Hey man, it’s Java Jel

javalava-backI’ve been strumming and busking for as long as I can remember.  When I am not hanging with my fabulous family or playing music, I could be working on a book instead or something.

I am glad you stopped in – please enjoy my journey and all the embedded tunes here on the site.

Stay tuned for more updates as things progress.  There is almost always an album or gig in the works – stop back soon to learn more.

Peace –


Tom Hannon’s Kerouac Shack

DSC00049Java, Joe Kelly and Dominic jamming at JavaFest in late 2008 in the shack rich in pop culture located in bucolic Sewell, N.J.
Host Tom Hannon snapped this from behind his drum set during our super fun jam.
We recorded a bunch of songs on Dom’s computer and we totally rocked out. Some day the tunes may be mixed, but who cares, I loved it.
These guys are all really amazing and I’m totally stoked that they stil put up with me.

Java Jel going digital, gradually

Hey, I’m finally starting to go digital. I guess it’s easier than copying tapes on my old cassette and hand-lettering all the labels. Anyway, I’m trying to get my new record, Javalicious out in digital formats before wrapping it up. Cover art is needed as well, naturally. The fun part — making the music — is pretty much done.

Anyway, Java Jel is moving toward the digital age whether he wants to or not. Here’s a rehearsal that Denver area DJ Toby Houser posted a few days ago. It’s a session I did with him back in 1988 or so when he played bass in the combo, Java Jel & Big Bambu. It featured JD Wood on drums — (JD WHERE ARE YOU NOW?) and Lee Sled on keys. The tune, Start Something New is really groovey with super funky guitar and bass, and a long vocal break. Here’s the link: