Welcome to Vedder Entertainment, Home of Scat Cats
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.
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.
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.