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Americana - Swing - Rock'n'roll Revival

To step into the soundscape of Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints is to have your fingers on a veritable radio dial. With deep sonic roots in virtually every style of mid-20th century American music - from americana to blues to jazz, soul and vintage rock ’n’ roll - the versatile Seattle-based band offers a rangy dial’s worth of songs for audiences who want to sock-hop in poodle skirts one minute, rock out to hot guitar licks the next and later hug their honeys under the stars as a car stereo plays into the night.

Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints are a popular Northwest band who perform extensively on the West Coasts of the US and Canada with recurring gigs in New York City, New Orleans and Los Angeles as well. In 2016 their first album, Dream Man, won Earshot Jazz Society’s "Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year" and in 2017 & 2018 Birch was nominated as "Vocalist of the Year". Their second album "Western Soul," which features western-tinged jazz and soul originals, was released in March 2018 and received enthusiastic reviews from No Depression, PopMatters, JazzIs and steady airplay on a diverse array of stations in the Northwest and beyond, including KEXP, KNKX KBCS, WVPR, KBOO and many others.

Featuring front man Birch Pereira’s “old soul” tenor voice and his skilled bass playing, the Gin Joints offer captivating arrangements of well-crafted originals and well-chosen covers. The band features skilled and versatile musicians who share the same love of the American song traditions and the desire to offer fresh interpretations. Whether as a trio or with the addition of a pulsating horn section, the band will take you on a sonic tour of great music. Tune in, fasten your seatbelts and prepare to be transported.

"I love this album. I love the sound of it. I love the feel of it. I love the idea of it." - Frank Gutch Jr, of No Depression 

“A group pulsing with rockabilly, the exploratory sensibilities of jazz, and tender lyricism of country-folk, Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints offer a little something every listener. Pereira thrives in the space between styles, mixing and blending the country, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll music he was raised on with the jazz music he studied at University of Washington as a young adult.” - Alexa Peters - The Seattle Times

Independent Music Award Nominee 2019 for “St. James Infirmary”

Vocalist of the Year Nominee 2018 & 2017 Earshot Jazz

Northwest Recording of the Year 2016 for "Dream Man," Earshot Jazz

We are proud to present our second music video for "As Long As I Live," a dance themed/spy thriller set on the Seattle Ferryboat the Skansonia & the historic steamship the Virginia V!

Listen to our single You Know It Hurts Me, an original that will be on the next album!


Enjoy our music video for the first cut off our album "Western Soul" filmed by the amazing Garrett Gibbons at XXX Burger and Columbia City Theatre! Birch Pereira - Bass/Vocals Daniel Rainard-Guitar David Bush - Drums Kate Olson - Saxophone Samantha Bosnack - Trumpet Josh Hou - Keyboards How Long (Until I See the Sun Again?), words and music by Birch Pereira.

The Gin Joints perform with a variety of personnel and instruments, which allows the group to play venues as diverse as sit down dinner theaters to clubs, festivals and dances and over time the band has featured an ever-growing group of superb musicians based out of Seattle, New Orleans and New York City. Some of the musicians featured in the videos below are Jason Goessl/Daniel Rainard (guitar), Adrian Van Batenburg (drums), Kate Olson, Jacob Zimmerman, Steve Treseler (saxophone/clarinet), Ray Larson/Jim Sisko (trumpet) plus special guest vocalist Kate Voss (Sundae + Mr. Goessl) and Jimmie Herrod (Pink Martini).

The Quintet

The quintet, which features Birch on Bass & Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Clarinet/Saxophone and Trumpet, is one of the most popular formats of the group as their tight horn arrangements and big sound work for large theaters, clubs, dances and bigger budgets!

(Featuring Special Guest Jimmie Herrod)


With one less horn player than the quintet (just saxophone/clarinet), the quartet works for venues looking for a more intimate sound that can still showcase the lovely sounds of clarinet and saxophone.

The Trio

The guitar/drums trio version of the Gin Joints is the most versatile, can play intimate rooms, parties, weddings, and travel light, while still giving you the energy and bounce of the Gin Joints sound.

The Large Group

The band has had several opportunities, from the shows Band in Seattle to Art Zone to live radio sessions to collaborate with guest vocalists like Kate Voss (Sundae + Mr. Goessl) and Jimmie Herrod and bring on more instrumentalists like pianists/accordionists Josh Hou and fiddlers Kat Bula and Annie Ford. Below are some collaborations from those sessions that showcase the large ensemble, which can feature 6 to 8 members.

Mashup of our original song a Love I Can't Explain with the Gin Joints and Sundae + Mr. Goessl from our Triple Door CD release show on 03.11.18.


One could say the band really started in 2015 when Birch stepped out of the shadow as a sideman and began to write arrangements for solo/bass and voice. The reception was so overwhelmingly positive Birch began to realize the potential of reviving this music and thus began reaching out to other musicians to play in a band that would be soon known as the Gin Joints. Birch performs solo shows singing and accompanying himself on bass and various types of ukuleles.




"I love this album. I love the sound of it. I love the feel of it. I love the idea of it".  Frank Gutch Jr. - No Depression


"Pereira thrives as a lead singer and frontman handling this arrangement <of St. James Infirmary>, never quite being swallowed by the grand tinges of rock and gospel that they invoke into the song. Instead, the entire band delivers their take on "St. James Infirmary" with a sort of slinking and dark agency." - Jonathan Frahm - PopMatters


"a heady blend of early jazz, jump blues, vintage soul, old school rock’n’roll and hillbilly boogie."
-Folk Radio UK


"One of the better albums to come out of the northwest this year will be Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints Western Soul. Birch’s band blends early american swing with old-time soul. Western Soul is an album full of elevating covers and expressive originals that is somehow even better than the 2016 Earshot Jazz award winning Dream Man." - American Standard Time


"This band, which hails from the Pacific Northwest, favors a stripped-down sound—imagine a more versatile version of Cowboy Junkies—that incorporates everything from soul to surf, and from jazz to Latin to swing. To my ears, though, the biggest influence is 50s rock/pop, which comes across in the vocals and sax work. Somehow, not only does everything work but it all seems to belong together on one album." -  Jeff Burger - The Morton Report



Self Released - 2016

"Over the years (and decades), there have been recurring cycles of popularity for many varieties of traditional country, early rock & roll, and “retro-swing,” sometimes driven as much by fashion as by sound musical intent. Birch Pereira and The Gin Joints however, are clearly not about shtick, gimmicks, or ironic detachment. This is a top-shelf unit of superb musicians, and on their new album Dream Man, they explore a keenly curated repertoire of classic sounds, steeped with an obvious affinity and love for the music.

Birch Pereira is an almost eerily versatile bassist, arranger, and singer, as seemingly at home with the electronic beats and synth textures of his band Theoretics as he is wandering the dusty roads of American vernacular music with The Gin Joints. It’s a fairly rare upright bass player who can sing great lead vocals while laying down a locked-in groove, but Pereira makes it sound easy. His high tenor is delicate but authoritative, and always in the pocket, and the stripped-down but superbly effective arrangements are spot on.

Able to blend Willie Dixon, Hank Williams, Fats Waller, and much more into a single tasty brew, The Gin Joints obviously have a distinctive skill at deftly exploring the sometimes treacherous seams between country, swing and the roadhouse, while finding the timeless essence of great songs from any era. Highly recommended."

AL Earshot Jazz

"Blending classic swing tunes from jazz, country and early rock 'n' roll; bassist and singer Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints have found their own kind of cool. Live in our studios, the band performed four tunes from their varied songbook, including the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Fats Waller, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams". 

- KNKX 88.5 FM




For Theatre & Festival Bookings Contact Ken Simms

ThinkTank Music Network


t. 1.604.940.4888


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As I developed my music performing career in Seattle I also dug deeply into teaching private students (bass, piano, ukulele, guitar, songwriting, music theory) and teaching group classes and workshops (from Dusty Strings Music Store and Westside Music Academy to Billings Middle School).

Elementary School: One of the most accessible and fun instruments is the ukulele. They are also highly affordable. I have considerable experience with playing and teaching multiple ukulele sizes from soprano to baritone in private and group settings. I can offer workshops for elementary teachers to learn the ukulele for use in the classroom. By accompanying themselves on the ukulele as they lead their class in song, they can more effectively have music be a part of teaching a wide range of topics. If a school has an ongoing ukulele class or is interested in starting one, i would love to help!

Middle/High School: I love teaching middle school and high school aged students about the history of American Roots music and I have designed a masterclass around teaching them to play and arrange jazz, Americana and blues merging both the traditional and modern approaches. Within this context, there is the opportunity to talk about the business of running a band, touring and other realities a musician faces when making a career out of their art.

College: While the Gin Joints tour we can stop by colleges and university music programs to teach masterclasses covering topics like songwriting and music publishing, music theory, improvisation approaches from jazz to blues to roots music, and the ins and outs of the music business.