Retro swing, an upbeat celebration of jump blues, big-band dance, and lounge music, emerged as perhaps the most unexpected fad of the 1990s. Along with the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and Brian Setzer, who pioneered the movement with his big band, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, or BBVD, are veterans of the scene. This non-elitist pack designed good-time party music for their twenty-something followers, who preferred dressing in zoot suits, dancing the jitterbug, and sipping martinis to listening to grunge-rock, wearing flannel shirts, and thrashing about in mosh pits. However, acts like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy don't consider themselves as simply a Glenn Miller or Cab Calloway revival band. In fact, they owe as much to punk, ska, and other styles as to the traditional big-band sound. "We play swing from the standpoint of how a band like X might play it, because more than half of us don't have classical training," said BBVD drummer Kurt Sodergren to Mark Binelli of Rolling Stone. "I'm not a jazz drummer, but I know how to swing."
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy now carries on the tradition of the legendary big bands and orchestras by touring non-stop, performing over 100 concerts each year around the world. Like the Glen Miller Orchestra, Benny Goodman, and the Count Basie Big Band, BBVD sell out shows to audiences of all ages in cities as far flung as Honolulu, HI, St. Petersburg, FL, even making an appearance at this summer’s Pori Festival in Finland.
As committed to their music as the swing era lifestyle, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are not only renown for their impeccable performances, but for their classic suit and fedora styling and gentlemanly demeanor. Their fans span generations, filling concert halls around the country for shows that transport them back to a more wholesome, optimistic period. In fact, young adult fans regularly show up dressed in ‘40s-era outfits and dance sophisticated swing routines. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy revived big band music for the '90s, by concentrating on the swinging days of the '40s and '50s!
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Lavay Smith is internationally recognized as The Queen of classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940's and 1950's. Lavay's last album received a prestigious 4 & 1/2 Star review in Downbeat magazine and reached the top 10 on the National Billboard Jazz Charts. This sultry chanteuse evokes a sensuous era of Jazz queens and sexy pinups and adds a modern, feminist twist. No wonder Los Angeles Magazine chose her as one of the sexiest people around! www.lavaysmith.com and www.myspace.com/lavaysmith
Added by Hope Insite on January 18, 2009