Bad Voodoo Daddy:
2017 marks the 24th anniversary of
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s remarkable arrival onto the music scene. Since
it’s formation in the early nineties in Ventura, California, the band has toured
virtually nonstop, performing on average over 150 shows a year, and
has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales of over 2 million
albums to date.
Early on, during their legendary
residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles,they reminded the world, in the
midst of the grunge era no less, that it was still cool to swing.
The band, co-founded
by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, was at the forefront
of the swing revival of that time, blending a vibrant fusion of the
classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and dixieland, with the energy and
spirit of contemporary culture.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s all original
core line-up includes Scotty Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Kurt
Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy
Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen "The Kid" Marhevka
(trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and
Taking inspiration from the creators
of this uniquely American art form, the band’s original horn-infused
music and legendary high energy show introduces the genre to a new and
younger generation while remaining cognizant and respectful of the
music’s rich legacy.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's first phase
of stardom featured an appearance in the 1996 indie film Swingers, a
movie that not only launched the careers of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, but
introduced Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to an audience beyond their
Los Angeles base. The band's music has appeared in countless films and
television shows, including The Wild, Despicable Me, Phineas & Ferb,
Friends, Third Rock From The Sun, Ally McBeal,and So You Think You Can
They have appeared live on Dancing
With The Stars, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, NBC’s
Christmas in Rockefeller Center,The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a
remarkable seven appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and
the Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show. The band has also appeared as special guests
with many of the country'smost distinguished symphony
orchestras, and has performed for three U.S. Presidents.
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