Derek Brooker is a San Francisco Bay Area based guitar player with roots in jazz, blues, and rock and roll. He's been playing music professionally for two decades. Derek has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from San Francisco State University. Derek plays in two Bay Area based rock bands, Birds of Fortune and Brooker D and the Mellow Fellows. He has supported pit orchestras for musicals in San Francisco, San Jose and the greater Bay Area. 2019 began with participation in the world premier of Paradise Square at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre which utilized all of his stringed instrument capabilities. The score demanded he play guitar, mandolin, banjo, and resonator slide. Derek then played in a 21 piece orchestra for Throckmorton Theatre’s production of Ragtime. He was invited to join the orchestra for the Mountain Play performance of Grease this summer, making this his second year involved with the company. Currently, Derek is playing orchestral guitar, in a 32 person orchestra, for the musical Les Miserables at the El Cerrito Performing Arts Center. This is the lead up to a weekend of funk at the “For the Funk of It” music festival in Belden, CA.
Derek has shared the stage with renowned artists including but not limited to John Popper, Leo Nocenteli, George Porter Jr., Bill Kreutzman, and Roosevelt Collier. He has played at many festivals up and down the West Coast, including High Sierra Music Festival, Desert Rocks, Guitarfish, and For the Funk of It. Derek has been lucky enough to be included in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival activities for over ten years. He has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, and Egypt.
Currently Derek Brooker is working on two collaborative projects, Brooker D and the Mellow Fellows and Birds of Fortune.
BROOKER D AND THE MELLOW FELLOWS
Derek Brooker (guitar), Erin Cassidy (drums), and Mike Meagher (bass) have come together to create music which, while essentially falling under the category of rock music, abandons generic trappings of the genre and experiments with rhythm, dissonance, and instrumentation.
BIRDS OF FORTUNE
featuring Sean Lehe (Jelly Bread, Izabella), Derek Brooker (Tracorum), John Morales (Dad’s LP’s, 10 Mile Tide), Jeff Coleman (Poor Man’s Whiskey, Uncle Harlen’s Band), and Sam Phelps (Izabella, Drunken Kung Fu).
This band churns out what is at once, a raw and refined take on classic rock and roll. Old tunes sound new, and new tunes sound like you’ve heard them on the airwaves for as long as you can remember. Dual lead guitar lines weave in and out of a dense rhythm section, some sweet harmonies to bring you back home after a big jam. Familiar and comfortable, while also daring and exploratory. Dance floor friendly, but certainly not afraid to fly.