Karina Denike is a singer, songwriter and performer from the S.F. Bay Area. Her credits include performing, recording and composing for local groups, Stara Nova, Mr.Lonesome and The Bluebelles, Jezebelle, Dance Hall Crashers, Marc and The Casuals, 8 Legged Monster, Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project, her own self titled group, and The Cottontails!
She has released over 20 albums on major and independent labels and has had her compositions onTV and film soundtracks.
Her performances include international appearances at The Montreaux Jazz festival, (Switzerland), The Reading Festival (UK) and tours to Europe, Hawaii, Japan, Australia, Mexico and more. National appearances include The Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, Yoshi’s, The Palace of Fine Arts, Lilith Fair, The Fillmore, The Shoreline Amphitheatre, The House of Blues (L.A., Chicago, New Orleans), The Empire Plush room and more.
Michael McIntosh plays classical, jazz and rock piano in San Francisco. He has recorded with Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project, Karina Denike, Mr. Lonesome and the Bluebelles, Jonathan Richman, Jolie Holland, the Blue Room Boys, among others. In addition to performing and recording music, Michael has written theater music for many San Francisco theater productions, including the opera "Watt," from a novel by Samuel Beckett. Michael studied composition with Gordon Crosse, Tony Lolov and Justin Connolly; classical piano with Betty Oberacker; jazz piano with Moacir Santos and Mark Levine; and classical guitar with Paul Binkley.
You can catch him playing with the Cottontails or playing solo at The Rite Spot, the coolest bar in San Francisco!
Randy Odell plays drums professionally with a variety of bands, jazz vocalists and singer/songwriters. He has backed headliners Klea Blackhurst, Sharon McNight, Denise Perrier, Jill Tracy and the legendary "Madame". As the drummer for Terese Genecco's show Drunk with Love, a Tribute to Frances Faye, Randy played Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, twice. In the summer of 2009, Randy was timpanist in an orchestra performing the opera "Hansel und Gretel", the primary event in Arosa, Switzerland's annual Musik Theater Festival.
He is co-creator of The Cottontails, as well as the acclaimed jazz/funk/electronica band Diggsville. Randy also plays in The Ralph Carney Serious Jass Project, the rocksteady reggae band The Impalers, and The GG Amos Band, a West Coast Blues band with whom he toured Europe in March and April of 2011. With roots in symphonic percussion and jazz, he enjoys exploring a wide range of musical styles.
Sam Rocha showed an interest in music from a very early age. Beginning with piano lessons at age 4, his formal musical studies soon expanded to include the viola and bass guitar. At age 15, he fell in love with the acoustic string bass and has since identified himself as a bassist, playing his first professional gigs at 17 with Fresno's Blue Street Jazz Band, among others. While largely self-taught on the string bass, Sam has closely studied such masters of the instrument as "Pops" Foster, Al Morgan, Milt Hinton, Bob Haggart, Jimmy Blanton, Ray Brown, Walter Page, and Scott LaFaro. In addition to his in-depth study of classic bass playing, Sam has absorbed the nuances of classic jazz tuba, cornet, and guitar playing, and he regularly performs on those instruments as well. Quickly becoming one of the rising stars of the traditional jazz and gypsy swing circuit, Sam is known for his innate musicality and rhythm and for his inventive, melodic solos.