This is a big week for The Cat's Pajamas Old School Jazz Band because our new album is finished and our release party is this Thursday night in the An Sibin Speakeasy room at Tellus 360 in Lancaster, Pa. The Cat's Pajamas is basically a traditional jazz band. Some call it dixieland, some call it New Orleans, 1920's or Chicago style. Whatever you call it, it's fun music to play and appeals to people of all ages.
Besides classic tunes from the genre, we also like to mix in more modern songs by Ray Charles, Justin Timberlake, Wham and anything else that works. The Cat's are a 6 piece band featuring Faith Shiffer on clarinet, Mark Rutter on trombone, Chuck Oettel on guitar, Mike Vitale on bass, Doug Kulp on drums and myself on trumpet, vocals and sometimes wooden spoons. The Cat's always have a good time on stage and most times, the audience can't help catching our good mood.
This recording project started back in November. We squeezed almost the whole band into a small studio at Parallel Productions in Willow Street (Mike and his bass had to stay in the control room). It was a long day, but we did nearly all of the recording live as a band, that day. Then the holidays came, people schedule's got crazy, and the next thing we knew it was spring time. Just last month, we got the last production details taken care of (cover art, packaging, etc.) and now we're anxious to share our work with everybody.
Speaking of album art, ours was drawn by Faith Shiffer's dad. Check it out below- it's a perfect fit for us.
We would love to see you this Thursday at An Sibin/Tellus 360. We start at 7pm and will play 2 sets, including most if not all of the tunes on the cd. Tickets are $15 at the door (also available at Tellus website but service charges apply). A cd is only $5 with your ticket. Cash bar and food are available.
Online sales will be available within the next week.
For more on The Cat's Pajamas Old School Jazz Band, find them on our music roster page or at their website: www.thecatspajamasoldschooljazzband.com
For a sound sample, click the "Latest Track" button on my homepage.
Thanks for your support and we're hoping to see you Thursday night at Tellus!