by Cheryl Ierardi
The Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Show at the Paramount in Huntington, NY on September 22nd was a gas! Music, Dancing, even a marriage proposal! Big Bad Voodoo Daddy opened with their classic “How Big Can you Get”, smoothing into Duke Ellington’s “Diga Diga Do”. A trumpet duet between Glen “The Kid” Marhevka and Tony Bonsera showed the incredible talent these two musicians harbor.
Frontman Scotty Morris was proud to announce the release of their 11th album, Louie, Louie, Louie, a tribute to three famous Louis’: Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima, who all laid the foundation for jazz and R&B. Playing it up for the ladies, Morris sang one of his favorites, “Don’t You Feel My Leg” by Blue Lu Barker.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy played hits like “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” and “Oh Yeah” moving to some new songs from the Louie Louie Louie with “Basin Street”, which was first recorded and released by Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra in 1928, featured Joshua Levy tickling the ivories and Mitchell Cooper on trumpet. Louis Jordan was honored by “Is you Is or Is You Ain’t My baby” and Louis Prima by “Oh Marie”, which Scotty Morris sang in both English and Italian.
“Zig Zagity Woop Woop” with percussion solo by Kurt Sodergren, “Jumpin’ Jive”, “I Wanna Be Like You”, “You Done Me Wrong” and “You and Me and Bottle Makes Three” finished the set before a short break where Scotty announced a couple, who had been the winners of a Facebook contest, to sing a song with the band. As the couple joined the band on stage, the man took the microphone, whipped out a page of paper and proceeded to profess his love and propose marriage; she said yes!
The night was full of swing dancing, jumpin’ and jivin’ and a marriage proposal, proving that while music goes through many phases and fads but the big band sound still holds it’s own. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is currently on tour, you can catch all info on dates as well as their new album Louie Louie Louie on their official site.