Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

Scotty Morris
After playing in punk and alternative rock bands during the 1980s Nardcore scene in Oxnard, California, vocalist/guitarist Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren started playing music together in 1993 in Ventura, California. Morris named the contemporary swing revival band after blues legend Albert Collins signed his poster "To Scotty, the big bad voodoo daddy." Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's popularity spiked when it performed in the 1996 film Swingers. The band also performed at the Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show,  on many television shows, as special guests with many symphony orchestras, and for three U.S. presidents. The band consists of Morris, Sodergren, pianist Joshua Levy, bassist Dirk Shumaker and a horn section of Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen "The Kid" Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet), Alex "Crazy Legs" Henderson (trombone) and Mitchell Cooper (trumpet). Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has sold over 2 million albums. Its 11th and most recent studio album, Louie, Louie, Louie, a salute to the music of Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima, was released on June 16, 2017.

In the 1990s, swing music found a new and young audience that perhaps sought an antidote to the reigning grunge and third wave punk, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was among the leaders of this new underground movement. Then as tonight at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, the high-energy band played a horn-dominated set that blended jazz, ragtime, blues, and Dixieland sounds from the mid-20th century. Songs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s were given the same respect as the band's original songs. All of the musicians were granted the spotlight, stretching their adept chops with fervor and precision to make for good listening and good dancing material. Musically, there was a lot happening among the nine musicians during the nearly two-hour set, and all of it was good.

Visit Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at www.bbvd.com.

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