Reggae, soca, ska, and calypso music
Jumbalassy performs an exciting mix of reggae, soca, ska, and calypso music. The band formed in 1985 and rapidly developed into one of the top bands in the Seattle area, featuring sweet vocal stylings, dynamic horns and the tightest rhythm section in the Northwest. In the summer of 1991, Jumbalassy released its second studio album on CD and cassette, and began an aggressive promotional campaign in support of it. In 1992 the band was honored at the Northwest Area Music Awards (NAMA) with two awards: Best World/Ethnic Band, and Best World/Ethnic Album. Jumbalassy was featured on the “Best and Brightest” compilation tape from the 1992 New Music Seminar in New York. In 1993, Jumbalassy released a live CD, Warning: Live Jumbies. Local distribution was immediately established and sales of the newest CD were brisk. USA Today mentioned Jumbalassy as one of Seattle's most active and unique ensembles. In 1994, the band was the featured musical guest on the nationally syndicated “Spud Goodman Show” and MTV Sports has used original Jumbalassy songs as segment music on three occasions. During 1995 and 1997 BEAT magazine featured articles on the band and its CDs.
In October, 1996 Jumbalassy released a 60 minute EP, “Time/That's How We Like It”. This CD features studio tunes, each with two differently edited mixes, as well as live songs. Jumbalassy's touring schedule of 12-16 shows per month keeps fans dancing in Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Idaho and British Columbia. Jumbalassy has also undertaken tours of Hawaii, performing at the Unlimited Hydro Races in Pearl Harbor as well as headlining at several Honolulu nightclubs. In 1999 the band performed at the St. Kitts music festival in Basseterre (on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts).
Beginning in 2000 the band expanded their schedule to include additional touring destinations. A new CD “Show Me Love” was released in 2003, featuring reggae tracks from the band's most recent recording sessions.