Thursday, June 26, 2008

8 June 2008 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the House of Blues

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
@ the House of Blues Cleveland
8 June 2008
(I forgot to post this before I went on vacation)
It was a fun night of swing and big band music as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy made another return visit to the Cleveland House of Blues last Sunday. Touring in support of their upcoming Cab Calloway tribute CD, the band played a mix of big band standards as well as the swing tunes their fans have enjoyed for years.
Bandleader/guitarist/vocalist Scotty Morris led the band through an eighteen-song set, despite having his left leg in a cast and having to work from a stool. However, this band has played so many shows together, and is as tight and professional as you will see a nine-piece outfit, and they followed everyone one of Morris's cues.
Amongst the Calloway numbers were the "Calloway Boogie" "Hey Now," "Reefer Man," "He's Close to Harlem," and, of course, "Minnie the Moocher." All done with the classic Cab Callaway Orchestra arrangements, the swing dancers in the house loved it.
The rest of the show was filled with the some of the usual BBVD numbers like "Oh Yeah" and Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing (if it ain't got no swing)."
Another highlight included the New Orleans jazz standard "Zig Zaggy," with clarinets subbing for the saxophones.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are growing into a real roots music treasure, not only keeping swing music alive, but also carries of the big band legacy and traditional New Orleans style jazz. It was a great night of music, and the audience enjoyed it tremendously.
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