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We’ve got a Passion for Jazz!
We love jazz – of all persuasions and eras. Whether it’s the music that started it all, in the 1920s and ’30s, or the Big Band tradition of the ’30s and ’40s that has got you swinging, Scat Cats delivers.
Vocalist Carole Crawford and jazz stride pianist Paul Asaro, often joined by reedman John Otto, make up this talented group.
The Scat Cats feature a particular style of American jazz, based on the great 1920s and ’30s jazz piano style of Fats Waller.
For dancing and events, our Big Band plays music of the swell, elegant and crazy 1920s and 1930s style of jazz, from George Gershwin and bands containing many of the great jazz swing era musicians to emerge with their own bands in the mid-1930s and 1940s: Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and others.
This type of jazz in the 1920s and early 1930s was fertile ground for the great jazz trumpet/cornet genius Bix Beiderbecke and also the early vocals of Bing Crosby and the Paul Whiteman Band and the Rhythm Boys.
This is happy jazz with a bounce that isn’t heard from most jazz groups today.
You can hear Scat Cats performing in jazz venues as well as for private parties and special events in the Kenosha/Midwest vicinity.
Come see us at one of our upcoming appearances listed on this page.
Click the link below to hear Carole’s rendition of “One Note Samba,” performed with The Pat Crawford Jazz Quintet.
See Scat Cats at our recent performance at Taste of Wisconsin:
Carole Crawford was born and raised into the Big Band tradition. Her father, Edward Vedder, was a jazz trumpet player during the World War II years who also performed in some of the great territory bands in the Midwest after the war.
Carole‘s carries on the legacy as a vocalist whose repertoire covers all the great music of the late ‘20s and early ‘30s and, of course, the great Big Band tradition of the ‘30s and ‘40s that she loves.
Paul Asaro is known as one of the finest of a select group of pianists performing the demanding two-handed jazz and ragtime piano styles from the first half of the 20th century. From the Stride piano in the tradition of Fats Waller, to the New Orleans styles of Jelly Roll Morton, the ragtime of Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake, stomps, boogie woogie and swing — Asaro plays them all with a fine ear for detail, blending the elements into his own personal style.
John Otto, reedman extraordinaire, enjoys playing many styles of music. He has performed and recorded with many well-known bands all over the country.
His roots in music also run deep: John’s mother was a soloist in church music, musicals, weddings and an accomplished jobbing musician herself. His dad played trombone for fun and liked listening to Big Bands in the late 1930s. After John got a taste, he was hooked.