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Home of Scat Cats

and Swing House

 

Meet the Main Headliners for the ‘Cats’

Carole Crawford

Carole Crawford

Lead Vocalist

 

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.

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Andy Schumm

Andy Schumm

Multi-Instrumentalist

Andy Schumm is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger originally from Wisconsin. He founded the six-piece jazz group Chicago Cellar Boys in 2017 and also was a featured member of the Fat Babies. He plays cornet, clarinet, sax, and piano, among other instruments.

Now based in Chicago, he has appeared all over the traditional jazz world, both domestically and internationally. He is also an avid student of the history of jazz.

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John Otto

John Otto

Reeds

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.

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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 and the Pat Crawford Big Band deliver. Vocalist Carole Crawford, multi-instrumentalist Andy Schumm and reedman John Otto make up this talented group known as the Scat Cats.

Their repertoire features a particular style of American jazz, based on the great 1920s and ’30s jazz piano style of Fats Waller.

And for dancing and events, the Pat Crawford 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 and the Big Band performing in jazz venues as well as for private parties and special events in the Kenosha/Midwest vicinity.

ANNOUNCING OUR NEW RELEASE!!

LISTEN TO SCAT CATS’ LATEST RECORDINGS

Click Here to listen to Scat Cats perform “Happy Feet,” “I Wish I Were Twins” and “Lonesome Me.”

UPCOMING GIGS

We’re so happy to be back in person with our audiences (see adjacent video clip of a recent Scat Cats performance at Sazzy B).

Here are our upcoming dates:

 

Aug. 19, 2022 – Sazzy B,  56th Street at 6th Avenue in Downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin. Scat Cats — featuring Carole Crawford on vocals, with top jazz virtuosos Andy Schumm on piano  (among other instruments) and John Otto on reeds —8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Reservations recommended; call Sazzy B at 262-925-8499.

Click the link below to hear Carole’s rendition of “One Note Samba,” performed with The Pat Crawford Jazz Quintet.

Then head over to the “Listen” or “Big Band Album” pages to hear additional tunes.

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