Our Management Team
Gail Cooper Talent Buyer/Bartender
Gail Cooper grew up on the East coast with a dream of someday moving to California. She got her wish when she was offered a corporate job in San Francisco with The Gap. Years later she left The Gap to pursue her love of the performing arts. She studied musical theatre at A.C.T and acted throughout the bay area in both plays and musicals. She even had an agent for a short time and made a couple corporate films. She eventually came back to her ultimate love, art, and enrolled at SFAI to pursue a Painting degree. In order to put herself through college, she started to bartend at 19 Broadway. She loved the atmosphere, the music…and the hours. Once she completed her undergrad degree, she went on to Mill’s College in Oakland to get her Master’s Degree in Studio Art. She is now two months away from graduating! Two years ago, she started booking the MYX lounge with music to help promote the new renovation and now she is booking for the club full time. Gail still sings for fun in her free time. She’s even sang on the 19 Broadway stage. Most recently, she sang at the Sweetwater. Gail has two grown children and recently, acquired a small teacup Pomeranian named Kingston.
Tony DeFrance, MD Managing Member, Majority owner 19 Broadway
Tony became an owner of 19 Broadway in 2013. He grew up around Fairfax and San Anselmo and has always been a big fan and supporter of 19 Broadway. He loves live music and throwing a great party, so the bar was a natural fit. Tony has helped to assemble a great team of people that will carry the tradition of music every night forward for many years to come. He also has a grand vision for the bar which includes bringing a restaurant to 19 Broadway.
Tony is an interventional Cardiologist. After graduating from Drake High School he attended UC Santa Cruz and obtained a BA in Biology with honors. He worked as a paramedic for 3 years before attending USC medical school. He did his residency in internal medicine at UC San Francisco. He did his Cardiology fellowship and interventional cardiology training at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. Tony then was in clinical practice in Santa Barbara for nearly 10 years before moving into the teaching and business side of medicine. He is currently on clinical faculty at Stanford University and the Chief Medical Officer of a large quality and safety in medicine company. Tony is also an entrepreneur and has founded, owned and run several successful companies. Tony is also the proud father of three children in the Ross Valley School District.
Chris McCarthy Bartender extrordinare and owner
Chris grew up in San Anselmo and Fairfax and loved 19 Broadway from the beginning. He has been tending bar at 19 Broadway as well as being an owner of the club for nearly 30 years. Chris puts his heart and soul into the bar and it shows.
Gary Graham Owner
Garry is a third generation San Franciscan. After attending local schools and graduating from San Jose State, Garry served 3 years in the Marines. Upon his return, he atternded UC Berkeley law school, and graduated in 1963.
Garry went on to become a prominent maritime trial attorney with law offices in San Francisco, Spain and Scotland. He practiced law for 38 years from 1963 until he retired from law practice in 2001.
In 1984 Garry and his wife Amory bought 19 Broadway, and instituted the policy of MUSIC EVERY NIGHT.
Garry was the president of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, and started and ran the annual Fairfax Jazz Festival from 1997-2002.
Garry learned to play piano at age 5 and has playing piano and singing for over 70 years. Garry has his own band now called The 19 Broadway Goodtime Band and plays at 19 Broadway Nightclub the first SUNDAY of each month from 6-8pm. As Garry says, "I HAD TO BUY THE CLUB TO GET A GIG"