Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
|Genres:||Big Band & Swing Holiday & Seasonal Jazz|
|Tags:||swing jazz big band neo-swing neo swing|
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The most immediately successful exponents of the new swing boom that swept the southern Californian marketplace in the late 90s, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy established their reputation with a weekly residency at the Derby dancehall in Los Angeles. Though they had been around for some time, their profile increased substantially when they made a cameo appearance in the 1996 independent movie, Swingers. The band had been founded in Ventura, California, in 1989 by vocalist and guitarist Scotty Morris, an established session musician in the area. His first exposure to big band swing came, aged nine, when he heard Cab Calloways Minnie The Moocher sung during a Betty Boop cartoon. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy finally gave him the chance to pursue the style further, after he had become disillusioned with the local music scene. The group grew from a trio to eventually include Dirk Shumaker (bass), Kurt Sodergren (drums/percussion), Karl Hunter (saxophone/clarinet), Glen...