lovers like us need to get the word out to give all these music places support. Thanks for the comments.

  3. Bill just about lives at Woody's. He is there with the Gand Band on Fridays playing Chicago blues and Memphis soul. I know he takes Sunday off to do his laundry. Check out the Barry Baughn Blues Band on Sundays.

  4. Woody's on Friday and Sunday are on my "To Do" list. Thanks for the recommendation and the comment!


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