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Tom Lilienthal & Friends: Bernie Rivera on sax, flute & vocals, Billie Rivera on drums & vocals, Bill Swartz on guitar & vocals and Tom Lilienthal on bass & vocals (June 3, 2018) Photos by Mel Ellison


Bill & Tom Joint Birthday Party featuring Bill Swartz on guitar, George Whitsell on guitar, David Ross Berson on tenor sax, Bernie Rivera on tenor sax, Billy Rivera on drums and vocals, Tom Lilienthal on bass and Wayne Fettig on keyboard.


The Bob Simmons Band, Live at The Sardine Can in Vallejo, CA featuring Bob Simmons on guitar, Jeff Wollman on keyboard, Bernie Rivera on tenor sax and vocal, Billy Rivera on drums and Tom Lilienthal on bass.


Featuring Dave Bendigkeit on trumpet, Wayne Fettig on keyboard, Jim Thorne on drums and Tom Lilienthal on bass. Performing a shuffle blues as part of one of  the Jazz Dinner Series – Bay Area venues.(January 30, 2018

Sitting in with good friend, Oscar Fuentes on his solo gig in Tucson in November of 2017. Oscar and I played together for many years in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico with the band, Ballena and with Philo & The Shuffle Band.

Performing Let The Good Times Roll – From left to right: George Whitsell on guitar, Bill Swartz on guitar, Bernie Rivera on sax/vocal, Billy Rivera on drums, Jim Grantham on sax, Tom Lilienthal on bass and Doug McKeehan on keyboard. (August 12, 2017)

Fundz Jazz performing Cold Duck Time. Wayne Fettig on keyboard, John P. Douglas on tenor sax, Mick Mestek on drums and Tom Lilienthal on bass.

Brotherly Love reunites to perform Don’t Fight It. Bernie Rivera on sax/vocal, Billy Rivera on drums/vocal, birthday boys Tom Lilienthal on bass/vocal and Bill Swartz on guitar and, sitting in, our good friend and exceptional guitarist, Jim Nichols. Video by Patricia Lilienthal

The Bob Simmons Band performed at The Sardine Can in Vallejo, CA on April 8, 2017. Bob Simmons on guitar/vocals, Billy Rivera on drums/background vocals, Bernie Rivera on sax/background vocals, Jeff Wollman on keyboard and Tom Lilienthal on bass/background vocals. Video by Patricia Lilienthal

A concert featuring Julie Kelly in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

On February 26, 2014, L.A. recording artist/vocalist Julie Kelly was featured in a sold out concert in San Miguel de Allende. From left to right: Tom Lilienthal (bass), Jaime Valle (guitar), Gabriel Hernandez Cadenez (keyboard), Rick Shlosser (drums), and Julie Kelly (vocals).

SMA Intn'l Jazz & Blues FestivalOn November 16, 2013, Tom performed with The Dennis Gruenling/Steve Guyger Blues Band at the XIX Festival Internacional de Jazz & Blues in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico with Rick Shlosser (drums) and Ken Basman (guitar). Both Dennis and Steve hail from Philadelphia and are both outstanding blues and Chromatic blues harpists and Steve is a wonderfully, soulful vocalist. Both men are great showmen.

Below are two video clips of part of that evening’s performance

The Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars in concert at Los Arroyos Verdes, Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico

In the Spring of 2011, Chas Eller (keyboardist with the smooth jazz group Kilimanjaro and Paul ButterfieldBryan Savage (sax/flute L.A. smooth jazz recording artist) and Tom started a jazz/latin/funk/blues/R&B influenced group, The Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars, for the purpose of playing concerts and festivals in the nearby area. The group was very well received and so, in the Fall of 2011, they added Lazaro Poey (cuban drummer with The Havana Project) to the band. They performed in venues in San Pancho, La Cruz, Bucerias, Nuevo Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta to enthusiastic crowds.

Kilimanjaro performing at The Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia

In March of 2011, Tom went with the smooth jazz group, Kilimanjaro, as their bassist, to perform at the Java International Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Tom Lilienthal & FriendsTom Lilienthal & Friends performed as a group for over three decades.  (Bill Swartz-guitar/vocals, Bernie Rivera-sax/flute/vocals, Billy Rivera-drums/vocals and Tom Lilienthal-bass/vocals)


Tom Coster, formally of Santana and drummer Steve Smith’s Vital Information, was performing concerts in Nuevo Vallarta in 2010. (Tom Coster-keyboards, Lazaro Poey-drums, Tom Lilienthal-bass)

3Performing with Philo Hayward

Performing with Philo Hayward and the Shuffle Band in San Sebastian, Jalisco, Mexico and at Philo’s Bar in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico


4Performing with Oscar FuentesPerforming with Oscar Fuentes (guitar/vocals) in San Sebastian, Jalisco, Mexico.

5Performing with Ken BasmanPerforming with Ken Basman and Victor Monterrubio at Tia Luca’s in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. (Tom Lilienthal-bass,Victor Monterrubio-drums, Ken Basman-guitar)

6Performing with Geoff WilkePerforming with Geoff Wilke at Masala’s in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico. (Geoff Wilke-guitar, Tom Lilienthal-bass)

Guest artist with Miztitlan Percussion EnsembleGuest artist with the Miztitlan Percussion Ensemble in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Tom Fogerty_Tom Lilienthal 2Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) and Tom Lilienthal performing at the Concord Pavilion

A couple of tunes from a 1980 Tom Fogerty/Festival concert in San Francisco with Kim Park (tenor sax/keyboard), Mark Russo (alto sax), Scott Morris (drums), Tom Lilienthal (bass) and Bill Swartz (guitar):                                    

FestivalKim Park/keyboards, Mary Fettig/alto, Marc Russo/alto, Tom Lilienthal/bass, Bill Swartz/guitar

Festival 2

 Marc Russo/alto, Dave Matthews/keyboards, Gerry Kennett/drums, Tom Lilienthal/bass



Posted May 31, 2011 by acuaticamontero

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