NAPA VALLEY REGISTER -- Royal Jelly Jive was an evolution from a previous band. “We went under the name ‘Sufis,’” Bjelde said. “We were sort of a boiling pot where rock and roll meets swing.
Many of the guys in the band met in the San Francisco State Music program.
“I was, meanwhile, in the next building over in the anthropology and arts departments. We got a residency, every fourth Wednesday at the Boom Boom Room in the city. When The Sufis dissolved, Royal Jelly came out of the ashes like a phoenix, like a funky phoenix.”