The doRiaN Mode performs vintage jazz, swinging R&B and soulful ballads throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Home Page
DORIAN BARTLEY (Vocals-Bass) created The doRiaN Mode in 2013 to play vintage jazz, swing and early R&B. She was born in Detroit to a mixed-race academic family surrounded by the musical riches of black culture, folk and classical traditions. Using music to express her biracial identity, she sings and performs on the upright bass. She also works in other musical styles: country-Americana with Foxes in the Henhouse, classical with Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble and eclectic freelance groups around the Bay Area. Dorian studied at the University of Michigan and UC Berkeley and taught music in Petaluma’s public schools. Contact: Dorian can be reached using the email system below!
BOB JOHNS (Piano-Trumpet) took piano lessons from an early age and learned to improvise by listening to his dadís trumpet-playing and record collection. When he arrived in San Francisco after serving in the navy, Bob found like-minded players who formed the fusion group, Nexus, playing in San Francisco and the East Bay through the 80s. He played keys and trombone for a time in the African group, Hedzoleh Soundz. Bobís virtuosity is fundamental to The doRiaN Mode. He also plays each Tuesday night with his jazz buddies at the Comstock Saloon in San Franciscoís North Beach and routinely with The Tom Leps Jazz Band & New Horizons concert band. He hosts an Open Mic once a month in Petaluma at the United Methodist Church.
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