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NEW AND OLD JAZZ SONGS PREFORMED BY WORKING CLASS FOR THE WORKING CLASS WHO ARE BORED WITH HEARING THE SAME STUFF OVER AND OVER AGAIN ON RADIO. NOW PREFORMING EVERY SATURDAY IN 2006 AT THE MANDILINE BISRO IN BIG BEAR LAKE, CA. PLEASE DIS-REGUARD THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE STATING "NO SHOWS LISTED".
August 29, 2006
August 29, 2006
Big Bear Lake, CA
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TO HAVE A GOOD TIME FOR THE FOLKS WHO COME TO SEE/HEAR US.BIG BEAR LAKE- it’s a first of a Big Bear band! Jazz band CATZ in the HATZ went big-time, Saturday night (7-8-6) when they signed a recording contract with RHOMBUS RECORDS. No other musical group from Big Bear has landed a recording contract. At a celebrity-like celebration surrounded by exuberant fans at the Mandoline Bistro, the jazz five signed on with the recording company of Hollywood.
Signing on with renowned Rhombus is a real advantage, as the band’s music coincides with a national jazz radio campaign with the latest hits. CATZ in the HATZ continue to get digital download hits from around the world. CATZ are in the top ten in several European countries.
This summer the popular group has entertained at local hot spots such as the Music in the Mountains, Saturday afternoon concert at Veterans Park. Steve Johnson’s “God Blessed America” was heard during the KBHR’s patriotic extravaganza on July 4th. The jazz group will be opening for the Pointer Sisters at the Discovery Center’s Gala, Saturday July 29th. KTLA's Ross King will feature CATZ in the HATZ on the10:00 p.m. news on July 27th, Thursday and Friday, before the annual event.
Resilience’ Mike Foley says, “These are seasoned musicians who love the music and know how to have fun with it.” The five CATZ are Lead Guitarist Mike Weins, Bass Guitarist Terry Copley, and keyboard by Mike Cross, Singer & Percussionist Steve Johnson, and Drummer & Vocals Steve Boggio, all residents of the valley.
Mandoline's Bistro owner, Larry Cummings a great supporter of CATZ IN THE HATZ, invites everyone to enjoy the village venue on July and August Saturday nights. You might even get to hear Larry crooning with the CATZ. Bottom line, CATZ in the HATZ are alive and well with old favorites including several new selections they’ve composed themselves. With unique humor they keep their audiences intrigued
CATZ’ first release "Take One" has some of the best cuts such as - Peggy Lee's "Fever," Mel Torme's "I'm Coming Home," Duke Ellington's "Lucky So and So," and what may be the best song on the album, Nat Cole's "Nature Boy". The most recent release "Take Two" is a wonderful jazz sequel. Both are available at CATZ IN THE HATZ performances.
What’s next CATZ?
Local Musicians Climb Ladder of Success (7/5/06)
Great news for a local band. CATZ IN THE HATZ has signed with Rhombus Records in Hollywood. The jazz band continues to get airplay around the world and is reportedly in the top ten in several countries. Locally, they're opening for the Pointer Sisters at the Big Bear Discovery Center Gala on July 29, and they'll be featured on KTLA's 10pm news program the Thursday and Friday before the event. The local group also recorded special patriotic music that was heard on KBHR's July 4th program during the fireworks display. You can see them on a regular basis at the Mandoline Bistro in the Village.
THE CATZ IN THE HATZ " TAKE TWO" REVIEW.
THE LONG AWAITED ALBUM IS HERE...OR HEAR !
The hub-bub of this small town band is like peaks and valleys. in some
circles outside the confines of big bear lake caLifornia, the catz are known as the NEW direction of otherwise traditional jazz and in other circles in their own hometown people ask who they are. Some have never heard of them and then again...some have. The big question is does it qualify as mainstream or fusion? The answer is not an easy one for the 5 guys that DO have day jobs. Over the past year since the release of the locally and internet/commercial introduction of the catz in the hatz on a global level with their "take one" album ( a collection of club fav's that are still available at cdbaby), the catz have come very far as musicians and writters. this new album "take two" labled as the " counterpart " of "take one" is anything but. This album really captures the rock and roll foundation of this transformed band for most of its members and unlike the first,this album features more instrumentals than vocals proving that they are talented in both modes. From the swinging and comical SLOW DOWN JIMMY to GOD BLESSED AMERICA ( which could very well end up being the NEW americana tune of the new generation), this album is a delight for musicians and listeners. LOVER which is a jazz standard really shows the hyper-intensity if this group of five and features lighting fast guitar and a bass solo that is not heard of in the jazz realm.RIVIERA PARADISE (a stevie ray song) is done in a very haunting fashion and is well worth the 8 mins of song. FUIR ELISE is also another composition that is unheard of in the jazz realm. This song shows the imagination of pianist mike cross and an un-mistakable prelude of scarbouogh affair played on the fretless bass by terry copley...interesting though and with its swirling violins and tubular bells, they make this song a wonderfull marriage of clasical,jazz and rock. Steve boggio holds all this mania together with his un-stoppable timing,flare and style.Mike weins and his guitar are master and slave that any aspiring guitarist and even some big shots..could take a lesson from and then there's steve johnson and with only a few in the heavyweight class of male baritone jazz, johnson proves to be a contender.Terry copley has the bass duties in this band and does a fine job as a rocker tuned jazzer. his solos are unique if not downright STRANGE but this is what gives the catz their sound and a pleasent sound it is. So all in all, i think this album is the answer or part of the answer to what can not just baby boomers...but kids and elderly alike can listen to in a world of repetitive music.Its no wonder that the catz have opened for both 3 DOG NIGHT and AMERICA because sometimes 15 mins of fame can happen to the un-discovered artist. the catz are about 5 mins into it.
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