2016 marks the 23rd anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s remarkable arrival onto the music scene. Since its formation in the early ’90s in Ventura, California, the band has toured virtually nonstop, performing on average over 150 shows a year, and has produced a sizeable catalog of recorded music with sales of over 2 million albums to date.
Early on, during their legendary residency at Los Angeles’ Brown Derby nightclub, they reminded the world, in the midst of the grunge era no less, that it was still cool to swing. Co-founded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was at the forefront of the swing revival of the time, blending a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s first phase of stardom featured an appearance in the 1996 film, “Swingers,” in which “You & Me and the Bottle Makes Three (Tonight)” and “Go Daddy-O” were featured.
The band’s music has appeared in countless films and television shows and they have appeared live on “Dancing With the Stars,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” seven appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and the “Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show.” The band has also appeared as special guests with many of the country’s most distinguished symphony orchestras, and has performed for three U.S. presidents.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s all original core lineup includes Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet), and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger). Joining them on the road are Anthony Bonsera Jr. (trumpet) and Alex Henderson (trombone).
After 23 years, 10 records, and over 2,700 live shows, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s showing no signs of slowing down and is looking forward to celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018.