Angel Town Combo is LA’s premiere soul jazz, ska and original improvisational groove collective. Their retro sound transcends racial and musical boundaries with a fun, danceable beat which people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy (especially jazz and ska aficionados). Their debut album was released in 2017: Angel Town Combo - Live in Hollywood.
The band formed in Los Angeles in 2013 under the direction of drummer Mark San Filippo and has been performing soulful, uplifting music all over SoCal ever since. After years of professional experience touring the world in various projects, core members Monique DeBose (vocals), Jason Myers (guitar), Aaron Provisor (keys), Gabe Davis (bass), Mark San Filippo (drums), Scott Steen (trumpet) and Kyle O'Donnell (tenor saxophone) are equally comfortable performing at festivals, concert venues, private events, nightclubs and in the recording studio. Reminiscent of a classic, late-night talk-show band, Angel Town Combo is completely versatile, and capable of playing a wide variety of styles and settings.
Their live performances typically feature an eclectic mix of improvisational styles including Soul Jazz, Ska, Stax, Surf Rock, Straight Ahead Jazz, Be-Bop, Blues, Hard Bop, Swing and Soul. They were the featured band at the KJAZZ Wine & Jazz Summer Concert Series at Hollywood and Highland on July 5th, 2016 (see Video page for clips).
Their leader, Mark San Filippo was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been in-demand as a drummer, band-leader and music booking agent for over 20 years. In high school he was a percussionist in the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic. He became involved in jazz performance while attending Pasadena City College where he earned an AA in music and was awarded the Jazz Ensembles Award for outstanding contribution. He deepened his knowledge and experience of jazz performance while attending the Colburn School of Performing Arts. At the same time, he began making weekly trips to jam sessions in Leimert Park where he was infused with the sounds of jazz greats at famed venues The World Stage and Fifth Street Dick’s. In 2000 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA, earning a BA in Ethnomusicology, Jazz Studies Concentration. Mark has studied with an impressive array of master jazz musicians including drummer Billy Higgins, cornetist Bobby Bradford, band leader Gerald Wilson and guitarist Kenny Burrell. He has freelanced extensively, performing and recording with acclaimed jazz, swing, Latin and roots/Americana bands all over the world. Out of an extensive list of musical engagements, Mark’s highlights include performing in the Duke Ellington Centennial Celebration at UCLA’s Royce Hall, along with guest conductor Lalo Schiffrin and jazz great Herbie Hancock on piano. He is a regular featured performer at such notable venues as The Hotel Bel Air, The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Jonathan Club, The Geffen Playhouse and The Barkley in South Pasadena, where he also serves as musical director, and where Angel Town Combo enjoys a bi-monthly residency.
Angel Town Combo has performed at galas, events and fundraisers for many top non-profit institutions, foundations and corporations including Ben Affleck's Eastern Congo Initiative, Hank Azaria's Determined To Succeed and Playing for Good Poker Tournament, Matt Damon's Water.org, Bryan Cranston's National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, amfAR the Foundation for AIDS Research Gala at the home of Ron Burkle Green Acres Estate, The Entertainment Industry Foundation, No Limits for Deaf Children, The DEA Educational Foundation, Netflix, META Housing, LAMP Community, Union Station Homeless Services Thanksgiving in the Park, and The Geffen Playhouse's Backstage at the Geffen Gala and opening night events. They have provided live music for countless weddings and private parties including a party at the famed Playboy Mansion. For two years in a row, Angel Town Combo partnered with Neil Patrick Harris at the Academy of Magical Arts Annual Awards Show appearing both on stage at the awards show at the historic Avalon in Hollywood and on site at the Magic Castle at the pre-awards-show party. In 2013 they were contacted by Jam Master Jay's Scratch DJ business to partner with as one of Scratch's West Coast bands. In 2017 the Los Angeles County Arts Commission added Angel Town Combo to their highly coveted musicians roster which serves the community through their Free Concerts in Public Sites programming. Angel Town Combo performs both with and without a vocalist (depending on the event needs), and they can also perform with LA's top burlesque dancers!
Here is what clients have said about Angel Town Combo:
"This group has become our in-house live jazz band for all Opening Nights, for our annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser, and for major donor events throughout each season. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Each player brings stellar musicianship, an easy-going personality and true professionalism to each and every event. Their ability to adapt to different settings and match our needs as an organization has been incomparable. For Opening Nights in particular, they’ve varied their styles in a fun way to compliment the genres of our productions. All of our donors, subscribers, partners and staff love Angel Town Combo and have shared how the band’s distinct sound really enriches each event they play at and heightens the overall theater-going experience for all patrons in attendance. It is with genuine love, respect and admiration for Angel Town Combo and band leader Mark San Filippo that I highly recommend them." - Gil Cates, Jr., Executive Director - Geffen Playhouse
"This stellar group of jazz musicians has added such style, energy and vibrancy to a number of fundraising events I have directed over the past several years, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Each musician brings their own talents, professionalism and pure love for the music to each and every event, no matter what the environment is. Angel Town Combo is so versatile, from playing in a traditional jazz quartet for Water.org, to expanding into a full Latin sound for a special Colombian celebration hosted by Netflix! They enhance each and every setting they perform in, work seamlessly with others in a variety of high-pressure environments, and are the kindest, most gracious souls I have ever worked with. As musicians, each member of Angel Town Combo is of the highest caliber, and the quality of their overall sound is so special. This group has quickly become the first group I think of when hiring for events in Los Angeles, and I strongly recommend them." - Regina Miller, Co-Founder of The Artemis Agency
Angel Town Combo prides itself on great musicianship performed by responsible and friendly musicians. They'll provide the perfect musical addition to any concert, event or party whether you're looking for a small or large combo, a great instrumental band or one that includes their singer. Email AngelTownCombo@gmail.com for booking info.