Slim Jenkins’ sexy soul energizes crowds

Slim Jenkins in the SF Chronicle

If you’re ready to get down to a gritty, soulful groove, then it’s time to see Slim Jenkins.

Singer Justin Oliver learned how to swing dance, and from there he fell in love with the old-time music. For two years, he listened to acts like the Royal DeucesPee Wee Crayton and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. After that, he decided to put a band together: Slim Jenkins was born in January 2010.

The band’s debut album, “Burnt Toast & Black Coffee,” comes out in April.

Lineup: Felix Macnee, drums; Timothy Vickers, bass; Joel Martinez, guitar; Byron Burchard, sax; Justin Oliver, vocals.

How does living in the Bay Area affect your music?

The Bay Area has a rich history of blues and jazz. Venues like Cafe Du Nord, Amnesia, the Verdi Club and the Uptown continue to support innovative musical expression.

What’s the most important aspect to putting on a live show?

Energy and showmanship. Instead of being a swing band, sitting down and playing all the comfortable standards, we dress to the nines and dance with you and show you that this music is edgy, sexy and wild.

How did you come up with your band name, and what does it mean to you?

Slim Jenkins was the hottest nightclub in Oakland from the ’30s to the ’60s on Seventh Street. All the top jazz and blues artists played there. One of Justin’s nicknames is Slim, and his middle name is Jenkins, so it worked out to have musical, local and personal relevance.

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