How can you not love a band when the members are all dressed in suits, some with fedoras, and are full of infectious energy?  If you are not familiar with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, they are a jazz, swing style group with a  five piece horn section, an upright bass, drums, keyboards and a lead singer who plays guitar and banjo.  When they walked out on stage, they look like gangsters who stepped right out of 1935.  These guys are very talented musicians that put on a great show.  Scotty Morris, the lead singer, said they had been together for 19 years, all with the same  members, except for adding a couple along the way.  You can tell when they perform that truly love what they are doing.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Tangeirs in Akron, Ohio

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Tangiers – Photo by Mark Shapiro

I saw them play their Christmas show to a very packed house at Tangiers in Akron, Ohio this past Sunday. This was not your typical christmas show filled with holiday classics.  It was a nice mix of big band standards like “Minnie the Moocher”, songs from their latest CD and of course a few jazzy Christmas songs that fit the band’s style.  “I’m Mister Snow Miser” from the animated TV show, A Year Without a Santa Claus was a perfect fit for the group with the big band sound and attitude throughout. “Frosty the Snowman”  had an interesting twist with an intro of a New Orleans funeral dirge with the horns.

This band is a lot of fun.  I can go on about how much I loved the show, but take a listen yourself.  Here’s Diga Diga Do from their latest CD:

Check out their website for more songs and CDS.

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