National Symphony Orchestra Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Tickets
The rich notes of quintessential jazz have historically colored the lounges in their moody bluesy hue, and the heyday of swing and big band is all but forgotten in today's mainstream mayhem. Yet one band still fights a lonesome battle as standout exponents from the 40s and 50s. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's delicious compositions feature a heady mix of clarinet, saxophone, and double bass. The Ventura, California based band has maintained an understated underground existence for much of its 13 active years. Scotty Morris has led the band since its 1989 formation, with the group finally making it big on the mainstream when three songs were included in a hit 1996 Hollywood comedy-drama. The 90s big band revival movement soon lost steam, but the band hasn't stopped paying tribute to the glorious 50s. Fans are jostling to get their hands on cheap Big Bad Voodoo Daddy tickets as the non-elitist pack hits the street with their fantastic take on Cab Calloway's numbers still fresh in the mind.
Buy National Symphony Orchestra Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Tickets
National Symphony Orchestra Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The band has carved out a niche for itself in the swing and jump blues genres, also making use of contemporary rock and ska to create what was famously known in the 90s as “neo-swing”. The band includes Scotty Morris (vocalist and guitarist), Kurt Sodergren (drummer), Karl Hunter (saxophonist), Andy Rowley (saxophonist), Dirk Schumaker (upright bassist), Jeff Harris (trombonist), Glen Marhevka (trumpeter), and Joshua Levy (pianist). Morris was playing in Oxnard, California's punk and hardcore rock scene in the 80s. Originally a studio musician, he was inspired by Calloway's famous “Minnie the Moocher” song as a child. He met up with self-taught drummer and swing enthusiast Sodergren, whose grandfather has earlier played saxophone in a swing band. The two recruited members and christened the band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy after Morris had earned that nickname from blues legend Albert Collins at a concert. Formed in Ventura in 1989, the band's early days consisted of gigs around Southern California. 1993 saw their self-titled debut album come out, produced independently and released on Hep Cat. Endless touring and a second release followed till the band landed a Wednesday-night spot at Los Angeles's Derby Club. The Derby was the epicenter of Los Angeles's swing revival at the time, and club regular Jon Favreau became friends with the popular band. Favreau was also a screenwriter and actor, and proceeded to feature three of the band's songs in Swingers, a film he wrote and co-starred in with Vince Vaughn. Overnight success rained down on Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. A Capitol Records contract expanded their outreach, and notable live concerts followed with contribution to movies and television shows. By the early 2000s, the revival was on the wane. The band incorporated swamp funk and jazz elements in their later albums, and has performed creditably in Pops programs of symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in recent years.
The band's 1994 eponymous debut album turned heads to their big band sound when the revival was picking up pace in southern California. 1997's follow-up Whatchu' Want for Christmas also became a local hit, especially the song “I Wanna Be Like You”; but they were both indie releases and did not hit a large audience. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy then released three albums on Capitol: 1998's Americana Deluxe, 1999's This Beautiful Life, and 2003's Save My Soul, which was inspired by the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Americana Deluxe garnered widespread acclaim for the songs “Go Daddy-O”, “Mr. Pinstripe Suit”, and “You and Me and The Bottle Makes Three Tonight”, which was released as an Interscope Records single. The three songs were included in the 1996 Doug Limon-directed Hollywood blockbuster Swingers. 2004's Everything You Want For Christmas and 2009's How Big Can You Get? (which pays tribute to swing icon Cab Calloway) are their other studio albums. Over 60 movies (including The Wild) and TV shows (including 3rd Rock From the Sun) have used their music.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's inimitable flow has wooed concert-goers. Their performance list includes a Super Bowl 1999 halftime show with Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder, and sets at Cable Ace and Billboard Music Award shows. Upcoming venues are Stevens Point, Dubuque, and Minneapolis.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is keeping the dying art-form of swing alive. Dressed in their trademark zoot coats, they have excelled commercially and when playing live. Get your Big Bad Voodoo Daddy tickets now to experience the masters displaying the quaint charm of swing.
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