Postcard Photo ID & Comments


Top Row

1.     U.S.S.R. Tour, 1989 behind Iron Curtain, including Siberia. Note NGJB banner along with the Soviet and American flags.  L to R, Lunsford (not seen)Perry, Clute, Murphy, Crumley, Maihack, Lewis

2.     Crumley & Murphy in costume for popular Russian vocal tune titled Neuwdachnoya Sveedanya, which means “Thwarted Rendezvous.

3.     Sketch by long-time and loyal fan, Judie Carr Bruno.  She never got around to finishing it!

4.     The Gassers at Turk Murphy’s famous jazz club, Earthquake McGoon’s in San Francisco.

5.     Dee Spencer being looked up-to by George Webb who was known as “the father of traditional jazz in Britain.”  This photo was taken during the band’s tour of the British Isles in 2003.  Dr. Dee was the pianist/vocalist from 1998 until 2004 and was awarded her PhD in music during that time.

Middle Row

1.     Album cover depicting “SHADOW”, who was our guide\interpreter for the China Tour in 1999.  She was a staunch communist and a product of China’s “one child per couple” program.  She made the tour interesting and, at times, quite challenging.

2.     An artsy creation made from a photo taken at the National Hotel, Jackson, CA. l to r, Hartman, Crumley, Murphy

3.     The banner of the Natural Gas Jazz Band which was crated by Ginna Crumley. This was displayed around the world on the band’s many foreign tours

4.     “BIX LIVES” is the logo of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society and this is a photo of the Gassers on stage in Davenport, IA, at the annual Bix Festival which is held in a large park on the bank of the Mississippi River. It was here that the band played for it’s largest audience of 14,000 in 1982.

Bottom Row

1.     Album cover of the first recording. The band was in its fifth year in 1975when it made its first recording – 12 more were to follow!  Here is an excerpt from the liner notes of that first album:  “ NGJB began in 1970 as a group of amateur musicians living in the same neighborhood in San Anselmo, CA.  They squeaked, honked and banged together until they became good enough to play a few gigs.”

2.     The SS Jeremiah O'Brien is one of two remaining fully functional Liberty ships of the 2,710 built and launched during World War II. It took part in the Normandy Invasion. The O'Brien has the distinction of being the last unaltered Liberty ship and remains historically accurate. Moored at Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf, she is a premier San Francisco attraction.  Natural Gas JB became a tradition on board this ship, entertaining on local cruises, such as Fleet Week and Memorial Cruises- also cruises through the Delta to Sacramento and Stockton. 

3.     Water color print by Audrey Hulburt.  Original sketch done during NGJB performances at 19 Broadway Night Club, Fairfax, CA.  l to r, Owens, Dutrow, Murphy, Crumley Perry, Carson, Lewis

4.     Golden Gate Bridge and the band – photo by jazz photographer, Dr. Ed Lawless, used as the album cover for the band’s 3rd recording which featured compositions by Turk Murphy and Lu Watters.    l to r, Hartman, Murphy, Deetken, McDearmon, Crumley , Lewis, Perry

5.     Bob Murphy with students at a school for young, musically talented, Chinese girls, during the China Tour in 1999