Special Event

September 2nd  6- 9 pm
Korean War/1950s Remembrance
Featuring The John Kalleen Group!

Turn back the clock to the 1950s at the Red Oak Victory Jazz Lounge!

On September 2, the Red Oak Victory will ring with the cool sounds of blue-note era jazz performed by the John Kalleen Group. In an atmosphere reminiscent of a 1950s supper club you’ll eat dinner, enjoy a drink, dance, and listen to the timeless sounds of American jazz. There will also be classic cars and hotrods from the 50s and 60s on display plus, of course, the famous Red Oak Victory historic ship and surrounding World War II shipyard. Red Oak is the last of the 747 ships built at the Kaiser-Richmond shipyards for the war effort. She served not only in World War II but also saw service in Korea, as a commercial vessel in the 1950s, and as a part of the Military Sealift Command in the Vietnam War. She floats proudly near where she was built in 1944 and continues her service now as a museum ship. Your tour of the ship includes the Captain’s quarters, the bridge, the original and fully operational radio room, the galley, the cargo holds, and the spectacular engine room. Here’s a link to their recent Spring Swing  Dance event : bit.ly/rovswing

For $60 per person you will receive admission to the Red Oak Victory historic ship, dinner, one glass of beer or wine, and dancing or just listening, with the John Kalleen Group.

Purchase your tickets in advance at  www.bit.ly/rovjazz1

The SS Red Oak Victory is located at 1337 Canal Blvd. Richmond, California.


The John Kalleen Group is a classic ”Blue Note Era” jazz quintet! They offer fresh compositions, echoing the admired hard bop and post-bop eras of the 50s, 60s and 70’s but infused with a modern, dynamic spark. They deliver swinging, spirited arrangements of the classics from those eras. In an age of pickup bands, where “group performance” often means an assemblage of soloists trading licks, the JKG is instead a true ensemble, a quintet of musicians who rehearse and arrange together to create the kind of flowing, harmonious interplay, joyous power and full-bodied sound that comes only from a mutual, enduring dedication. Put more simply, the JKG is a tight, creative band that swings like mad and is a blast to listen to!

The band is led by trumpeter John Kalleen. John’s band mates are all jazz veterans, including tenor saxophonist Peter Graves, pianist Ken Cook, bassist Blake Richardson and drummer Alex Aspinall. An evening with the John Kalleen Group is a night of excellent musicianship, up-tempo energy and killer jazz with an inventive drive.

The John Kalleen Group expresses a musical energy, creativity and sophistication reminiscent of the great jazz groups of the 50s and 60s. Our customers love their performances!

-Dagmar Curtis, Manager, Cliff House, San Francisco