The Bonafides

R&B and Jazz Band


Jazz, Funk, Rhythm and Blues and Soul …. While I was searching for a way to describe our band, I realized the answer was hiding in plain sight in a Jon Cleary lyric. It is both the way he describes  “the greatest gift America gave the world,” and the music we play. We started six years ago, building our repertoire from the classic New Orleans  R&B  of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint and many others.  The versatility of the band members then made room for a little Monk, Herbie, Horace Silver and the like. Next thing you know, Steely Dan and Govt. Mule are in the master file.

“No matter what is on the set list, we are sure you will leave a Bonafides show with a smile on your face and a happy tune in your step. Come see us soon!”

Upcoming Shows

    Past Events

    • 16Jul'19

      Opening Party for the Berkeley Tennis Club 60K Women’s Challenge The Bonafides will play from 5:30 to 7:30pm. This is an opening party for the official USTA Qualifying Tournament (July 15-21) that leads into a wild card position in the US Open. Come support the players!

      venue Berkeley Tennis Club
      1 Tunnel Rd
      Berkeley, CA

      tickets $0

    • 25Jul'19

      PARTY IN PARADISE Benefiting Global Telemedicine. Tickets are $20 pp and include one glass of wine.

      venue Paradise Ridge Winery
      Santa Rosa, CA

      tickets $20

    • 28Jul'19

      LIVE SHOW LAKE CHALET 1-4pm Come by land or water to the deck on Sunday afternoon for food, drinks and music.

      venue Lake Chalet, Oakland, CA

      tickets $0

    • 10Aug'19

      Adobe Bar 4:30-6pm Join the Bonafides at the Adobe Bar in Taos, NM for New Orleans R&B.

      venue Taos Inn, Taos, NM

      tickets $0

    • 24Aug'19

      LIVE SHOW RIGGERS WINE LOFT 6-9pm Come and join us for an evening of wine, food trucks and beautiful bay views.

      venue Riggers Wine Loft, Pt. Richmond, CA

      tickets $0

    • 12Sep'19

      Sabroso Restaurant and Bar Craig solo , on the patio , 6:30-9:30 pm

      venue Sabroso's Taos New Mexico

      tickets free

    • 28Sep'19

      Private event Farewell party @ Berkeley Tennis Club



    • 04Oct'19

      THE LAKE CHALET New Orleans R&B ,soul jazz, and the end of summer music.

      venue Lake Chalet , Oakland

      tickets $0

    • 18Oct'19

      SLIVER PIZZERIA 6-9PM The Bonafides in Oakland ! NOLA music, great pizza AND ez parking

      venue Sliver Pizzera 5132 Broadway

      tickets $0

    • 09Nov'19

      SLIVER PIZZERIA 5-8PM back to Oakland with the trio , great acoustics and pizza .


      tickets 0$

    • 15Nov'19

      Riggers Loft Winery 6-9 PM Join us for wine, food trucks, and beautiful bay views!

      venue Riggers Wine Loft, Pt. Richmond, CA

      tickets $0

    • 13Dec'19

      The Bonafides at Main Street Brewery in Pleasanton Dec 13, 9-12pm New Orleans R & B at Main Street Brewery with Craig Williams and the Bonafides. With our special guest Ali Wegener . See you there!

      venue Main Street Brewery

      tickets 0

    • 27Dec'19

      SLIVER PIZZERIA 5-8PM the trio @ Sliver's , Nola and jazz !

      venue Sliver Pizzera 5132 Broadway Oakland

      tickets 0$

    • 17Jan'20

      SLIVER PIZZERIA 5-8PM Pizza, parking , and NOLA Music

      venue Sliver Pizzeria , 5132 Broadway , Oakland

      tickets 0$

    • 18Jan'20

      Rigger’s Loft Winery 6-9 PM Wine, a food truck , Bay views and New Orleans music !

      venue Rigger's Wine Loft , Pt. Richmond , Ca.

      tickets $0

    • 23Jan'20

      The Bistro 8-11 PM The Bistro in Hayward Our first time at this famous East Bay venue .

      venue The Bistro 1001 B St.

      tickets 0$

    • 15Mar'20

      Lake Chalet Oakland ,1-4PM New Orleans R & B , Soul Jazz on the deck at Lake Merritt

      venue Lake Chalet

      tickets 0$

    • 27Mar'20

      Sliver Pizzeria Oakland , 5-8PM New Orleans R & B , Soul Jazz in Rockridge

      venue Sliver Pizzeria


    • 29Mar'20

      Lake Chalet Oakland , 1-4 PM New Orleans inspired R & B , Soul Jazz on the deck

      venue The Lake Chalet


    • 03Apr'20

      Sliver Pizzeria 5-8 PM New Orleans flavored R&B , Soul Jazz and more !

      venue Sliver Pizzera 5132 Broadway


    • 24Apr'20

      Lake Chalet Oakland , 4-7 PM New Orleans R & B , Soul Jazz on Lake Merritt .

      venue Lake Chalet

      tickets 0 $

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    The Musicians

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    Craig Williams

    In 1973, I heard Dr. John’s hit song “Right Place” on the radio and soon found the Gumbo album.  I'd never heard anything like those classic New Orleans R&B tunes, and I was hooked. Following New Orleans music led me to Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Kermit Ruffins, Jon Cleary, Stanton Moore, and others too numerous to mention.  I am lucky to have found wonderful and talented musicians who love play these NOLA flavored tunes as much as I do.  I hope you will join us at our next show.

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    Jean Fineberg

    Jean Fineberg has toured and/or recorded with David Bowie, Laura Nyro and Sister Sledge ("We Are Family") among many others, and has performed at the Grammys in LA, Carnegie Hall in NY, the Kennedy Center in Wash. D.C. and the Monterey and San Francisco Jazz Festivals.

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    Ron Gainer

    After arriving in San Francisco in 1978, I have played in bands involving Top Forty, Jazz, Rock-n-Roll and Blues. I have played with jazz pianist Ed Kelly, blues singer Jerry Thompson and saxophonist Sonny Simmons. Influences: Cream, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Chicago, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and YES.

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    Jodi Durst

    Jodi Durst is an upright & electric bassist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an extremely diverse musician who has performed with a variety of groups that range from straight-ahead jazz to indie-rock to R&B to punk rock to avante-garde. She holds a Bachelor Degree of Music in Jazz Studies from California Jazz Conservatory. 

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